Microshading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face. The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.
The needle very finely implants featherweight dots with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair shading.
Microshading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. It is also not permanent, and the colour fades within 18 months.
The hair dotting effect is far more natural and finer than any tattoo. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin deeply.
Microblading and microshading are totally different. Both are forms of semi-permanent make-up for your eyebrows, they have a few subtle but important differences.
Microblading uses super precise, individual hair like strokes for a bold finish. The hair stroke effect penetrates down to the dermis layer of the skin, making it scar, as well as delivering a permanent effect. Microshading has a much softer finish. It draws tiny dots on the epidermis along your brows for a less defined finish.
Clients are welcome to bring in images of the style of brow they like, or come in with the brow make up they normally wear on a day to day basis – but We will both determine the colour and shape to use. I'll measure up your eyebrows using an eyebrow ruler to choose the perfect shape of brow which is individual to each client. Based on this, I'll freehand the final shape
The top up session happens after 6-8 weeks. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!! This is the time where I can assess the first steps, fill in gaps, adjust arches, and add a darker pigment if preferred.
Microshading lasts anything between 18-24 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type.
People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 18 month mark before needing a top up, but those with normal skin can last up to 24 months.
Your brows will eventually fade away if you don’t continue with top ups every 18 months or so. There is no scaring or discolouration with the pigments used, so you wouldn’t know if you left them to fade out.
Does microshading hurt?
It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied. It's sometimes the sound of the blade which people find worse – a small scratching sound.
The whole process is very quick – it's actually the numbing which takes most of the time (50mins), you aren’t under the needle for the whole 3 hours.'
Can microshaded eyebrows be undone/removed?
Yes – the pigment used leaves no scarring or discolouration, and I can use a salt/saline solution to remove excess color only.
They will also fade on their own over the course of the next three years. Do consider having a top up session every 18-24 months in order to keep or adjust the shade.
It is also very important to know and understand that brows will be up to 40% darker in shade for the first 7-10 days during the healing process where scabs can form and flake off.
Ladies can sometimes leave the studio, and two days later be terrified that their brows are too dark, but please be patient – as this is totally normal! After 7-10 days, you will begin to see the final colouring.