Does Microshading Fade?

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So you finally gave in to the permanent makeup trend and got yourself microshading for your eyebrows. However, once you get home, you notice that it looks a little bit too dark for your liking.

It’s too late now and it’s done. You might wonder “Does microshading fade?” Well, yes it will fade. So you don’t have to worry if it looks too dark right after the procedure. 

Microshading will also eventually fade. And when that happens, you may want touch-ups so that you can maintain the beautiful appearance of your microshaded eyebrows. 

If your microshaded brows look too dark initially, you may really want it to fade! However, when it has finally shown the true results and you’re loving it, you’ll want to hold onto the look as long as possible.

We’ll discuss all of this below. 


When Does Microshading Fade?

Don’t be afraid if your microshading seems too dark initially. That shade will fade and your final results will be revealed. It could take about 4 weeks before the final results appear.

Don’t try to rush the fading process and just focus on letting your eyebrows heal first. There are things you should do and should not do to help it heal properly. Fading will naturally happen and you just have to wait. 

How Long does Microshading Last?

Once your eyebrows have completely healed, they’ll stay that way for about 1-3 years. In order to make sure that they keep looking good, you may need to have touch-ups done every 6 to 8 months. 

How To Prevent Microshading From Fading Too Fast

Microshading is considered as permanent makeup, somewhere between an eyebrow tattoo and microblading. However, it still fades and will only typically last for a couple of years.

There are many factors that can speed up the fading. Some of them can be avoided or controlled while others can’t. 

The natural shedding of the skin, as well as sweating, can contribute to the fading of the microshading. However, we cannot do anything about that because of the skin’s natural process.

Here we will focus on the things you can do to prevent it from fading.

Those listed below usually promote efficient healing of your skin. That is important in retaining the pigment. If the wounds don’t heal fast, the pigment wouldn’t be locked in and there is a greater chance for it to fade.

Avoid Sweating

The skin naturally produces oils and there is nothing we can do about that. However, we can lessen the amount of sweat that we excrete by refraining from activities that make us sweat. 

This should be done especially when you just had the microshading procedure and the eyebrows are still healing. 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Direct sunlight is not great for the microshaded eyebrows especially while they are still healing. Healing would be more efficient if you don’t expose your wounded brows to UV light.

You should also avoid tanning beds, too. 

When the wound is healed, you can use sunscreen to protect your eyebrows. But don’t just use sunscreen on your eyebrows. Apply it all over your face and neck too. 

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health and it is also bad for your freshly microshaded eyebrows. Even if you are using vapes, there is still a possibility that vaping chemicals can get into the wounded eyebrows.

That could cause a negative effect on your skin’s ability to heal efficiently.

Avoid Vigorous Makeup Application

Whether your eyebrows are fully healed or aren’t healed yet, you shouldn’t apply eyebrow makeup like eyebrow pencils aggressively on them. Gentle strokes work well, and they don’t cause more wounds on the skin.

Vigorous application may open up the healing wound. 

Avoid Certain Skincare Ingredients

We understand the importance of skincare on face. However, there are some skincare ingredients that you should avoid getting in your eyebrows. 

They include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinols, and other acids. These can have detrimental effects on the pigments. Just to make sure to not apply anything that is labeled as an anti-aging product on the eyebrows. 

Reduce Oil Buildup

As we’ve said, we can’t do anything about oil production of the skin. With too much oil production, the pigment fades faster because it can’t adhere to the skin for a long time. 

One way to counter the overproduction of oils is to use products that help reduce oil on the skin. Microshading is a better option for those with oilier skin compared to microblading.

However, you can still lessen the risk of fading microshaded eyebrows when you prevent oil overproduction.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).