Microblading vs Shading vs Ombre

The most frequently asked questions will be answered here by Bello Cara Beauty. Microblading, shading, and Ombre Brows are the hottest new trend. Having a great eyebrow is in high demand. It is important that you know what treatment options are available to you and how they differ.

We live in a world where saving time and energy is an essential part of our daily lives. Did you know that on average a woman can spend up to three years of her life applying the perfect set of eyebrows? The obsession of eyebrows is not a new trend. Throughout the year’s several eyebrow trends have been sought after. Have a look below at the timeline history of some of the most legendary brows to date.

Most of our clients are looking to save time by having the most ideal shape and color of eyebrows. With both microblading or shading, clients are able to avoid having to draw perfect eyebrows on a daily basis.

Whether it is Mircoblading, Shading or Ombre all of these techniques are semi-permanent and will allow our clients to wake up with makeup. No more obsessing about the perfect shape or color of your brows, just wake up and go. These semi-permanent techniques will not wash off in the shower or pool, rest assured your brows will always look fabulous.

Did you know? A perfect set of brows can make or break your entire look. Eyebrows are incredibly important, eyebrows frame of your entire face; good or bad they will be noticed.

Eyebrow Microblading

Is also called, micro pigmentation, feathering, embroidery brows, micro stroking 3D brows, and 6D brows. Microblading is a semi-permanent technique used here at Bello Cara. All of our instruments and tools are single-use sterilized instruments. The instrument is composed of a handle with small sharp blades at the tip; anywhere from 12 to 18 small blades. The pigment is placed onto the blades and then deposited directly into the skin. These fine blades create a crisp hair stroke that replicates the look of a natural eyebrow hair. The pattern created at Bello Cara is based on the client’s original growth pattern and shape. When mapping a client Bello Cara uses the Phi ratio, string, and caliper method to frame your face to your individual bone structure, thus giving you the most natural shape and sized eyebrows. We do not utilize stencils at Bello Cara, each face is different and we want to utilize your natural facial structure for the most balanced natural appearance. Every client’s brows are different not one is the same. Microblading can last up 1-3 years depending on your lifestyle and skin. A touchup appointment is required 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment. Most artist will recommend that the client comes in annually in order to keep the shape and color of the eyebrows. Once you decided to get microblading done this will be a continued commitment similar to hair coloring.

Microblading is ideal for clients with, non-oily, non-sensitive, and firm skin. The procured is approximately 3 hours depending on the client and artist. The first step to achieving the perfect set of eyebrows is scheduling a consultation. At Bello Cara, we always provide free initial consultations to answer all questions, concerns and prepare you for what to expect.

Eyebrow Shading

Shading gives more of a powdery look similar to makeup. For those clients with very little hair, sensitive skin, oily skin, and older skin, shading may be the best option. An electric machine is used for shading, however, an artist can use a manual tool for very small areas that may need to be filled in.

Ombre Brows

Ombre brows are accomplished with a machine as well. Ombre is another name and type of eyebrow shading. The ombre appearance is also similar to shading. Instead of saturating the whole eyebrow with pigment, the brow artist will start out very light in color around the head of the eyebrow and slowly darken with pigment while approaching the tail end of the brow. This gives an ombre effect and appearance from light-to-dark.  Again, this is a powdery appearance but not as solid or saturated throughout the brow as shading.


Microblading Vs Eyebrow Shading

As stated above the main differences are; microblading uses a manual handheld tool while microshading is accomplished with a machine. Microblading gives you a fine hair stroke appearance that is very natural to the naked eye. While microshading gives you a saturated brow color that creates an illusion of makeup or powder on the eyebrows.  Both microblading and shading require a 4-6 week follow up appointment called a touch-up or perfection visit. An annual commitment is required for both microblading and shading. This will maintain the shape and color of your new incredible eyebrows. On average both microblading and shading can last anywhere from 1-3 years depending on several factors. Most importantly, find an expert artist who knows which semi-permanent procedure is best suited for you and your individual skin type.


Is Microblading or Shading better for you?

This is dependent on several factors; your skin, your existing eyebrows, the color of your brows, and the shape of your eyebrow. It is in your best interest to schedule a consultation with an expert eyebrow artist and or salon to discuss the pros and cons of microblading and shading. It is imperative that you choose a qualified expert before scheduling your consultation.

What to expect after your microblade consultation?

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The process for shading is the same as microblading. The main difference is the tools the artist will use to apply the semi-permanent makeup. Shading will create more of a saturated powdery look when compared to microblading which looks like tiny hairs. Shading has several other names, microshading, powered brows, and ombre. At Bello Cara when creating the shaded eyebrow with a machine we only use sterilized disposable single-use cartridges. These cartridges are composed of small tiny round needles that will stipple the tissue while applying pigment into the skin. Repetitive dots are implanted into the skin producing eyebrows that have dense, saturated, pigment appearance. The shading process does not look as natural as microblading. The shading technique does not create individual hair strokes but rather replicates a solid color in appearance similar to eyebrows that are filled in with makeup.


After your consultation, at Bello Cara, we will schedule your eyebrow procedure appointment.  Our clients are always given a  microblading/microshading risk sheet from the FDA. We will also provide our clients with both pre-instructions and post-instructions for eyebrow care. These instructions must strictly adhere to the most optimal results.

Creating Eyebrow shape / Eyebrow Mapping

Once you arrive for the procedure we start the process of shaping the eyebrows which are called, mapping. Mapping is a technique used with string, calipers, or the Phi golden ratio measurement, this creates the most symmetrical eyebrow shape. Most artists use a certain technique. One technique is not better than the other, but rather a preference of the individual artist. At Bello Cara we utilize all three mapping techniques.

After the shape of the eyebrows is approved, we choose the most appropriate color with the client’s input. Soon after we pre-numb the eyebrows with a topical anesthetic for 15-20 minutes. Then the process begins with the single-use sterilized blade or single-use machine cartridge. When microblading several hair strokes are created to construct a fuller look eyebrow.  When shading the machine deposits pigment throughout the created shape of the eyebrow. During the procedure at anytime, you will be offered more topical anesthetic and this can be given throughout the procedure as needed.

Most of our clients here Bello Cara experience very little discomfort, if any at all. Of course each individuals pain tolerance is varied, thus making it difficult to predict each clients discomfort level prior to the procedure.

Finally, we at  Bello Cara highly recommend for you the consumer, to seek out only highly qualified semi-permanent eyebrow/makeup artist.

Here is a list of some important basic questions you should address during your consultation appointment.  What type of training do you have? Do you have a medical background? What is the quality and brand of pigments that you use? Do you perform an allergy pigment test prior to the procedure? Do you use single-use disposable tools? Do you sterilize your tools? What type of sterilizing system do you use? Are you insured? Above all, if something doesn’t feel right about the artist or salon always follow your intuition.

Remember, “Great brows do not happen by chance, they happen by appointment”.  Book your appointment online now by clicking here.