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Microblading & Microshading: The Difference + Should You Do It?

Microblading & Microshading: The Difference + Should You Do It?

Microblading & Microshading: The Difference + Should You Do It?

Two blog posts in a week?! Who am I?

Today, I want to talk to you guys ALL about microblading and microshading. This is a topic that’s been in the media a lot for the past few years, and I’m sure everyone is wondering what the hype really is. Microblading is essentially just a technique used to make your eyebrows look thicker and fuller by using semi-permanent ink. By using ink, microblading artists will create hair-like strokes on your eyebrows or shade them in depending on which one you want to do.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Microblading is a technique that uses a very very fine needle to deposit pigment into your skin by making hair-like strokes. The needles don’t reach all the way into the deeper layers of your skin like a normal tattoo, so they will wear off within 9-12 months, which is why this is a “semi-permanent” procedure.

Microshading is similar to microblading, but it provides a more powdered and filled in look to the brows. Microshading uses a stippling method to paint on the pigment, so that it can fill in the sparse areas of the brows in the best way possible. This procedure actually uses an electric tool to fill in the brows – yes, that sounds intimidating, but I promise it’s not! The microblading/microshading artist WILL apply numbing cream to your brows, so you won’t be able to feel much of it at all.

MY EXPERIENCE + MY THOUGHTS:

So I actually got BOTH microblading and microshading done, and I honestly think that it’s the best to do both. The person I went to has an incredible Instagram feed (@browsbyerinn on Instagram), where she showcases different clients who have done either microblading or microshading, or both. I thought the results looked best after doing both, because you first create the hair-like strokes with microblading, and then you shade in the sparse parts of the brow to complete the look.

The whole process lasted about two hours, and it was actually not too bad. The first thing my microblading artist did was create a “template” on my brows with the ink so that she knew where to deposit the pigment. After I looked at it and approved the shape, she put on numbing cream and let it set for about 15-20 minutes. Once that had set in, she started the microblading process. At first I thought it felt exactly like how it feels when you get your eyebrows threaded, but less painful (lol). I’d say the pain level was about a 2.5-3 out of 10. I really only started to feel it when we were about an hour in, and it was mainly because that part of my skin was going through A LOT. Microblading is basically defined as doing constant paper cuts to your skin, so I’m sure my skin hated me at that time. But hey, it’s worth it.

After the microblading part of it was over, she started on microshading. Before she started with that, she applied MORE numbing cream because it did kind of start hurting a little bit. She then went in with the electric tool and started shading in the brows with pigment. The pain level was slightly higher, probably a 3.5, because my brow area had already gone through a lot with microblading, so going over it with a drill-like tool was…. interesting. Also, before y’all freak out, she did say that most people say they don’t feel it, so it was probably just my pain tolerance being hella low.

You have to go in to get a touch up 6-8 weeks after your first session, because the brows will eventually get lighter and get sparse over time. Once that touch up is done, you won’t have to go back for 6-8 months. Some people are able to last a whole year without going back. Overall, the pigment lasts about 9-12 months!

WHY I DID IT:

I’ve always had very thin brows. This is something that I’ve struggled with for the past few years, and although I feel like I’ve perfected the art of drawing on my brows with a pencil, it’s still a HUGE pain. It usually takes me so long to do it and getting ready to go anywhere becomes a long and annoying process. I’ve been wanting to get microblading done for the past two years, and ever since I got it done, I can feel a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. It’s honestly kind of surreal because you literally wake up feeling like your life is back together….. why did we give eyebrows this much power??? Of course, if you have the ability to get this done, I recommend it 10000%. If not, eyebrow pencils are the best, most cost-effective way to go. This is by no means a NEED. This is more of a treat-yo-self thing that I’ve been wanting, so being able to do it makes me really happy.

THE PRICE:

The person I went to charges about $400 for only microblading and $500 for both microblading and microshading. This price varies depending on who you go to, but I’ve heard that it can be higher than $700 too. This is probably the best price you’ll get!

BEFORE + AFTER: 

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Up close:

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My eyebrows without any pencil are a hot mess so this was pretty hard for me to post… but I really wanted to showcase how amazing and dramatic the results are, as you can see. There is some redness, but that’s normal because the skin has gone through a lot.

DOs and DON’Ts:

  1. You can’t drink any caffeine 12 hours before you get this done – this is so the skin will bleed/scab less and recover faster. Some people say 24-48 hours before, but my microblading artist said 12….. which was good for me.
  2. You can’t workout for 5-7 days after the procedure. Any sweating on the forehead is going to cause the ink to wear off faster, and we want it to stay in place since it’s so fresh.
  3. You can’t wear any makeup around your eyebrow area – you HAVE to keep that area clean.
  4. Don’t use any retinols or fruit acids (AHAs, BHAs) around the eyebrow area. This will lift the skin, so it’ll definitely make the ink come off.
  5. You will receive an ointment from your MB artist, so make sure to put that on your brows 5 times a day for the next week. This helps heal the area.
  6. No water can get on your brows!!! This means you have to be extremely careful when washing your hair. It is recommended to put Vaseline on your brows so that it “protects” the brow area, and then carefully wiping it off with a damp cotton ball.
  7. Make sure to talk to your microblading artist about the different things you can and cannot do, and also the prerequisites for being able to do it. Many different health conditions prevent a lot of people from being good candidates for this procedure.

Disclaimer: This was NOT sponsored in any way – I paid for this with my own money and all opinions are my own!

LAST THOUGHTS

I HIGHLY recommend doing this for anyone who has gone through hair thinning, thin eyebrows, or for people who just want to wake up everyday with perfect brows. It’s been 3 days since I’ve done it, and it’s gotten a little darker than the picture I showed. It’s supposed to become lighter and more natural looking over the next week, so it’ll definitely be less stark! I’m so happy and relieved having gotten this done, and I’m definitely here to answer any questions you might have. Shoot me a DM on Instagram or email me at contact@alishasapproach.com if you need any advice!

xoxo

Alisha

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