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What are the Differences & Similarities Between Microblading & Microshading?

Having the perfect eyebrows is essential to many women and men. Luckily, art and technology have combined to provide several ways to achieve the brow look you want. The technology appeared over 25 years ago, with the introduction of microblading—with the technique becoming increasingly popular in the last 10-years. Having microshading or microblading brows provides perfect eyebrows that can transform a person’s face by,

● Adding definition to a face.

● Emphasizing the eyes, drawing attention to them.

● Bringing out the cheekbones

However, continued advancements in techniques and procedures have produced several complementary alternatives to microblading. At the Lana Tarek professional salon, you can discover the best method for your brows, be that,

● Microblading, with its well-deserved reputation for achieving perfect eyebrows,

● Nano blading

● Microshading

● Combinations of them both with blade and shade.

While microblading has gained a well-deserved reputation for achieving perfect eyebrows, it is not the only option available to improve your brows.

A consultation with our experts will review your expectations, take a medical history and check your skin type to advise which of our eyebrow treatments will achieve the look you want.

Differences Between Microshading & Microblading

The basic difference between microblading and microshading is in the look of the eyebrow. A look that is created by using slightly different techniques.

Another difference is the longevity of the brows in which microshading lasts about 2 – 3 years in comparison to microblading eyebrows, which lasts about 18 months.

Which technique is the best for certain skin types?

Microblading is the preferred method on normal to dry skin, whereas microshading is suitable for oily and sensitive skin.

What Is The Difference In The Look?

● Microblading provides a more natural look, where the brows look thicker and denser.

● Microshading provides a more ombre, powdered look due the gradual shading from the front to the tail end of the brow. Not quite as obvious or dramatic as a powder brow.

What Is The Difference In The Longevity Of The Procedure

Microblading brows is a two-step process that requires a second procedure to get the best results. After a four-week healing period from the first treatment, you will need another shorter session of microblading to complete the brow transformation. As a semi-permanent treatment, the microbladed brow will start to fade. Touch-ups are usually necessary between 3 – 6 months and overall last 12 -18-months depending on the individual.

Microshading is also a semi-permanent treatment that requires a degree of maintenance but with a more extended period, 6 -8 months. Therefore, the procedure is expected to last 2 – 3 years, depending on the individual.

What Is The Difference in Technique

There are similarities between microblading and microshading in that they both are performed using a manual tool. They both have pigment inserted into the brows, and both are semi-permanent cosmetic tattoos. Both procedures require varying degrees of maintenance. Looking more in-depth into the techniques of both methods—and discussing your needs with a trained professional—helping you in making an informed decision on which type of procedure you want to go with.

Microblading Technique For Eyebrows

You can see several microblading before and after images on our site, which gives you a clear indication of the sculptured eyebrow look that can be achieved. So, let’s get into a bit more detail on what is microblading.

This technique involves the use of a manual tool whose blade has multiple minute needles. Around 10-12 is normal. The procedure consists in placing incisions into the eyebrows that mimic normal brow hair in terms of length, colour, thickness and shape. Your consultant will place pigment that matches your natural hairs, creating the required eyebrow arch by subtle illusion.

Unlike tattooed eyebrows, microblading—or sometimes known as 3D microblading—injects the pigment into the epidermis to a depth of not more than 0.08 – 0,15mm. As previously said, microblading brows is a semi-permanent procedure, unlike tattooed brows that last forever. A big plus is they are very realistic and natural-looking.

Microshading Technique For Eyebrows

Microshading is considered the gentler option within cosmetic tattooing procedures—a technique that is particularly useful for those whose skin is sensitive. Microshading is the recommendation for brows that are sparse or thinning, maybe through over-plucking. This technique can also be used over well-faded tattooed eyebrows. This procedure is also for those who want a slightly less dramatic look. This technique creates a well-defined brow that looks natural.

The microshading artist can use a manual tool or machine playing the pigment into the skin, but the delivery technique is different. Instead of the very fine strokes of microblading, microshading inserts small, pin-prick size dots. Artists throughout the years have used dots to present their art. Did you know it is a style of aboriginal painting that has been around for 60,000+ years?

The small dots in microshading your brows create a gradient look. It is also known as the ‘Shadow Effect’. Following the procedure, the brows can appear as a block colour but don’t worry. Over the first week, the harshness fades, leaving a natural-looking fuller arch. Then, by using a light pigment, the effect is similar to a powder or ombre brow, but giving a softer, shaded look.

Blade & Shade Technique For Eyebrows

Combining the two techniques can give you the popular ‘Instagram Brow.’ This is suitable for those who want a bolder make-up effect whilst maintaining a natural brow look. With this combo, you will find feathered hair strokes going from the beginning to the middle of the brow that transitions to a powdered finish toward the tails, creating slightly more definition.

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