Most of us ladies and some gentle men are pleased with the idea of fuller brows. We go the extra mile by applying shades of eye-pencil to give the illusion of fuller natural brows.

However, this method is only temporal, there are other methods that last much longer and these are microshading and microblading a semipermanent cosmetic procedure.

Here’s what you need to know about how these techniques work.


Microshading allows you to achieve the look of fuller eyebrows with the use of a hand held tool creating tiny dots of pigment by the artist. It is sort of a tattoo procedure the technician places tiny, dots over the eye brow area to fill in thin spots. Microshading technique gives shape to the brows.


This is a semi-permanent technique for improving the appearance of the eyebrows, in which pigment is scratched into the skin in fine, short strokes resembling hair, using a hand tool with a blade formed of tiny needles


Most times, microshading is confused with microblading. Although they seem to make the eyebrows fuller they are still different procedures.

  • Microshading uses pin-like dots of pigmentation to achieve a powdered eyebrow look.
  • Microblading uses a bladed needle to apply pigmentation underneath the skin. The technician fills your brows by making hair-like strokes that look like natural eyebrow hair.

Advantage of microshading

  • resembles eyebrow powder
  • creates thicker, fuller eyebrows
  • ideal for sensitive or oily skin

Disadvantage of microshading

  • Mild pain and disomfort

Advantage of microblading

  • hair-like strokes looks like real hair
  • fills and changes the shape of your brows
  • ideal for dry skin
  • lighter finish
  • it could last 2 to 3 years depending on skin type

Disadvantage of microblading

  • causes mild pain and discomfort until it heals

Please note that microblading is a 2 session procedure.

To prepare for a microshading procedure, you should avoid the following:

  • alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, and fish oil 24 hours before the procedure to prevent bruising and bleeding
  • waxing or plucking eyebrows 1 week before the procedure
  • facials at least 2 weeks before treatment
  • sun bathing and tanning beds on the day of the procedure
  • retinol or vitamin A  products 1 month before the procedure