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  • Writer's pictureShervonne Kitto

What's the difference between Microblading and Microshading

Updated: May 28, 2023

Perfectly shaped and defined eyebrows can transform your entire face, framing your features and enhancing your natural beauty. If you're looking for a permanent solution to achieve flawless brows, you've likely come across two popular techniques: microshading and microblading.


Here at Makeup by Sherviii we offer Microshading as our signature permanent eyebrow service as it has proven to be better suited for our customers i.e. women of color.


Let's explore what's the difference between microshading and microblading, helping you make an informed decision about which technique is best suited for your eyebrow goals.

the differenced between microblading and microshading
The differences between Microblading and Microshading

Microblading: Creating Hair-Like Strokes -Microblading is a technique that involves manually implanting pigment into the skin using a fine blade or needle. The goal is to create realistic hair-like strokes that mimic natural eyebrow hairs. Microblading is ideal for individuals with extremely smooth dry, thick skin. Aka anyone with perfect skin. The results can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on various factors such as skin type, aftercare, and lifestyle.

Microshading: Soft and Gradual Shading - Microshading on the other hand, focuses on creating a soft and gradual shading effect, similar to that of a powdered or penciled-in brow. This technique uses a handheld device or a manual tool with a cluster of tiny needles to deposit pigment into the skin. The goal is to achieve a more filled-in, shaded appearance rather than individual hair-like strokes. Microshading is suitable for individuals with sparse or thin eyebrows, as well as those who prefer a more defined and polished look. It is perfect for all skin types including persons who hare oily skin, large pores and acne prone skin. The results can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on individual factors.

The Difference in Technique: The primary distinction between microblading and microshading lies in the technique used to deposit the pigment. Microblading involves creating precise hair-like strokes that mimic natural eyebrow hairs, while microshading focuses on softly shading the brow area to achieve a filled-in look.

The Desired Outcome: Understanding your desired brow outcome is crucial in determining whether microblading or microshading is the right choice for you. If you desire a more natural, hair-like appearance that mimics individual eyebrow hairs, microblading may be the ideal option. On the other hand, if you prefer a soft, powdered look with more depth and definition, microshading may better suit your preferences.

Factors to Consider

When deciding between microblading and microshading, it's important to consider the following factors:

  1. Skin Type: Microblading is better suited for individuals with normal to dry skin, while microshading can be a better choice for those with oily or combination skin.

  2. Personal Style: Consider your personal style and how you typically like to style your eyebrows. If you prefer a more natural, effortless look, microblading may be a better fit. If you enjoy a more defined, bold brow, microshading might be the way to go.

  3. Maintenance: Both techniques require regular touch-ups to maintain the desired look. However, microblading typically requires more frequent touch-ups due to the individual hair strokes fading over time. Most microbladed clients switch over to microshading as microblading cannot be touched up regularly as this may cause excessive scarring.

Don't get microblading if you have oily or mature skin
Don't get microblading if you have oily or mature skin

In our professional opinon we advise clients to stay away from microblading as it cannot be touched up more than once as well as there is a risk of the hair strokes creating a "blurred" effect due to oils on your skin. Microshading heals beautiful and looks even better over time.

Remember, well-shaped eyebrows can enhance your facial features so book microshading for effortless eyebrows!


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