For those who’ve been hanging around here a while, you know that I’ve somewhat recently completed my second micro-blading appointment with Terra Frost, who’s the owner and expert micro-blading artist at Ultra Brows in Summerville, SC. We often only see ‘after’ photos from immediately following the procedure, and I thought it would be more beneficial to see the final result after my brows had completely healed, which can take a month or more.
If you missed my post describing my initial micro-blading appointment with Terra, as well as some photos of the whole procedure, you can catch up here.
Before I go on, I just have to say that I am absolutely thrilled with my new brows and love how they turned out. Terra did a fantastic job translating my rather inarticulate description of the look I was hoping to achieve. While I’d love to have some fabulously full Brooke Shields circa 1990s brows, I didn’t want to go overboard. I just wanted my face to look ‘complete’ for a change, and Terra was super successful in helping me to finally achieve that.
It’s difficult to describe just how much my new brows have positively impacted my day-to-day life, and my overall self confidence without sounding ridiculous, but they truly have made a huge difference. What’s also interesting to me is how many people have noticed the change, without being able to put their finger on what exactly has changed about my appearance. I keep getting unusual compliments from friends who aren’t aware of my new micro-bladed brows. And by “unusual,” I mean they’re compliments I wouldn’t ordinarily get from people I see all the time, while I’m otherwise looking super basic.
During my first appointment with Terra, she warned me about the ‘blurring’ that can happen as the pigmented strokes begin to heal, so they end up not looking as crisp and precise as they do immediately following the procedure, which is why it’s so important to follow her post-procedure instructions. I think it’s inevitable that there will be some degree of blurring as the skin heals over top of the pigment, but my brows have healed very well as you’ll can see in the below photos. There is one tiny spot on the inner part of my right brow that ended up coming off with a scab (I didn’t pick at it, but unfortunately it still happened).
Now let’s see some scary before/after shots, shall we? Even with most of my bare nekkid fade cropped out, these photos are still pretty awful on the eyes, so consider yourself warned;)
As you can see in the before photos, my spermy little eyebrows were quite sad looking. I explained in my initial post following my first appointment that I haven’t tweezed my brows in almost twenty years. And even when I did tweeze them, I didn’t do it for long (maybe a couple years), nor were my tweezing sessions extreme. My mom’s brows are barely visible, so these sad things on my face are just the result of bad brow genetics.
I had Terra fill in underneath my natural brows as much as possible without making them appear too heavy. Even though there wasn’t much to my pathetic natural brows, what did exist was way too high above my brow bone and didn’t compliment my face at all. I mean let’s face it, these suckers wouldn’t compliment anybody’s face for that matter. I think Terra did a great job bringing my new brows down a bit, if that makes sense. This also meant that I couldn’t really go for a beautiful, dramatic arch (that would be difficult to achieve since I was trying to lower my brows), but Terra struck a happy medium with a more natural arch, which I think suits my face well.
If you look closely, you can also see how much she lengthened my brows by adding several hair strokes to the inner portion, and then extending the tails (outer ends) to frame my eyes better.
They’re not dramatic, makeup-artist-looking-brows. Rather, they’re the brows my face was meant to have, which is the look I was going for.
I’m not sure I’ll even need a six month touch-up, but since it’s only $150 with Terra’s current pricing structure, I figure I may as well keep them looking fresh, so I’m definitely planning to book that appointment when the time comes.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to have your brows microbladed, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, or if you need help weighing the pros and cons. Thus far, the only con I’ve found is the initial investment, but as I explained in my previous post, if you can skip a couple hair appointments and put those funds in your microblading piggy bank, you will likely have saved enough for beautiful new brows. 😉 After that, the maintenance is basically the same cost as a hair cut and color.
As far as pros, the fact that I already have brows on when I first wake up in the morning now is enough for me. Not to mention I’ll still have brows on when I’m splashing around in the ocean this summer is another huge pro. Then there’s giant boost to my self-confidence, seeing as I feel more attractive with brows that actually compliment my face. And also all the time saved not having to fill in my brows during my regular makeup routine is another big pro.
As I explained in my previous blog post about my microblading experience, Terra provided her microblading talents to me at no cost in exchange for my honest review of my experience, but I will certainly be back as a happily paying customer. So if you do live in the Charleston, or surrounding areas, I truly cannot recommend her enough to entrust with your brow needs.
To inquire about an appointment, check out more of Terra’s before/after photos, or if you have any more specific questions about the procedure, you can visit her website for Ultra Brows here.
Again, please reach out or comment below if you have any questions about my experience. And Terra, if you’re reading this THANK YOU for giving me the gift of beautiful new brows!!! I’m infinitely grateful!:)