Combo Eyebrows

Combo brows are a combination of nanoblading and powder brows (shading). There are nanoblading hair-like strokes from the beginning to the middle of the brow to give the brow a natural look, which then transitions to a powdered effect to the body and tail of the brow to give the brow more fullness and density.

About Combo Eyebrows

Combo eyebrows, also known as combination eyebrows, refer to a cosmetic technique that combines microblading and shading to create natural-looking, fuller eyebrows. This technique is ideal for those who want the defined look of microblading with the added depth and dimension provided by shading. Here’s an in-depth look at combo eyebrows:

What are Combo Eyebrows?

Combo eyebrows utilize both microblading and microshading techniques to achieve a natural yet defined eyebrow look. Microblading creates hair-like strokes to mimic natural hairs, while microshading adds a soft, powdered effect to give the brows more fullness and depth.

Benefits of Combo Eyebrows

  1. Natural and Defined Look:

    • Hair Strokes: Microblading provides realistic hair strokes that blend seamlessly with natural brows.
    • Soft Shading: Microshading adds a gradient effect, creating a fuller and more structured appearance.
  2. Versatility:

    • Suitable for various skin types, including oily and combination skin.
    • Ideal for individuals with sparse eyebrows or those looking to enhance their natural brows.
  3. Long-Lasting Results:

    • Provides semi-permanent results that can last 1-3 years with proper care.
    • Requires less frequent touch-ups compared to traditional eyebrow makeup.

The Combo Eyebrows Procedure

  1. Consultation:

    • Assessment: The practitioner evaluates the client’s facial structure, natural brow shape, and skin type.
    • Design: Discusses the desired look, shape, and color with the client. A preliminary sketch of the new eyebrows is created for approval.
  2. Preparation:

    • Numbing: A topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
    • Sanitization: The treatment area is thoroughly cleaned to prevent infection.
  3. Microblading:

    • Pigment Selection: A pigment color matching the client’s natural brow color or desired shade is chosen.
    • Hair Strokes: Using a fine microblading tool, the practitioner creates hair-like strokes in the superficial layers of the skin.
  4. Microshading:

    • Soft Shading: A different tool, often a small machine or a handheld device, is used to add a soft, powdered effect between the hair strokes and throughout the brow.
  5. Aftercare:

    • Cleaning: Gently clean the area as per the practitioner’s instructions.
    • Moisturizing: Apply any recommended ointments to keep the area hydrated.
    • Avoid: Excessive sweating, sun exposure, and water exposure (e.g., swimming) for the first week.

Healing and Touch-Ups

  1. Initial Healing:

    • Appearance: Eyebrows may appear darker and more defined immediately after the procedure but will soften as they heal.
    • Flaking: The skin may flake as it heals; it’s important not to pick or scratch.
  2. Touch-Up Session:

    • Timing: A follow-up session is usually scheduled 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure to refine and perfect the results.
    • Adjustments: Any areas that need additional pigment or correction are addressed during this session.

Longevity and Maintenance

  1. Duration:

    • Longevity: Results typically last 1-3 years, depending on skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare.
    • Fading: Over time, the pigment will gradually fade, and touch-ups may be needed to maintain the desired look.
  2. Factors Affecting Longevity:

    • Skin Type: Oily skin types may experience faster fading.
    • Sun Exposure: Prolonged sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade more quickly.
    • Skincare Products: Use of certain skincare products (e.g., those containing retinoids) near the brow area can accelerate fading.

Risks and Considerations

  1. Possible Side Effects:

    • Temporary Discomfort: Mild pain, redness, or swelling.
    • Bruising: Typically resolves within a few days.
  2. Rare Complications:

    • Infection: Uncommon but possible if proper hygiene practices are not followed.
    • Allergic Reaction: Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to the pigment.
    • Uneven Results: Inexperienced practitioners may produce uneven or unsatisfactory results.
  3. Choosing a Practitioner:

    • Qualifications: Ensure the practitioner is licensed and experienced in combo eyebrow techniques.
    • Portfolio: Review the practitioner’s previous work to ensure their style matches your preferences.
    • Hygiene Standards: Verify that the studio adheres to strict hygiene and sanitation protocols.


Combo eyebrows offer a versatile and effective way to achieve fuller, more defined eyebrows with a natural appearance. By combining microblading and shading techniques, this method provides a balanced look that enhances facial features. Choosing a skilled and experienced practitioner, following proper aftercare, and understanding the procedure’s potential risks and benefits are crucial for achieving the best results.