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Throwing Some (Micro)Shade

Feb 01, 2018 12:46PM
By Kelsey Casselbury

Light, sparse, or patchy brows don’t give your eyes and face the frame they
deserve—it’s no wonder so many people turn to microblading to give a little bit of color and depth via tattooing. Those with sensitive skin, though, might worry about an adverse reaction, and people who just need a little bit of shaping might wonder if microblading is going a step too far. 

Enter microshading. The gentler version of microblading, microshading offers an alternative for women who want just a little something-something done with their brows. Take a quick look at the details of this treatment to determine if it’s right for you. 

Is microshading permanent?

It’s not entirely permanent, but it’s definitely something you should be sure that you want to do. Like microblading, microshading lasts between one to three years. To look your best, though, stylists recommend getting a touch-up done once a year. 

When you first get the microshading done, your eyebrows might look dark and harsh—don’t panic! It takes about a week for the skin to heal, which is when you’ll see the soft, natural look you were hoping for. 

Is microshading risky?

It’s as risky as any other cosmetic procedure. Go to a salon you trust with a trained and licensed esthetician to avoid complications. 

The Bottom Line

Who should select microshading (rather than microblading) for their eyebrows? If you have sensitive, thin, or oily skin, experts recommend microshading—it will look more natural and will have less of a risk of an adverse reaction. 

How is microshading different than microblading?

Both techniques use tattooing to fill in the eyebrows; however, microblading means inking hair strokes, while microshading leaves pin-point dots of color. This approach resembles the powdery look achieved if you filled in your eyebrows with makeup. 

By the way, there’s a third cousin in the family tree—microfeathering, which is nearly identical to microblading, but it only applies pigment to the skimpy patches in the brows.