EYEBROW TATTOO TECHNIQUE & STYLE

Microblading, Microshading, And Microfeathering

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

MICROBLADING (“AKA” THE NATURAL FEATHERED BROW)

Microblading is a perfect introductory pigmentation for those who are new to cosmetic tattoo. The results are soft and natural and will give you a chance to decide whether cosmetic tattoo is for you before considering longer term options. Microblading essentially mimics the look of hair, and each stroke is created in the direction of your natural hair growth. Microblading is a great option for those who have very little eyebrow hair or those wanting to fill gaps. We do not believe is a one size fits all and we design each microblading pattern unique to each client. 

MICROBLADING SUMMARY

Microblading is a technique using a super-fine pen (technically, a bundle of 12 to 15 needles) to deposit pigment into skin. The tip is so fine, in fact, that it can create hair strokes that look legit. And 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). Think of each stroke as a little paper cut. Compared to other techniques, “microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair. HOW LONG 

MICROBLADING LASTS

Touch-up in around a month (the cost of this is typically budgeted into the fee of the initial service). Then, microblading can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your client’s lifestyle. A few ways our clients can extend it: Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near the brows, because they’ll lift the top layers of skin with continued use—and the color with it.

  • Suitable for: Not suitable for oily skin, open pores, frail skin and those with slow healing disorders or skin conditions.
  • Also known as: Feathered Tattoo, Brow Embroidery
  • Estimated Lifespan: 12-18 months
  • Treatment Time: Approx. 1.5 hour

MACHINE SHADING (“AKA” THE POWDERED BROW)

Machine Shading is by no means a solid colour, but a soft and powdery finish. This method uses stipples rather than strokes to fill the brow area. Perfect for all skin types and clients who have some level of hair looking for a gentle base colour, more definition or structure. This technique can be adjusted to achieve a nature result or more make up finish.

Microfeathering...Best For…

Anyone who wants to lightly fill out the brows they already have.

WHAT IS MICROFEATHERING?

Microfeathering is a form of microblading, and a technique created using a no-needle shaping method that’s all about a natural, fluffy-looking brow. This is like that, but with pigment. Like microblading, a fine blade to create tiny incisions. Pigment is then deposited into the incisions, resulting in an incredible natural-looking eyebrow hair. Unlike microblading, which typically creates most of the brow for you, microfeathering uses your existing brow hairs as the “starting base” and simply fills it in as needed.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Microfeathering is a little higher maintenance than microblading. It’s also a two-part process. During the first appointment, microfeathered strokes are created in some of the denser area of the brow. Six to eight weeks later, depending on how your clients skin heals and responds, additional strokes are then added.”

HOW LONG MICROFEATHERING LASTS

It typically doesn’t have the staying power of microblading because the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking. Depending on certain factors, like skin type (oily skin won’t hold the pigment as well), age, and skin care routine, microfeathering will usually last 8 to 12 months, max.

  • Suitable for: All skin types.
  • Also known as: Powder Brow, Stardust Brow, Ombre’ Brow, Block Brow, The Insta Brow.
  • Estimated Lifespan: 2-4 years
  • Treatment Time: Approx. 2 hours

COMBINATION BROW (CAN’T DECIDE? - LET’S MIX & MATCH!)

The Combination brow combines hyper realistic strokes and a powder finish to create focus on area throughout the brow requiring more detailed work. This style is perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps, or create a 3-D Hybrid brow. Combination allows the artist to tailor the design and technique for a flawless and long-lasting finish. Results can be natural or more defined as required.

Microshading...Best For…

Anyone who wants brows to look more “done” (i.e., thick and filled in).

WHAT IS MICROSHADING?

If microblading is like painting and microfeathering more like sketching, microshading is like an Impressionist got a hold of the blade. Microshading technique is done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder.

Instead of the hair stroke typical with microblading and microfeathering, microshading employs a stippling method, which uses repetitive dots of pigment. It’s like the pomade or powder to microblading’s pencil strokes—just semi-permanent. The overall effect more closely resembles the sort of brow you’d find on any given Instagram influencer.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Some people could benefit from a combo of microshading and microblading. That candidate would have thinning eyebrows with drier skin—so, likely on the more mature side. Thinning brows can benefit from the extra oomph of shading.

HOW LONG MICROSHADING LASTS

All good news here—there’s no difference in the lifespan of microshading and microblading

  • Also known as: Soft Combination, Balanced Combination, Hard Combination, 3D Brows, Hybrid Brows, Blade & Shade
  • Estimated Lifespan: 2-4 years (depending on technique)
  • Treatment Time: Approx. 2 hours