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week 6 positive: eyebrow microblading.

Genetics are pretty powerful. So is over-plucking. Combine them, and you have my lack of eyebrows. And for as long as I can remember I’ve had to pencil them in. They’ve been all shapes and sizes – from thin to lopsided to dramatically arched to too close together. But the worst part of having sparse brows: The stress and time it takes to pencil them in every morning and worrying if they’re still on throughout the day. (My lack of brows were even the reason I didn’t start triathlon sooner, too… pretty lame, right?)

Week 6 positive: eyebrow microblading

So, last week I finally decided enough was enough. I had my brows microbladed. And because it’s a semi-permanent tattoo (on my face…!), it means no more Covergirl or Sephora pencils. More importantly, it means waking up with brows and feeling like a normal human. Goodbye, self-consciousness! 

The entire procedure – at Brass Knuckle tattoo shop in Minneapolis – took about two hours (there’s a touch-up after 4-6 weeks, too). After washing off my current brows and applying a topical numbing cream, the artist, Emily, and I discussed my why and what shape I wanted. She then freehand blocked a brow shape (they looked perfect!), and after my approval, she started microblading. 

The microblading itself wasn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t unbearable, either. It kinda felt like how I’d imagine a scalpel to feel as it lightly cuts through the top layer of skin. Uncomfortable for sure, but the end result – brows that look three-dimensional – is worth every second to finally have brows that looks real (and brows that won’t wash off while swimming!). 

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  • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    02/19/2017 at 2:47 pm

    WOW!! What a transformation! Looks great!!

    • erin
      03/04/2017 at 11:10 am

      Thanks, Leslie! Super happy with them!

  • Feisty Eats
    02/19/2017 at 5:16 pm

    It’s crazy how something like brows can hold a person back!? I have my own personal hang ups, of course too. Good for you – they look beautiful! Way to take charge!!

    • erin
      03/04/2017 at 11:10 am

      Right?! I let it go on for way too long, too. Thank you – really happy with them!

  • Alyssa Kurt
    02/20/2017 at 9:00 am

    They look great! I’m impressed by what tattoo artists can do!

    • erin
      03/04/2017 at 11:13 am

      Me, too – so impressive. Thanks, Alyssa!

  • Anna
    02/21/2017 at 2:29 am

    When you posted these photos on Instagram I had to google microblading. You look fantastic, the brow shape looks very natural and really really suits you!

    • erin
      03/04/2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much, Anna! I’m thrilled with them! Emily did an awesome job!

  • Jessie
    02/25/2017 at 3:09 pm

    Wow! Very cool. I had never heard of microblading before. You mention a touch up in 4-6 weeks and then does it last forever?

    • erin
      03/04/2017 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much, Jessie! I’d heard of it, but didn’t know this is what it was. It will last up to three years (with a touch-up again around 12 months). Worth it – and, I’ll definitely have it done again then, too!

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