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  • Writer's pictureShervonne Kitto

Debunking the Myths: Is Microshading Painful?

In recent years, permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, has gained significant popularity. Among the various techniques available, microshading has emerged as a go-to choice for many individuals seeking beautifully defined and natural-looking eyebrows. However, despite its growing popularity, concerns about pain during the microshading process remain a common query among potential clients.


Here at Makeup by Sherviii, we are experts in microshading. We are also very proactive in creating an environment of safety and comfort for our customers. We aim to minimize any discomfort.

Read on as we address this question head-on and provide you with a clear understanding of the pain levels associated with microshading.


Before and After Microshading at Makeup by Sherviii NYC
Before and After Microshading at Makeup by Sherviii NYC

Microshading is a permanent eyebrow tattoo that involves depositing pigment into the skin using a handheld tool with a series of fine needles. This technique creates a soft, powdered effect, giving the appearance of filled-in brows that are subtly defined. While microshading does involve minor discomfort, it is important to differentiate between discomfort and pain.


The Pain Factor: Pain is subjective, and what may be tolerable for one person might be uncomfortable for another. The sensation experienced during microshading can vary depending on individual pain thresholds and skin sensitivity. However, it is essential to note that most clients describe the sensation as minimal to mild discomfort rather than outright pain.


Numbing Techniques: To ensure a more comfortable experience, we apply a topical anesthetic to the eyebrow area prior and during the microshading procedure. This numbing cream or gel helps to minimize any discomfort during the process. The anesthetic is typically applied and left on the skin for a short period, allowing ample time for it to take effect and provide temporary relief from potential discomfort.


Factors Affecting Sensitivity: While microshading is generally well-tolerated, it's important to consider a few factors that may affect an individual's sensitivity levels:

  1. Menstrual Cycle: Some clients report heightened sensitivity during their menstrual cycle due to hormonal fluctuations. If you are concerned about discomfort, you may want to schedule your microshading appointment outside of this time.

  2. Skin Type: Individuals with more sensitive skin may experience slightly more discomfort during the procedure. Here at Makeup by Sherviii we adapt our technique to accommodate various skin types and minimize any potential discomfort.


Remember, the results of microshading can be truly transformative, giving you the brows you've always dreamed of. So, if you've been hesitant about microshading due to concerns about pain, rest assured that with proper pain management techniques, the discomfort is usually minimal. Embrace the opportunity to enhance your natural beauty and wake up to flawless, hassle-free eyebrows every day!




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