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Microshading: what is this popular technique for drawing perfect eyebrows?

  Microshading: what is this technique for drawing perfect eyebrows?



Microshading" Less known than its cousin, "microblading", this equally effective eyebrow tattoo method provides a natural and lasting result, suitable for sensitive skin.

The semi-permanent tattoo is the ally of thin or sparse eyebrows. While the technique of "microblading" has become widely popular, there is another less painful and more natural eyebrow filling method called "micro-shading". this process suitable for sensitive or oily skin consists of creating an ombré-degradé effect on the eyebrows by tattooing dots.


Microshading is carried out using an electric or manual pen to draw small dots on the eyebrows with semi-permanent ink: "It's like an impressionist painting, the more dots there are and the closer they are, the more the results are dark.


Unlike its cousin microblading, microshading does not tattoo features along the brow line, but instead draws a gradient of small dots to “shade” sparse areas: “Instead of creating the illusion of individual hairs, microshading slightly pigment the eyebrows with the use of a fine point needle, ”adds celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram,“ it's like applying powder or pomade to the eyebrows with makeup. The eyebrows will look more airbrushed ”.


The first days after the service, the eyebrows may appear harder and rather oily, but don't panic! The color gradually fades and softens by about 30% over the next 14 days, for a more natural and subtle effect.


Better supported on sensitive skin, micro shading is much less painful than microblading thanks to its dotted technique. On the other hand, micro shading is particularly effective on oily skin, which usually does not go well with semi-permanent tattoos.

Best of all, the results of micro shading are more sustainable over the long term than those of microblading. Effects last between 1 year and 1 and a half years, in addition to regular care and proper maintenance. In general, touch-ups are needed every 8 to 12 months, especially if you have oily skin, as the tattoo may fade more quickly. "We advise all clients to continue to maintain unruly hair by removing it with tweezers or thread, but not with wax," advises esthetician Nneka Garel-Portes, "waxing tends to shed skin cells and can accelerate eyebrow discoloration ”. Also, be sure to always apply for SPF protection and avoid using harsh exfoliators and ingredients that promote cell renewal on the eyebrows.


Some precautions should be taken before embarking on microshading. Exposure to the sun, as well as the use of beauty products based on retinol or acids, are not recommended 48 hours before the service so that the skin is not sensitized. Also, avoid exercising, drinking alcohol, caffeine, or aspirin at least 1 day before the appointment.

Depending on the client's needs, a micro shading session lasts between one and two hours. “A topical numbing agent is usually applied to the forehead before treatment. Pain and discomfort are relative, but it's no picnic. You may feel pressure while the technician applies the ink and a little pain afterward depending on the technician's skill level, ”warns Joey Healy.


After the service, certain actions are essential to make the results last and avoid side effects. If possible, do not get your skin wet for at least 24 hours after the procedure, including in the shower. Also, avoid any activity that could cause excessive sweating, such as sports or the hammam. “Apply antibacterial pomade to your brows the next day, then use a light moisturizer,” advises Joey Healy. “Also, do not scratch or rub your eyebrows or do chemical peels treat them like real body tattoos! ".

 As with microblading, the color can degrade over time and can turn blue or pink. In addition, since the treatment involves the use of a needle, there is always a risk of infection (some pigments used for micro-shading may contain paraphenylenediamine (PPD), a dye used in hair dyes that helps color stain the skin). To minimize the damage, always choose an experienced and recognized salon, even if the price is sometimes higher.