Microblading and Microshading are two forms of eyebrow micropigmentation. Both treatments are helpful for people who have patchy, uneven, or nonexistent eyebrows due to over-plucking or medical conditions.
Microshading (aka Powder Brow) implants pigment over the entire surface of the skin in the brow area, rather than in individual hair strokes. The healed result is soft and powdery, and can range from being "barely-there" to bold and defined depending on the client's wishes. Microshading is quickly becoming the more popular choice in semi-permanent cosmetics as it is great for all skin types and ages while lasting up to 3 years.
Microblading implants pigment into tiny etches in the skin which resemble fine hair strokes. Not everyone is a candidate. Microblading is designed to generally last 9 to 12 months depending upon your age, skin type, skin health, how well you follow your aftercare instructions, your usual skincare routine and environmental factors, particularly sun exposure. As a result, it will be necessary to be sure to include "maintenance" microblading procedures as part your (approximately) yearly routine.
My goal with each client is to create the most natural brow possible, regardless of which technique we choose. Several factors will help me determine which technique is right for your unique situation. Clients with oily, thin, large-pored, sensitive or mature skin are better suited for Microshading (aka Powder Brows) in most cases, as Microblading may not heal optimally. If you are not sure which technique is right for you, have no fear! We will figure it out together at the time of your appointment.
These are very meticulous procedures which require a great deal of attention to detail. Your initial session will last approximately 2.5 hours. This may seem like a long appointment, but rest assured the time spent will be worth the final result. During your initial session, your face will be measured carefully to determine the ideal brow shape for your individual bone structure. The shape will be drawn on carefully and measured again for symmetry, and all hair outside of the new shape will be removed. I will then formulate the perfect pigment color to match your existing brow or hair color before the treatment begins. A touch up session will last about 60-90 minutes.
Eyebrow micropigmentation is appropriate for a wide variety of skin types. However, some people are not good candidates due to certain contraindications. People with the following conditions are NOT good candidates:
- history of keloid scarring
- skin disease or injury in the eyebrow area
- poor wound healing
- currently undergoing chemotherapy
- hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, or autoimmune disorders
- currently pregnant or breastfeeding
These treatments are generally very well tolerated, though some people may find it uncomfortable at times. A topical numbing cream is used during the procedure to keep you comfortable.
For most clients, Microshading requires just one session. If a touch up is needed, it is recommended at 6-8 weeks. Touch-ups are recommended yearly. The following circumstances may require additional touch-ups:
- very oily skin
- previous tattooing or scar tissue in the eyebrow
- poor aftercare
- excess sun exposure
- use of acids or retinol products or facial exfoliation procedures
Immediately after: Your eyebrows will look darker and sharper than they will end up healing.
Days 1-5: The new pigment will continue to appear darker, thicker and more noticeable than the healed result.
Days 5-10: Your eyebrows will look flaky and/or scabby, and start to flake off.
Right after your brows heal, it may appear that the pigment is too light. Your skin forms new layers over the pigment which can make the color look "foggy" temporarily. It will take a few weeks for the pigment to fully resurface. After the first week, you will be able to wear makeup if necessary to cover any patchy areas to mask "fogginess."
In many cases, a touch up on another artist's work is actually more challenging due to the unknown factors of the existing pigment, color matching and shape alteration. You could compare it to when your hairstylist needs to do a color correction on your hair- it's more complex and you run the risk of ending up with a muddy, multi-colored result if it's not done properly. For this reason, most artists (including myself) charge regular price for all new clients.
IMPORTANT: If you have an existing eyebrow tattoo, you MUST email a clear, close-up photo of your eyebrows (without makeup) to BeautybyTiffanyTaylor@gmail.com before setting your appointment. Sometimes an old tattoo cannot be covered without removal treatments, and this is why it's imperative that you consult with your artist beforehand to assess whether you are a candidate.