Since I was 12 years old I have felt insecure about my eyebrows. Thick and uneven, I always had a hard time maintaining a clean and sophisticated look. My first attempts with tweezers resulted in a look similar to Picasso's cubist paintings with their typical disfigured faces. Then I decided to go to a professional salon to try to get my hair waxed hot, but unfortunately thin eyebrows were still in vogue and you can imagine what a mess that turned out to be, especially when trying to apply eye shadow at the same time. However, little by little I learned how to shape them and accept that although they are very similar, the eyebrows are more like sisters than twins.
Once someone told me that the eyebrows were the frame of the face, and that statement stuck in my mind. It was the time when megastars like Cara Delevigne were putting on thick eyebrows in fashion and beauty brands were starting to take out products of all kinds to get a similar look. Maybe I could get just as amazing eyebrows too.
Microblading Step # 2
I tried powders, gels and pencils, but the truth is that I am too lazy when it comes to putting on makeup and I often leave the house with a washed face and a high ponytail. In short, putting on makeup on a daily basis is not my thing, but I still kept dreaming of having the perfect eyebrows one day. It was at that moment that I met Piret Aava, the famous The Eye Brow Doctor. She told me about a process called microblading, a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo where a professional draws your eyebrow hairs one by one with a portable tool (instead of the typical gun) to obtain a natural look.
Aava invited me to his office in Manhattan to do the treatment and it didn't take me a second to accept. I was dying to see how they were going to leave me! A few weeks later I came to her office for my expected appointment. During the first hour we talked about the shape of the eyebrow that I wanted to obtain and together we decided which look was going to favor me the most. While we were talking, she filled my eyebrows with liner that was lighter than my natural eyebrow tone so that the new shape could be distinguished, and once we decided how she wanted them she painted me landmarks that she would use when tattooing me.
I consider myself to be good at putting up with the pain, but as I didn't know what to expect, I became very nervous. Aava had told me that what I was going to feel was like a broken pencil scratching my face and that I was going to numb the area so it wouldn't hurt as much. He applied an ointment that he covered with a plastic so that my skin absorbed the numbness faster. My hands started to sweat thinking about the pain, but the emotion was much more powerful. Aava inserted the dye into his slim tool and started. Every stroke hurt - I will not lie to you - but the expert was wonderful and told me that she will focus on my breathing which helped me a lot. In a very short time it was over and the moment of truth had arrived. I got up really fast to see my new eyebrows, and I couldn't believe it!
Had my eyebrows become twins? Having the perfect eyebrows was no longer just a dream, but a reality. They looked amazing!
To get the best possible result, the expert advised me not to get my eyebrows wet for a week and not to use eyebrow products (not that I still need them). Since the skin in that area was still open I did not want the water to discolor the dye or the products to cause an infection. She gave me an antibiotic ointment that I had to put on for the first 24 hours and recommended that I apply petroleum jelly to my eyebrows when taking a shower so that the water would run off over me. I followed her advice to the letter and a month later I returned to her office for a touch up. This time Aava gave my eyebrows more dimension to achieve an even more subtle and natural look.
Six months have passed since the treatment and I couldn't be happier with the decision I made. Aside from looking better, I feel better and at the end of the day that is the most important thing.