Microblading and microshading are semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos.
Brow Semi-permanent techniques
Best for: Anyone who wants a natural look that lasts.
What is microblading: 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. (We know what you’re wondering: Yes, it hurts, but your brow artist can numb the area first.) Compared to other techniques, microblading gives a very natural look and better simulates hair.
How long microblading lasts: You’ll need a touch-up in about 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 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.
Best for: Anyone who wants brows to look more “done” (i.e. thick and filled in).
What is microshading: If microblading is like painting, microshading is like an Impressionist got ahold of the blade. Microshading technique is done using an electric hand tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder. Instead of the hair stroke typical with microblading, 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.
How long microshading lasts: All good news here—there’s no difference in the lifespan of microshading and microblading. So, excluding the first touch-up, you have a solid year before you need to see your brow artist again.
Combining the two techniques is best for anyone who wants natural and also filled result. It’s the ultimate technique for people who have very few natural brows and now you can come and see it at Esthecil.