What is Microblading & Shading?

Microblading–what is it? You may have heard many terms for this popular procedure. Some common terms include microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, dermal implantation and micro-pigmentation. These are all the same procedure under a different name. 

To state it simply, microblading is a form of permanent makeup that involves a handheld tool that inserts pigment into the skin while creating hair-like strokes. This handheld tool has a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to the handle that manually creates lines that resemble hair strokes. The configuration of needles resembles a blade, hence the term microblading. This gives the appearance of a naturally fuller looking brow. 

Microshading uses a small machine the size of a marker with an attached needle to shade in the brow for a more makeup look. Microshading is also a form of permanent makeup. Microshading is often call powder brows and/or ombre brows.

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Why Microblading? Why Microshading?

Most people who desire permanent makeup done to their brows, like the idea of smudge-proof, waterproof brows that allow them to wake up every morning with beautifully crafted eyebrows. 

After healing is complete your brows will last between 1 and 3 years depending on environmental factors, skin type and lifestyle. For microsahding it can lasts 2-4 years. 

Color boosts are advised after year 1 to keep the brow fresh and to slow down fading. Although Microblading and Powder Brow touch-ups are needed it is considered permanent because any change to the skin is by far, considered permanent.

Who’s a Candidate?

People with extremely oily skin may not be the best candidate for microblading as the strokes may blur and turn into a powder brow. Those with extremely oily skin are usually better candidates for microshading. Microshading inserts pigment into the skin and gives a more makeup/filled-in look. At your consultation, we can determine if you are better suited for microblading or shading.

Anyone who takes Accutane can not get microblading or shading unless they have been off for at least a year. If you’re a previous cancer patient you will need a doctor’s note but usually, you are still a good candidate as long as chemo has been over for at least a year. You should not receive botox within two weeks of your appointment. 

Also, laser or chemical peels are a no-no. If you have had this procedure done, please wait a month before getting any form of permanent makeup. 

Diabetics will need a doctor’s note stating their levels are controlled or they must sign a consent stating that levels are controlled. Pregnant or nursing mothers must wait until they are no longer pregnant or nursing to receive any form of permanent makeup.  Lastly, If you are on medication, please request a list of all medications that should not be taken and I will gladly oblige. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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