Eyebrow Embroidery at Bluunis, Sungei Wang Plaza

Eyebrow Embroidery

This is a girlie post. One of the many things that women do to look good – eyebrow embroidery. Guys will cringe at the name, but it’s not as scary as it sounds. No, we’re not sewing our eyebrows.

Eyebrow embroidery is a technique that replaces our mother’s old school eyebrow tattoo. Basically for the sad Chinese girls, like me, with little or non-existent eyebrows. Be it genetics or over-tweezing, we all want to have perfect eyebrows that are not drawn on.

Eyebrow embroidery is almost like a manual tattoo process, but using henna instead of tattoo inks. There apparatus used is actually a bunch of needles stuck together to form a small angled blade looking thing. Dipped in henna colour, the beautician pokes into your skin to “colour” your eyebrow. Because it’s henna colour, it’s not permanent or harsh-looking like tattoo ink. The effect lasts about 2-3 years.

I have been doing eyebrow embroidery for the last 10 odd years. Over-plucking and genetics means I have (almost) non-existent eyebrows. I’ve done embroidery 4 times in my life so far. The first time being with an on-call home beautician and subsequently with Bluunis (previously known as Ultimate Impressions). I prefer the team of specialist at Midvalley, but due to time constraint, I end up at their Sg Wang Plaza branch for the 2nd time.

 

Pricing for Eyebrow Embroidery

The price of eyebrow embroidery have changed over the years. I used to do it for only RM200 including one touch up. Now, Bluunis’ package is RM 350 for eyebrows including 2 touch ups.

After reading much about it, I have also decided to do eyeliner embroidery. This is basically your eyeline (not eyebrow) at the top and bottom eyelid, where your eyelashes grow. Yep. I was told that it was truly painful – a friend of mine couldn’t stand the pain and refused to go back for the touch up sessions.

For the top eyeliner, you can choose between 3 different thickness – regular, medium or thick. I chose the medium one. The package came up to around RM 528 for both top and bottom eyeliner. You top up RM 100 per thickness.

 

The Process of Eyebrow Embroidery

After the colour from my last eyebrow embroidery started to fade and got thinner, it’s time for me to do it all over again. This is what my eyebrows look like before the process.

Before Eyebrow Embroidery
Before Eyebrow Embroidery – my (almost) original eyebrows

At first, they will draw your eyebrows on for you. They will tweeze (pluck) it, shape it and draw the desired shape on with an eyebrow pencil.

This is when you get to consult them and modify the shape, thickness, balance, etc until you’re satisfied. This is the MOST CRUCIAL step. Once you’ve confirmed this, they will prep you for the embroidery session.

It has been such a long time since my last embroidery, so the colour has faded so much on my eyebrow that it looked non-existent. (Please pardon the unkempt eyebrows. I left the tweezing to the beautician.)

Eyebrow Embroidery - Drawn eyebrows
Step 1 – Drawn eyebrows

You are prepped up on the facial bed in a tiny room. They will open up a new needle in a sealed plastic packaging, and show you that they do not re-use their needles. If you’re afraid of pain, they can administer a dose of numbing cream for you. As I’ve done it before, coupled with the fact that I enjoy pain… I went without.

Eyebrow Embroidery session begins
Eyebrow embroidery session begins

Personally, I think it feels like tweezing your eyebrow… REPEATEDLY… ON THE SAME SPOT… AGAIN AND AGAIN…

The embroidery starts and takes about 15 minutes or so. They dip the needle in the colour (oh, you can choose a colour yourself, if you don’t trust the beautician to match it with your hair colour) and start poking the colour through your skin on the drawn eyebrows.

Some people compare the pain to an ant bite. IT DOES NOT FEEL LIKE AN ANT BITE. If it does, that’s one helluva HUGE ant!

After eyebrow embroidery
After eyebrow embroidery

As you can see, my eyebrows look kinda red. Well, it is also slightly swollen. Also, if you feel that it looks thin, that’s because your skin tightens with the “scarring” or “cut”. it is a needle “cut”, so to speak. Don’t worry, once it heals, and your skin stretches back to normal, it will not look as thin.

It all sounds painful. Well, my pain threshold is rather high, so it was OK for me. Some of my girlfriends who shave their eyebrows instead of tweezing cannot stand this pain of embroidery. So, it really differs from person to person.

After the eyebrows are done, the beautician moves over to prep for my eyeline embroidery. Because the eyeline is a much more sensitive area, the numbing cream is a MUST!

Eyeline Embroidery - Numbing cream
Applying numbing cream on my eyeline

They applied the cream on my eyelids and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then, they cover it with some clear plastic (I don’t know why) and does this one eye at a time.

Eyelid embroidery - Numbing cream

Once 20 mins is up, the embroidery process starts. – they start to poke on your eyelids and lower eyeline with the needle and colour again.

I couldn’t take any pictures at this point. I was concentrating on not squirming, and not tearing. This is not pleasant!!! Your natural reaction when someone is poking your eyelids with a needle is to want to flinch, blink or squint. When you do, the cream gets in your eyes and it stings!!! You will want to rub it, but you can’t, then you start to tear and possibly squint some more. This lets more cream into your eyes and you tear some more. Arrggghhhh… frustrating!

Honestly, it was rather painful. If you can tolerate the pain (which I can only do if I concentrate really really hard), you still have to worry about not blinking or fidgeting. I don’t like things in my eye – especially poking things. I had huge problems wearing contact lenses for the longest time. So I flinched a lot throughout this process.

I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone. Think hard about your pain tolerance and how much you’re willing to suffer for beauty, before you decide to go for eyeline embroidery. Eek.

Eyebrow and Eyeline Embroidery
What it looks like after my first session of eyebrow and eyeline embroidery

My eyes look a bit swollen and red for a couple of hours after. They provide you with some cream to care for your embroidered area to help with the healing and moisturizing.  They’ll advise you not to soak it in water and avoid eating shellfishes for a few days.

I suggest you go home immediately. You will look a little weird walking around or shopping with red, blotchy eyebrow and eyes.

 

What happens next?

Like a tattoo, or like a cut in your skin, the embroidery will turn into a scab after a few days. You are NOT to peel it away. Use the provided cream and allow it to fall off on its own.

1 month after first session of eyebrow embroidery
1 month after first session of eyebrow embroidery

This is how it looked like a month after the first session of embroidery (eyebrow and eyeliner). After 1 month, the embroidery peeled off and looked extremely faded. Look at the below above… They also botched up one side of my eyebrow. It’s uneven and completely faded.

As I mentioned earlier, I prefer the Midvalley Bluunis beauticians. Sorry, girls, I can’t remember their names.

In my second session for touch up (which is included in my package), I had a different beautician attending to me this time and I prefer her. I go through the same process all over again for my eyebrow and my eyeline. I have also asked for a deeper colour since the “Natural Brown” colour they used the first time looked red on my skin. I have also asked for them to make my eyebrows thicker and re-adjusted the balance.

Eyebrow Embroidery - after 2 sessions
How my eyebrows look after second touch up session

I have one more touch up session to go. I am rather happy with how my eyebrows and eyeline look today, but since the touch up session is a part of my package (all paid), I shall go back to get the colour touched up so it can last longer. After the touch up, it looked way…. better. Although the eyeline seemed a little light and thin for my liking, it created the illusion that my eyes are “awake” even when I have no make up on. It doesn’t look fake at all, but very natural indeed.

Sorry for the picture with make-up on. But I will try to update this blog with a picture with no eye make up after my next touch up session, so you get to see how it really looks like.

You can call Bluunis to make an appointment for your “Brownaissance” (aka Eyebrow embroidery) session at the nearest branch to you through their website here. To me, they’re the best and most experienced in this field. Alternatively, you can try the same thing at Empro – but personally I have yet to see great work from people who tried Empro.

NOTE : If you wanna read more girlie-girl beauty posts, maybe you should also check out my other post on Longer and Fuller Eyelashes…Seriously

  • Ashley Johnson

    Hi, I also had eyebrow embroidery done just 2 weeks ago, 98 percent of the color has come off, I don’t even see a shade underneath. The same woman who did it is telling me this is “Normal” and the color can “disappear” and offering me a free touchup, but im afraid it’ll be useless because they could just totally fall off again. Do you think I should go elsewhere? I hate to think I wasted $300 dollars.

  • Yong Enn

    Hi Winnie, I did mine today at Bluunis, MV. I don’t know about the first girl who help me draw with pencil but she doesn’t know how to explain at all and she kept giving me negative thoughts. Lucky she is smart enough to ask another girl to help me. And the second girl is the one who helped you touch up your eyebrows. She gave me lots of explaination and I felt more confident to do it but I don’t really like what I having now. Is it possible to change the shape during my second touch up?

    • Ahh. Good that you felt confident enough with their beautician. From my experience, after a week, the colour will fade enough to give you shade but not final look. You sure can change the shape / colour / thickness in your touch up. Good luck & report back ok?

  • arlene

    Hi! Maybe u can recommend to me the best training school in Malaysia for embroidery (eyebrow, eyeliner and lip embroidery).

    Thank you so much and more power

    • Sorry, I only blogged about my experience as a customer. I won’t be able to help you with your enquiry. Good luck, though.

  • Alexandra

    Hi , are you now still satisfy with their service? I am about to go bluunis in Sunway pyramid this saturday….

    • Sorry I didn’t reply earlier. Did you manage to get it done at Bluunis in Sunway Pyramid? It’s been awhile since my last embroidery session, I am planning to get it done again in a month or so. Let me know how yours went.

  • dan

    Do u open any class for teaching eyeliner?

    • Haha. No. I’m not a beautician. I just blogged about my experience.

  • dan

    Hi winnie,how do i get the good numbing cream in malaysia?

    • Ooh. That’s a tough question. I don’t know, really. Ask tattoo artiste maybe?

  • Lisa Lee

    Hi Winnie,
    have been looking for a good & professional eyebrow tattooist for the longest time and I stumble upon your blog. Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if you could let me know the name of your tattooist in Bluunis Sg.Wang. I would like to pay her a visit.
    Thank you.

    • Hey Lisa. Sorry. It’s been awhile and I forgot the names of the beautician. But my tip is to always look at the beautician’s own eyebrows! Hope it helps. 🙂

  • friend

    dun go JOANNA, the service is bad never mind, very rude never mind, the eyebrow she embriode for us is so so UGLY, Don go JOANNA so call eyebrow embriodery specialist. The staff there called emelin, so so rude and very unprofessional. She like treat us very bad and feel we very cheap cause we brought voucher. If you cannot provide good service or look down on ppl bought voucher, pls dun sell voucher lah, so

    dun go JOANNA eyebrow embriodery center, you will REGRET , REGRET, the service are BAD BAD BAD, the eyebrow so ugly. You can google another customer have same BAD experience like us. she even worst, one eyebrow got colour, one eyebrow no, we are so regret to go there.

    • Oh dear. So sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience. Is this the branch in Sg Wang or Midvalley?

      • su

        I also experience a bad service. The colour faded 50% in just 5 day… I did it at mid valley branch. So regret with them… just think bout profit…

    • su

      You are right… the quality is not up to what we paid… they ignore our complaints. ..

      • I’m likely going for a touch up again in the next few months. Years ago I had better experience at Mid Valley than the Sg Wang branch. Was thinking about Mid Valley again, you guys have better recommendation?