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Microshading vs. Microblading: Which is Better?

Image: Microblading on top and Microshading on the bottom.

Uneven brows, sparse brows, and spending hours every day filling in your brows are all things of the past. Touch-ups and amazing brows are all the rage right now, especially if you want to get glam brows and keep a flawless look all day.

The prospect of having larger brows without the daily chore of grooming; or picture-perfect brows without the need for a pencil or filler is thrilling!

Microblading and Microshading techniques make attaining this look as simple as booking a beauty session. If you want to get your brows done but aren't sure where to start or which technique is best for your skin type, look no further. This information is a lifesaver!

So, what is the difference between Microblading and Microshading?

Microblading is a type of semi-permanent tattoo in which a sterile, tiny portable blade and pigment are used to draw fine hair-like strokes into your brows following an outline of your current brow to give you a very natural finish. The operation lasts between 2-3 hours, depending on your demands and specifications, and a numbing cream is administered to reduce pain. Microblading is ideal for those who have sparse brows and want to attain a natural, easy look.


Microbladed brows are an impression of hair-like strokes that are comparable to your brow hue and pattern, and unlike regular eyebrow tattooing, they tend to fade to a more natural, blended look.

If you want a more natural-looking brow rather than a striking one, Microblading is the way to go.

Because of the natural finish, it's impossible to tell you've had your brows microbladed when done by a professional.


Because of the shallow strokes used in the method, it is the least lasting cosmetics tattoo. It necessitates more frequent touch-ups.

Microblading is somewhat more expensive than Microshading.

Who is it appropriate for?

Microblading works best on those who have normal to dry skin. Oily skin causes the brows to fade faster, primarily because the pigment in Microblading does not penetrate as deeply into the skin, and retention is lower in oily skin. Furthermore, dragging a blade across your brow region repeatedly may irritate your skin and cause discomfort if you have sensitive skin. So, if you must use this strategy, it's best to avoid it or get professional help. Microblading is also good for people who have sparse or thin brows and want to make them look fuller.

Do you need any touch-ups?

Depending on how well you manage them, this can happen every 8-12 months following your initial appointment. However, some microbladed brows can last up to three years before requiring a touch-up.

Microshading is a type of semi-permanent cosmetics that involves darkening brows using a single, sterile needle attached to an electronic tattoo equipment by generating fine, minute dots around the brow area. A numbing cream is used to reduce pain, and the process can take anywhere from one to two hours. This technique employs the use of fine dots to gradually build up color and a distinct shape, resulting in a shaded appearance. It has a powdery, delicate, drawn appearance. Powder brows or ombre brows are terms used to describe microshading.


It gives the appearance of a powdered, misted brow. Its defined look gives it a glam vibe, which is presumably why it's also known as Instagram brows. In comparison to Microblading, the brows are bigger and more dramatic here. If you want to look more put-together, Microshaded brows are the way to go.


Microbladed brows have a more made-up appearance, which is wonderful for glamming up but may not seem natural for everyday tasks. It has a tendency to appear very distinct and substantial.

Who is it appropriate for?

For people with sensitive skin, microshading is ideal. It's also ideal for those with oily skin. This is because, unlike Microblading, the pigment penetrates deeper into the skin through the small, pinpoint dots generated by the needle, allowing the pigment to set more effectively. This is for you if you like the look of filled-in brows. If you've damaged your brows due to over-tweezing or plucking, brow shading avenue is the place to go!

Do you need any touch-ups?

Shaded brows stay longer than microbladed brows and require less upkeep. The effects can last anywhere from 1-3 years. Regular color touchups are recommended every 12-18 months to keep the bold, dramatic, or defined look you desire.

Bottom line

Which technique is best for you depends on your hands and skin type, as well as your particular tastes, but all are wonderful and fulfilling. Have you made up your mind about the procedure you prefer? Feel free to contact me, Sumiko Lui, at, or schedule an appointment here.

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