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Microblading, Microshading,Eyebrow Tattooing all you need to know.

Updated: May 31, 2023

Uneven brows, scanty brows, or spending long hours filling in your brows every day are now relatively a relic of the past. Beauty touch-ups and sensational brows are all the rave now, especially if you are looking to get glam eyebrows and maintain a perfect look all day long.

The very idea of having fuller brows without worrying about the daily hassle of grooming; or picture-perfect brows without needing to fuss with a pencil or filler is exciting!

Techniques such as Microblading and Microshading make achieving this look only a beauty appointment away. If you want to get your eyebrows done but aren’t sure which direction to turn to or which technique goes well with your skin type, then Voilà! This article is to the rescue!

So...what really are

Eyebrow correction Microblading and Shading uses same technique as a lip blushing in stafford va
Eyebrow Microblading before and after in our stafford va location

Microblading and Microshading?

  • Microblading: is a form of semi-permanent tattoo in which fine hair-like strokes are drawn into your brows following an outline of your existing brow using a sterile, tiny handheld blade and pigment to give you a very natural finish. A numbing cream is applied to lessen the pain and the procedure can last between 2-3 hours depending on your needs and specifications. Microblading is superb for those with sparse brows looking to achieve a fuller look with a natural, effortless effect.


Microbladed brows are typically an impression of hair-like strokes that are identical to your brow shade and pattern which, unlike traditional eyebrow tattooing, tends to have a more natural, more blended look even as it fades.

If you’re looking to get a more natural-looking brow as opposed to a dramatic one, then microblading is for you.

When done by a professional, it is very difficult to tell you’ve had your brows microbladed because of its natural finish...which I absolutely love!


It’s the least permanent makeup tattoo owing to the shallow strokes of the technique. It requires more touch-ups regularly.

Microblading cost is slightly more than the Microshading technique.

Who is it suited for?

Microblading is best suited for those with normal to dry skin. Oily skin tends to make the brows fade faster, mostly because the pigment in Microblading doesn’t go so deep into the skin, and retention in oily skin is lower. Also, if you have sensitive skin, dragging a blade continuously across your brow region might irritate your skin and cause you discomfort. So, it’s best you avoid this technique or seek out professional advice if you must. Microblading is also suited for those with sparse or thin brows looking for a fuller effect.

Touch ups?

This can happen every 8-12 months after your initial appointment, depending on how well you maintain them. Although, some microbladed eyebrows can last as long as 3years before a touch-up is needed.

  • Microshading: is a form of semi-permanent makeup that involves shading eyebrows by making fine, minute dots along the brow area using a single, sterile needle attached to an electronic tattoo device. A numbing cream is applied to lessen the pain and the procedure can last between 1-2 hours. This technique uses the application of fine dots, gradually building up color and a defined outline eventually giving a shaded look. It has more of a powdery, soft, drawn outlook. Microshading is sometimes referred to as powder brows or ombre brows.


It creates a powdery, misty look similar to a made-up brow. Its defined look adds a glam effect to it, probably why it is informally referred to as Instagram brows. Here, brows are fuller and dramatic than in Microblading. If you’re looking for a made-up look, then Microshaded brows should be it for you.


Microbladed brows tend to have a more made-up finish, which is great for glamming up but might not have a natural appearance for everyday activities. It can tend to look really defined and solid.

Who is it suited for?

Microshading is great for those with sensitive skin. It is also perfect if you have oily skin. This is because unlike in Microblading, the pigment goes in deeper through the small, pinpoint dots created by the needle, allowing the pigment to set better. If you love the look of filled-in brows, this is for you. If you also have damaged brows due to excessive tweezing or plucking, then brow shading avenue should be your stop!

Touch ups?

Shaded brows tend to last more than microbladed brows so requires less maintenance. Results can last between 1-3yrs. Having regular color touchups between 12-18months to maintain the bold, dramatic or defined look you want.

Still can’t decide which to go for? Who says you can’t have it all? Enter Hybrid brows!

Hybrid brows also referred to as combo brows are a combination or fusion of Microblading and shading eyebrows. The technique starts out by applying hair-like strokes (microblading) into the first third portion of the brow and shading (micro shading) the sparse regions or tail end of the brow. It is awesome for giving a blend of natural hairs at the front of the brow and a more defined, powdered look around the arch and tail area. Hybrid brows are a favorite for those that want the best of both Microblading and Microshading.

Bottom line: The final choice of which technique is better lies in your hands and your skin type, and preferences too but all techniques are awesome and rewarding...

However, these techniques are all fun and great but having an unprofessional go at your face can end in a horrible experience. Do not hesitate to research whoever you want to patronize. Have consultations, ask for certifications, licenses or testimonials if you must; whatever makes you feel safer and more confident with your decision. Also, follow instructions given to you pre-procedure and post-procedure diligently to avoid irritating your skin or increasing the chances of developing an infection.

At Skin and Tonique, we exceed clients’ expectations and meet beauty goals; our 5-star rating for beauty says it all. Here, our family of beauty professionals is ever ready to satisfy your beauty curiosities and help you explore without fear. We are just an “appointment booking" away.

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