A patient being prepped for an eyebrow procedure

Microblading Vs Microshading: What is the Difference?

The main difference between microblading and microshading eyebrows is the tool used in the process. With microblading, the tool creates tiny, natural-looking hair strokes, whereas a microshading tool leaves small, pinpoint dots.

With every new beauty treatment, we get closer and closer to who we want to be and want to look like. Women have been reinventing themselves and the idea of beauty for as long as forever. At this point, you likely know that eyebrows play a very important part in the current beauty dynamic, which is why so many women are looking to various procedures to make sure their brows are on point.

The latest trends tell us that microblading and microshading are the new go-to for perfect brows, but what is the difference between the two? And which is best for you?

This is your ultimate guide to microblading vs microshading.

EFFECT Natural-looking, hair-like strokes Powder-like finish
SUITABLE SKIN TYPES Normal and dry skin Normal, dry, oily, or sensitive skin
TOOL USED IN PROCEDURE Microblade Rotary tool
AVERAGE PRICE $400 – $800 $300 – $1,000


What is Microblading?

The microblading technique involves the artist creating hair-like strokes and using pigments that penetrate your brow skin—thus leaving nice strokes that look like real hair. The procedure is very simple even though it lasts for a couple of hours. 

It requires the use of needles that help place the pigment into your skin. The microblading technique is not painful, as a qualified artist will use a numbing ointment to make the whole experience more comfortable.


The average cost of microblading ranges from $400 to $800.


After microblading, the eyebrow area will feel tender, tight and sore. However, this is nothing to worry about as these side effects are completely normal after this procedure. 

After a while, these sensations will turn into itchiness and flaking, which will eventually subside as the skin heals. On average, the healing time will take about 25 to 30 days after the procedure.

Ideal Skin Type

Dry and normal skin types tend to see clean and more even results. On the other hand, those with oilier skin might notice that the microblading technique heals a little bit more powdery and that the colour pigments fade out faster over time.

Microblading is also highly recommended for individuals who have existing conditions, such as madarosis alopecia or psoriasis, that prevent the eyebrows from appearing full.

What is Microshading?

When microshading eyebrows, the artist will use a stippling method (instead of hair-like strokes) and repetitive doses of pigment to create a look that is less harsh than that of microblading.


On average, the cost of microshading procedures ranges from $300 to $1,000.


When microshading eyebrows, the pigment is inked onto the upper dermal layer of the skin. Because of this, swelling, itchiness, and redness may occur as a result of the procedure. 

The healing process usually takes about four to six weeks.

Ideal Skin Type

Microshading is highly recommended for individuals with sensitive and oily skin. This is because the technique used is a better match for their skin type compared to microblading.

Microshading vs Microblading: The Big Difference

The difference between these brow techniques is the tool being used. With microshading, a rotary tool is utilized. This allows the artist to add fuller and more frequent strokes to your brow. As a result, this procedure creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles eyebrow powder—and it is definitely the look that you might see on photographs of many influencers. 

The microblading tecnhique leaves tiny, natural-looking hair strokes, while microshading leaves small, pinpoint dots that create the whole look. In the end—no matter which you opt for— your eyebrows will look fuller and thicker.

If you want the best of both worlds, then it’s very much possible to combine both techniques. In this case, the microblading technique will be used on the upper portion of the brows, while microshading will be utilized on the lower part.

An illustration of the results of three different eyebrow procedures


Which is Better: Microshading or Microblading?

When it comes down to choosing between microshading or microblading, it all depends on your preferences and your skin type.

Opt for microshading if you have more sensitive/oily skin. Choose microblading if you prefer a a more natural look of “feathered” brows rather than “powdered” brows. 

Which Lasts longer, Microblading or Microshading?

On average, microbladed or microshaded eyebrows can last one to two years. That being said, you will need a touch-up about a month after the initial application.


Book Your Appointment with Harmony Med Spa Today

Only trust the experts to help you achieve eyebrows that are completely on point. Harmony Med Spa is a modern, upscale laser clinic located in the Durham Region. We offer a wide range of advanced non-surgical cosmetic procedures in a relaxing spa-like environment using only FDA approved equipment.

Book your microblading or microshading treatment with our in-house microblading master today! Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about microblading vs microshading.