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What is the Best Permanent Makeup Brow Technique?

What Brow Technique Should I Choose? You are ready to take the plunge and commit to a more permanent solution to structure and define your brows. You may be familiar with microblading or have heard the term microshading, but you aren't sure about the particulars. What is the difference between the two cosmetic tattoo techniques? And which is best for you? As a general brief, microshading techniques last a bit longer than microblading. Microblading lasts about 12-18 months on average, while microshading usually lasts about 2 years. Individual microbladed hair strokes fade faster than machine shading of pigment. Microshading is better for clients who have very sparse brows or more sensitive skin types, while microblading is more suitable for people who already have brows but want to fill in sparse areas.


To make it simple, here are the primary questions you should ask yourself to determine the best cosmetic tattoo brow technique for you:

  • What look do you want to achieve? Hairstrokes, shaded or a combination brow? Minimal or more defined brows? While all techniques can be done to achieve a natural result, hairstrokes are more minimal and for some, may not give enough definition.

  • What is your skin type? Dry, normal or oily? Do you have mature, sensitive or redness prone skin or large pores? Microblading is least ideal for oily, mature and sensitive skin types. Strokes can blend together over time, the procedure may be more painful and it can induce more redness, swelling and bleeding. Shading is ideal for any skin type and is the gentlest technique, if done correctly.

  • What is your budget? Brow techniques with shading generally last longer in the skin. They may cost more money upfront, but they may require less frequent touch-ups, which can create cost savings in the long run.

  • How often do you want to commit to touch-ups? Pigment color aside, microblading generally requires the most frequent touch-ups, lasting between 1-3 years. Shading generally lasts 2-5 years before a touch-up is desired. Microblading is done by hand tool (potentially less consistent implantation). Shading, nano and combo techniques are generally performed using a rotary machine (which can allow deeper, more consistent implantation of pigment).

Here are the key differences between the various permanent makeup brow techniques:

Regardless of your choice of brow technique, the goal is to create a natural and complimentary brow. Upon assessing your skin type, your lifestyle and expected outcomes, your brow artist can offer their professional opinion about what they think is best for you, keeping in mind, not every artist is trained in all techniques. Inquire and do your research beforehand to find the best fit and artist for you.


Candid Cosmedics is multi-certified and 5+ years experienced in a variety of permanent makeup brow techniques to meet your unique needs. We also specialize in brow color and design corrections.

Contact us to learn more or book your free consultation below!







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