So, what’s the difference? Unless you have been hiding under a rock lately, you have probably heard of microblading, the new semi-permanent version of eyebrow tattoos. Don’t worry. We’re not talking about a look that’s fake or unnatural; instead, the delicate, superfine strokes look supernatural and realistic in a way that they have never looked like before. Microblading’s recent popularity has spawned Microshading and micro feathering, two looks that are very different depending on your preferences. Here are some tips on how to spot the differences!

Microblading, A Lasting Look 

The original technique where it all started. The great aspect about microblading is that the work looks for just about anyone! Microblading is done by using a super fine pen instrument that is used to deposit pigment into the skin. Because the tip of the pen is so narrow and fine it creates patterns that are very convincing hair strokes to the naked eye. Another benefit comes from the technique being semi-permanent because the needle only reaches superficial layers of the skin. Prices for the procedure vary depending on the location, so expect a quality job to run somewhere between $700 to $1,500. Expect to have a touch up every month if you want the look to stay consistent.

Micro-feathering, A Blending Touchup

Micro-feathering is more specifically a form of microblading and is a new technique that creates natural fluffy looking eyebrows by using existing eyebrow hair as a base. You should expect Micro-feathering to be slightly more high maintenance when compared to microblading. It’s a two-part process and a growing out period that can last from six to twelve months. Six to eight weeks after the initial treatment and depending on how your skin responds, additional strokes are added.

The treatment typically doesn’t last as long as microblading, and everyone’s tends to respond differently to the treatment. Depending on many various factors Micro-feathering will usually last eight to 12 months.

Microshading, A Thick and Filled in Look

Microshading is more direct and creates the sensation of eyebrows being full and thick. It is done with either an electric hand tool or a manual tool which creates an effect that appears to look like eyebrow powder. The technique used to create this effect uses more of a method that uses multiple dots of pigments that is like the microblading’s pencil strokes. The difference is that microshading’s effect is semi-permanent.

Good News!

Theirs ultimately no difference in the lifespan of microshading and microblading, so after your first touch-up, you have a solid year before you need to see your brow artist again!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit