Microshading is the new brow treatment to fill, define and sculpt eyebrows, but does it work? | STYLIST

Microshading is the new brow treatment to fill, define and sculpt eyebrows, but does it work? | STYLIST

It’s the semi-permanent alternative to microblading that promises to transform brows. Here’s everything you need to know about the treatment.

As soon as you mention wanting a permanent brow treatment, there is usually only one treatment that comes to mind – microblading. Circulated as a cult treatment for many, it is probably the treatment that most people opt for, but for me personally, I’d heard so many horror stories about the permanency of microblading and eventual colour fade, that I had to see if there was an alternative treatment to invest in.

With other options such as henna browsbrow lamination and ombre brows being a popular option, I still failed to find a treatment that was long-lasting, required little maintenance and was versatile enough to carve out a brow (even if faced with sparse brows like my own). Digging that bit deeper, I came across microshading, a semi-permanent brow treatment with little limit on the brow or shape it could create – suitable for all skin tones, natural-looking and long-lasting, it ticked all the boxes on what I wanted to achieve for my brows.

Regardless of whether you have patchy brows, barely-there brows or a full-bodied feathered brow – microshading takes care of them all. It’s the latest semi-permanent brow treatment available, which is the answer to long-lasting brows without the hassle of repetitive upkeep or constant application of your gels, tints or eyebrow pencils.

What is microshading?

Reading this with a raised brow? Let’s clear a few things up. As Tabitha Coker, brow expert and founder of Lush Brow Bar, explains, “microshading is a form of semi-permanent make-up using a tattoo style technique in which a technician uses a handheld tool that resembles a pen with the ink at the nib to implant pigment into the skin. The process involves continually placing tiny, pin-like dots on the brow to fill and shade out areas rather than drawing on hair strokes. More refined, the pen works on the skin and in-between the brow hairs to shade and fill the brow area until the fuller look is achieved – rather than individual hairs, a powdered, ombre look is mastered.”

What makes microshading different from microblading alone?

On the surface, microblading and microshading seem to do the same thing but in reality, they don’t. Microblading is the application of hair-like strokes throughout the brow, whereas microshading creates a powdered finish by adding pin-like dots to the brows. Not only that but microshading is often recommended over microblading for those with oily skin types; the pigment goes deeper into the skin, so it has a better chance of lasting.

Microshading is also extremely versatile with other brow treatments, often recommended with microblading and coined the ‘combination brow treatment’, it involves permanently etching in the brow hairs (microblading) before layering and shading (microshading) in the pigment for a more enhanced and bespoke effect.



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