Hi, I’m Liv, and I’m a beauty guinea-pig. I’d heard about eyebrow microblading as a treatment to achieve semi-permanent make-up on the brows, and I thought, “What a brilliantly simple way to reduce my daily maintenance and improve my looks.” I mean, it's just permanent ink, a needle, and your face what could possibly go wrong?
Confession: I wasn’t unhappy with my eyebrows. As a Millennial teenager, I didn’t over pluck, and since then I’ve kept the slugs in shape with a mixture of wax, threading and salon tinting. However, I’d grown bored of continuously filling them in with a coloured pencil every. Single. Day. Also, you can only use a pencil so much before the resulting brows clearly look fake, and that wasn't the look I was going for.
After plenty of research, I settled on trusting my face with Browz – the Middle East’s first premium brow bar dedicated to perfecting the arch, colour and consistency of eyebrows. The first mistake I nearly made was going to the salon without any of my usual eyebrow make-up on. I told a friend about the Big Day, and she advised to go in looking how I want them to look, rather than letting the beauty technician make all the big decisions. Wise words. The second mistake I nearly made was booking an appointment during TOTM (time of the month), as your skin is more sensitive.
After booking a slot with beautician Simona, I was sent a text confirming the appointment, plus advising me to not consume coffee or non-soft drinks at least 4-6 hours before turning up.
On arrival, I had numbing cream placed on my brows ten minutes before being summoned to a treatment room. Next, I signed a medical form while Simona started the consultation, covering everything from my expectation to dream shape. Using a compass, she mapped out in pencil the look, and once we agreed she began work. By this, I mean she started the tattooing technique, in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add pigment to my skin. Apologies if you read that paragraph and are squeamish.
Simona repeated the strokes twice (three times is optional) and allowed the pigment to take before filling in any gaps and checking the symmetry of the brows. I’m not sure if I have a high pain threshold, but the treatment genuinely didn’t hurt. It was mildly uncomfortable, and I didn’t enjoy hearing the slicing noise, but other than that I was good to go.
Looking in the mirror after, I was hesitant, but I absolutely loved the result. Immediately, my brows were in much better shape (literally) than before my eyebrow makeover began. The best part? They looked totally natural.
Here’s what you need to know about aftercare:
- No eyebrow make-up 72 hours after treatment
- Clean brows with a wet cotton pad every 1hour for the first day after a treatment and twice a day the following 7 days (this is what will make them flake less during the healing period of the first week.)
- No water for a week on eyebrows (it’s dry healing)
- No steam or facial treatments
- No sunbathing
- Avoid public waters to avoid of getting any infections
What you see above isn't the final product, because part of microblading (at most salons) is a second, complimentary appointment four to five weeks later to touch up any areas where the ink may not have set properly. I'm booked in before the end of the month.
But I leave you with this: My bold brows are the business and have completely transformed my face. And I think this every. Single. Day.
Browz, The Mall, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai. Prices range from Dhs2,500 to Dhs3,500 depending on the artist. To book an appointment call +971 4 321 4828 or visit browz.group