Microblading & Microshading. Whats the difference?
Okay so... what is Microshading?
The microshading technique is done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool. Which tool is used depends on your technician, and these things may be discussed during consultations. Microshading creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder. I have a feeling we're all familiar with powder!
Instead of the hair stroke typical with microblading, microshading uses more of a stippling method, which uses repetitive dots of pigment. The overall effect more closely resembles the sort of brow you'd find on any given Instagram influencer or youtube beauty vlogger.
Tell me more!
Thinning brows can benefit from the extra flare of shading. If you're on the fence between blading and shading, honestly nothing beats checking out photos on Instagram and seeing online portfolios. They'll give you a good understanding of a brow artist's style, so you'll have a better idea of what to expect when you make an appointment. Plus, it shows the quality of the work, since pictures can't hide a botched microblading or microshading job. Expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $600.
It lasts how long?
Good news! There's no difference in sustainability of microshading and microblading. So, without including the first touch-up, you have about a year before you need to see your brow tech again, woo!
How Microblading is different:
As we've stated in our past blogs, Microblading is a technique using a tool to deposit pigment into skin. The needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, which is what makes the method semi-permanent (versus permanent, like traditional cosmetic tattoos). Compared to other techniques, Microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair!
Keep in mind:
Prices vary based on location and artist expertise, but expect a quality job to run somewhere between $650 to $1,500.
You'll need a touch-up in about a month. Then, microblading can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your lifestyle. A few ways to extend it: Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows, because they'll lift the top layers of your skin with continued use—and the color with it.