Hardly a section of face can affect our entire facial expression as much as our eyebrows. They give the eyes contour, can be emphasized naturally or expressively depending on the styling and provide with new trends for conversation.


The new trend technology for absolutely natural-looking, perfectly defined eyebrows.

The MICROSHADING trend was born from the clients’ wish for a perfectly defined and natural, but still lightly powdered looking eyebrow.

We picked up this Permanent Make up trend and optimized it for our device and colour pigments for an extraordinarily gentle micropigmentation method.

Our video below shows how MICROSHADING can achieve an optical 3D effect with the LONG-TIME-LINER® method. The finest hair color combination combined with a gentle shading and soft contours creates the perfect MICROSHADING effect.

Perfectly defined and natural looking eyebrows

Thanks to ultra-gentle and skin-friendly LONG-TIME-LINER® micropigmentation technology

Eyebrow pigmentation in the LONG-TIME-LINER® MICROSHADING style. Before / After

What is special


In the MICROSHADING technique form and contours of the eyebrows are determined by a very fine hair stroke design whilst a smooth shading, placed in the middle of the brow, creates a natural looking 3D effect.
The very gentle micropigmentation allows this technique to be used also for more sensitive skin types. The intensity of the micropigmentation can be adjusted depending on the clients’ individual type.


Microblading is a manual method where the pigmentation work is done with a non electric handpiece with needles that are aligned like a blade in order to for example scratch or cut lines into the skin to obtain a hairstroke line. These lines form the eyebrow hair. As soon as or whilst the lines are drawn, the pigmentation colour is spread into the cutted lines in order to set the colour in. As we believe that this technique is not very skin friendly and comes with various potential risks and potential scarifications, we at Long-Time-Liner® decided to not offer this method.


Microshading is a method and technique of shading the eyebrow.
Like the hairstroke design, this can be achieved either with a manual tool (by cutting or stamping the skin) or with a machine for a micropigmentation with punctual and very fine, gentle stitching.

The manual tool looks like a pen that has several needle points at one end. With this pen, the colour is manually stamped into the skin, this means that the intensity, softness and depth of the pigmentation depends on the individual manual pressure every user applies during the treatment. Even if Microshading is advertised as gentle alternative to Microblading, the manual method brings more risks as the machine method using a special micropigmentation device that has especially been developed for this purpose and where the needle length, colour flow and strokes number can be adjusted and the colour can be brought into the skin ideally without requiring that the user applies additional pressure manually – to make the treatment as gentle as possible. Usually, micropigmentation devices have modules with fewer needle points as they work quicker, yet, there are differences between every brand and machine. We at Long-Time-Liner are very keen to offer the most gentle possible treatment with short healing times and a natural looking permanent make up. That is why we use a one point needle for all our pigmentation techniques (eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and camouflage).

Some providers combine hairstrokes and shading when doing a microshading treatment:
Here, contour and shape of the eyebrows are secured and defined by a hairstroke design and a soft shading, e.g. placed in the middle of the eyebrow in order to create a natural looking 3D effect. Because of the gentle treatment, this method is also suitable for more sensitive skin. Plus, depending on the individual type, the intensity of the colour gradient can be varied.

Besides the fact that one is for hairstroke design and the other for a shading effect, when comparing the two manual techniques the stamping of the skin looks more gentle than cutting or scratching it. 

Bottom line: with a pmu device (micropigmentation device) it is possible to create super fine hairstroke designs as well as filigrane, soft shadings for perfectly defined looking eyebrows… but with less risks for the skin.

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from this ultra-soft pigmentation using a one-needle technique


  • The pigmentation of the eyebrows in the MICROSHADING style combines two techniques and underlines the expertise.
  • Customers appreciate the natural, yet gentle, make up effect.
  • It offers the customer something new and is always up-to-date in terms of new trends.


  • A perfect combination of fine hair-drawing and gentle shading for a particularly natural and yet perfectly styled result.
  • A stronger emphasis on the brow center for a 3D effect.
  • Soft-running, natural-looking contours.
  • A new trend that is very popular and produces a great, completely natural effect.

Video & Step-by-Step instruction


Step-by-Step instruction

Thoroughly cleanse your clients’ skin.
Determine the optimal and type-correct brow bow depending on the shape of the face and the natural brow shape. Design the pre-drawing (video starting at 0:08) and tweeze the eyebrows if necessary.
Choose the optimal pigment colour depending on the natural eyebrow hair colour. You can also choose a pigment that is one tone lighter than the natural colour of the eyebrows. This highlights a very natural looking effect.
Determine the form of the eyebrows by pre-drawing the fine hair strokes (video starting at 0:30). When form and colour are approved by the client, start with the micropigmentation.
Start by pigmenting the fine main hair strokes of the pre-drawing from front to end of the eyebrow to secure the form.
In Microshading, you then pigment from back to front end: start at the end of the brow with the fine hair stroke pigmentation, then work your way to the front end of the brow part by part by alternating pigmenting and wiping off the pre-drawing: pigment a part, then wipe off the pre-drawing where you already pigmented, then pigment the next part, wipe off the pre-drawing etc.
When the fine hair strokes for the form of the eyebrow are ready in the desired intensity, proceed by pigmenting the middle of the eyebrow with a smooth shading (video starting at 0:40). This gives the eyebrow a 3D-effect. Make sure there is no harsh contour and that the shading smoothly blends towards the upper contour. When shading and drawing hair strokes always work very lightly towards the front end of the eyebrow.
Check your MICROSHADING hair strokes and shading and make adaptations if necessary.
Book an appointment with your client 2 weeks after the micropigmentation in order to check the result and re-work if necessary.


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