Do you remember those awkward teenage years? Those years with acne, braces, trying to fit in, trying to be the “cool kid”…? It’s a struggle that we all remember too well. One of my biggest struggles as a young teen was dealing with “bushy” eyebrows. Growing up I had dark, thick eyebrows. At that time, the style was super thin brows so I felt like mine stuck out like a sore thumb.
My insecurities about my eyebrows were not eased when I overheard my friends whispering about my upcoming birthday party and what they were going to get me. I overheard the word-“tweezers”. Hearing my “so called” friends joking about my brows cut like a sword. I immediately went home that afternoon and in desperation, hacked at my brows with a pair of fingernail clippers! As you can imagine, my eyebrows looked like a heavily divoted golf course.
When I was finally old enough to wax my eyebrows I overdid it and they turned out paper thin. I repeated this same process throughout the years resulting in permanently thin brows with hair that would never grow back.
As I grew older, matured and gained confidence I realized a heavier brow would balance out my facial features (ha… go figure). Over the years, creating a brow with makeup became a mandatory step in my daily routine. After spending countless hours applying thick brows, I made the decision to stick with this look for life because regardless of the everchanging eyebrow fads, fuller eyebrows are the best option for me.
Life gets busier and busier and the time I have to spend on myself is getting more and more sparse. I knew I wanted to invest in microblading or SofTap because; it would save me oodles of time, fix my thin brows, and give me an incredible shape. Shalese had gotten SofTap done and I loved how her brows turned out, but before making my decision I wanted to delve into both techniques to decide which would be the best option for me.
These are the main differences I found between SofTap and microblading:
SofTap gives a soft, powdery look to the brow, penetrates the skin less, and lasts 3-5 years; microblading gives a precise, hair-stroked look to the brow, penetrates deeper into the skin, and lasts 1-3 years. For more information on the SofTap technique, check out Shalese’s post on SofTapping and her experience with it. For more information on microblading, read on:
My Brows BEFORE:
Taby Davila Castro is a certified SofTap and Microblading Permanent Makeup Technician and she is the one I trusted to create my much-wanted full eyebrows. I saw the work she did on Shalese’s brows and knew that I could trust her. Taby works out of Studio K Salon located in Orem, Utah on State Street. She is one of the most genuine and friendly people I have ever met. She’s very thorough and answers questions honestly. Taby is upfront about what the procedure entails and is precise in her work. I was really nervous about getting this done, so before completing the procedure Taby walked me step-by-step through the process and helped calm my nerves.
Let’s learn more about microblading from my personal experience to help you decide whether you want microblading, SofTap, or a combo of the two (yes, Taby is unique and offers a combo of the two techniques giving you the best of both worlds).
Check out our Facebook Live video to watch some of my Microblading procedure.
My eyebrows took a little under two hours to complete. During this time these are the steps Taby accomplished:
- She applied numbing cream to my brows and placed plastic over the top to help my skin absorb the cream.
- She traced the shape of my desired brow with a stencil and China marker.
- She completed the “first pass” which is the first application of the permanent pigment. This is applied using a 12-needle curved prong, creating the hairstroked look. It feels kind of like prolonged plucking.
- After completing the “first pass”, she applied more numbing cream to my brows and began the “second pass”. She repeated this process for the third and final pass. (Depending on how well your skin takes the color, the type of brows you have, and the type of brow you are wanting will determine how many passes are needed).
- She finished the procedure by accomplishing all the detail work and making sure the brows were the shape and thickness I wanted.
Throughout this process, Taby continued to calm my nerves by consistently giving me a mirror and asking if I was liking the shape and thickness of the brows, if I wanted anything changed, and if I was doing okay. I was amazed at how calm and comfortable she made me feel.
Here are some of the questions I had previous to my appointment that Taby answered for me.
- Is this a tattoo? Similar, but this procedure is completed with an instrument by hand, where no machines are used. The pigment only penetrates the top few layers of the skin, lasting 1-2 years; whereas a tattoo lasts forever.
- Do you shave my eyebrow off? No, I work with your natural eyebrow line to enhance your natural beauty.
- How much does it cost? $400 and a six week touch up is included in that cost. If I do your permanent makeup then any other touch-ups in the future are half of the initial cost.
- How long does it last? Normally 1-2 years
- How often should I get touch-ups? Every 6 months to 1 year
- How long does it take to heal? 7-10 days
- What steps do I take in the healing process? Make sure and use the ointment I give you every 2-3 hours to keep them hydrated and moist. Also, drink lots of water.
- Can I wear makeup through the healing process? Yes, just not anywhere on the pigment.
- Does the pigment look exactly like it does on the first day getting it done? No, throughout the 7-10 day healing process it will lighten about 20-30 percent.
- Can I take Ibuprofen before the procedure for pain? No, you do not want to take any medication that will thin your blood.
- Does it hurt? People say it feels similar to getting your eyebrows plucked but also say microblading hurts a bit more than SofTap. (I felt it hurt a bit more than getting your eyebrows plucked but it wasn’t too bad.)
- How do you create the hair-stroked look? The pigment is applied with a blade that looks like an Exact-O knife but is made out of needles. These needles penetrate the skin and deposit the pigment, creating the natural, hair-stroked look. Check out her Instagram video to see these gorgeous hair strokes in action!
- Do you do anything other than eyebrows? Yes, I do eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, full lips, and beauty marks.
If you have other questions, please feel free to comment below and we will get those answered for you.
AFTER TOUCH-UP AND HEALING (final product):
*I finally feel confident in the way my eyebrows look and I don’t spend ANY time on them in the morning when I do my makeup. I can’t thank Taby enough for helping me feel secure and confident with my brows! Thank you Taby!!
Checkout some photos of some clients Taby has done permanent makeup on.
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