Updated: Jul 7, 2020
When I first started my marketing and sales career, one of my colleagues treated herself to permanent eyeliner. She said it was a real time-saver and cut down on the amount of time she spent getting ready each day. I loved her results but as a young professional it wasn’t in my budget and I knew results varied based on skin type, tone, and a variety of other factors. I filed it away and didn’t think of it.
One day I was browsing LinkedIn and came across a photo of me attending a fundraising reception. My brows looked cartoonish. Like I took a solid brown pencil and painted a perfect arch. It’s funny because I remember thinking I was having a really good make-up day. At least I thought I was. Here's a photo from last fall when I thought I was having a great brow day.
I love make-up but do not spend enough time watching YouTube videos or tutorials to be an expert. And, these days great eyebrows are all the rage. After all, brows help frame your face or your masterpiece. And, who doesn’t want killer eyebrows?
I began to stalk the Instagram account of Brows by Jovanna, a Wilmington based eyebrow mastermind. She has gorgeous photos showing microblading and powder brow shading and even just brow shaping. And, all of her clients looked fantastic.
So, I booked a consultation. She's so popular that it took 2 months or so to get in. In the meantime, I created a Pinterest board named "Beat Brows" for inspiration.
What to expect during the consultation?
We discussed why this fits into my lifestyle,
What to expect from the procedure
What to expect afterward.
My make-up esthetic (natural)
Desired brow color. I'm currently wearing 3-dimensional blond highlight color in my natural 4c hair and wanted something that was dark brown and not black. Plus, who really has jet black brows? But, that’s another topic.
During the appointment, she also explained, it will take one visit plus a follow-up to achieve desired results. She gave me a lot of literature to read and review. I loved her spirit and essence. And I decided to book my service. We decided to go with powder brows because microblading can sometimes result in scarring especially for those of us of a darker hue. I am prone to scaring and have small keloids on my ear so this was definitely the best solution for me.
So, although I read and re-read the instructions the one thing I forgot is that you shouldn’t drink caffeine before the appointment. I avoided caffeine in the days leading up to my appointment but was on cup number two when I arrived for my appointment that afternoon.
Also, you should avoid scheduling during your menstrual cycle because typically your sensitivity increases and you cannot take any medications to treat menstrual cramps leading up to your procedure. Here's more on that: https://www.byrdie.com/getting-a-tattoo-during-your-menstrual-period-3975449
Because I didn’t heed the advice, a lot of bleeding and discomfort. Bleeding can have an adverse effect on your results. Luckily, she was still able to complete the procedure. I don't have any additional tattoos so this experience was a first. And, it was more than slightly uncomfortable. There were moments my ears were watering from the discomfort. I still managed to fall asleep during the procedure, only to have that crazy dream where I’m falling and I jerked myself up. I thought my results were in the trash. But, again Jovanna is a pro!