Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of microblading, the new semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos. These delicate, super fine hair strokes look realistic and natural in a way that the first-gen version never did.

The popularity of microblading has recently spawned micro-feathering and micro-shading, two new techniques that give you a different look depending on your preferences.

This guide will outline the difference between the three methods, giving you all the information you need to make the right decision to fulfil all your eyebrow needs.

Microblading

Great for anyone who wants a natural look that’s long-lasting.

What is it?

Microblading is a technique that uses a super-fine pen which holds around 12-15 needles that deposit pigment into the skin. The needles are so fine that it can create strokes that look like natural eyebrow hair. The best things microblading is the needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, which makes this method semi-permanent.

While the procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, it’s not painful, and if done correctly, most of the pain can be managed to create additional comfort during the treatment.

Compare to other methods microblading gives a very natural look and is best at simulating hair.

What you should know about microblading?

Prices vary based on location and the expertise of the artist. However, a good quality treatment will usually cost between $500 to $1,500.

In the first couple of days, you might want to plan around your new brows. This means giving yourself enough time during the day to stick to your aftercare plan that has been recommended by your artist.

How long does microblading last?

Microblading can last anywhere from 12 months to three years, depending on your lifestyle and the frequency of touch-ups you receive. There are a few ways you can extend the life of your microbladed eyebrows:

Stay out of the sun, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows because they’ll lift the top layers of your skin with continued use—and the colour with it.

Microfeathering

Great for anyone who wants to lightly fill out their current eyebrows.

What is microfeathering?

Microfeathering is a form of microblading, and a technique created (and trademarked) by eyebrow artist Kristie Streicher.

Streicher is best known for her feathered brow, a no-needle shaping technique that’s all about a natural, feathery-looking brow.

This is similar to that, but with pigment. Like microblading, Streicher uses a fine blade to create small incisions. The ink is then placed into the incisions, resulting in an incredible natural-looking ‘eyebrow hair’. Unlike microblading, which typically produces most of the eyebrow for you, Streicher uses your existing brow hairs as a starting base and simply fills it in as needed.

What you should know about microfeathering

Microfeathering is slightly more high-maintenance than microblading.

Streicher requires a consultation to assure that there’s enough natural hair to help blend the pigment into your current eyebrows.
This involves a two-part process which will cost around $1,000. During the first appointment, microfeathered strokes are created in some of the more dense areas of the brow. Six to eight weeks later, depending on how your skin heals and responds, additional strokes are then added.

How long microfeathering lasts?

Microfeatering typically doesn’t have the staying power of microblading. This is because the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking. Depending on specific factors, like your age, skin type, and aftercare management; microfeathering will usually last between eight to 12 months.

Microshading

Great for anyone who wants eyebrows to look thicker and filled in.

What is microshading?

The microshading method is achieved using either an electrical hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a delicate, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder. Rather than the hair stroke which is typical with microblading and microfeathering, microshading exercises a stippling technique, which uses repeated dots of pigment. It’s like the pomade or powder to microblading’s pencil strokes—just semi-permanent.

What you should know about microshading?

The ideal candidate would have thinning brows with drier skin—so, likely on the more mature side. Thinning eyebrows can benefit from the extra dose of shading. Expect to pay anywhere between $500 and $1,500.

How long will microshading lasts?

Typically microshading will last between 8 – 12 months. Like the other two methods, it’s also recommended that the applicant gets another touch up to prolong the lifetime of the procedure.

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