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One thing that I have absolutely no talent for: drawing the perfect eyebrows. Somedays I would draw it like I am one of the Angry Birds and somedays I would end up looking like Friday Kahlo. It doesn’t help that I inherited my thin scattered eyebrows from my dad and besides my lack of luck in drawing eyebrows, I am also horrible with blades & tweezers.
Then I heard everyone talking about Eyebrow Embroidery. I said, “Is this the answer to my eyebrow problem?” I jumped at the idea of having an Eyebrow Embroidery. I was happy to know an eyebrow specialist salon, Lucky Lash & Brow that will make my eyebrow dreams come true.
Lucky Lash & Brow is a home-based beauty salon of certified beauty artist Valerie Teo together with another certified beauty expert Janice Soh. They provide lash extension, lift & tint and brow, lip & eye embroidery. They also do BB mesotherapy. So I was so excited to have my eyebrows done by Valerie.
I will share with you my experience for those are interested in going for Eyebrow Embroidery. I hope this post would help you in deciding if you should go for Eyebrow Embroidery. I envisioned Eyebrow Embroidery would provide me a Cara Delevingne-esque eyebrows by having little faux eyebrow hairs glued to your eyebrows. My goodness, I am so wrong and clearly haven’t researched enough. Eyebrow Embroidery is also known as “microblading”, “semi-permanent tattoo”, “cosmetic tattooing”, or “pigment embroidery”. It is basically a semi-permanent tattoo which involves implanting pigments beneath the surface of the skin with disposable needles using featherlike strokes to create realistic hair-like resemblance of eyebrows.
It is tattoo! Oh no, I am scared!
I know, I know. You got scared at the thought that this procedure is technically a tattoo. I was too. But let me put your fears to rest. I, too, never had a tattoo. I was scared that it is permanent. I was scared it would look like my relative’s eyebrow tattoo she had done 15 years ago that look like a stamp-one thick black line. I was scared it might hurt. Those thoughts made me think if I will just forget about Eyebrow Embroidery and practice the art of drawing my eyebrows everyday. But Valerie explained to me the whole procedure. She listened to my concerns and answered all my questions. For procedures like these, it is important to find someone who you feel comfortable with and you feel you can trust.
Valerie told me that microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo. The pigment would last for 1-2 years old. She said she will draw the eyebrow that I prefer to show me first and use that as a guide for the procedure. She said she will apply a topical anesthesia to numb the eyebrows so I wouldn’t feel any pain. Before the procedure, she asked me to fill up a form to know any conditions like allergy, keloid formation, etc to provide a customised and quality service for her clients.
Valerie made me feel at ease on the day of the procedure. She offered me a drink while I fill up the form for her. She explained to me thoroughly and clearly the process of eyebrow embroidery. She then shaped and draw the eyebrow that I told her I wanted. I wanted a natural looking brows – not too thick, not to dark and slightly arched. I wanted it to look like natural eyebrows just like I prefer when I go for eyelash extension – the fewest single lashes only.
Valerie draw the eyebrows that I wanted
Once I was happy with the look of the sample eyebrows she will do, Valerie applied topical anesthesia for 20-30 minutes covered by saran wrap. When 30 minutes was over, Valerie said she will start with the microblading.
She showed me the new blade/needle she will be using that is inside a sterile container. Then she started. I was surprised I didn’t feel any pain at all. I did felt and heard a bit of a scraping sound but nothing more. With several skillful hand strokes on my numb eyebrows which seems to be like for around 20minutes, Valerie was done. She then applied a brown dye to my eyebrows for a few minutes. She wiped off the brown dye and it was done.
Dye applied during my touch up
Post Care & the results
Even just a few hours after the microblading, I was already loving my eyebrows. I can get used to this, having perfect eyebrows with minimal effort in my part.
I was taught by Valerie some post care tips. She gave me a gel to apply on eyebrows 3x a day for 1 week. I must not wet my eyebrows in the next 3 days after the procedure and I should avoid hot showers for 2 weeks. I was expected to have some scabbing on the area. I should never scratch it off or pull the scabs even how itchy it is. I did felt a mild tingling pain on my eyebrows but it was tolerable I didn’t need to take painkillers
Day 2-3 post-microblading
This is Day 1 before it got really dark
My eyebrows got darker than it’s the day after microblading. I was glad nobody seem to mentioned that I have overdone using my eyebrow pencil that day and it didn’t look bad at all. I expected it already because Valerie told me that it is common for the eyebrows to darken a day after the embroidery but it will slowly lighten. I just continued on using the gel.
Day 4-7 post-microblading
My eyebrows started to scab. It doesn’t look too unflattering so I didn’t mind it at all. It is just the unbearable itching of the scabs that tempts to scratch it off. There were no bleeding nor any signs of infection & keloid scars. Some of the scabs fell off and my eyebrows have a few minimal patchy spots.
Day 9-14 post-microblading
No makeup needed. Just lovely eyebrows
All the scabs fell off and no more itching. My eyebrows looked lighter than its color in Day 2-3. It looked natural and many have complemented on how my eyebrows look, not look like a stamp-on obvious tattoo. My eyebrows looked just like a perfectly drawn eyebrows by a beauty expert.
Why you should do Eyebrow Embroidery
I am completely sold in the whole Eyebrow Embroidery hype. I highly recommend it for everyone especially for those who have sparing eyebrows and needs help in eyebrow resurrection. It is particularly advantageous in my part because I am a busy mom of 3 young boys. I go to work early and go home late. Having a perfectly drawn eyebrows by the time I wake up saves my makeup time in the morning by 15-20 mins. Now with a semi-permanent tattoo, I can just go out of the house, put a bit of a lip balm and I am good to go. I am glad my hubby loves it too. He usually would comment if he sees I have drawn my eyebrows too heavily on certain days. But with eyebrow embroidery, I don’t need to have that light hand precision technique for eyebrow makeup.
Things you have to do before going for Eyebrow Embroidery:
1. Do your research first
2. Know what type of eyebrows that would suit your face
3. Check with your doctor if you have bleeding disorders, skin conditions, blood-transmittable conditions and acute infections.
4. Find the perfect eyebrow specialist you can trust. I highly recommend Lucky Lash & Brow.
5. Go and ask other people who had gone through Eyebrow Embroidery of their experiences.
6. If you have low tolerance to pain, it is not bad to take pain medications before the procedure.
7. Communicate what you want to your eyebrow specialist before she does the actual eyebrow embroidery.
8. Cover all the basics in how to care for your eyebrows
9. Expect that there will be days after your procedure that it would look darker than usual and it would scab & itch a lot.
10. Be sure you really want to have an Eyebrow Embroidery done.
Eyebrow embroidery usually last for 1-2 years. Touch ups are needed to maintain your eyebrows. I had my touch up done one month after my Eyebrow Embroidery.
Here are the prices for Lucky Lash & Brow eyebrow services:
Classic 6D Brow Microblading $488 – 1hr 30 min
Signature Luck Brows $688 – 2hr
Korean Misty – $688 – 2hr
6D & Korean Misty Combi – $888 – $888
Mine was the Classic 6D Brow. Do you want a fuss-free pretty eyebrows too?
Book appointment for an eyebrow embroidery with Lucky Lash & Brow and quote “LITTLE MISS HONEY” and you’ll get a 15% discount with free repair cream.
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