With all craze going on lately, you’ve probably heard of microblading, the semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos They’re delicate, super-fine hair strokes that look natural and realistic. With the success and popularity of microblading, two techniques were also introduced. Microshading and microfeathering give you a different brow look depending on your preferences.

Microblading is a technique using a super-fine pen, which consists of a bundle of 12 to 15 needles used to deposit pigments into skin. The tip is so fine, that it creates natural looking hair strokes. These needles reach only into the superficial layers of the skin, making the method semi-permanent. Compared to other techniques, microblading gives a very natural look and better simulated hair.

Prices for microblading vary based on location and artist expertise, but a quality job is expected to run somewhere between $700 to $1,500. For those who are wondering how long microblading lasts, well you will need a touch-up in about a month. Then, microblading can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your lifestyle. A few ways to extend this duration are to stay out of the sun, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near your brows.

Microfeathering is another form of microblading, and a technique created by eyebrow artist-to-the-stars Kristie Streicher. Feathered brow is a no-needle shaping method that gives a natural, fluffy-looking brow. Like in microblading, a fine blade is used to create tiny incisions. Then, pigment is deposited into the incisions, resulting in natural-looking eyebrow hair. However, unlike microblading, which typically creates most of the brow for you, your existing brow hairs are used as the starting base that is simply filled in as needed.

As microfeathering is only performed by Streicher, this method is a little more high-maintenance than microblading. She conducts consultations to ensure that there’s enough natural hair to blend the pigment into your brows. It’s also a two-part process and during the first appointment, microfeathered strokes are created in some of the denser area of the brow. depending on how your skin heals and responds, additional strokes then added six to eight weeks later.

In microfeathering the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking. However, one of it disadvantage is that it does not stay as long as microblading. Depending on certain factors, like your skin type, age, and skin care routine, microfeathering will typically last eight to twelve months, max.

Microshading is a technique done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect similar to eyebrow powder. Unlike microblading and microfeathering, microshading employs a dabbing technique using repetitive dots of pigment instead of the typical hair stroke. This method is like the pomade or powder to microblading’s pencil strokes—just semi-permanent.

For the best results, many people benefit from a combo of microshading and microblading. This is a cheaper and better option because if you decide to get both done, the price is about the same as it would be for just microblading. You can expect to pay anywhere between $700 and $1,500. And, the lifespan of microshading and microblading are the same. That means, excluding the first touch-up, you have a whole year before you need to see
your brow artist again.

Now that you know the difference between Microblading, Microfeathering, and Microshading, you can easily pick the one that suits you best. Or, if you still have any confusions or doubts, come over to Aqua Clinic, a premium skincare and cosmetic clinic offering a wide blend of beauty aesthetic services and medical grade treatments. Our beauty experts will guide you through the process thoroughly and efficiently. Give a new life to your eyebrows at Aqua Clinic.


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