I think the term “eyebrows on fleek” got invented some time this year, and I never really felt that way about my brows. I mean, sure enough I always had them filled in and they looked good enough, but I’ve never really found them pinterest worthy. You know what I mean? I’ve always loved that whole “ombre” feel where the eyebrows are slightly lighter in the front but super sharp and filled in at the end.. but I’ve also always felt those had to be drawn in.
I never thought they could be embroidered on that way. Well, until now that is. 😉
I was recently invited to Beauty Recipe at Marine Parade (right opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Center) to try their 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery. Previously I had a 4D one done by Perfect Brow House – you can read my review + update HERE – and I had always been satisfied with it. The shape, color and strokes were good, and I was never disappointed by the service! However, it’s my job to keep up with the trends and the 6D eyebrow embroidery was going RED HOT on the market. Naturally, I was very curious!
6D is the successor of the 3D/4D Eyebrow Embroidery method which meant that the strokes now used were MUCH MUCH finer, closer, and was a lot likelier to simulate the look of real eyebrow hair! It used the same technique of tattooing strokes into the eyebrow, but only with much more precise skill.
This is a picture of me before. As you can see, I haven’t plucked my eyebrows for ages! HAHA, gosh and I dare call myself a blogger – eeps. Also, from the strokes on my eyebrows.. you can see I’m about due for a touch up. The color has started to fade away (thankfully with ZERO blue/green/red marks left over) and one side looks better filled than the other.
First things first, I got introduced to Elaine, the master of eyebrow embroidery at Beauty Recipe. Yes, the term master doesn’t come so easily! Elaine has actually had 15 YEARS of eyebrow embroidery knowledge and skill under her belt and has taught many students as well. Hearing this, I felt much more at ease. It’s always reassuring to know and hear that such a vital part of my face structure is left in the hands of a skilled professional!
So I got seated into my chair (which reclines back) and let Elaine get to work. She had to thread my eyebrows HAHA as they were beginning to look like horrid bushes and to get a clearer picture of my previous embroidery. I was initially worried I might have to laser off my eyebrows again, but she said we could just work over what I had. PHEW!
She skillfully drew in a shape for my eyebrows in no time at all, and I was pretty impressed she got a great shape the first time round. I must admit that, when I first looked in the mirror, I was a little taken aback because I’d never really seen myself with straight Korean-ish brows before! Plus they were a lot thicker than I was used to! However, she told me that the shape drawn in was just an outline for the brows and they wouldn’t be as thick as they appeared.
She later proceeded to carefully adjust the shape of my eyebrows again, and even got me to stand up to check their balance (very meticulous indeed!) before finalizing her drawing.
Then numbing cream was applied and I was allowed to rest for 30 minutes. If you feel that you have a lower threshold of pain, please inform Elaine or another consultant that you’d like to have the numbing cream on for a longer period of time. 🙂
Since my previous eyebrow embroidery color was pretty dark (they were to fit my jet black hair at that time, plus I sort of requested for them lol), Elaine had to match the dye for my 6D Nano Eyebrow Embroidery accordingly. She told me mine was a darker coffee color, so if you like what I’ve got you can request for it. Though Elaine is the master who will recommend what suits you best, Beauty Embroidery always takes the customer’s request as their highest priority.
Even if you’re unhappy with the shape, they’ll keep redrawing till you get what you’re comfortable with.
The needle used was like the typical 3D/4D one used in my previous post where there are many tiny spikes to create the stroke-by-stroke look, and every customer is guaranteed a NEW sterilized one. Elaine even takes one out of a new packaging just so you can see.
The whole process was over for me within 1 – 1.5 hours just for her to do final touch ups here and then. It was SOOO comfortable I fell asleep to the sounds of light scratching on my eyebrows. It really felt like someone was just taking a comb and combing my eyebrows! Towards the last 5 minutes where the numbing cream was wearing off, I felt a bit of soreness but really nothing to complain about. It was extremely bearable and was done before I knew it.
P/S: Don’t worry about the quality of the colors used or the numbing cream as they are of high quality imported from the USA! You’re promised beautiful brows with no changing of color even over a long period of time.
Here is what it looks like after I’m done! It may look light and the strokes are VERY VERY fine upon first impression, but they will darken and scab over the next few days. May I just say how much I’m adoring the fine strokes!? They’re really done so well!!!!
Don’t worry about the thickness of the eyebrows for the next few days. Due to the numbing cream + the eyebrow embroidery, our skin typically swells and the eyebrows look “bigger and darker”. The swelling WILL go down, so really there’s no need to freak out. I’m saying this because I initially did LOL, and I was a little affected when people kept asking me, “huh.. why you chose such a thick shape??” But like I mentioned, please don’t let this shake you because the swelling subsides. 🙂
Though many people feel very conscious of their dark brows, it’s clear that I wasn’t! HAHA Perhaps because I’ve done this quite a few times already and I’m immune. I guess the only part that might be weird is that the eyebrows are shiny due to the medicine that is to be applied 3-4 times a day. This ensures that the eyebrow is well moisturized and does not flake off prematurely, which will only lead to uneven patching. SO PLEASE remember to use the medicine okay! (The medicine can be bought at $28/bottle. If you’d like to use your own aloe vera lotion, go ahead! Just make sure the eyebrows are moisturized and that’s enough.)
I applied mine with a cotton bud, and I always made sure to apply it lightly across so as to not hurt the scabs or cause them to peel off too quickly. For the first few days, I also made sure NOT to let water touch my eyebrows by washing my face with cotton pads or washing my hair with my back facing the shower head/water. When I slept, I took utmost care to not let my eyebrows touch the pillows too as the medicine would go onto the pillow covers. I ensured this by laying my hand below my face when I slept so there was a “buffer zone”.
I don’t know how to gauge the peeling for others (everyone goes at different rates okay), but mine ALL came off at one go on the 4th day. Am I just very weird? I was literally applying medicine to my brows when more and more started to peel off onto the cotton bud and I was using zero strength.
Everytime it peeled, I would try to get more medicine on to cover the newly “bare” area, but as I did that.. more pieces started to come off until it was all gone. LOL! I was really confused and asking myself, errr is it really supposed to be like this? The last time I did my 3D brows I remember looking hideous during the peeling process, like moths ate part of my eyebrows off each day. However, with it all coming off at one go, I was spared that and looked so much better immediately! I was super happy haha! Plus, even though it peeled off in less than a week, the color was impeccable and the shape was to die for!!! (I updated my Dayre with my brows over time, you can read posts HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE – the posts are listed in ascending order)
It definitely wasn’t as dark and thick as I was originally worried it would be – IG collage aside due to filter – WOOTS! And I was constantly told my eyebrow game was strong, which only made me happier!! Now all I had to do was wait for my touch up in one month’s time.
TOUCH UP TIME! My eyebrows were already pretty awesome just that the tail end of my left eyebrow was starting to fade off a little (pretty common for me because I have no hair at the end of my eyebrows so they “disappear” quicker) and my left eyebrow was a bit arched due to the last 4D eyebrow embroidery. At that time I liked the arched look lol and I wanted something rounder.. but since I was going with the Korean straight-ish eyebrows, I thought I would rather go all the way and correct the eyebrow shape as drawn above. I liked that I could change whatever I wanted done – I think that’s the kind of flexibility that is really important especially when we want to have a say over our looks!
My right eyebrow needed not touching up at all except for a color over again so it would be stronger this time.
And tada! Here I am one week after my touch up, looking super happy haha!
My eyebrows were both now the exact same shape and arch and had a great now color over so they were darker in color and more outstanding! They still look extremely natural though which is a huge reason to love them. All I look like is someone VERY VERY blessed with thick gorgeous eyebrows and not someone who filled them in with a marker. I think the eventual result is something MANY look for, especially myself, and I really could NOT be happier. 🙂
In case you’re wondering what they look like about a month later, you can just refer to my cover photo (right at the top). They’re still about the same actually so I can testify to say the color is long lasting and looks great.
Thank you so much Beauty Recipe and my dearest Jessie for letting me try this out. My boyfriend constantly comments on how these eyebrows fit my face shape so much better too. Here’s to all us girls looking prettier! 😉