Microblading your brows

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Ex­actly when I first de­cided to at­tack my eye­brows, I can’t re­call. I do re­mem­ber the tool, though. I bor­rowed my mother’s tweez­ers and plucked my thick, dark brows with great alacrity, even pierc­ing my skin to ac­cess the stub­bly hairs threat­en­ing to break through. I was a teenager, it was the 90s, and pluck­ing your brows un­til they re­sem­bled a curved line of crayon was de rigueur. At univer­sity, I had my left brow pierced, along with my nose, lip, nip­ple and belly but­ton, and by the time I came to my senses and took them out, I was left with scars and half an eye­brow. As the years passed, I con­sis­tently drew my brows on. Ben­e­fit’s bril­liant brow range helped me do a de­cent job on the right one, but there was no fak­ing it with the left. From a dis­tance, they matched; up close, it was ob­vi­ous I’d coloured in my bald skin. So, when I heard about microblading – a tech­nique which, done well, can re­sem­ble real brows – I was cu­ri­ous. Tiny pre­ci­sion hair-like strokes are cre­ated us­ing a spe­cial tool. Pig­ments are then im­planted into the channels cre­ated by the mi­crob­lades. Ba­si­cally, it’s like a semi-per­ma­nent tat­too. On your face. Which is why I sought out Karen Betts, widely con­sid­ered to be the UK’S top per­ma­nent make-up artist. Karen reg­u­larly works with those who’ve lost fa­cial fea­tures through ill­ness or trauma – re­cent WH cover star Katie Piper is one of her clients, as is Gail Porter, who lost her brows to alope­cia. Ar­riv­ing at Karen’s Harley Street clinic, I’m ner­vous, but she puts me at ease. And true to her word, the treat­ment isn’t painful, more un­com­fort­ably weird. Your eye­brow area is numbed with cream so the process doesn’t hurt, but the sen­sa­tion feels like it should, and isn’t ex­actly pleas­ant. Still, it’s over in 30 min­utes. I’ve said I want a nat­u­ral look, as I of­ten go with­out make-up, and Karen has warned me that the brows can look big­ger and up to four shades darker be­fore they set­tle down. But I’m still taken aback by my re­flec­tion, and the sooth­ing balm I ap­ply three times a day for the next week makes my brows re­sem­ble two black slugs above my eyes. But day by day, the slugs re­treat. After a week, peo­ple are telling me how well I look. With­out make-up, I ap­pear more pol­ished – a slick of mas­cara is all I need to look like I’ve made an ef­fort. Microblading is one of the best beauty treat­ments I’ve tried, and I’ve tried many. The re­sults are long-last­ing (an­nual top-ups are rec­om­mended, though) and after years of feel­ing self-con­scious about my DIY brows, it’s re­ally boosted my con­fi­dence. While those dark, bushy brows I took the tweez­ers to are long gone, they’re re­splen­dent on the face of my three­year-old daugh­ter – and no, she won’t


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