What Is Ombre Microshading and Is It the Right Choice for You?

By Emily M.| Last updated on January 28, 2022
What Is Ombre Microshading and Is It the Right Choice for You?
⏱️ 4 min read

Permanent makeup for eyebrows is very in demand, so there are a couple of treatments that are the most popular and that really stand out. It is not unusual for different artists to have different names for the same technique. This can be confusing for clients and they start to question the differences between techniques, such as microblading or microshading, or powder brows and microshading, etc.

Today, we are going to explain what ombre microshading is. Keep reading to find out more about it as well as how to recognize other eyebrow tattoo treatments.

What Is Ombre Microshading?

Ombre microshading is a form of an eyebrow tattoo done with a machine that inserts the pigment in the form of tiny dots. The result is powdery, misty eyebrows with an ombre effect – the head of the brow is lighter than the tail.

These eyebrows are very popular on Instagram, and look a bit more dramatic than microbladed eyebrows.

Ombre Microshading Is A Form Of An Eyebrow Tattoo Done With A MachineImage source: Instagram @dolly_brow_studio

Is Ombre Microshading the Same as Ombre Powder Brows?

Basically, yes. Ombre powder brows and microshading are done in the same way. The difference is that microshading is usually combined with microblading – it’s added after hair strokes are done, for those who want a little bit of makeup effect, and for people with oily skin.

People with oily skin don’t really make great candidates for microblading, because the excessive sebum makes the strokes blurry with time. So, they add some shading to cover it up.

Powder brows don’t involve any hair strokes. Ombre powder brows are just misty, powdery eyebrows with a lighter head.

What Is the Difference Between Ombre Microshading and Microblading?

It’s pretty simple – microblading is just hair strokes. It’s done with a manual tool, a blade dipped in pigment, then dragged through the skin and creating hair stroke-like incisions. Once healed, they look really natural and indistinguishable from your natural hair strokes.

And as said above, ombre microshading doesn’t involve hair strokes, just shading.

What Is the Difference Between Ombre Microshading and Microblading?Image source: Instagram @the.beauty.shack22

Can I Have Hair Strokes and Ombre Microshading?


Different eyebrow tattoo techniques can be combined, for the best results. People usually combine microblading and microshading, and these are then called combo brows. They are currently one of the most popular styles.

Adding hair strokes to ombre microshading is called ombre microblading or combre brows. This is usually done by adding hair strokes with a blade or a machine in the head of the brow, and the rest of the brow is shaded.

Can I Have Hair Strokes and Ombre Microshading?Image source: Instagram @apermanentmakeup

What Else Should I Know About Ombre Microshading?

Here are some facts you should know if you are thinking about getting this treatment:

It is suitable for everyone

While microblading doesn’t really look great on oily skin, this treatment is great for all skin types, providing that you prefer the makeup look. If you want to make it look more natural, you can add some hair strokes at the front of the brow.

It doesn’t look as natural as microblading

But it doesn’t look unnatural either. It actually looks like you drew in your eyebrows with a pencil.

It lasts longer than microblading

Shading tends to have a longer lifespan than hair stroke brows.

It entails a healing process

Every cosmetic eyebrow tattoo needs approximately 6-8 weeks to heal. Learn more about ombre powder brows healing stages here.

It also requires aftercare

Yes, you will need to be careful about your ombre microshading eyebrows for a couple of weeks. You will be given aftercare tips by your artist, but you can also read all about ombre microshading aftercare here.

You will need a touch up

After the brows are completely healed, you will have a mandatory touch up. Cosmetic eyebrow tattoos are done in 2 sessions, and the touch up is there to correct if the brows have healed patchy.

What Should I Know About Ombre Microshading?Image source: Instagram @colourmequinn

How Do I Know Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

In order to help you choose the best eyebrow treatment for you, we will shortly explain what each of them is like, but you can learn all about it and see the examples here.

  • Microblading – hair stroke brows, perfect for dry to normal skin
  • Nano brows – hair stroke brows, but done with a machine
  • Powder brows – soft, powdery, makeup effect, for every skin type
  • Ombre powder brows or ombre microshading / the same as powder brows but with an ombre effect (lighter head, darker tail of the brow)
  • Combo brows – microblading + powder brows or shading
  • Combre brows – microblading + ombre powder brows (or ombre microshading)

To Sum Things Up

Ombre microshading is another term for ombre powder brows. This treatment looks very attractive and is perfect for every skin type. Makeup lovers are head over heels with this brow style. See more photos in our ombre powder brows before and after gallery to help you decide whether this look is for you!

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