Through thick and thin, your eyebrows have always been a powerful feature of your overall aesthetic. Although we’re not all naturally blessed with the fierce feathery brows of Brooke Shields or the bold arches of Cara Delevingne, modern advances in eyebrow microshading have made these iconic looks achievable for almost any skin and hair type. 

But what is eyebrow microshading? How does it differ from the more widely known method of microblading? And is it permanent, semi-permanent, or just a waste of time? From the high-level hairs to the fine-tuned fibers, we’ve got all the information you need to know about microshading.

For more information on eyebrow beautification methods and how microshading might be right for you and your glam goals, give Skin MB a call today!

What is Eyebrow Microshading?

Microshading is an innovative and effective way to create the illusion of natural, fuller-looking eyebrows. Similarly to microblading, microshading uses a fine needle to apply natural-toned ink to the superficial layers of skin around the eyebrows. The primary difference between the two techniques is that microshading does not tattoo full strokes like microblading. Instead, microshading uses a thinner and more precise needle to create points of pigmentation on the skin. By gradually feathering in these small yet significant strokes, a shading effect is created that not only mimics the appearance of natural hair, but adds definition and depth to the overall arches. 

What are the results of Eyebrow Microshading?

Unlike traditional eyebrow tattooing or microblading methods, microshading produces a more feathery, powdery appearance. Some compare it to the soft and fluffy effect that is more often achieved through mineral-based makeup or “penciled-in” brows. Microshading is a form of permanent tattooing, but rest assured that the overall look is much more natural than needle!

Those with oily skin types may need to get their brows touched up more frequently because the extra moisture in their skin can dilute the pigment of the ink and soften its color more quickly. Those with average to dry skin types should expect the microshading treatment to last anywhere from one to one-and-a-half years.

How much does Microshading cost?

Depending on your location and the quality of your brow expert, microshading usually costs anywhere from $350 to $1,000. When you consider how much a monthly waxing costs over 18 months, microshading can actually end up being less expensive than more time-consuming alternatives!

Does Microshading Have Any Risks or Side Effects?

As with any major or permanent makeup treatment, there are a few factors to consider for your own safety and satisfaction. First and foremost, work with a trusted and well-trained brow expert (like one of our certified technicians at Skin MB). The last thing you want is to be stuck with a botched brow job that won’t correct itself for a full year or more!

Second, you should prepare yourself for a small amount of discomfort and possible pain during the procedure. Compared to microblading, microshading uses less intense needle strokes and so is generally seen as the more tolerable of the two. However, those with very sensitive skin or low pain tolerance may want to prepare themselves, perhaps with a soothing cream for post-procedure redness — or you can always nix the stress with a pre-procedure martini!

Is there any upkeep for Microshaded eyebrows?

The upkeep requirements for eyebrows after microshading is pretty minimal. Most beauty and brow experts recommend that you tend to stray hairs with no more than a pair of precise tweezers, and that you avoid waxes and skincare products that may make the color fade faster, such as cleansers containing salicylic acid or other cell-stimulating substances.

Is Microshading Right for Me?

If you want to achieve fuller, healthier, and bolder looking brows with very little upkeep and a long-lasting effect, then microshading will be a perfect option for you. Contact the brow specialists at Skin MB for more information on our wide selection of medspa treatments and how microshading can enhance your natural beauty!