SHADING TECHNIQUES

While, as a rule, you perform straight, uninterrupted movements or forward (back and forth) strokes to produce lines, there is no clear formula about how to improve shading. The geometry of the drawing can be varied: strokes, circles, ovals, loops, figure eights, etc. All kinds of shading can co-exist successfully even on one piece of work; it all depends on the SPMU artist’s preferences.

Microshaded brows can be achieved using a variety of shading techniques. These different techniques are important to learn because not all customers wants the same look, and those that do don’t all have the same skin type. Artists that have a toolbox of procedures for achieving identical results on a variety of skin types, including the most difficult, may treat a more diverse clients.

Whip Shading or ‘Pendulum’
This technique is commonly done with a single needle, quick hand movements, and
a slow machine speed to generate a spray of dots that heal to a soft, powdery colour as it passes across the skin. To obtain the correct density, the brow colour is gradually built up with numerous passes. To get the Ombre’ effect, less pigment or diluted pigment can be applied to the brow’s head. This technique is ideal for a client with thick, healthy, smooth (young) skin. This technique is not recommended for clients with older, thinner skin or a less uniform skin texture since the quick needle movements can cause scratching by dragging the needle across sensitive or uneven skin. In certain skin types, implanting pigment can be challenging, and poor colour retention is typical due to the skin trauma.

Pointillism
Ideal for more challenging skin, pointillism is the application of each individual dot
in an up and down movement 90 degrees to the skin surface. This type of movement eliminates needle drag and allows the depth of each individual dot to be adjusted according to skin thickness and unevenness, resulting in uniform saturation. Density is adjusted by the number of dots applied, so the ombre look is still very achievable. This technique also works well for those who want enhanced brows and less edge definition for a more natural look.

Traditional Shading
Using a larger arrangement of shading needles or magnum needles, this is similar
to body tattoo shading. Adjusting pigment dilution or utilizing a lighter pigment shade in the brow’s head can create a beautiful ombre effect.