THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
MICROBLADING & MICROSHADING
Whether you like your eyebrows arched and bold or natural and feathered, they are arguably the most important facial feature. Choosing the correct technique to enhance their appearance can be quite overwhelming, but we’re here to help you make an educated decision! You’ve probably heard of MicroBlading, but do you know what it is? And to take it a step further, you have probably also heard of the term ‘MicroShading’. Though they may sound similar, and in some aspects they are, they are actually quite different. Let’s take a look:
Microblading is a form of permanent makeup which is used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows. Using a special handheld tool and a flat configuration of ultra-thin needles, natural pigment is deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin, making it semi-permanent for 1-2 years. This depends on your skin type and lifestyle, which in turn, can affect the longevity of your results. This technique is used to create precise and thin hair-like strokes which resemble natural eyebrow hairs. The aim of this technique is to create a more defined brow, filling in any gaps you may have, whilst still maintaining a natural look.
MicroShading is also a form of permanent makeup which, like MicroBlading, is used to enhance the appearance of eyebrows. Using a special handheld tool with a round configuration of ultra-thin needles, natural pigment is also deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin, making it semi-permanent for 1-2 years. Longevity is also determined depending on the skin type and lifestyle – your results stay fresh-looking the better you take care of your brows. Where MicroBlading aims to mimic natural hairs, MicroShading is used to create a soft powdered effect which resembles eyebrow pencil or powder and will result in a fuller and more defined look.
FOUNDATION COURSE / TECHNIQUE
curved strokes with needles
ideal for dry skin
ideal for caucasian skin
not ideal for sensitive skin
can transition to microshading
cannot cover old PMU
lasts 1 – 2 years
ADVANCED WORKSHOP / TECHNIQUE
repetitive dots with needles
ideal for oil skin
ideal for caucasian and non-caucasian skin
more ideal for sensitive skin
cannot transition to microblading
can cover old PMU if not too saturated
lasts 1 – 2 years
advantages of offering both techniques
Not all clients are suitable candidates for Microblading or Microshading, offering both techniques will enable you to service a wider clientele base. Often clients only want Microblading, but when it comes to the touch-up, they ask for a fuller and more saturated effect. You will then be able to transition over to Microshading with ease. Microblading is not always suitable for African skin as the strokes may not appear very visible. In this case Microshading would be the better option. It is very hard to cover old Microblading using the same technique. In this case Microshading would be a more effective option to cover faded/blurred strokes.
frequently asked questions by clients
IS IT A TATTOO?
YES! Any procedure where pigment is implanted in the skin is considered tattooing.
DOES THE PROCEDURE HURT?
Everyone has a different pain tolerance. Most clients barely feel a thing – some even fall asleep while others find the pain intense, but manageable. Each of our Brow Artists will always try their best to make you as comfortable as possible and manage any discomfort to the best of their ability. Here’s how:
The therapist will use a numbing cream prior to the procedure as well as a topical anaesthetic during the procedure. Less or more anaesthetic can be used as needed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The appointment is typically 2 hours (sometimes 2.5) depending on how long it takes for your approval of the eyebrow shape and drawing. Preparation, measuring and drawing can take up to 1 hour. Microblading itself will take approximately 30-45 minutes.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EYEBROW PROCEDURE?
If you have an ideal shape, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment. This can give the Brow Artist an exact idea of what you are looking for.
If you are particular with your shape, you may fill in your eyebrow as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
Avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin and ibuprofen as they are natural blood thinners.
Do not drink any alcohol 24 hours before and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. This will affect the colour deposit and may make you more prone to sensitivity and/or cause more bleeding.
If you have been on Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
It is highly recommended that you avoid intense sun exposure and tanning bed exposure for 20 days before and after your procedure. If you show up to your appointment with a new tan or sunburn, you will need to reschedule.
Avoid waxing the procedure area 2-3 days prior.
Avoid getting any type of facial peel at least one week prior.
You may want to shower ahead of time because you will need to avoid getting them wet and over hydrated after the appointment.
WHAT IF I HAVE SCARS/MOLES?
One of the most common issues faced by Microblading is scars. If you have or are prone to developing raised scars (known as keloids) in the procedure area, you will be at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. They form anytime you injure or traumatize your skin. In this case, Microblading/Microshading is not appropriate and will not be performed. It is important that all clients are transparent with their Artist regarding this issue.
If a scar is at the same level as the skin, the procedure may be performed. Please consult with the therapist beforehand.
Scars and moles cannot be tattooed, however, we can go around it.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Generally, two treatments are needed within a 4-6 week period, as a second touch-up session is usually needed after your brows have healed. Some require more than one touch-up (i.e. tattoo cover-up, iron deficiency, active lifestyle, excessive sun, etc) and some none at all.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND MY TOUCH UP APPOINTMENT?
Yes, even if you are satisfied with your brows after your initial appointment. Touch up appointments are important to achieve an excellent result and pigment retention with both Microblading and Microshading. Some may be discouraged with the results after the first procedure’s healing. The touch up allows the opportunity to adjust the colour, shape and fill in gaps in areas that did not retain pigment. Everyone heals differently.
A touch up is recommended to be performed between 4-6 weeks after the initial appointment. Touch-ups are usually at a reduced rate.
Although some heal quicker than others, the skin is typically still healing below the surface up to the 4-6 week mark. Performing a touch up before then risks the results of the first application and the overall procedure.
WILL THEY LOOK FAKE?
NO! Microblading/Microshading is a unique artistry that guarantees soft, natural-looking eyebrows – Our goal at the end of the day is only to enhance and define the beauty that is already there as we pride ourselves in creating natural-looking brows!
WILL MY BROWS BE 100% PERFECT?
No. Perfectionism is an illusion and to expect perfect eyebrows is unrealistic. Microblading and Microshading is a form of art, and like any form of art, each creation is unique in its own way. The best way to ensure that you will be satisfied is to find an artist with a ‘signature style’ that you can relate to. Ask for before and after photos and read the reviews on their social media platforms.
The best way to figure out which permanent brow technique is for you is to base your decision on how you would normally do your own brows. Are you someone who generally wears the shaded eyeshadow look, or do you prefer to fill your brows in with hair-like strokes? Either way, Lovella has the brow technique for you!