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What is the difference between Feather Touch, Soft Shading and Combo Brows?

So you finally decided to have your brows tattooed, but how to choose what is the right fit for you? This is a very common question that I often get asked, I'm going to easily break this down and simplify it for you.



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Feather Touch/Microblading


A manual tool with a microblade at the tip is used to mimic hairs on your brows. Results are very delicate, great for clients that want to add fullness, correct gaps and fix symmetry. Clients that want to achieve a soft look and don't wear makeup very often this can be for you.




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Soft Shading

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A machine that is a pen-like is used to perform this technique. 1 single needle is used to slowly create a make-up effect look. Results can be a bit bolder when compared to Feather-touch, but they will still look natural. If you regularly tint your brows and like having them defined as if you had makeup on, this can be for you.






Pic Credit: Katarina Callegari


Pic Credit: Katarina Callegari

Combo Brows


Combo is the combinations of Strokes and Shading. The same machine from shading is used on this technique, it's great if you like some aspects of both techniques but can't decide which one to go for. Strokes are generally placed at the beginning at the brows, but it can be wherever you like, each case is assessed individually.






Do I need a touch-up appointment in all techniques?


Yes, all those techniques are required touch-up appointments in 6 weeks. It's crucial making any corrections on post healing as one side will always head differently to the other, it will also guarantee you better longevity for on your cosmetic-tattooing


How long does it will last?


Cosmetic Brow Tattoos typically lasts from 8 months- 2 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who exfoliate excessively uses products such as Retinol, AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's colour retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. 


Is it painful?


The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure, your brow technician will apply a topical anaesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied

during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anaesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anaesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.

After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area are normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn.



Choosing the right technique for you often comes down to personal choice, however, some aspects might play an import part on your decisions such as oily skin and previous cosmetic tattooing. Often this 2 things can lead us to perform either shading or combo brows but is not a rule like I always said each case need to be considered individually.


The first and best step is to book a consultation where all your questions can be answered and addressed uniquely to you.