Microshading vs Tattooing
Many people are still unfamiliar and have a very big misconception and distrust for the permanent makeup industry, but this is understandable considering how tragic permanent brows looked 10 or 20 years ago but they have come a long way and now they are no longer tragic, they are magic!
When it comes to shading on eyebrows many people still think of tattooing or permanent make up from the past. Super thin, arched and deep, but shading has had a facelift in the last decade.
We all remember that scary aunt with blue eyebrows and we wonder how she got there. The brow industry has had a makeover. Permanent makeup isn’t just for people in their fifties it appeals to a wide range of people of all age and ethnicity. No longer is the thin harsh deep line a thing. Since brows have become so much more time-consuming to one’s morning, shading has made a comeback, people don’t want to stand in the mirror for twenty minutes if they can now achieve the same look with some semi permanent make up.
So what is shading? What do all these new words mean? Shading can mean something slightly different depending on which office or studio you choose, so make sure you ask a lot of questions about the services provided. Styles vary from company to company but the basis is the same.
A tiny needle zips in and out of the brow implanting ink into the skin. The number of passes over the brow area that your artist does will depend on the desired outcome.
Shading that is subtle, transparent and light will look more natural and can be used to blend voided skin areas with more hairier parts on the brows.
Heavy shading can be used to create a more dramatic makeup look like ombré. A shading combo is exactly that.. a combination! The use of microblading and shading together as a pair can really beef up one’s brows. The Microblading creates the spine or “skeleton” of the brows to be work on and shading adds volume. Got no brow tails but perfect fronts? You are a great candidate for a combo, got no fronts only tails? Once again, you are a great candidate for shading! Shading is also great for people who have over plucked creating a thin line on hair.
Shading can fill in these gaps while keeping it natural and subtle. But how do you know which one is ‘you’?
Do your research. Make sure you spend the time chatting with a brow professional and speak about the desired outcome. Firstly, you must get the education you need about what the treatment entails and then secondly when you are with your artist you will get to see the shape drawn on you.
This way you can feel a lot more sure about the outcome. Brow trends are ever-changing so make sure you choose something that is going to be versatile. Remember, these kinds of treatment can last many years.
The time it will remain will be dependent on your age, skin tone, the depth the pigment is placed in the skin, and how much sun exposure you receive. There is a lot of permanents make up gone wrong, so it is imperative to make sure you feel certain about making the decision to get semi-permanent makeup. A trained professional can help!
If you’ve already decided on a treatment plan, micro shading, microblading or combo, but would like additional information, then these next few paragraphs may be able to help! Here, we’ll attempt to answer all of your burning questions (and maybe even a few you never knew you had)!
How long does the treatment take? How much does it cost? What is the recovery like? These are, of course, the most common type of questions people have. The answer is unique to each person and studio.
Treatments typically take around 3-4 hours, including the consultation and anesthetic. It may seem like a long time but a true artist will want to take their time and strive for perfection. The cost will vary widely based on locale and the caliber of the artist. It may be hard to resist going with the cheapest artist but remember, this is on your face for 2-3 years!
Cheap brows are never good and good brows are never cheap!! Recovery is very manageable. You will be able to return to work and social activities the next day. You may be slightly red and tender immediately after but this should dissipate by the following morning.
For the first week or two, you may have special instructions to aid healing, this is called “aftercare”. Your artist may recommend special cleansers or ointments and creams to keep the area clean and infection free as well as speed healing and increase “retention”, how well the pigment takes to the skin.
It is important to follow all the aftercare instructions. The number one cause of infection is not poor sanitation but poor aftercare. It is very important to do all of your washes and only use the recommended products. To increase the lifespan of your freshly bladed or shaded brows, it is important to avoid products that contain anti-aging and acne fighting ingredients such as, retinol, fruit acids, glycolic or lactic acids or vitamin C.
These increase the cell rate turnover and micro shading and blading is in the uppermost layers of the skin and are sensitive to this process. If you’re wondering about side effects, they are minimal. Most common side effects are tenderness, redness, and itchiness in the treatment area.
When choosing a micro shading and blading expert it is important that they have some formal training and have been practicing for a few years at least, great artists are made through experience. It is also important to make sure that they practice proper sanitation and use natural, good quality inks and tools. Poor tools and inks lead to poor quality microblading, this can make or break even the most skilled artist’s treatment.
Almost anyone can get microblading or shading done but there are a few things that may rule someone out as a candidate for the procedure and those are:
- You are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant
- Extreme and excessive sebum production from the skin (oily skin)
- You have overly sensitive skin (numbing agents can be used to help decrease sensitivity, however, some cases of extreme sensitivity may prohibit treatment)
- You have severe acne
- You have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
- You have any allergies to topical anesthetics or to tattoo ink
- You have a rash in the area like eczema or psoriasis (procedure can be done once this has cleared)
- a previous tattoo in the area that has not faded (send photos to find out if your tattoo has faded adequately for this procedure to be completed, 214-432-2077)
If you are unsure if microblading or shading is right for you, schedule a consultation with a microblading and micro shading artist or your cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon can help to asses if you are a good candidate for the procedure and often recommend a qualified technician and occasionally they will even have this in-office.
The good news is that almost everyone can get the procedure and it can be tailored and customized to your personal tastes, whether you like ultra-realistic or something more glam, there is an option perfect for you!
BrowBeat is female owned and operated and trains the most elite artist’s in all of North Texas. Located conveniently in Irving, TX and central to the metroplex, open 7 days a week! Our experts can help you decide on the best treatment option for you.
Do you have one of those sets of blue eyebrows we mentioned earlier? We may be able to help! If you have tattooed eyebrows that need to brought into modern times, we can greatly improve the shape, color, and thickness. To see if you are a candidate for one of the treatment options we talked about earlier, please send 4 up close photos, from all angles to 214-432-2077. We will respond within 1-2 hours and you will get a FREE phone consultation! More often than not, we can help! All those 5-Star reviews can’t be wrong, come and see for yourself!