Sometimes, you have to take risks to be beautiful.
That’s what I did this summer.
You have to understand—for a long time I’ve been the girl with the super light, almost nonexistent brows. There’s definitely not much going on over my eyes. If I wanted to, I could probably count the hairs one by one. It might take a while, but it would be doable.
And it’s not even because I waxed them too much, no, no I was just born that way.
Brunette, but with pretty thin brows.
For a long time, I didn’t wear makeup. It didn’t bother me at all. Then with my work as an international influencer (I hope the irony of my self-proclaimed status is palpable!!!) came the amazing makeup artists who taught me how to do my eyes.
And that’s when I learned how much impact a beautiful brow can have. Suddenly, my eyes become interesting to me, who had always thought I needed to accentuate my mouth since I had such boring eyes (women are such pros at self-torment right?) – and my face had more structure to it. It was really pretty. So I started focusing entirely on my eyes.
And even my future husband saw me in a bar and was drawn to me “because he loved my eyes”. I swear, when he told me that I was like: “what!?”
I should also point out that brows suddenly made a major comeback (after the reign of Kate Moss, my brow sister, they had to find something to make us buy more makeup) and we all ended up wanting brows like Cara.
Without going quite that far, a little brow makeup has become part of my daily routine, and I’ve gotten so used to it that without anything on my brows, my face feels naked, so I don’t like to go without it very often anymore.
ANYWAY. It hasn’t been more of an issue than that, but even so, I’ve kept an eye on how science is progressing because doing your eyebrow makeup is kind of a pain, even with the best Anastasia-the-brow-queen-of-LA kits. Because:
– It’s super hard to get the perfect arch every single day
– It’s super hard to find the perfect color
– It’s a pain (it takes time)
– And finally, you can mess it up with one wrong movement, or a tiny drop of sweat.
So one day when a friend told me about the eyebrow micropigmentation she’d done in Corsica, in Ajaccio (well yes, she’s a friend from Corsica), it piqued my interest—even though I couldn’t help but respond in all caps that SHE WAS COMPLETELY CRAZY TO GET A TATTOO HADN’T SHE SEEN THE WOMEN WITH ORANGE AND PURPLE EYEBROWS (SOMETIMES BOTH AT THE SAME TIME) HAUNTING THE AISLES OF MONOPRIX?
That didn’t faze her at all—she was totally stoic and replied by sending me photos of the results and I followed up with:
OK MAKE ME AN APPOINTMENT. I’LL BE THERE AUGUST 8TH (my all caps button was stuck)
It was gorgeous, super natural, the arch was perfect, and I was super excited.
And that’s how, the day after I arrived in Corsica, I ended up going to see Marina, a super adorable aesthetician, super well-dressed, a girl with taste, basically. SO IMPORTANT SINCE SHE WAS ABOUT TO TAKE MY FACE INTO HER OWN HANDS AND CHANGE IT FOREVER ok I’ll stop with the all caps
Oh yeah, in my excitement, I forgot to tell you two things:
Three things actually:
1. Micropigmentation is not exactly like a tattoo—it only lasts 6 to 8 months. So yeah, it’s a calculated risk. I’m not completely crazy.
2. The colors have evolved – message to all the women with orange and purple brows: it might be time to make another appointment.
3. But it’s still a tattoo. It hurts. You have to put on a thick layer of anesthetic numbing cream an hour before the procedure and you look really, really, really dumb—make sure to bring huge sunglasses and a hat.
Anyway, I laid down, totally
unconscious confident and I let Marina redraw my eyebrows.
Her technique is not to draw fake eyebrows one by one (which is a very popular technique on Instagram right now) but just to shade in the area and accentuate the natural line, which gives it a super natural look.
It’s very, very difficult work, the brow line.
Balancing facial features is the subtlest thing ever.
So she took her time evaluating my face, studying it, measuring it, then she mixed colors (for me, it was an ash brown) and finally, she took her tattoo pen (yep, just like a tattoo artist, it was my baptism by fire—I don’t have any tattoos!!!) and she started “micro-pigmenting”.
It hurts, but you can stand it. Each time they go back over it, you clinch your teeth a little more, but then after about half an hour, it’s over. You put on a thick layer of healing cream on and make an appointment for touch ups one week later.
And that’s when they remind you:
“Don’t go swimming and don’t go in the sun, okay?”
I had just ruined my vacation to have perfect eyebrows, welcome to the thankless age.
“Not even with total sunblock? A hat? Big sunglasses?”
If you follow me on Instagram, now you understand the omnipresent black hat I’ve been wearing, which I bought for 15 euros immediately after I left my micropigmentation appointment.
The hardest part actually, were the days that followed. A sort of thick black scab (ew, sorry) forms, so you have to keep putting thick cream on it, which makes it look like 1) you’ve got two stickers instead of eyebrows or 2) you’re the main character in Angry Birds.
So you might not want to get this done before an important date, basically.
And the even harder part is, it’s super stressful when three days later, the scab still hasn’t gotten better, so you think that’s just how it’s going to be, your micropigmentation was a fail, the color mix got messed up and you’re going to be like that for the rest of your life and your career as an international influencer stops there, and it’s time to go haunt the aisles of Monoprix (which I’d do with or without the brows, I love Monoprix, don’t get me wrong).
(I swear, I really did think that. I even googled “how to get rid of permanent tattoos” to reassure myself, and like any panicky googlization, it did not reassure me, NOT AT ALL).
Then finally, after the fourth day, the scab fades away and you see the line, the color, the final effect.
And honestly, girls—it’s kind of amazing.
A beautiful line can really change your face, that, we all know.
But a beautiful line that changes your face in an almost permanent way—it’s kind of crazy. You go swimming and when you come out, your eyes still look fresh and dark. You wake up in the morning, and your face has structure to it. You put a little bit of mascara on your brows and you’re ready for the day.
Oh and the bonus? The line is already there for you. Super easy to tweeze without messing up.
Honestly, how can I say it…
IT’S AMAZING. I’d do it again tomorrow with my eyes closed.
PS: The only thing is, you have to find someone great to do it, someone with taste and fingers like a fairy, because it would be easy to mess up, and after that there’s not much you can do to fix it. So if you’re interested in trying it, taking your time and doing your research is definitely not a luxury. I’ll give you Marina’s contact info (if you’re ever in Corsica, you never know!) but if you know good aestheticians in your area, please let us know, because it’s really something I only trust when I have a good recommendation. I’ve seen too many bad experiences. Sending kisses, and keep me posted!!!