So I’ve had brow envy for years. It started in the junior high when Drew Barrymore had sexy skinny arches and I had one flat, irregular caterpillar creeping across my forehead. I tweezed and waxed through the 90s and early millennium. At which point eyebrows started bulking up. Cara Delevingne had young eyebrows on fleek, and I had more hair on my chin than I did framing my eyes.
I took notes on YouTube videos, blog posts, and even had three different makeup artists attempt to explain to me how to avoid looking like I got attacked by a sharpie. There were investments in powders, pencils, and waxes. And in the end, I tried to accept that I would never have a good brow day.
But my brows still secretly dreamed of sharp Audrey Hepburn arches.
While naturally feeding my eyebrow envy via social media, I came across Microblading on Instagram. Microblading is a form of tattoo. Pigment is implanted under the dermal second layer of skin via a manual handheld tool featuring several tiny needles in a row. The precise pen-like device allows the brow master to draw hair like strokes and yield amazingly natural-looking arches
What I loved about my brow master Marilee from Complete Brows was her after care program. She walked me through exactly what I needed to do to maintain my semi-permanent results. And fellow Arizonans who want to try her out can get $25 off by mentioning my name. PS-the process didn’t hurt any more than tweezing or waxing for the record.
Now I get to wake up with perfect brows and take them with me wherever I go. Having part of my beauty routine consistently done better than I could ever do it myself is basically life changing, like cell phones and pebble ice. I have four kids. Which is to say I have at least two assistants in my beauty routine every morning. One might be trying to give the toilet seat a bold red lip while the other tries to take a fully clothed shower. Which means I have to triage my beauty and be fast and decisive about what I choose to do.
In the end, I practice the same philosophy in beauty that I do in fashion. Beauty procedures should help me feel more like myself and allow me to spend less time thinking about how I look. Microblading allows me to get to work doing what is really important to me, with eyebrows on point of course.