Our Editor Tattooed Her Face—and This Is What Happened

Amy Lawrenson
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Microblading has been around for a while now, so you could say I was late for the party when I wound up in Brow Expert Suman's clinic a few weeks back having numbing cream liberally slathered onto my brows. I'm not sure why it took me so long. Perhaps the fact you're essentially tattooing your face was what put me off. Or that Suman has set up home in a new space above Hari's on the Brompton Road in Chelsea, which is a fair trek from my home. Thankfully it was worth the journey because I now have eyebrows that look groomed and well kempt, and I basically don't need to have a daily battle with them, trying to get them to behave like I'm a mother with unruly siblings.

The first thing I need to tell you about microblading is not the beginning. It's the middle. Freshly tattooed eyebrows are very obvious, especially if you're fair like me. Luckily I have glasses that obscured their view slightly, but when I removed my glasses the night of the treatment, my boyfriend did a double-take before drifting off to sleep, no doubt dreaming of being chased by my eyebrows. What's worth knowing is that this is temporary; within seven to 10 days, the brows, much like a tattoo, gently scab and flake to reveal a pristine and perfectly hued set of brows. Now that we're all on the same page, let's talk about the treatment itself.

The Microblading Treatment

After 40 minutes, the numbing cream had done what it needed to, and I couldn't feel much north of my lashes and south of my hairline. Suman had some clients before me, so she threaded my brows once I had been numbed. She started by sketching the brow shape she wanted to create with a pencil, and then she threaded my brows. Bizarrely the threading was the worst part of the whole treatment! It made me feel lightheaded, which is strange since it was the thought of it that made me feel sickly, not any pain.

Next, she got me to select the shade of dye I preferred—I opted for the lighter colour. Then she set to work. In short, microblading is a technique for tattooing hair-like strokes into the brows. It definitely takes a skilled technician to do a good, realistic job. Suman microbladed both brows, wiping away the excess ink as she went, just as a tattoo artist would. Once she had worked across both brows, she then assessed them and went in to cover any areas that needed more dye.

The treatment itself took no longer than 30 minutes, so I was in and out in around 90 minutes. I have to go back in eight to 10 weeks, as with tattoos, the dye will settle and you'll find that some areas may have taken better than others. I'll head back for a final touch-up then. Once that's done, the treatment should last me around a year to 18 months, depending on skin type. Oily skin tends to push the pigment out faster.

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Amy Lawrenson; PICTURED: before and after (left to right)

The Result

My new brows look like they have been expertly filled in and groomed every single day without me having to do much to them at all (besides tweeze the odd stray hair).

Watch the microblading process:

The Upkeep

What's genius is that I now have a guide to show me where to tweeze and where to leave the hairs. Essentially I'm going to be able to go for a quarterly brow threading appointment rather than monthly. While it costs £450, if you break that down, it works out at around 82p per day if it lasts 18 months (top-ups with Suman after 12 to 18 months are £200). Not only will you save on shaping and the time spent having to tend to them daily, but you also won't need to buy brow products. Some people have great brows that need minimal attention, and others are so adept at pencilling their brows they wouldn't see this as a wise investment but for me it's a game changer.

Visit sumanbrows.com to book your appointment.

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