I always thought I had quite good eyebrows when I was younger – I have a natural arch (which I am told is a good thing) and the eyebrow hair is black so what is there, you can clearly see. It was fashionable when I was at school and even Uni to have quite thin eyebrows and so being the fashion slave that I am, I plucked mine to near extinction and so now they don’t really grow back properly outside the thin line I had left! Maybe now also being in my thirties has got something to do with it – is thinning eyebrows an age thing? Probably!
So, a few years later, along comes Cara Delevingne with her beautiful big bushy eyebrows and suddenly big eyebrows are in! Bugger! Not that I don’t like big eyebrows, because I do, its just I don’t naturally have them anymore so what’s a girl to do! Well this girl did what most others did and drew them on. This worked to the extent that I had fuller bigger eyebrows, however I did get a bit carried away sometimes and would catch sight of myself in changing room mirror and get a bit of a fright. Being quite pale doesn’t help either when you draw on big dark eyebrows as you can see from this selection of pics…
So anyway, I had heard of eyebrow tattooing and I had seen a few bad examples which had put me off. I think they used to (and some still do) just tattoo one solid eyebrow on to your face, which usually looks as fake as drawing it on – it just means you don’t have the hassle of doing it every day. What I had done is called microblading where they use a thin tattoo needle to tattoo individual hairs and you can see the results from the before and after pics below (excuse the tired, hungover, makeup free face!!)…
I am so happy with them I cannot tell you. I spent an absolute fortune on every eyebrow pencil and utensil that came out, trying to draw on the perfect brow, but none of them really looked or worked that well. I had seen lots of before and after photos of people who had the microblading done before I did it, so I knew it was going to be good, I just didn’t realise it would be this good.
Without wanting to sound too dramatic (which of course I never am!) it has actually changed my life! I love the look of them and it makes my makeup free face (which is not seen often!) look so much better. It also shaves quite a bit of time off my morning makeup routine which is good, because I am usually always running late!
Me falling asleep whilst having it done!
A lot of people have asked if it hurts getting it done and I personally didn’t think it did. It was a little uncomfortable at times but I was fine and it is definitely less painful than a normal tattoo. It does take quite a long time (good few hours) and I was quite hungover and tired, so I did nod off a few times lying on the bed – hence the tired makeup free face in the pics!
I had mine done whilst I was abroad on holiday (at a place recommended by a family friend) but there are lots of places in the UK you can get it done. It usually costs around £280 in the UK and will last 12 – 18 months, after which time you will need a little top up. Just make sure you do your research before you book anywhere, as you want someone properly qualified with lots of experience.
What do you think? Have you had this done or are you thinking about it? Do you suffer from thinning eyebrows like me?
Have a lovely afternoon and I shall be back soon xx