Don’t Let Oily Skin Stop You From Trying Microblading


You, too, can have fleeky brows

One of the basic tenets of beauty is that we should take care of our eyebrows because they frame our face. For too long, my face has been framed like a poster haphazardly hung on a dorm room wall. Thanks to genetics, not only did my brows not grow in as fully as I wanted, but they naturally look like a slightly more subtle version of The People’s Eyebrow (thanks, Mom). To get the look I desired, I’d get my eyebrows threaded and tinted, but I’m embarrassingly lazy when it comes to personal upkeep that I can’t do on my own—if I could give myself a dental checkup to avoid scheduling an appointment with my dentist, I would. I long fantasized about a world in which I could wake up with naturally perfect brows. So once I learned about microblading, my prayers were answered.

Or so I thought. The more I researched, the more it seemed that genetics would block my blessing yet again—based on what I read, having oily skin meant that the eyebrow tattoo wouldn’t heal properly (again, Mom). Still, I couldn’t find any first-person accounts of people with oily skin having microblading done, so I set out to see for myself if my journey to eyebrow fleekness would indeed stop at a dead end. Upon finding out about Better Brows NYC, I met with its owner, microblading artist Kendra Bray, for a consultation. Better Brows NYC was born from Bray’s own microblading experience that left her disappointed, and she even has a tattoo license despite it not being required for microblading artists, so I trusted her to know what was best for me. 

The good news: It’s entirely possible to get microblading done when you have oily skin—it’s just all in the technique. “With oily skin, sometimes the strokes can have the tendency to spread a little bit,” Bray said. “Knowing that, I’ll not put as many strokes, or put them as closely together, throughout the brow. Then I’ll wait, see how it heals within the skin, and then when you come back for the touch-up, we’ll see if you had some spread of the strokes, and see how many strokes we need to fill in.” Bray uses a different type of pigment for the tattoo on people with oilier skin, too: “For people with drier skin, I use a glycerin-based pigment, but on oilier skin, I’ll use a water-based pigment to prevent that spreading in the skin. The reason that I don’t use the water-based on everyone, is because it dries a lot faster, so it’s not as easy to work with, but for long-term results, it works better on oily skin because it already has so much moisture.”

Then the not-so-great news: Whereas microblading typically lasts two to three years, with oily skin, that time can get cut to about a year. “It also depends on how the person takes care of their brows after,” Bray adds. “People with oily skin tend to use products to help with the oiliness, like acids or retinols, and if they’re not careful and avoiding the eyebrow area, they could be putting these products on the brow, which will also make them not last as long.” She also mentioned that I could potentially need a second touch-up session, depending on how the first one healed. Still, it seemed worth it to at least try it out. Bray went through all of the steps I had read about in my research, and after about an hour—most of which was devoted to finalizing my desired brow shape and waiting for the numbing cream to take action—I had perfect eyebrows. 

Of course, I couldn’t get too attached to the brows, considering Bray’s warning about fading. Sure enough, by the time I was able to schedule my touch-up, much of the pigment was gone—though it’s worth noting that my touch-up happened two months after the first session, rather than the preferred one month, because Bray and I were both traveling (and I accidentally turned my shower head onto my face while my brows were still healing, causing some scabs to come off prematurely). Bray then decided to make the strokes deeper in my skin for the touch-up, which meant it actually hurt. Fortunately, Bray keeps a stress ball next to the bed where she does the microblading because, boy, was I stressed. But by the end, my brows looked great enough to make me forget about the pain. 

A month later, I was still really happy with my brows, but there were still spots here and there where the pigment faded, so Bray advised that I come in for one last touch-up. She did note that the strokes from the previous session didn’t spread too much, so she was able to put them closer together, in addition to putting the strokes deeper where they had faded. Somehow, the third session was completely painless—perhaps it was my excitement at knowing that I was finally on the cusp of having the eyebrows of my dreams. 

It’s been a little over a month since my last session, and five months since my first, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my results. My brows are darker and thicker, and—best of all—I no longer look like The Rock entering a wrestling ring. Sure enough, it took some time and a little bit of pain, but the way I see it, it was a worthy investment. For those of you who are debating getting your eyebrows microbladed, just know that having oily skin shouldn’t stop you.  

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.