Microshading is great for those with oily or shiny skin, and those who perspire more often. It is also more suitable if you have sensitive skin.
The other main difference between microblading and shading is the technique itself. Instead of creating individual hair strokes, the microshading artist creates small pin-point dots on the brow area repetitively. This allows the pigment to set better on oilier skin.
There are two types that microshading can be done, depending on how bold or how soft you want your brows to look like, and because it’s so versatile, you can combine or add several effects.
OMBRÉ POWDER BROWS
It’s a form of tattooing, but it is different from the traditional method. It is a more modern method because it is surface work meaning it is on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique is described by it’s name – the results are more powdery and fluffy with a faded front and a crisp tail, and looks like you have makeup on! Because it does not penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin, the results will last UP TO 1-3 years depending on skin type and lifestyle. All results vary.
SOFT, POWDER BROWS
Usually, clients who choose shading want a softer, gentler finish. This gives your brows a natural grow but will still look stunningly natural. This is great for those who like filling in their eyebrows with a lighter shade.
THE INSTAGRAM BROW
Another popular term for microshading is the “Instagram Brow”. Because shading is more advanced and uses more versatile tools, the artist has the option to tweak the technique a little and give your brows a fuller, bolder finish. This is perfect for people who love the look of makeup.
With this technique, your artist can create a gradient effect on your brows as you usually see on models and celebrities. This is better accentuated when combined with microblading and this technique is called combination brows which will be discussed below.
WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR MICROSHADING?
Aside from having sensitive or oily skin type, a client may choose shading because of the style preferences described above.
Your artist may also recommend microshading instead of microblading is if you have over plucked your eyebrows. Microblading requires that you have some of your natural brow hair to be present, even if they are sparse, so that your artist can follow or mimic your hair growth pattern.
Microshaded brows also tend to last longer than microbladed brows so it requires a less frequent maintenance schedule. You can learn more about maintaining your microbladed brows here. Considering the cost and frequency of touchup sessions, some may prefer microshading over other treatments.
FIXING PREVIOUS PMU
If you already have previous PMU done elsewhere and would like a touch up or another brows session, make sure your tattoo has faded light enough. Always tell your Permanent Makeup Artist about your existing tattoo during your appointment. Not always we can cover work done elsewhere.