How Much Does Microshading Cost?

Having thick, dense and bushy brows has been the key element in any makeup look for quite some time now. Unfortunately, not everyone had the luck to be born with them, so beauty industry did their job and created for us a variety of options to choose from, most popular being microblading and its younger sister – microshading.

If you are bored from doing the same thing every morning in order to have perfectly shaded brows and you are thinking about doing a microshading treatment, take a look at this ultimate microshading cost guide and find answers about prices of this semi-permanent technique.

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What is Microshading?

A gentler version of microblading, this semi-permanent technique inserts pigments under your skin using a tool with needles which injects tiny, pin-like dots in a gradient pattern creating airbrushed look. This procedure is perfect for anyone with over-plucked, sparse or light-colored eyebrows.

These ombre powder eyebrows, as they are also known, are an excellent choice for everybody who desires more evenly and consistently applied ink throughout the brows. The cuts made with this tool are smaller than those in microblading, so they are also a great choice for those with sensitive and oily skin.

Want to find out more about microshading? Follow the links:

Microshading – The Ultimate Guide

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Microblading Salons

How Much Does Microshading Cost?

The microshading cost depends on many factors such as the location, local competition, materials used, as well as the experience and the popularity of the artist and of the overall treatment etc. That being said, the prices can go between $700 and $1,500 for a complete treatment, but you can find it for as low as $300 in some parts of the country.

How Much Does Microshading Cost in the USA?

The average price of microshading in the United States is $500, but it can vary from around $400 to $1000.

From the list below, we can see that artists in NY and California charge the most for their services due to the high demand for the procedure, while the prices are significantly lower in Arizona where the treatment is not as popular.

City and State

Average Price

Beverly Hills, California


New York, NY


LA, California


Chicago, Illinois


Dallas, Texas


Houston, Texas


Seattle, Washington


Denver, Colorado


Miami, Florida


Phoenix, Arizona


What’s Included in the Price?

Microshading treatment consists of one consultation and two visits:

  • Consultation is the first meeting you have with your aesthetician in which you determine the shape and the pigment color of your desired eyebrows. Also, at this point you are also given detailed explanations regarding the procedure, the healing process and the aftercare.
  • The first visit is the treatment itself which usually lasts between two and three hours.
  • The second visit is the touch-up appointment which is crucial for the microshading process and it usually occurs 4-6 weeks after the treatment when the healing period is over.

Are Other Touch-ups Included in the Price?

Other touch-ups are not included in the price, but the great thing about this procedure is that, if done correctly, you won’t need another touch-up for at least a year. The purpose of the touch-up is to correct some imperfections after the healing period is finished. Also, if your skin didn’t take the pigment in some spots, or you want some small alterations to be made, that’s what this touch up is for.

However, note that if you wait longer than recommended and your eyebrows fade, the price of the additional touch-ups will go up, so don’t wait too long if you wish to have your brows on point.

What Does the Price of Microshading Depend On?

The price of microshading treatment depends on many factors. The thing that probably affects the cost the most is the location of the salon (see the table above). If the area is busy and the treatment is popular, the price of the service will most definitely be higher.

Other significant factor is the quality of the materials used by the artist.

In addition, certified artists will charge more than those who haven’t completed any training, which is completely understandable. Having a certificate is proof that the aesthetician has gone through all the steps in learning how to perform this treatment and is capable of performing the procedure.

PMUHub tip: Pay attention to the salons and artists that charge very little. The reason for this either the fact that they are just starting their business (trust us when we say that you don’t want to be their guinea pig) or they don’t even own a certificate. So, do your research and find out what the average price of the microshading is in your area and don’t go under it, or you will probably regret it later.

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Will My Skin Type Affect the Price of Microshading?

The price of microshading is the same for everybody, so no, your skin type won’t have any effect. Moreover, another great thing about microshading is that it is also suitable for sensitive and oily skin and is therefore, a better solution than microblading for all of you who have troubles with it.

Just remember to schedule your touch-ups on time before your eyebrows start to fade since the longer you wait, more expensive are the touch-ups since the artist will have more work.

How Do I Choose a Salon Based On the Price?

This treatment is not cheap so, naturally you want to spend your money wisely. Additionally, your eyebrows are one of the most prominent features on your face and you want them to be perfect.

Choosing the right artist for this job is crucial, as this choice can either make or break your final look. So, choose carefully and opt for a certified technician with experience, even if this means you will have to pay more.

Note that, apart from choosing a well-trained artist, you should take some time and research his or her style and make sure this is the one you fell in love with.

After you’ve done all of this, go to a consult and make sure you check their credentials and you love their work, look at their before and after photos, and only after all of this decide for the treatment. It’s your face, so be smart and choose wisely.

Does Microshading Pay Off?

If you have always dreamed of picture-perfect brows which look as if they were just airbrushed, then yes, it definitely pays off.

With microshading, you will have your perfectly done eyebrows even after swimming or workout, and what’s perhaps the best, when you wake up in the morning and you are late for work. No more worrying about them coming off due to sweat or being smudged all over your face.


The price of microshading indeed is not low, but when you take everything into consideration, this treatment is definitely something worth investing in. How long it will last, depends mostly on you and your aftercare routine. If you neglect your eyebrows and do not follow the tips your artist gave you and skip the touch-ups, you will soon be where you started, and you will have wasted the money.

So be smart, choose the artist wisely, invest in your look, and this will be one of the best choices you’ve made!

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