I like to think that I’ve been blessed with nice brows, mostly because I actually have them. Thank god I was still indifferent towards beauty and makeup when thin brows were trendy, so I never made the mistake of overplucking them! It took some time, a few mistakes (like bleaching them and leaving them as is), and a lot of learning and experimenting before I finally figured out my eyebrows.
Notice how I always cover the right side of my face with my hair? It’s because my face is asymmetrical and my right eyebrow and eye are noticeably smaller and hang lower than the left. I don’t think it looks that bad in person, especially since faces are animated and have expressions. Pictures are a different story, though, and that’s why you’ll hardly ever see me post a photo with my hair pushed back lol.
Anyway, I like my eyebrows but you know, they could be perfect. I also wouldn’t mind not having to draw them on every morning because it’s seriously my least favorite makeup thing to do. Good thing advances have been made in semi-permanent/permanent makeup so no need to worry about getting something permanent only for it to end up ugly.
Last Saturday, I dropped by Brows and Beyond, a microblading studio and aesthetic center in Katipunan, to have my eyebrows done.
Eyebrow microblading (also known as eyebrow embroidery, 3D brows, or feather stroke brows) is a type of permanent makeup done manually, giving the artist more control over how thin and natural the strokes or “hairs” will look. I believe traditional permanent makeup uses a machine, which makes brows look a little too strong and unnatural (or even just plain bad!). I’m not familiar with other eyebrow studios but Brows and Beyond uses the PhiBrows technique and system.
Confused? Don’t be! Phibrows is a technique/system of drawing on eyebrows that produces super realistic results. In fact, even the PhiBrows Artist who did my brows was shocked at how natural her work was! With PhiBrows, the shape of your brows-to-be are calculated (via the PhiBrows compass and app) according to your face and the golden ratio or phi (1.618) and the color is also determined according to the natural color of your eyebrow hair. Symmetry is also determined digitally when your fascial muscles are relaxed (they have you close your eyes for this). Most importantly, PhiBrows only uses natural pigments that’ll fade nicely and won’t turn grayish-green or red over time.
If I remember correctly, this is how my microblading session went:
1. I am asked to lie down and close my eyes while the PhiBrows artist uses the compass and app to see the best eyebrow shape for my face.
2. My eye makeup is removed with a cleanser.
3. The shape of my brows-to-be are drawn with a pencil.
4. A cream is applied.
5. The etching and scratching begins. There is some discomfort during the first 4-5 minutes because… there is pain in beauty and beauty in pain. I have a high threshold for pain but even I teared up a little in the beginning because the eyebrow area is a bit sensitive. After that, the scratching starts to feel relaxing. That, or I could be a masochist.
(I see people take selfies of themselves undergoing facials and such and I always wonder how the hell do they manage to still look good from this unflattering angle???)
6. My brows are then masked with pigment for a few minutes.
7. The pigment is wiped off and a silicone gel is applied for protection.
8. DONE. Took a ton of selfies and cooed over my perfect new brows.
Before & 3 days later
They are healing beautifully! I was given A&D ointment to help with the scabbing but I mostly use my trusty virgin coconut oil and argan oil. The pigment isn’t also as harsh as it was fresh so my brows look more natural now.
My PhiBrows artist also tried to correct my droopy right eyebrow by removing a few hairs underneath. It’s still lopsided (because my face is lopsided, after all) but it’s not as obvious as it used to be! She also explained that my right eyebrow is droopy because of the hair that covers that part so I’ve been making a conscious effort to keep my hair out of my face.
Wehna (leftmost), one of Brows and Beyond’s owners, first tried to attend the PhiBrows Microblading Academy in Serbia (where it’s originally from) and Spain but wasn’t able to make it. After emailing back and forth with PhiBrows founder, Branko Babic, they decided to bring PhiBrows Microblading Academy to the Philippines.
Wehna is makeup artist while Ron (rightmost) is also a makeup instructor who learned how to do microblading through the PhiBrows Microblading Academy. Ron is actually one of the first (and the best) PhiBrows Artists in the country! There have been two workshops this year with the third one happening next week. If you’re interested in becoming a PhiBrows Artist, you may visit Microblading.ph or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More photos of my brows:
My eyebrows look SO NATURAL!!! Like I grew them myself!
I am seriously amazed. They’re not harsh or overpowering. But if you think you’d save time getting ready without having to draw on your brows, you’re WRONG. I’m late all the time now because I’m a teensy bit obsessed with how they look that I spend so much time in the morning just taking selfies.
Since PhiBrows uses all-natural pigments, I’ll need to go in for a perfecting or retouch session within the next 6-18 months. It’s really dependent on how my skin takes to the pigment! I’ve heard that some semi-perm brows can last up to two years but those are pigments that have chemicals in them so I’d be cautious about that.