Do YOU girl!
I’ve always been a firm believer in doing what makes you feel beautiful and comfortable to YOU. If thats caking on a bunch of makeup, go for it! Maybe you don’t do much at all, awesome! For some they prefer to do things that others don’t always agree with. However, if getting your body altered in ANY way is what does it for you? then DO IT and don’t ever feel bad for it. This ranges from small things like piercings all way through to getting plastic surgery. Today I’m going to talk about and share my personal experience with something that falls somewhere in the lower/middle – middle of that scale.
Recently(today, the day I’m writing this actually!) I’ve decided to take the plunge and get myself some permanent makeup. I’ve gotten my brows microbladed to be exact. I’ve been wanting to do this for a very very long time. Before I even thought about becoming a beauty blogger. Some might say thats a little silly doing what I do now, how am I supposed to cover the topic of brows if I never have to do them? Don’t worry I’ll find a way there is still plenty to cover on the aspect. I’m going to make this subject a series. My first post will cover everything that happen today at my appointment, what it was like, how it felt, how I felt afterward and so forth. I’ll then check back in at 3 weeks. Right smack dab in the middle of the healing process. Again, at 6 weeks which is around the time I’ll receive a touch up appointment. Then finally the finale results and feelings about the whole thing!
If this is something that you’ve been mulling over whether you want to do or not then definitly keep reading, and continue with the series while I bring you along on this journey!
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Where to begin…
I feel like there’s so much to cover in my first initial process and consultation that I’m just going to run through it as best I can in chronological order. This is also going to be like a review of the lovely woman I had actually do my brows along with the establishment. I’ll run through and give you the best insight possible to some of the big questions I know a lot of people probably wonder with such a procedure and I really hope I can hit all of them without writing a novel xD.
First, what is microblading?
Microblading is the process in which a professional that speciallizes in the art takes a specially designed tool and ‘cuts’ hair strokes over where your eyebrows natrually sit. Ink is inserted into the skin with each stroke, this is mannually done. The microblading technique’s purpose is to volumize and fill the look of your brows, or lack there of. Many have turned to microblading to cut out the time comsumstion and inconvience of doing makeup everyday. This causes the look of your eyebrows to be wear resistint and water resistent, eliminating the weakness that makeup obviously has. While the prodcedure is not completely permanent their longevity vaires so ask your artist.
The who and where
There are a lot of options here in Vegas that you can go and have someone cut up your face to make you pretty. However, not all of them are equal. I searched through a few different places. Although, where I had ultimately decided to go had an upper hand from the start. I know two people personally that had gone here so in the end having the personal recommendation from not just one but two different people is what won that for me. Along with the extraordinary portfolio made it fairly simple of a decision. That place is Black Spade Tattoo and my extremely talented microblading artist is Jen. (I’ll have links to Jens social media at the bottom!) This tattoo shop is uniquely located in a locomotive at the back of the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas. I didn’t spend to much time in the front train (which is where tattoos are done) Jen’s set up is located in the back caboose! With any place that involves needles, blood, and that sort of thing. You want to make sure the environment is clean and sanitary. While the establishment’s structure is definitely different then any other, these standards were certainly met. There are also tons of Jen’s work all hung up so you can see the quality you are paying for. Which brings up the next question I’m sure most have.
What’s the cost?
I’m just going to be upfront about this. This is not a question I’m going to answer. I’m not going to tell you want I paid or give you an average cost. What Jen or any other artist decides to charge is based on a handful of variables and it isn’t my place to determine that or give anyone false information. Your best bet would be to contact the shop you go to or Jen if you’re here in Vegas, and she will tell you. Remember, anything of quality is worth it.
What did it feel like? Does microblading hurt?
Pain is subjective. With that said I have 8 tattoos so I’m a little more experienced with pain. When we first started is when it hurt the most. It was like long dragged out hair plucks and I think what made it worse was you can’t close your eyes and squint like you normally would when something hurts. The peak of my brow bone is where it hurt the most. After the first pass a numbing gel/cream was applied and in comparison to the first time, its all down hill coasting from here. The cream dramatically stunts the feeling of the strokes so much so I barely remember feeling most of it in the middle of this whole process. Towards the very end I began to feel it more again but we were just about finished so nothing to bad.
Immediate post procedure expectations
Your brows are gonna be looking fresh and AMAZING! For the rest of the day. After that they are going to get bold and DARK even darker if you matched to your dark brown or black hair. This is completely normal and you should NOT call your artist and freak out that they used the wrong color ink. At first moving your brows, whether in expression or intentional, as your checking yourself out in the mirror I noticed they stung just a bit when I would bring them downward. Your artist will go over all the post care procedures with you. Furthermore, it’s good to keep in mind you shouldn’t wear makeup for the first week or two. So, besides the fact that they are going to be in the healing process you probably shouldn’t do this right before an event.
Now it’s a waiting game
As I mentioned before, this is going to be a series of posts keeping you updated and bringing you along with me during this process. So far I’m head over heels about how they look and just about everything in general. Jen was awesome and definitely made the whole experience fun and laid back. Which is exactly what you want when you’re allowing someone to take a blade to your face!! Haha
I hope this little introduction to my microblading experience helps you make a clearer and more informative decision for yourself. Subscribe via email to remain updated as I continue to track my progress.
Contact information for Jen located at Black Spade Tattoo in Las Vegas, Nevada