What Style Microblading is Right for Your Brows?

Microblading has taken over traditional eyebrow tattooing. With microblading, many new techniques are emerging like powder brows, microshading, ombre brows, and microfeathering. You’re probably wondering if all these terms mean the same thing, but they are very different from one another. Here is a comparison to help you choose which technique is right for your brows.


Eyebrow microblading started getting popular within the last 25 years. This technique uses microneedles to implant pigment into your skin’s surface layers. The artist uses a manual hand tool and draws each stroke by hand. This gives your brows more of a natural look. 

Traditional eyebrow tattooing would use black ink that would, in time, turn a bluish-green color and make your eyebrows look unnatural. 

With microblading, your brows will have a more natural look because the hair strokes are drawn to match your hair’s natural growth pattern. Pigments with orange and yellow undertones are used, so when your brows are healing, they have more of a natural brown color. Your artist will work with you to find the correct shade to match your brows and skin tone!

Is Microblading Right for You?

Aside from style preferences, when choosing microblading there are other things to consider. If you have normal to dry skin, you are the perfect candidate for microblading. Since this technique is done with a manual hand tool, the pigment doesn’t go very deep into your skin. When attempting this technique on oily skin, retention might not be as great, and the results may not last as long. 

Microblading can last anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on the individual. This is considered semi-permanent makeup, so you may need to come in for touch-ups 3 to 6 months after your initial appointment. 


Microshading works great on individuals who have oily or shiny skin. This is also a more suitable technique if you have sensitive skin. The main difference between microblading and shading is the technique. 

Instead of creating strokes, microshading creates small pinpoint dots repeatedly within your eyebrow. This is what allows the pigment to set better in oily skin.

Microshading Styles

There are two ways microshading can be done, ombre brows and the ‘Instagram brow.’

Powder brows have a softer and gentler finish. This helps make your brows look more natural. This technique is also great for people who fill in their brows with a lighter shade. 

Instagram brow uses more tools and gives the artist more creative range. They can tweak their technique to give your brows a more full and bold look. If you love the look of makeup, this is perfect for you. 

Is Microshading Right for You?

Besides maybe having sensitive or oily skin, clients may choose microshading over blading for the look. Your artist may also recommend Microshading if you over plucked your eyebrows. Microblading requires you to have some sparse, stray hairs so they can follow your growth pattern. 

Microshading lasts longer than microblading, so they require less touch-up.

Combination Brows

Combination brows are a combo of microblading and shading. This helps achieve more dense and defined brows. Your brows will look natural with a hint of makeup. This technique works on all different skin types giving clients more of an option. You can also choose to add an ombre look to your brows. 

Combination brows have more of a feathered hair stroke from the beginning to the middle of your brows. Towards the end of your brows, it is more of a powdered finish. This creates an added definition.

Ombre Brows

Microblading allows for all different types of techniques and the ability for all techniques to be combined. Ombre brows go from light to dark and have a two-tone effect. Ombre brows are defined and fashion-forward.

This style is great for a wide range of people and is also widely popular.  

Microblading with SMP Ink!

If you’re thinking about whipping your eyebrows into shape, contact the experts at SMP Ink! Microblading is the newest trend in the beauty industry. Our accomplished specialist has worked in the beauty industry for years and has perfected many microblading procedures. Clients leave our studio with their heads held high, confident, and ready to show off their new brows!


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