What is Shading?
When it comes to semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos, you’ve probably heard of microblading. With social media’s rapid growth in the last decade, microblading’s popularity in the US quickly surged, quickly replacing it’s passé predecessor, the traditional tattoo technique that left a generation of women with discolored blue, purple or green eyebrows. Microblading has seen mainstream appeal due its hyper-realistic effect created by hairlike strokes cut into the skin.
Fast forward a few years. While microblading was gaining Western demand, a newer and more advanced technique called SHADING (also known as powder, mist, microshading, ombré shading, or stardust brows) was developing in Asia. SHADING differs from traditional tattooing in that it is surface work—meaning, the application is done on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique is described by its name, with results being powdery with a faded front and a crisp tail, resembling the look of makeup. In only the last 2-3 years, shading brows have started to gain US traction, often converting people with prior microblading work and for good reasons:
So, why has shading brow become the next big thing?
LESS INVASIVE: Shading brows are achieved using a small machine, which disperses extremely fine dots of pigments even into and across the skin in an airbrush or shading technique. Microblading uses a hand-tool that creates incisions or small cuts into the skin.
LESS PAIN & BLEEDING: Shading brows are less painful due to the airbrush-like technique we apply, which creates less trauma to the skin.With shading brows, minimal to zero blood surfaces during the procedure. Some of our clients say that getting shaded brows is a similar sensation to an electric toothbrush pressed against the skin or rapid tweezing; some discomfort is to be expected as a needle is utilized.
LASTS LONGER: Results do vary based on lifestyle, skin type, health, preferences, etc., but a single shading brows session, using high-quality pigments, can last on average 2-3 years.
GREAT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: Shading brows are great for any skin type, unlike microblading, which is not suitable for those with oily skin & mature thin skin
It is the best technique darker skin tone ( from Fitzpatrick skin type 5 +6, picture above )
Shading technique requires less touch-ups, which costs less in long term
STILL LOOKS NATURAL: While ombré powder brows have a more “filled-in” look, the healed results appear like softly shaded brow pencil or powder. Immediately after the treatment, ombré powder brows can appear more saturated and bold, however, brows will fade minimal 30%, leaving a very soft finish and shape that will allow our clients to quickly groom their brows going forward.