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Microblading vs Microshading

by | Jan 25, 2022 | Comparison, Microblading | 0 comments

Today we will learn about the differences between Microblading vs Microshading. Both procedures are semi-permanent eyebrow makeup. 

Our eyebrows are one of the most visible features on our bodies and are one of the first things people see. That is why we have treatments that enhance them, making them look elegant and sophisticated.

Microblading and Microshading are both examples of this kind of beauty treatment. Some of us know what Microblading and Microshading are, don’t be confused; both are different procedures. 

You may think, ‘If they’re both different procedures, which is which?’ 

They can be very similar; for example, these two treatments will make your eyebrows appear fuller and more mature. You may even find their results identical. 


What are their differences, and how do they differ from each other? 

They first differ in their definitions. Microshading uses pin-like dots of pigmentation to achieve the desired powdered-eyebrow look, while Microblading uses a bladed needle to apply pigmentation under the skin. The esthetician responsible for your treatment will fill your eyebrows by making hair-like strokes that give you the natural eyebrow you want.

They also differ when it comes to their pros and cons: 


Microblading Pros: 

  • Natural Hair-like Strokes
  • Fills and Changes the shape of your Eyebrows
  • Ideal for Dry Skin
  • Lighter Finish

Microblading Cons: 

  • Semi-permanent only lasts up to 6 to 8 months if you didn’t attend any touch-up
  • Not covered under insurance 
  • Causes mild pain and discomfort


Microshading Pros: 

  • Resembles eyebrow powder
  • Creates thicker, fuller eyebrows
  • Ideal for sensitive or oily skin

Microshading Cons:

  • Semi-permanent lasts up to 3 to 6 months
  • Not covered under insurance
  • Can cause mild pain and discomfort


Microblading vs Microshading, which is most painful?

In general, yes. Both procedures can be painful, invasive, and uncomfortable during the process. All treatments with needles can be painful; we advise you to relax as much as possible.

Most of the discomfort will come from the anxiety and expectation of pain rather than the treatment itself. You may also find more pain and discomfort during your healing process if you do not follow the strict aftercare routine prescribed to you by your esthetician. 


Microblading vs Microshading, which is most expensive?

Both procedures are generally the same price, which varies between $500 and $2000, including touch-ups. You do not need to spend anywhere near $2000, but some estheticians charge this much.


Microblading vs Microshading, which is better?

Based on their pros and cons, Microblading lasts longer and can give you more natural eyebrows than Microshading. But, if you have sensitive skin, it is recommended to take Microshading as it is much more gentle on the skin.

Many people think that microblading has a more natural and realistic look than Microshading, which has a fuller and more dramatic result.

Please remember that the appearance of your eyebrows and how realistic it is is all subjective. It is also dependent on the esthetician who is shaping and sizing your eyebrows.


What is the big difference between Microblading and Microshading? 

The most significant difference between these two procedures is their tools. 

Microshading uses a rotary tool that allows the artist to create fuller and more frequent strokes to your eyebrow. This tool results in a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder. 

Microblading leaves natural-looking hair-like strokes, while Microshading leaves small, pinpoint dots that create the whole look. 

This effect of both treatments can last up to 12 to 36 months, depending on the person’s type of skin.


Microblading vs Microblading, side effects

Both procedures are safe, but complications may occur as these procedures implant pigments on the skin’s upper dermal layer. There is a risk that the needle used for this procedure may go beyond this layer of the skin. 

All treatments have their side effects; the same goes for Microshading and Microblading. It can cause burning, itching, swelling, and redness, as well as allergic reactions and infections. All of these can happen with both treatments. 


Things to avoid and instructions to follow after your eyebrow treatment

  • Avoid getting your eyebrows wet, including keeping your face dry while in the shower.
  • Don’t wear makeup at least a week after the procedure.
  • Don’t pick at scabs, tug or scratch your eyebrow.
  • Avoid saunas, swimming, and excessive sweating until the area is fully healed. 
  • Keep your hair away from your brow line.
  • Apply any medicated and prescribed cream provided by your technician.

Here you can follow our guide to the microblading healing process

If complications occur or you feel like something is not right with your eyebrows, contact your artist or doctor immediately.