I have gotten SO many messages asking about what Microblading is and what it’s like to get your brows done! So I thought I’d write up a blog post and talk about my experience.
From when I was just a child, I always had bushy, thick eyebrows that were definitely a little bit uncontrollable. I always had comments from other kids saying “It looks like caterpillars on your face!” and “Why do your eyebrows look like that?”. It really got me down, it wasn’t until the age of 14 I discovered TWEEZERS! Ah, I guess we all know what’s happened from there.. The not-so lovely journey of overplucked brows. My once, thick, bushy (and beautiful 💔) eyebrows were no longer, instead they were thin, patchy and looked almost like sperm. Yikes.
So hard looking back at these photos. I was 14, I should have not been allowed near those tweezers at all.
5 years later, my eyebrows have definitely grown back to their bushy state, however they were super patchy and were so hard to maintain. As soon as I discovered brow powder, pomade and gel at the age of 17 I started playing around with making my eyebrows my ideal shape. I was so stoked with life! My eyebrows were definitely a big insecurity of mine after the over plucking incident, so being able to create the shape I wanted them to be was amazing.
This year I discovered something called Microblading. I had always seen photos of people getting their eyebrows done all over my Instagram feed, I always wanted to get mine done but was so scared of how permanent it is!
There was one page in particular that I kept seeing the most INCREDIBLE brows in her photos, and that was Feather Touch By Cherie. Her work was one of the most precise and perfect I had ever seen, some of the brows looked so natural, fluffy and perfect you couldn’t even tell it was Microblading! Definitely one of a kind and super talented.
Check out her IG page here.
After weeks and weeks of being super indecisive whether I wanted to get them done or not, I was like ‘eh just do it!!’. So I bit the bullet and made my appointment. I was so excited, mainly because I was going to be able to wear no makeup and still feel confident about my brows, which was a huge thing for me!
What is Microblading?
Microblading is essentially, a form of tattooing. However it is slightly different as they place the pigment underneath your skin using a hand-held tool instead of your usual tattooing machine. This process means they are able to create precise lines that mimic hair strokes, meaning your brows look natural and full.
How long does Microblading last for?
Usually with Microblading they last for around 12-18 months before you can decide whether you need a colour boost.
Feather Touch Brows by Cherie:
I decided to go with Cherie as she does some of the most unique, beautiful brows I have seen throughout New Zealand. Her Feather Touch studio is located within her salon House of Chic which is located in Aoeta, Wellington. So for all my wellington gals, definitely check her out if you are looking into getting this done!
On the day of the microblading, you are to apply numbing cream (EMLA cream) to your brows 40 minutes prior your appointment.
I walked into the salon and was stunned by how gorgeous and chic it was. It definitely has a luxury feel which I loooove. Cherie gets you to fill out required paperwork before the procedure so she knows exactly what you are wanting from the procedure, as each eyebrow is customised to what you are wanting. Which is awesome!
I had told her my experience with overplucking when I was younger and that I wanted my eyebrows to still look natural, but also for the patches to be filled in. She drew out a stencil over my brows to customise my brows to fit my face, and also to get the idea of what shape I was looking for.
(Photo Credit: Feather Touch By Cherie)
Cherie was super lovely and so easy to talk to, she made sure to talk through each step of the procedure in depth so you would understand what is happening during the procedure. I was super nervous as I had never had any cosmetic tattooing done to my face, she made me feel completely at ease and told me it would be over before I knew it. I was so excited!
What kind of brows does Cherie specialise in? And how can I find out what the best option for me?
Cherie has a list of brows that she specialises in. Starting with:
- Powder Fill Brows – Perfect for those who prefer filled in and defined brows. Gives a more powdered look.
- Ombré Brows – This is where the brows are filled in with two different colours, a darker colour to define the tail and a lighter colour at the front. Perfect for people with oily skin and like to work out a lot!
- Feather Touch Brows – The most natural brows of them all. This is where natural, hair like strokes are placed throughout the brow. Not recommended for clients with oily skin.
- Combination Brows – This is where natural, hair like strokes will be placed at the front whilst a more strong, powdered fill is at the tail.
We decided to go with Feather Touch Brows as I was unsure what I wanted. I wanted natural but I still wanted my eyebrows to look full! Cherie told me the best option is to go with Feather Touch Brows first, and if you still want them more defined you can get them more defined in your follow up session. Perfect! I would say definitely talk to Cherie about what you are wanting from your brow appointment, she can then help you with what technique would suit you the best.
Before the procedure Cherie will apply her own numbing cream which is a lot stronger than the EMLA cream you are required to use before your appointment.
(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)
I was super worried about how painful it would be, but to be completely honest I didn’t feel a thing! It does feel a little strange at first (and also sounds a lil weird, a bit like Velcro!) but you get used to it very quickly, before you know it your brows are all done! She will always go back and fort looking over your brows to ensure everything is looking perfect and in shape.
Side note: During my touch up appointment (4-5 weeks after your first appointment) I did feel a little bit more pain, but Cherie assured me that usually when a client is either stressed or feeling run down (like I was!) they usually feel more pain even with the numbing cream applied. But it was still a breeze to get through and didn’t hurt as bad!
(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)
Here is the outcome of my brows after Cherie worked her magic! I was so impressed, I walked out of the salon feeling invincible with my new addition to my face! I finally felt like my brows brought my face together. She did exactly what I had wanted done to my eyebrows, and I am so happy with them!
(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)
As you can see from my before photo, my eyebrows were very patchy and messy. They were so hard to maintain! It’s so cool looking at the before and after photo, I can’t believe my eyebrow transformation! It has definitely helped so much with my confidence, especially when I’m not wearing makeup! I usually wear a full face of makeup every single day, but from having my brows done I’ve been so minimal with my makeup because I love my brows! Werk it.
Now, Cherie will also go through with you the process of after care you will be required to do after you leave the salon. It is much like getting a tattoo, always keeping it moisturised, wiping and keeping it away from water! And of course, no applying makeup to the brows for 2 weeks!
The first hour of leaving the salon you will be required to wipe and apply Vaseline to your eyebrows every 15 minutes for an hour. And after that once every hour. For the first night it is recommended to apply cling wrap to your brows before going to sleep.
For a couple of days after that you will be required to repeat the process except 3 times a day, usually when you wake up, midday and before you go to bed! For the first couple of days your eyebrows will feel slightly tight, and a bit sore to touch but it does go away. I noticed that around 5 days after the procedure my eyebrows did start to flake a little bit, which is completely normal however you must not pick at it as it can ruin the pigmentation. I found this went away when it got to a week after my appointment.
You will be required to have a follow up appointment 4-6 weeks after your first appointment, this will be your perfecting session. This ensures that the pigmentation will last for the 12-18 months.
Mine had faded slightly when it got around to my follow up appointment, the hair like strokes were definitely still there and looked great but were not as dark as I had wanted them to be. I discussed with Cherie that I had also wanted the tails of my brows to be more thick and defined, which she did perfectly! This is why a follow up appointment is essential after getting your eyebrows Microblading so Cherie can assure your brows are as perfect as possible and exactly what you want!
This photo was taken straight after leaving the salon with my perfected brows!
I am so happy that I decided to get my eyebrows microbladed, this was such an exciting experience for me and I was so glad that I was lucky enough to have Cherie do them for me! Her work is amazing and so unique, honestly the way she did my brows is a dream come true!
If you are thinking about Microblading, definitely do it! It is such an amazing thing, and it’s so cool being able to see your brows transform so perfectly!
I definitely recommend Cherie from Feather Touch by Cherie for Microblading, she is the loveliest person and is so genuine! Check out her Instagram and Facebook , she posts client photos and videos which are so great to look at as they are all so unique and perfect for the client.
Thank you to Cherie for making my microblading experience so amazing and fun! I will definitely be coming back for many years 😉