Hey guys! I'm back with an other post. Today's post is going to be a little different: It's about my eyebrow microblading experience. I thought about getting my eyebrows microbladed for a long time. The only thing I was unsure of was where to get it done because I didn't know any good salon. When she reached out to me I was really excited and immediately booked an appointment the same day.
I'm pretty happy with the amount of brow hairs I have, especially towards the end, but what I was really struggling with when doing my make-up was, my brow shape. They naturally don't have the same shape, thickness and length and I thought microblading was perfect for semi-permanently getting the shape I've always wanted and tried to create with brow products every day. I think eyebrows are such important features of your face, eyebrows frame your face. When I look at someone, the first thing I notice are their eyes, and so their eyebrows.
There is going to be a part II once I've had my touch-up appointment and my eyebrows are fully healed so I can talk about the healing process and the final result.. so keep an eye out for that in a few weeks!

What is microblading? 

Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow "tattoo". It's a 3D technique and a special pen is used to draw individual strokes on eyebrows. The results look really natural and it does not go as deep into the skin as a normal tattoo (3 layers of skin instead of 7). Depending on your skin type and how you take care of your microbladed brows, the tattoo can last from 1 to 4 years.

How does the procedure work?

I got my brows microbladed at HiBrows in Zurich. The salon is owned by Yasmin Koblet and she is currently renovating her studio. She uses Phibrows products, which are the best pigments in the world and they have the most experience in microblading. What also made me feel really comfortable during the whole procedure was, that she also works as a make-up artist at MAC. So, she does not only see my eyebrows though a beautician's eye, but also through a make up artist's eye! I told her what look I wanted and then she measured my eyebrows. She then found the "golden ratio" or perfect fit for my face and drew them on with a pen. With the help of an app she also checked if my brows were looking symmetrical, if the arch was too high, if the tail was too long etc. and then the whole procedure began. She used a special tiny scalpel with multiple blades, which are then dipped into pigment before making the individual, tiny cuts into the eyebrows.

"golden ratio" - picture found on amazon

Does it hurt?

This is the most asked question I got on Snapchat and Instagram. I know in the US and in other countries they use numbing cream to numb the area so you won't feel anything. Lucky you if you live in one of those countries! I was not that lucky and I had to get it done without numbing cream because here in Switzerland, only doctors are allowed to use numbing creams on their patients. But I have to say it was not that painful. On a scale from 1-10, the pain was a 5 for me. Also, she went over my brows 3 times and only the first time was painful, the second and third were not painful at all. One thing that was worse than the pain, or I should call it discomfort, was the sound. It's a scratching sound.

What does the after-care look like?

I have to avoid getting the area wet for the next two weeks, which means I have to keep my face dry during a shower. I have to avoid getting sweaty, so that means no heavy workouts for the next 2 weeks because the sweat will pull the pigment out of my skin. When my eyebrows start healing I'm not allowed to touch them, even when they're itchy, no picking at scabs, no tugging! And of course I'm not allowed to put any products on my brows until they're fully healed, so no make up/brow products. It takes my brows 4-6 weeks until they're fully healed and then I have my next appointment. Right now, my eyebrows are really dark but as they're healing they'll get really light and then towards the end of the healing process they'll become darker again and they'll look like my natural hairs.

How much does it cost?

I can't speak for every salon but where I got it done it costs 500 Swiss Francs without shadowing and 550 Swiss Francs with shadowing. One touch-up appointment is included in this price. Getting an other touch-up within the first 12 months costs 250 Swiss Francs.

Here are my results:

In conclusion, I'm more than happy with my experience! Yasmine was such a sweetheart, I immediately felt comfortable around her and with her doing my eyebrows (because eyebrows are important guys!). I can only recommend her to anyone, she truly loves what she's doing, you can feel that vibe and you can see it in the results! Thank you so much again! 

If you want to check out Yasmine's work, this is her Instagram account @hibrows_microblading and her Facebook page Hibrows Microblading by Yasmine Koblet.