A semi permanent cosmetic tattoo technique called microshading is used to create the illusion of larger eyebrows. If your eyebrows aren’t very full, you can get a thicker, more natural look by using powder or brow pencil to fill them in.

What is Microshading?

A cosmetic professional will apply semi permanent makeup to your eyebrows during a process called microshading.
It’s a specific kind of aesthetic tattooing. To fill in small areas around the brow, the technician applies tiny, pin-like dots using pigment ink and a handheld instrument.
This method gives your brows more structure and fullness by creating a powdered look. A brow that is fuller is the outcome.

Benefits of Microshading

Many possible benefits for the brow can be obtained with microshading:

  • more durable than microblading
  • Perfect for oily or sensitive skin types
  • makes the brows appear fuller
  • aids in the symmetry of the eyebrows

What is the procedure?

Microshading requires two sessions to complete. Some makeup artists combine the first session with the initial consultation.

In order to get ready for a microshading process, stay away from the following:

  • Fish oil, ibuprofen, alcohol, and caffeine 24 hours before to the operation in order to avoid bleeding and bruises
  • Eyebrow waxing or plucking a week prior to the operation
  • Facials two weeks or more prior to the procedure
  • Tanning beds and sunbathing the day of the operation
  • Vitamin A or retinol products a month prior to the operation

First Session

Your makeup artist measures your face to determine the perfect form for your brows before starting the appointment. You are welcome to bring in pictures of the desired look.

Once a shape has been decided upon, your technician will:

  • Outline the form for each eyebrow.
  • Trim any extra hair  
  • Choose the appropriate brow pigment color.

The first session lasts for around two hours and is the longest.

Your eyebrows will look darker for up to five days following the surgery. Your eyebrows will eventually mend and the color will become lighter.

After around four weeks, they will match the color of your natural brow.

Second Session

About eight weeks from now, you’ll be back for your second session. This is the phase of refinement.

During this session, your technician “perfects” the look by adding more thickness and, if needed, adjusting the form of the brows.

The second session lasts around one hour and is shorter.

Post Procedure care

Here are some eyebrow post-session advice:

  • Use a moist cloth to gently wipe your eyebrows every day for the first week following treatment. After letting your brows air dry, use the moisturizing cream your makeup artist gave you.
  • For the first few days following the operation, avoid sleeping on your face.
  • For the first week, stay away from baths, saunas, exercise, and eye makeup to keep your eyebrows dry.
  • Reduce your time spent in the sun.
  • Avoid picking or scratching your eyebrows.

Are there any side effects or precautions to be aware of?

Although microshading is usually harmless, problems can nevertheless arise.

During this process, ink is implanted into the skin’s higher dermal layer. If the needle penetrates through this layer of skin, there is a chance of damage.

Following the operation, you could potentially have various signs of skin irritation, like:

  • Itching 
  • swelling 
  • redness

Infection from blood-borne infections and a response to the tattoo ink or numbing lotion are additional risks.

If you have any of the following symptoms of a skin infection, see a doctor:

  • increased pain,
  • swelling
  • blistering