Every now and then an idea pops into my head and I instantly know it’s going to be a good one. Ok to be fair, I also have my share of bad ones…. but who doesn’t?
For a few years now I have wanted to get my eye brows microbladed. I have researched and had quotes but never actually went through with it for 2 reasons.
- It is expensive and I felt guilty spending that much money when there are so many other things I could be
- It’s a fucking face tattoo, one wrong move and I would have a ‘surprised’ expression on my face until the end of time… or for 12-18 months at least.
But one day as I was driving to work the idea popped into my head again and I decided, I was doing it!
I would justify it as a ‘congratulations on your new job Caitlin present’.
Naturally im not much of a researcher, im more of a lets just see how it goes type of gal, but being a face tattoo I figured that perhaps if there were ever a time to hop onto the research ban wagon this was it.
I put the call out on my facebook page and was inundated with recommendations. The one I finally settled on was from a relatively new business, Microblading by Allure Contour.
One of my friends had seen Amy and her brows looked amazing, they looked full and bold but not in that fake ugmo way. That was all I needed, a real life before and after shot is worth more than 1000’s of insta photos in my opinion.
So I booked and I must say that it is the single best life decision I have EVER made, it may even be better than the time I bought a spray tan machine… which as we all know was a bloody brilliant life choice.
So what is Microblading I hear you ask?
Unlike a normal tattoo which uses a tattoo gun, microblading is done with a small (micro if you will) precision blade. Guided by your technician, it makes small incisions into your skin and a special dye is used as the pigment.
The whole process takes about 2 hours, most of this time is spent by the technician measuring and drawing on your shape to make sure they are perfect. The actual ‘tattoo’ part only takes about 30 minutes!
But does it Hurt?
Yes and No. I mean it is a blade cutting your skin but it is a very tolerable pain, personally I think waxing hurts more.
I would say that the most confronting part is the noise it makes, even though it’s only a hand held blade it’s like a skin popping sound that takes you completely by surprise.
You can have a numbing cream applied but after finding out it can affect the results I choose to only have it applied after all the outlines were all done… Beauty is pain people, deal with it.
What about after care?
Aftercare is everything, do not skip this step and follow it to the letter. Your brows will appear darker for the first 3 days then slowly fade from there. Your technician will give you a list of do’s and don’ts and if you care at all about your brows you will follow them… I didn’t wash my hair for 8 days for fear of getting my brows wet… dry shampoo became my bestie.
How long does it last?
The pigment should last around 12-18 months and then you can have a top up procedure done to get back in the brow game.
Expect to pay between $300-$600 total for both procedures, you’ll need a follow up appointment 4 weeks after your initial appointment for a touch up but this is included in the above pricing.
At Allure Contour I paid $350 all up.
Well a picture speaks a 1000 words so you can see for yourself below! I naturally have very pale brows that refused to grow back after I plucked them to death along with the rest of the women kind in the 90’s/ early 2000’s. I call it the reverse mono-brow… notice how much space there is between my natural brows?!?! Try drawing that on every day and looking like a normal human.
In each of these photos (even the before pic) I have had my brows tinted, which is something I will have to continue to do. I choose to get a darker pigment to match my tint as this is the colour I wanted to end up with.
As you can see the 2nd appointment is crucial, after the initial appointment you may lose a lot of pigment but after the touch up you’re good to go!
I’m so happy with the end result and can’t thank Amy enough, they are just perfect and have made me one happy camper!
If you’re in Adelaide and interested in getting them done you can have a look at Microblading by Allure Contour’s website here.