Okay, today we’re getting down to business. BROW BUSINESS, that is! As a beauty journalist and blogger, I always strive to be ahead of the curve – be it with products or new treatments. Which is why, when I read about microblading for the first time, I was all…

…OH NOOO. I’M GONNA HAVE TO TRY IT!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the newest, semi-permanent way to create perfectly shaped, filled-in brows, am I right? And if you’re sitting there thinking «ummm… that still sounds kind of permanent, Steffi… even without the semi thrown in», you’re right.

Since microblading involves scalpels, ink and a million tiny cuts on your face, the very first thing I did was… research the hell out of microblading in Switzerland. And was quite thrilled to find that one of the estheticians I’ve reviewed in the past, Olga Medved of Beautybox in Zurich, is specialized in microblading.

So I called her up, talked her ear off for a good twenty minutes about her experience with semi-permanent brow etching, reviewed a ton of before and after images of her work… and set a date for my own microblading treatment.

AND YOU GET TO COME ALONG!

Microblading material at Beautybox Zurich, Review by Hey Pretty

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MICROBLADING:

  • This semi-permanent brow enhancing method was created by a serbian make-up artist by the name of Branko Babic. His «PhiBrows» method seems to be one that’s quite well-established in Europe.
  • His method is based on an exact measurement of your natural brows, and then finding the golden ratio «perfect fit» for your face. The technique also features a hyper-realistic way to draw in individual brow hairs for an «extremely natural» result.
  • PhiBrows (and most other microblading techniques) are created using a tiny scalpel with multiple blades, which are then dipped into pigment before making the individual, tiny cuts into the eyebrows.
  • The pigment isn’t applied as deep into the skin as with a conventional tattoo, so this method is deemed semi-permanent. Meaning: It should last around two years, depending on skin type and how it was applied.

No matter who does the microblading, your treatment should include a follow-up appointment to correct and intensify your brows, about 4 weeks after the first one. So make sure your microblader mentions this during your consultation, okay?

At Beautybox, where I’m about to get mine done, the first treatment costs roughly 490 Swiss Francs (about $450), the touch-up clocks in at another 90 to 100 Swiss Francs.

Here are my eyebrows, completely au naturel and without any make-up or pencil:

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And now, we’re ready to get started!

The first microblading session will probably take around 1.5 to 2 hours. If anyone tells you it will take less time, PLEASE keep shopping around for an esthetician who will really take the time to find the perfect shape, okay?

Olga first measured my brows out and drew in the shape she’d go for. As she’s previously shaped and plucked my eyebrows, I trusted her… but still was thinking «Whoa, they’re pretty BIG, aren’t they?».

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Micro_2_Einzeichnen_2 Sketching in eyebrows, Microblading review by Hey Pretty Beauty Blog

I got up and walked around with my sketched-in brows, and after looking at them in the mirror, was happy with the shape and told Olga we could get started!Microblading treatment at Beautybox Zurich, Experience by Hey Pretty

With the PhiBrows method, the pigment itself contains a topical pain killer. Since I’m pretty tough (I gave birth to two babies without drugs, I can probably handle this, right?), I declined a separate application of numbing cream…

My brows took almost an hour to create, and I’m not gonna lie: The pain DID intensify towards the end, but it wasn’t that bad all in all.

Here’s what my brows looked like, immediately after treatment and with a thick layer of Vaseline on them to keep germs out…

Microblading at Beautybox Zurich with Olga Medved, Image by Hey Pretty

…and here’s what I REALLY felt like, upon leaving the spa:Micro_7_Uiui

Evil circus director, anyone? You can imagine that it wasn’t ALL fun, walking around with my reddend, raw-feeling brows, right?

Olga assured me that most of the reddish color is due to the layer of pigment that is lying ON the skin, and will come off once the healing process starts.

Here are my brows, 24 hours post microblading:

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You can already see the individual «hairs», but I’m still pretty freaked out by the intense color!

It took about a week’s healing time for my brows to scab slightly. The color decreased in intensity, too – which was quite a relief.

After four weeks, it was time for my second touch-up session. I was happy with the result so far, and so was Olga. My left brow was slightly less pigmented than the right one, so most of her touch-up happened there.

Here’s my microblading result pre-touch-up:

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The second microblading treatment only lasted about 30 minutes, but I’ll admit I was kind of surprised at how often Olga went over them again.

And (here comes the bad news)… the touch-up HURT LIKE HELL. It could be because I was PMSing, but it was pretty painful, and my eyes teared up the entire time. Olga felt bad and asked if I wanted numbing cream, but I powered through.

Once again, post-touch-up, I had really intense, shiny brows for at least a week. Since you’ll be applying vaseline to them for about five days, you need to KNOW this.

And invest in a pair of oversized sunglasses.

But the final result is worth a couple of weeks of questionable brows, in my opinion!

Microblading Review and Experience, AFTER image by Hey Pretty Beauty Blog Micro_10_Nachher_Closeup

These images are 4 weeks after my touch up, and 8 weeks after my first microblading treatment.

I’m adding this before and after picture in an even larger size, so you can zoom in and see for yourself:

Microblading Before and After image, 8 weeks apart, Review by Hey Pretty Beauty Blog

It’s now been almost three months since I did my brows, and here are my thoughts on this relatively new treatment!

PROS:

  • I love the shape, and it’s a total no-brainer plucking them myself now.
  • I don’t need ANY brow make-up anymore: They are literally naked now, and I’m hoping they’ll stay this pigmented for at least a year or two.
  • Even without any other make-up, I still look «done», and my defined brows give my whole face more contrast… which is important, with my pale skin and even paler blonde hair!

CONS:

  • I underestimated how icky I felt during the «post-treatment»-weeks: You need to know that your brows will be slightly swollen and tender and REALLY intensely pigmented for at least 5 to 7 days… TWICE in all. I kept explaining to everyone and their cat that my brows weren’t «on purpose».
  • If you’re sensitive to pain, this isn’t going to be an easy run for you.
  • Up close, there are two tiny bits of my pigmented brows where the color seems to have pooled and blurred a bit. It’s no biggie, those spots just look as if I had applied brow pencil or powder, and you need to get REALLY close to see them… but it bugs me a bit, and isn’t the «individual hairs»-finish I had been expecting.

THE HEY PRETTY CONCLUSION:

I’ll admit I was nervous to try microblading, but I’m glad that I did the research to find someone I trust with my eyebrows… and I’m very happy with the results.

I would definitely do this again, and am currently just hoping that my brows will eventually fade in an okay manner, and that the color won’t change. Olga, my esthetician on them, has almost three years of experience in microblading and hasn’t had any «negative» fade-out, so I’m hoping for the best.

My last tips, if you’re considering getting your brows microbladed?

DO THE RESEARCH, find someone who has lots of before and after pictures and, once you’re there, make sure that they’re working in a clean environment with sterile tools. Don’t skimp on the touch-up treatment, either (and neither should your esthetician). 

Of course, avoid any too-good-to-be-true coupon offers on something like this, and – ideally – go to someone you have a personal referral for. And I’m closing this feature with a shitload of disclaimers, darling: This is my own, personal experience with Beautybox in Zurich, Switzerland. And it may differ from yours, and I can’t claim any responsibility for other estheticians!

I hope this blog post helped shed some light on microblading, and hope you’ll be back on Hey Pretty soon for more beauty news.

Ta-taaaa… with my BITCHIN’ brows!

Microblading Review and Experience, Images by Hey Pretty Beauty Blog

15 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Debbie! Thanks so much for the compliments, and you can definitely look forward to your appointment! I’m still happy with the results, nearly 6 months on, by the way… and I’m sure you did your research and are getting them done by someone with a lot of experience! LOL on the Santa hat idea, but you really may want to hide beneath some sunglasses, LOL. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I did get quite red underneath, but seeing that your brows are darker than mine to begin with, I don’t think you’ll have to go into hiding right after the treatment! Otherwise, just make sure to follow your technician’s instruction for caring for them afterwards… and make sure not to skip the touch-up treatment – or maybe even two touch-ups until they’re perfect. Let me know how everything goes and good luck!
    P.S.: One last thing: Try not to take any aspirin for pain management beforhand, it might increase the bleeding during the treatment. But after? GO FOR IT.

  2. Hello Steffi! I must say I love your eyebrows after the microblading! They’re defined but not too obvious as well, which is kind of the same result as I’d like to have. I’m a pale blonde like you and I’ve had microblading done yesterday. The way you described you freaking out right after your brows were done, is kind of how I’m feeling now :p The girl who did my eyebrows is very professional and has done an amazing job on other girls. I know the brows will fade a little but judging by pictures the colour fades more on some people than others, which makes me freak out again lol. How long did it take for you to feel like you could actually look in the the mirror without feeling like Cara Delevigne took over your eyebrows? (No offense because I love her, but I’m obviously not a model like her who can rock such brows..) I’m just kind of embarressed and scared now to go out :s

    • Hi Florence! Wow, I’m glad you took the plunge… and please DON’T FREAK OUT! They look pretty intense now, right? For me, it took about 7 days for them to calm down, and for the pigment lying on the skin to wash off. Honestly, after about 14 days, I was like «oh… this looks NICE!». And after your first touch-up, they should be right on track!

      For now: Sunglasses are your best friend, and they make you look mysterious, too:-) Check back soon with an update, okay? I’m sure they’ll look great! Smiles from Zurich!

  3. Hi steffi,
    Thank you so so much for your reply. Honestly this morning I had a vision of me wearing a beanie for the rest of my life 😂
    I’m happy that someone else didn’t like the brows from the beginning (even though it’s horrible that you felt the way I’m feeling rn) because online most people say they like the results immediately after and only started freaking out the next day..
    Haha good idea, thank you for the tips! I’m also considering one of those tennis headbands even though I never play tennis :p
    I’ll definitely keep you updated! And thank you again, I’m really happy there is someone who understands what I’m going through right now!
    Smiles (and some tears) from Belgium!

  4. Awwww, Florence… you’re not alone (cue Michael Jackson classic)! And YES: Bring the tennis headband back! It’ll be a thing soon!

  5. Hahah yesss Michael Jackson makes everything better! Could I ask another question? How long did it take for the ‘healing process’ to start? Because normally the brows should start crumbling down or something like that :p But my brows are still looking quite the same 🤔

  6. Hey Florence! Don’t worry! My brows didn’t start scabbing (what a lovely word!) or crusting over for about a week, but that kind of makes sense, since I always had them covered in Vaseline during the day. So don’t worry, the healing process is different for everyone… but for me, it was about 5 or 6 days. Just make sure you don’t start picking at them as soon as you feel them scabbing over, or else you could pull up pigment from the skin underneath! Happy healing and have a great day!

  7. Haha that is quite a hilarious word, i never heard it before! Thank you so much for reassuring me, that really means a lot 🙂 Right now I’m looking crappy anyway since my wisdomteeth got pulled out #hamsterwithunibrow haha.. I hope you have an amazing day as well! Loving your posts on instagram!

  8. I can feel what Florence has going through. When I got my eyebrows done for the first time I swear I went through some serious up and downs and I spend hours in front of the mirrow watching them. The only thing that kept me from freaking out is that I really trusted the professions at the Salon I went to because I already got my eyelashes done here and they explained it all to me and took away the fear. It is the same things with hairdresser – you need to trust them. I was even happier when after a week the intense color faded like they told me and I am so amazed of the results! I love that new technique and I can really recommend Stylish Brows for everyone that is looking for a microblading treatment in Florida. They also do the microshading, permanent lip color, eyelashes and eyeliner. You can literally watch womens come out of this salon an feel like new born!

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