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…


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.


Microblading material at Beautybox Zurich, Review by Hey Pretty


  • 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:


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?».


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:


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!


  • 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!


  • 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.


Update: What my eyebrows look like, over two years after microblading

I’ve gotten so many requests (and with good reason) to share an update on what to expect in terms of fading that I decided to update this post, which was originally published in August 2016.

It is now October 11th, 2018 – so nearly two and a half years post-treatment, and this is what my naked brows look like now:

My Microblading Experience: Wow, Brows!

My Microblading Experience: Wow, Brows!

As you can see, the shape of my brows is still clearly defined: There’s still quite a lot of pigment in my skin. The color has faded from a deeper, warmer brown to a slightly greyish taupe (which actually works really well for my skin tone and hair color).

As you can see here, when I comb my brows down: That initial bit of blurring is still visible, and has gotten slightly more pronounced, which is why I almost always use a bit of brow pencil nowadays.

Having said that: I stopped doing my brows for about a year after microblading… but after that, I always added a bit of definition with a brow pencil… it just looked nicer that way – especially as this here is pretty much my day-to-day makeup, and my liquid liner needs to be balanced out with a bit of a heftier brow!

My Microblading Experience: Wow, Brows!

Microblading, Before and after: 2.5 years AFTER microblading (Review on Hey Pretty Beauty Blog)
So these are my «naked« brows, 28 months AFTER I had them microbladed. I’m still happy with the results, even if it hasn’t faded nearly as much as I had expected!



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.

And 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

*Original post updated in October 2018 with microblade results 2.5 years after initial treatment!


  1. You look so beautiful! Your brows are perfect! I have my appointment this Friday and I am so NERVOUS! We have a Christmas party that night….what should I do? Hide under a Santa Hat? Any more pointers you can share you think you may of missed.
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  2. 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.

    • Thank you for this great reply! Ha ha, it will look just too weird with shades on!!! I hope my result will not be as noticeable because of my darker skin and darker hair! I hope I am happy with mine just as much as yours! I am excited but still so nervous!
      xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    • Thank you both for sharing your stories, this has really helped settle my nerves. I got my brows done two days ago and I have felt the exact same way! I have been very uncertain about them from the reveal and I have been silently FREAKING out that they are too big, too dark, over-taking my face and that I might have just made a giant mistake. For me it was quite a change to how I normally would fill them in, and my brows were extremely patchy from plucking/waxing since grade 7. I was extremely excited to finally not be conscious of my brows in between threading appointments, and was devastated over the past two days as I am so self-conscious of them I am avoiding face-to-face encounters with people at all costs! Current status, feeling like Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky from Dodgeball, so glad to hear it’s only a few more days and I will start to love them.

      • Robyn! Hang in there, it gets better:-) I know how horrible you feel, but it will totally be worth it! Yay for big sunglasses, and maybe yay for being a bit anti-social for a few more days. Good luck and we’re with ya:-)

    • Florence, I didn’t like mine the minute I saw them due to how dark they were. I’m patiently waiting for them to start fading! So I am happy to hear that it gets better.

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

  6. 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 🤔

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Love this post I just started providing Microblading in Fort Lauderdale I love reading individuals experience. Thank you for sharing they look beautiful by the way!

  10. 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!

  11. […] Microblading involves using a hand tool with nine or more tiny needles to create shallow cuts on the skin and then letting pigment seep in. It is ideal for making hair like strokes that match the hairs already growing in your eyebrows. […]

    • Thanks! I’m still happy with the «new» shape, though… as I wear make-up daily, it just fits my look better!

  12. Hi Steffi, thank you so much for sharing your experience.
    This is something that I’m considering doing and I’m terrified of the long run results.
    Now that its been more than 2 years since your experience, can you tell about your brows, how do they look now?
    Are you happy with the post-2-years-results?
    Do you have some ink traces left? Or is it all gone?
    I’ll be happy to hear back from you.

    • Hi Stella! Thanks for your comment – and here’s my feedback! It’s been over 2 years, and I’m still quite happy with the results, and you just inspired me to update my post with current «after» pictures (but I just put on a full face of makeup, so it’ll have to wait till tomorrow!).

      In any case: My brows are still quite defined, and there’s definitely more ink left than I would have expected after such a long time! The color has faded a bit, but it’s still a «right» shade of ashy blonde/brown. There was a tiny bit of blurring in one of my brows (I’ll show that in the pics), but it’s only noticeable from up REALLY close.

      I do fill in my brows most days with a bit of brow pencil, but I CAN go without, and it’s really easy and fast, because the basic shape is still set by the microblading ink.

      Hope this helps, and I should have updated the post by Thursday the latest, so check back then, okay?



      P.S.: My best tip on microblading? Make sure you go to an expert that’s been doing it for at LEAST three years, and look at a bunch of before/after pictures from them. It’s soooo much better to say «sorry, I don’t think it’s for me» than to be unsure when you’re there, on the chair. You can ALWAYS say no!

  13. Thanks for this informative article about microblading eyebrows. You really touched every part of challenges faced in Beauty business.

  14. Hi Steffi,
    thanks for sharing, and indeed, as Stella I was wondering how your brows looked after 2 years.
    I did microblading 2 months ago and was informed I needed a touch-up after 1 year.
    What do you think? Would you do a touch up in the (near) future?
    Thanks, Vanessa

    • Hi Vanessa! Sorry for the late reply… it’s been so busy here! And yes, I think I will be doing a touch-up sometime in the next few months, but it seems that my results were quite long-lasting, in comparison to others. It really depends on how your skin «keeps» the pigment, which mine seems to be doing REALLY well. If I were you, I’d just go with the flow and see what your brows look like next winter! Hope this helps and have a great holiday season! Steffi

  15. Great writing! You have a flair for informational writing. Your content has impressed me beyond words. I have a lot of admiration for your writing. Thank you for all your valuable input on this topic.

  16. I just had my brows done by a referred esthetician and am over the moon happy!
    Your review was my go to review for before and after. Your story is balanced and helpful. My coloring and the brows are very similar to yours but I have a pinker undertone then you which was taken into consideration in choosing the appropriate color. Also alit of conversation regarding bone structure and deciding on a good look for my face…theres not a one shape fits all brow! I look forward to the 4 week check and the touch up to complete the process. In the mean time I do look as little like an angry bear right now but no worries…it will be worth the time saved in the long run. Thanks again…

    • Hi Susan! Oh, I’m so glad you’re happy with the results, and that my feature was helpful to you! I’m hoping you’ll survive the Angry Bear phase (tee hee), and remember: Big sunglasses make you look mysterious, too! Happy healing and pop back here in a couple of weeks, okay? I’d love to get an update! Smiles and have a great weekend!

  17. Your eyebrows look fantastic after all this time. Great post, and thank you for sharing your awesome experience.

  18. Thank you for the great post. You have a flair of informational writing. Your content has impressed me beyond words.


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