I Finally Microbladed My Eyebrows and They Look Stunning

If I do say so myself

05.09.17
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I love my eyebrows, but they require an insane amount of maintenance. This is confounding, as they haven’t been waxed or plucked since 2009. They’re thick, but in some parts my eyebrow hair is almost translucent, so I have to comb them over into place Donny Trump style and then set them with a clear gel probably made of like, horse plasma or koala semen. But on this old face of mine, with sweat that trickles from my pink peachfuzzed pores and hormonal acne that surges to the surface like a tulip in May and lips that I feel benefit from just a touch of Restylane (you know, like, as commentary on femininity…..), my eyebrows are all I really have.

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I know I’m on the luckier end of the spectrum of eyebrow-related maladies as I don’t pick or pluck and they haven’t fallen out on their own accord, but I still want more. So I decided to get microblading, a procedure which is almost as scary and literal as it sounds.

I went under the knife with Piret Aava, The Eyebrow Doctor. Piret’s got an Instagram following and her own set of beautiful brows. She’s not really a doctor, but rather an aesthetician and tattoo artist certified in microblading and cosmetic tattoos. Her waitlist is over a year long and her microblading services are a simply mind-boggling $1,500 a session, but due to my incredibly annoying email persistence (“Hey, there”) and the ability to make myself seem more important than I really am (“I’m a writer at Man Repeller…”), Piret let me into her office gratis. I just want to make that clear here. I spent that $1,500 on moisturizer and lean deli meats, I’m sure.

First, she numbed me up, and then she drew a guide around my brows with eye pencil. Like an adult coloring book, only with blood and ink and facial flesh instead of a zen mandala or an English garden scene.

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I was apprehensive about the size of the box she drew around my brows and the color of ink we decided on, and I did a lot of fussing about, like going to the bathroom twice and asking Piret to explain her special YouTube influencer-style halo light thing to me, but eventually, we had to get down to business. I laid down on her table, and she went to work with a sterile metal blade. It looked like an X-acto knife with a sparkly purple handle, which I thought was a nice girly touch.

Piret draws feathered strokes in the same direction as hair grows to create a natural-looking optical illusion of eyebrow hair. The blading hurt, but my hearty midwestern pride suffered through it, white knuckles gripping onto my own white knuckles. In all, Piret did about 30 strokes on each brow, but she said that it can be more than 100 strokes depending on your eyebrow fullness.

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When I looked in the mirror, I was like “Damn!” My brows looked thick as hell, and not Instagram flat-ombre-brow thick. Just lush and natural and about two shades darker than my normal brows. I made Piret show me the bloody utensils, which she did not permit me to take a photo of, and went on my way. She told me not to freak out if I got home and they seemed too dramatic, or if I woke up the next morning regretting it. She also said not to exfoliate.

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By the time I got home though, I was freaking out. They appeared almost black, and the vertically growing hairs on my inside brow corners looked like they’d been put in eyebrow jail, Piret’s thin strokes serving as the bars. I regretted it. I considered exfoliating the tattoo off. Piret told me the brows would last anywhere from one to three years, and I remember waking up and looking in my disgusting toothpaste-spattered mirror thinking, “I’ve ruined my face for my three last nubile years.”

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But my sister Julia, whose eyebrows are bigger than Jesus, told me to wait it out. I’m so glad I did.

In two days, they started fading, every day just a hint less dire, until they reached the state captured in this picture.

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No offense, but I look gorgeous.

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They’ve stayed this shade for about two weeks now, and I’ve gotten tons of compliments, but nobody’s guessed what’s up. In fact, I wanted people to know so bad that I read an essay aloud in a Very Serious Class with an Important Writing Professor mentioning the eyebrow tattoos just so somebody would know. Everyone was like, “Hmm, weird choice.” But then, people not on this website are not entirely my people.

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Next week, I’m going back to Piret for my touch-up session, suggested four to six weeks after the initial appointment. I’m going to ask her to microblade a hairy heart of my lover’s name on my bicep, too.

Claire Carusillo is a freelance and fiction writer in New York. She writes a weekly beauty newsletter offering off-label product usage advice. Collage by Maria Jia Ling Pitt; photos via Claire Carusillo.

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  • Catarina Assunção

    Soooooo funnnnny! They look amazing, girl!

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      ty!!

  • Jenelle

    Loved this, so hilarious! Just got my brows microbladed this weekend and it is singlehandedly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I haven’t been able to stop looking at myself in the mirror or any other reflective surface I encounter (hopefully that stops soon because I’m starting to feel really vain).

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      KEEP LOOKING, BABY!

      • Jenelle

        Oh and forgot to mention that your eyebrows look absolutely phenomenal!

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    I SO want to try this but the pain – and price tag (mostly the price tag)- are scary. Though if I had the extra cash to do it I totally would.

  • Cristina

    I wanna microblaaadeeeeee. Ugh. They look amazing. I am def team natural brow, Instagram brows are so harsh and overdone. And also, like… why doesn’t anyone ever tell them you can see your real eyebrow and where the eyebrow pencil stars? Like overlining lips. WE CAN SEE YOU. I don’t understand. Your natural brows are gorg as well! I tried growing my out… but alas.. I think they are done growing lol.

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      i’ve been experimenting with grapeseed oil and peppermint combined on my brows! try this? revitabrow definitely works but so $$ and maybe poison? idk

      • Cristina

        I had heard castor oil. I tried a couple nights but then when I did haven’t instant Selma Hayek brows I quit haha. I have all the above oils, I’ll try it out!

  • wowowow these look amazing. i’m sold!

    http://www.vendelawellness.com

  • beccamu

    “No offense, but I look gorgeous.” -amazing line. I am NOT offended I am ~INSPIRED~. Need to do this

  • lauren a.

    How bad was the pain?? I really wanna but am also terrified of said x-acto knife to face….

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      it wasn’t so bad, but my face pain tolerance is pretty high after a few years getting peels, sugaring, etc, etc for stories i write! it was most painful nearest to the eyelid.

      piret blocks out 2 hours, i think, but it took maybe no more than 15 minutes. definitely depends on how sparse your brows are, though!!

  • Your brows look amazing!!! While I don’t do Instagram brows, I do have to fill them in everyday since my natural brows are super sparse. Might want to try this sometime in the future so I don’t have to spend that time every morning…

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      i also am a filler-inner since my natural brows are translucent!

  • Sarah O’Dea

    No offense, but you look seriously gorgeous

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      wow THANK YOU

  • Mya Patel

    No offence but you are gorgeous and you’d look amazing with any type of bright lip on. it was a thought i said out loud to a screen in front of humans so it was only right that i shared it with you.

    • CLAIRE CARUSILLO

      omg, crying with gratitude!

  • starryhye

    Claire, your brows look great! Furthering my own desire to get my brows microbladed…

  • kc

    “No offense, but I look gorgeous.”
    True ❣️

  • Charlotte Evans

    You look so beautiful. I hope this ‘trend’ doesn’t die out before I’ve saved up to afford this procedure 😉

  • Your eyebrows look even better now, if that was at all possible!
    And also: “But my sister Julia, whose eyebrows are bigger than Jesus,” hahahahaha!

  • MO_Thomas

    I really want to microblade!!!! If I had the money to do so, I would’ve already been, I’ve done tons of research on microblading and I honestly would not go to anyone locally because I do not live in a big city so there’s not a lot of people that do this, so I would have to travel a little bit but I would love to go and stay for about 2 weeks so I can get my touch up but I have really been looking into it and I truly want to get this done.. It’s kind of hard being a single Mother and also taking the role of (Being A Mother To My Mother) taking care of my Mother that has Huntington’s Disease and also playing the Mother role to my oldest brother so I rarely have time for myself.. but thank you for sharing your experience and I apologize for rambling..

  • Kay Nguyen

    Wow Your eyebrows book amazing afterward! They frame your face so nicely <3

    https://www.myblackcloset.com

  • meme

    I am always surprised at how different the results look with this. Yours looks great, very naturally blessed with amazing eyebrows, but I’ve seen some very unnatural very tatooed eyebrows.

  • lily

    claire you beautiful sunflower i am obsessed with you

  • Lacey Bergevin

    I have an appointment next month – and I am really nervous and compulsively looking at brows on instagram all day long. It only costs $500 in portland, maybe worth the trip? 🙂 I am doing microshading/blading combo. Please post an update after your next appointment!

    • mosaysso

      If I may ask, where in Portland are you going? (Assuming you mean Portland, Ore!)

    • Perhaps find somebody with intro deals? That’s what I’m going to do next month! And I already looked at her small portfolio and she is incredible with what little experience she has so I am totally confident doing it this way and I’m getting it for $150 😀👀🖒💃

  • Michelle E

    I just had it done yesterday and am in the heavy regret stage. They seem sooooo black even though I picked a brunette shade. It probably doesn’t help that they are covered in Aquaphor. Hope they look as great as yours! Have you had the month post touch up yet?

  • AJ Campbell

    I just had mine done and they appear uneven. She used all the tools and the apps. But I have one lazy eye. Is there anything I can do?

    • Catherine Wiedel

      I just had mine done. Im in the regret stage. They are much thicker, dark, and i feel uneven. I hope they turn out well. We will see.