When we talk about eyebrows, we’re usually talking about one of two things: the shape of our eyebrows and the color of our eyebrows. We might want to change the shape of our eyebrows by plucking them, waxing them, or even getting them tattooed. And we can change the color of our eyebrows with makeup.

But what if we want a semi-permanent solution that will give us the best of both worlds? This treatment is called microshading, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular eyebrow treatments.

What Is Microshading?

Microshading is a permanent makeup that uses tiny needles to deposit pigment into the skin. The needles are so tiny that they create a natural, powdery finish that looks like you’ve applied eyebrow powder.

This treatment is also sometimes called “pixelation” because the needles create a grid-like pigment pattern in the skin. This is different from traditional eyebrow tattooing, which uses a single needle to deposit pigment in a solid line.

Significant Features of Microshading:

There are a few things that make microshading different from other types of eyebrow treatments:

  1. The needles are much smaller, which means the pigment is deposited more naturally.
  2. The pigment is deposited in a grid-like pattern, which gives the eyebrows a powdery, natural finish.
  3. The treatment is semi-permanent, meaning that it will fade over time and need to be touched up every few years.
  4. Microshading is less invasive than other types of eyebrow tattooing, and the recovery time is shorter.

How Is Microshading Done?

Microshading is done with a unique hand tool that contains tiny needles. The needles are dipped in pigment, and then the artist uses a light touch to deposit the pigment into the skin.

The artist will create a grid-like pattern of pigment in the skin, covering all of the eyebrows’ sparse areas. Once the desired coverage is achieved, the artist will go back and fill in any areas that need more pigment.

The entire process takes about an hour, and the results are immediate. Typically, only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results.

The Recovery Process:

After the treatment, your eyebrows will be slightly swollen and red. You can expect the swelling to last for 24-48 hours, and the redness should fade within a few days.

You’ll also need to take care of your eyebrows during the recovery process. This means that you should avoid touching or rubbing your eyebrows, and you should also avoid using makeup or skincare products on your eyebrows for at least a week.

It’s also essential to protect your eyebrows from the sun. You should wear a hat or use an SPF 30 sunscreen when you’re outside, and you should avoid sweating or getting your eyebrows wet for at least a week.

After the recovery period, you can expect your eyebrows to last for 2-3 years before they start to fade. Touch-ups are typically needed every 1-2 years to maintain the results.

Why is Microshading Preferred Over Other Semi-permanent Eyebrow Treatments?

Microshading is an excellent option for people who want to enhance their eyebrows without committing to a permanent solution. The results are natural-looking and long-lasting, but they’re not permanent. This means that you can change your mind about the shape or color of your eyebrows down the road, and you won’t be stuck with them forever.

Some benefits of microshading over other semi-permanent eyebrow treatments include:

Gentler on the skin: 

The needles used in microshading are much smaller than those used in other eyebrow tattooing types. This makes the treatment less invasive and easier on the skin.

Shorter recovery time: 

Because microshading is less invasive, the recovery time is more straightforward. You can expect your eyebrows to heal within a week, and you won’t have to take any special precautions during the recovery process.

More natural-looking: 

The tiny needles and grid-like pattern of pigment deposition create a more natural-looking finish. This is ideal for people who want to enhance their eyebrows but don’t want them to look overdone.

Can we expect any side effects from Microshading?

The most common side effect of microshading is temporary redness and swelling. This is normal and should resolve within a few days.

Other potential side effects include:


You may experience some bruising around your eyebrows after the treatment. This is also normal and will resolve within a few days.


As with any tattooing, there is a risk of disease. However, this risk is shallow when the treatment is performed by a licensed professional.

Allergic Reaction

There is also a small risk of an allergic reaction to the pigment. This is why your artist must use a hypoallergenic dye.

Microblading Aftercare Precautions

For safety reasons and to avoid infection, below are the aftercare instructions you need to follow:

  • Do not touch or rub your eyebrows for at least a week.
  • Do not use makeup or skincare products on your eyebrows for at least a week.
  • Avoid sweating or getting your eyebrows wet for at least a week.
  • Wear a hat or use an SPF 30 sunscreen when you’re outside.
  • Do not expose your eyebrows to direct sunlight for at least a week.

The Bottom Line

For looking natural, long-lasting, and requiring less commitment than a permanent solution, microshading is the way to go for your subsequent eyebrow treatment! Follow the aftercare instructions provided by your artist and enjoy your new eyebrows. Consult a board-certified dermatologist if you have any concerns.