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The world of brow enhancement treatments and procedures is a baffling place. It’s easy to get lost in the jargon: microblading, eyebrow embroidery, microshading and microfeathering. In a nutshell, microblading and eyebrow embroidery are merely each others’ aliases and can be used interchangeably.
Unlike traditional permanent eyebrow tattoos that fade into a blueish-green colour over time, these semi-permanent delicate super-fine hair like strokes look natural and realistic in a way that the first-gen versions from your mother or grandmother’s time never did. The popularity of microblading spawned techniques like microshading and microfeathering that give you a different brow look depending on your personal preferences.
Microblading is typically done with a hand-held tool that creates little incisions on the eyebrows, which will then be filled with pigment to create tiny hair-like strokes.
The main difference between semi-permanent methods like microblading and a permament one is how deeply the ink is injected into the skin. The deeper you go, the longer the tattoo stays. Since traditional eyebrow tattoos are meant to last, tattoo artists would use electromagnetic coil machines to deposit the ink deep into the dermis. Microbladed brows are expected to fade so brow artists will use small blades to make little cuts on the surface of the skin.
Microfeathering is a variation of microblading. With microblading, you are typically creating a new eyebrow shape. Microfeathering, on the other hand, works with your existing brow hairs and shape as a base and fills it in as needed.
This technique is good for anyone who wants to add more texture and dimension to their existing brows. Like with microblading, tiny incisions are made on your brows before depositing pigment. However, the pigmented strokes are much finer and natural looking compared to microblading. That is why it usually doesn't last as long as microbladed brows.
This method is yet another variation of microblading but the end result does not look as harsh as microbladed brows. It is used to create a soft, natural powdered look that looks like eyebrow powder. Microshading uses an electric hand tool or manual tool to create tiny dots of pigment to add volume to the brows to create the illusion of fuller, thicker brows.
Rather than being too fixated on the different terms, it’s more important to consult the services of a trusted and trained expert.