Microblading, Microshading, Brow Duo... What's the best technique?

Microblading is a technique that uses a small blade to manually draw each hair strand on the eyebrow. Since it looks like hair, expect the color to be the same as your brow hair.  It’s good for those who want to fill in bald spots in their brow or add volume to their thin brows.  The results are very natural.  It looks just like real hair.  The results usually last for 1 to 2 years.  


Microshading on the other hand uses a machine to implant ink on the brows to create a makeup effect. Since it looks like eyebrow makeup, you can choose from different shades of brown.  However, the choice of color is actually made based on your skin tone and not based on the color of your hair.  So if you are morena or brown skinned, the pigment that will be used is a shade darker than your skin tone.  This technique is great for those with thick brow hair to add color and create a well-defined shape.  The results usually last longer than those of microblading with good color stability.


To achieve the best brow, the two techniques are combined to get both the hairstroke and makeup effect. Microshading gives you the brown makeup color, while microblading gives you the hair strand effect.  Whichever technique you choose, the most important factor is the person who will perform the procedure because permanent makeup is highly skill dependent.  Never settle for the cheapest price offer… its your face, invest on it.  


Written by Dr. Aicee Bernal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and Permanent Makeup Artist since 2013.