When microblading first hit the scene, we at Byrdie HQ collectively gasped when we saw the results, especially firsthand on our editorial director Amy Lawrenson. Tiny hairlike strokes are essentially carved into the skin with a scalpel and filled with ink, not unlike a tattoo. The process is incredibly painful, but it lasts up to three years, so no pain, no gain, right? But just as we were becoming accustomed to the newness of microblading, a new treatment is making waves: microshading. According to New Beauty, it's geared toward those with oily or sensitive skin or brows that are already full and just need a bit of shaping.
It's called "shading" rather than "blading" because the process is more like creating a shadow or gradient appearance with tiny dots of pigment instead of fine hairs like microblading. The result is similar to how your brows would look when filled in with brow powder (the look has also been referred to as "powder brows"). But don't worry—the colour eventually fades instead of looking like a block of colour on the brow area.
Microshading, which is also referred to as "ombré brows," lasts just as long as microblading and starts at around £500 per session. It's also worth noting that some may benefit from a combination of both microshading and microblading, especially if their brows are on the thinner side and they want a gradient effect to fill out the shape.
Need some more time before you decide to book in? We've picked out some of the brow products that will help re-create this look.
This pretty genius pen will replace several products in your makeup bag. You get both a light and darker shade pencil to help create that signature shading.
This brow gel will keep every hair in place and add enough colour to keep brows looking polished. Trust us—it's a winner. Plus, if you're growing your brows out, this will cover any telltale patches.
Your bad brow days will be over once you add this defining pencil into your makeup arsenal. In fact, it will probably be the only product residing in there, as it does it all. You can vary the strokes for an ombré effect and then just brush the product through.
With a waterproof marker brush to create fine strokes that mimic hairs, you won't have to worry about your eyebrow products sliding off your face by midday. It's also got honey and chamomile in there to avoid stiffness.
If you've already been blessed in the eyebrow department, this gel is the ultimate finishing touch. It keeps everything in place and adds fullness without drowning the brows in product.
This baby nib is just what you need for crafting a super-precise brow. Combine that with the spoolie brush at the other end and your new brows will be ready for their debut.
If you can't decide between a powder and a pomade, then you don't have to with this duo. Start with the pomade to add shape and definition before adding the powder to build on the base.
Whether you opt for the microshading treatment or a product to re-create a similar look, you're guaranteed fuller, more believable brows.