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The 4 types of permanent eyebrows and how to decide.

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Microblading has replaced traditional eyebrow tattooing and we are continuing to see newer, more advanced eyebrow enhancement techniques. Microshading and Microfeathering are terms you're likely to have heard. These terms are different ways of referring to the same treatment. Although they are often used interchangeably, each one has its own style. You can combine several techniques in some cases. This means that almost anyone can find the right treatment for them.

Here's a comparison to help you choose the right treatment for you.


Eyebrow Microblading permanent makeup
Eyebrow Microblading

Micro-stroking, eyebrow embroidery, and feather tattooing are all names for eyebrow microblading. It is difficult to trace its roots back accurately. Although not much information is available about its past, it has seen a rise in popularity over the past 25 years.

Microblading, as the name implies, uses microneedles to inject pigment into the skin's top layers. The artist uses a manual tool to draw each hair stroke. This creates a stunning NATURAL brow.

This is a big step from traditional eyebrow tattooing, as tattooed eyebrows can look unnatural. Black ink is used for tattooing. Over time, the color fades to bluish/greenish and your brows may look blotchy. This is not a pretty sight.

Microbladed eyebrows look more natural. Your natural hair growth pattern is followed by the hair strokes. This treatment uses pigments that have yellow and orange undertones. They heal to a natural-looking brown color. Your artist and you should collaborate to find the best shade for your hair.

Is MICROBLADING a good option for you?

Other than your personal style preferences, there are other factors to consider when choosing the best eyebrow enhancement.

Microblading is best for people with normal-to-dry skin. The pigment is not as well absorbed by the skin because it's done with a manual tool. If the skin is oily, it won't last as long. Micro shading, which is typically done with a machine, is a better option for people with oily skin.

Although microbladed eyebrows may last for a few months or a year, their effects can vary from one person to the next. Microblading is semi-permanent makeup. You should expect to return for touchups between three and six months after your first appointment. Learn more about microblading and its lasting effects here. However, Micros tend to last longer between touchups, so that's something to think about.

To discuss the best treatment for you, it is recommended to make an appointment for an initial consultation. Are you a previous client of eyebrow tattoos? Continue reading to learn the best way to cover them.


Micro shading, as mentioned, is great for people with oily skin or those who sweat more frequently. This is especially useful for those with sensitive skin.

Microblading is also different from shading in that it uses a different technique. The microshading artist uses repetitive pin-point dots to create hair strokes instead of individual hair strokes. This allows the pigments to adhere better to oilier skin.


There are two types of micro shading. It all depends on how bold or soft you want your eyebrows to look. You can add multiple effects to, and it's versatile.


Clients who choose shading prefer a softer, more natural look. This will give your eyebrows a natural look, but it will not take away from the natural beauty of your eyes. This is a great option for people who prefer lighter eyebrows.


The "Instagram Brow" is another popular term for microshading. Shade shading is more sophisticated and can be done with more flexible tools. The artist can adjust the technique to give your brows a bolder and fuller look. This is a great option for those who love makeup.

Your artist can create a gradient effect for your eyebrows, similar to what you see on celebrities and models. Combining microblading with this technique creates a more dramatic effect. We'll be discussing combination brows.


Clients with sensitive skin types or oily skin may also choose to have their hair done in shading.

If you have already over-plucked your eyebrows, your artist might recommend micro shading. Microblading will require that some of your natural eyebrow hairs be present even if they're sparse. This is so your artist can mimic or follow your hair growth pattern.

Microbladed eyebrows tend to last longer so you need to maintain them less often. Here are some tips for maintaining microbladed eyebrows. Some people may prefer microshading to other treatments due to the high cost and frequent touch-up sessions.


Blade and Shade combination permanent makeup eyebrows
Blade and Shade Eyebrows

Combining the two above treatments to create a combo brow is called a combo brow. This technique allows the artist to create more defined and dense brows. Amazingly, they look natural even with a hint of makeup.

Combination brows can be used on different skin types, giving clients more options for enhancing their eyebrows. This look can also be enhanced with an Ombre effect.


Combination brows feature feathered hair strokes that start at the top and end, then transition to the middle to create a powdered look towards the tails. This gives a more defined look to microbladed eyebrows.


Clients often decide to have this treatment because they know that there are options for combination brows. Clients often can't choose between the two.


Ombre eyebrow combination microblading and shading.
Ombre Eyebrows

There are so many options for microblading. Some clients can add an ombre effect, as mentioned above in combination brows.

This style is similar to the ombre hairstyle. The ombre effect can be used in a variety of shades, from light to dark.

MicroBladers Studio + Academy Master Instructor Mrs. Greisen describes the Ombre Brow simply as "manicured eyebrows". They look more fashion-forward, bolder, and defined. This look is great for those who like to keep up with fashion trends.

Is OMBRE BROW right for YOU?

This style is suitable for a wider variety of clients. This style is great for people with combination, oily, normal, or dry skin types.

You can add it to your microblading/microshading treatment as an extra treatment. First, consider if your skin type is suitable.


Your artist may not recommend the best eyebrow enhancement for you due to certain circumstances.


There are many factors to consider for those with eyebrow tattoos or previous PMU (permanent make-up) treatments.

To make their eyebrows look natural, many clients with old tattoos opt to have them microbladed. You should also consider the amount of ink that has been applied to the skin. Tattooing is a more permanent method than microblading. It deposits ink deeper into the skin's layers. If the ink is not too thick, microblading should be avoided. If the ink has not gone too deep, the eyebrows will stay dark and the hairlike strokes won't be noticeable enough to make any difference.

This is why you may want to first remove the eyebrows before getting another semi-permanent one.

Microshading is a good alternative if you have very oily skin and your tattoos are starting to fade.

You should now have an idea of the treatment you prefer. You can still reach us with questions.

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