Last week, I gave you a little peek at my new microbladed eyebrows that I’m so excited about. I over waxed and over-tweezed my eyebrows in my early 20s and they never grew back. Microblading seemed to offer a more natural look than me drawing them on everyday. I received a bunch of questions about the microblading process and I’ve tried to answer them all in this post.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent process microblading where a brow specialist uses a specially-made tool to delicately scratch the brow into the skin, strand-by-strand. In the state of Illinois, microblading is considered a tattoo. But unlike a tattoo, microbladed eyebrows tend to fade over time.
How did you pick Evertrue Salon to have your microblading?
About a year ago, an Instagram friend of mine–Nicole Regan–posted about having her eyebrows microbladed at Evertrue Salon in Chicago. She raved about the salon and her results. After being unlucky in finding microblading services that people were happy with closer to home, I started following Evertrue Salon on Instagram with the hopes of becoming brave enough to pull the trigger.
In January, Evertrue–which also has a salon in New York–posted that they were looking for training models for their new brow specialists in Chicago. After being reassured I had nothing to worry about, I booked my appointment.
Can you walk me through the process?
The microblading process is pretty simple. First, a specialist evaluates your current eyebrow situation and the shape of your face. She then carefully sketches on your eyebrows with a cosmetic pencil, stopping several times to ask your opinion on how they look before finalizing the design. Once you agree to the shape, the specialist will mix a custom color that complements your skintone and hair color. She then puts a numbing cream on your eyebrow area and has you sit for 20 minutes while it absorbs. Once the numbing cream is set, the specialist can begin to microblade each eyebrow. All of the tools used in microblading are completely sanitized and the salon still asks that all clients wear masks.
Does it hurt?
Not at all! The numbing cream really works. Once it wore off, my eyebrows and forehead felt a little tight, but no pain. That feeling was totally gone by the next day.
How long does the process take?
From check in to check out, it was two hours.
Is there any downtime?
Evertrue asks that you don’t get your new eyebrows for 24 hours and that you avoid excessive sweating for a week to 10 days. After three days, they suggest putting a healing cream on your eyebrows at nighttime. I really think this helps prevent any peeling that can sometimes happen as the eyebrows heal. I went to a basketball game for my son the night after my initial treatment and didn’t feel self conscious at all.
How many appointments are involved?
When you have your brows microbladed, it’s a two-step process: the initial appointment and six weeks later, a perfecting one. Both appointments took 2 hours for me and I had little to no redness after each one.
How long does it last?
I think the staying power of the eyebrows varies from person to person. Evertrue says they typically last 12 to 18 months. Because I had so few of my own eyebrows, I may go back for another perfecting appointment in about six months to fill in any gaps.
How much does it cost?
Ann Park was my brow specialist and she charges $550. This includes the initial appointment and the perfecting appointment. However, Ann is running a special through the end of April for 20% off this price, so if you’re thinking about this service, now would be a good time to do it. (Note: Because I was a training model, this service only cost me $100.)
Did you leave a tip?
Yes! There are little envelopes at the check-in desk for you to leave a tip as you would at any other salon.
Is there parking at Evertrue?
Evertrue is located on beautiful Oak Street. There is a self-park garage at the corner of State and Oak where it is super easy to park. I think it was $27 for each of my appointments.
How do I book an appointment?
You can call Evertrue Salon or book your appointment online. Here is the link for more information.
Please let me know if I forgot anything. I’m happy to answer any other questions you can think of.
Top photo of me by Jenn Marie Photography