what is microshading – the benefits and risks

Do you find yourself green with envy when you see pictures of perfect brows?  Microshading is a type of brow service, also known as “Powder Brows,” that can give you thicker, fuller eyebrows. 

Similar to microblading, microshading uses tattoo ink to fill in the eyebrows to give an overall thicker, fuller brow, soft powdered appearance.  This amazing treatment has taken the beauty industry by storm with its ability to deliver perfectly shaped, gorgeous brows!  The process is called “shading” or “Powder Brows” because it creates a shadow appearance with microdots of pigment.  A technician uses either an electric pen or a manual pen with semi-permanent ink to create tiny dots on the brows.  This gives the brows a perfectly dreamy airbrushed look.

What Are The Benefits of Microshading?

There are many amazing benefits of microshading with the most obvious being beautifully sculpted eyebrows!  

How Long Does Microshading Last?

Microshading is an ideal cosmetic service for anyone that wants that brow wow factor!  The results can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years depending on care and maintenance.  And, this service is especially effective for people that have sensitive or oily skin.    

benefits of microshading your brows

 After having the brow service, the color and lines may appear to be a bit harsh for the first several days.  However, as your brows heal they will begin to fade and have a more dimensional and softer appearance.  To prolong the effects of shading, it is recommended to have a touchup every 8 to 12 months.  This is especially true for individuals that have oily skin.  Moreso, protecting your face from harsh chemicals and staying out of the sun will also prolong the effects of microshading.

How to Prepare for your Appointment

Before having a microshading service, we recommend doing your research and making sure you fully understand the service.  Have your aesthetician explain in detail their recommendations on the before and aftercare process.  Also, make sure that you are both on the same page regarding your eyebrow goals.  This is a big one, follow their advice to make sure that your results are successful.

preparing for a microshading appointment

There are also a few things you can do to get prepared for the service and to ensure that your skin is not overly sensitized:

What Can I Expect During My Appointment

The microshading procedure can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete.  This is your opportunity to ask any additional questions that you have.  The next step will be to pick the shape of your eyebrows and the appropriate pigment with the help of your aesthetician.  The aesthetician will then start by drawing with a pencil the new agreed-upon shape of your brows.  Once your brow shape is drawn, numbing cream will be applied to your eyebrow area, and once numb the microshading will begin.

You may have some discomfort during the procedure itself.  Many people say it just feels like pressure being applied.  You may also be sore after the procedure and you may notice some swelling and redness.  

all about microshading

You won’t realize the actual results of the service until about one month after it is completed because your skin will need time to heal.

What are the Side Effects and Risks of Microshading

Like microblading, microshading has similar side effects. You may experience redness, swelling, itching, irritation, and scabbing, which is all normal.  It is important not to scratch your brows.  Just like a tattoo, you do not want the scabbing to come off by scratching, the scabbing should come off naturally as your brows heal.  More serious side effects include allergies to the pigmentation (this is a rare side effect) used in the procedure and infection.

What Does Microshading Aftercare Look Like

After your procedure, your aesthetician will provide you with aftercare instructions.  It is important to follow these instructions.  Washing your face will be a bit different than normal as well.  It is recommended that you do not get your brows wet for 24 hours after your service and to not wash your brows for 10 days.  Instead, use a moist cotton swab to lightly pat your brows.  Be sure to wash your hands before cleaning or touching your brows and to apply any ointment that you are given. 

before and after micro shading procedure

There are a few activities that you should avoid after your service as well:

Touch-ups may be required depending on how your brows took the procedure as well as to maintain the look you want.  Your aesthetician will go over their recommendations for touch-ups.

The Final Takeaway

Many people may not think loving their brows is possible. However, Salon & Spa De Crist is here to rebuke this thought. The benefits of microshading are numerous, and the results last for a long duration of time. Whether you have sensitive skin or oily skin, this procedure is for everyone. Say goodbye to brow pencils and brow powder. Microshading lasts longer than microblading, is perfect for people with sensitive skin, and delivers the brows you’ve always dreamed of. 

Instead of wishing you had the perfect brows, contact Salon & Spa de Crist to schedule your microshading appointment.