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Microshading Vs. Microblading: Let’s Settle it Once and for All

Who doesn’t want to simply wake up with flawless brows every day without any effort? Luckily, there are many ways to achieve this with modern cosmetics. You could always tattoo your brows — but what if we told you there were other, less permanent options, too? 

Both microblading and microshading give you the brow looks you’re after without any real effort on your part. Both use semi-permanent pigment to shape and fill your brows, so what sets them apart? Keep reading to find out!

What is Microblading?

Microblading eyebrows involves applying semi-permanent ink to the brows in a wispy, hair-like pattern. Like tattooing, this technique requires needles to ensure the ink gets underneath the skin. 

The pigment will typically be chosen to match your hair colour, or you can opt for a bolder look with a darker shade. Whichever you prefer, you can look forward to having natural-looking brows since the technique is designed to mimic the look of natural eyebrow hair. 

The ink used for microblading will fade after roughly 12 months, meaning you won’t have to commit to just one look or shade.

What is Microshading?

Microshading is often confused with microblading since it is a similar procedure and somewhat lesser known. Like microblading, microshading is a semi-permanent makeup technique that is applied to the brows to give them a fuller look. However, unlike microblading, microshading uses tiny dots of pigment to create a shaded look. 

Microshading is not designed to recreate the effect of natural hair but is used to shape and fill in the brows to look like powdered brows. After about a year, this semi-permanent pigment will break down, allowing you to try a new look or recreate the shaded effect if you desire. 


Both microblading and microshading use sterile needles to impart pigment on the skin. These treatments are performed by an experienced brow artist, aesthetician, or medical professional. The procedure is very similar to tattooing, however, much finer needles are used to create thin hair-like wisps and ultra-fine points. 

If you’ve had a tattoo before, you can expect microblading and microshading to hurt less since the needles are much thinner and do not penetrate as deeply into the skin. Even if you have never experienced tattooing, you’ll likely find the discomfort of the procedure bearable. Many clients claim treatments are no more painful than eyebrow waxing or threading. 


These semi-permanent eyebrow procedures typically involve a significant upfront cost, however, you will save time and money in the long run if you’re someone who does their brows every day. 

Costs vary widely per region, but you can expect to pay $500 to $700 for a microshading treatment. Microblading prices are usually similar but can be slightly higher. 

Side Effects

Microblading and microshading side effects are minimal. However, your skin will need time to heal and you may notice mild redness, increased sensitivity, and scabbing for the first several days post-treatment. 

Make sure you keep this area clean and don’t use products on the brows unless explicitly approved by an aesthetician. Your brow artist will also likely give you a soothing balm to apply after your treatment for the best results. 

After about two weeks, you can expect your brows to look fully healed. Aftercare does not stop at this point, though — make sure you moisturize daily and apply sunscreen when you go outdoors. 

Get Perfect Brows Today!

Ready to rock a brand new brow look? Trust your brows to Microblading By Samira in Vancouver. Call (778) 919-3355, reach out via the contact page, or schedule an appointment online to get your flawlessly shaped and shaded brows.