What is the Combo Brow?

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Perhaps, whenever you think of makeup, “permanent” doesn’t easily come to your mind. But with the coming of microblading and microshading techniques, there are so many ways today that will help you with achieving the perfect brow look. Combo brows are considered as the best of the two worlds, utilizing the hair-like strokes of a hand tool as well as shading methods discovered that are typically found in traditional tattooing.

Combo Brows is a type of permanent cosmetics (cosmetic tattoo), which uses the combination of Microblading technique and Power/shading. This technique is a great cosmetic for the individuals who have meager eyebrows, almost no hair, or those people who just want to add definition to their eyebrows and arch. It also allows everyone to make such an illusion of eyebrows hairs and delicate powder that takes after a natural cosmetics look. 

Why does Combination brows seem more suitable for people with oilier skin types? 

This type of permanent makeup delivers a higher measure of sebum, an oily substance made to enable the skin to remain soft and hydrated. The oil flows from within the epidermis to the outside of the skin through pores and hair follicles. Pores are said to be bigger, more noticeable and skin is much thicker.  Being said, working on this type of skin isn’t as simple as they typically bleed more and are more sensitive to the procedure. Since there is a lot of oil on a superficial level, if the microblading method is applied, recuperated results following 1-4 years will bring about blurry and indistinct strokes. Thinking about this factor, Shading/Powder or Combination brows are the most ideal option for this skin type. 

It is always the practitioner’s responsibility to make sure that there are no such contradictions to the treatment of any of the semi-permanent makeup procedures available nowadays. It is being recommended to have a consultation with your doctor first if a medical condition exists to avoid any problem in the future.


You need to have a medical consultation first before any treatment or procedure being done in order to check your medical history in detail. To guarantee the right result, the makeup artist should comprehend what medical procedure or therapies you have had (or are making plans for what’s to come). 

At that point, the makeup artist will ask you about your ideal result from the treatment. What precisely would you like to achieve to change your looks? To supplant what has been lost? Or to feel more confident with your look? 

Upon knowing such information, your makeup artist will now know what are the things they need to work with you, to build up a solution that addresses your needs. In addition to that, they will also consider different factors, for instance, your own style, skin tone, and facial features.

During the design phase, your make-up artist will literally draw your new brows or eyeliner onto your skin. You will be completely engaged with this process. They will only guide you, but it’s all your choice and decision to approve exactly what everything looks like.

Then, finally, they will start working on the color you choose. Contingent upon how natural, strong, or subtle the result you want for your eyebrows, the make-up artist will custom blend the colors in order to perfectly match with your desired look. Once again, you will be completely involved with all the processes and procedures being done to your eyebrows.


Next, it’s the ideal time for the so-called magic which is popularly known as medical tattooing. The treatment itself includes delicately embedding microscopic particles of color into the reticular layer of the skin. Through the usage of a specialist facial tattooing machine, which works at a much lower recurrence than a standard tattoo machine, your makeup artist will now gently apply shade to the skin utilizing fine needles. The sensation is compared to that of an electric toothbrush being held against your skin – you will definitely feel the vibrations, however, you ought not to feel any distress. 

The makeup artist will always work with you during the process as well, giving you breaks in the event that you need them. The process will ordinarily take around 1-2 hours, however, it changes from person to person contingent upon your individual necessities. After the brow procedure, except that the color will be much darker or about 20-30% darker than the color you have picked during the consultation. But, it’s normal and begins to fade after 3-4 days.

Touch up

A subsequent appointment is definitely required 4-12 weeks after your first treatment. This is generally a 15-an hour appointment to add greater color to the brow area. This is on the grounds that as the area starts to heal, some of the parts may not ‘hold’ just like others and you may have a couple of patches that need more color. This is entirely normal and everybody mends unexpectedly or differently. Whatever the case, it’s always been recommended to always come back to the clinic for retouch or final detail.

Your recuperated result will in general look darker in appearance. In any case, this will soften in a couple of days, the shading will lighten significantly. You should follow a simple aftercare routine which includes basic care of the treatment area as well as the use of a gentle balm. Following a couple of days, the shading will slowly settle and increase in such a pleasing intensity throughout the following, not many weeks. 


Any kind of semi-permanent or permanent cosmetics isn’t suggested for any customers who are or have: 

  • A person with glaucoma and those who are taking blood-thinning medicines ( for example, aspirin) 
  • Chemotherapy (advice to consult your doctor first) 
  • Diabetic (advice to consult your doctor)
  • Keloid disorder
  • Viral disease or infections 
  • Pacemaker or major heart issues 
  • Organ transplant
  • Epilepsy 
  • Those who have skin irritations or psoriasis/dermatitis close to the treated area (rashes, burn from the sun, skin inflammation, and so forth) 
  • Botox within the previous month 
  • Pregnant or nursing 
  • Those people with hypersensitivities to cosmetics, colors, or hair color 
  • Those people who can be easily triggered by postinflammatory hyperpigmentation are bad up-and-comers 
  • Those people who have transmittable communicable blood conditions like HIV or Hepatitis 
  • Those who are a hemophiliac 
  • Those people who Have recuperating disorders, on blood thinners, uncontrolled hypertension, or had mitral valve Disorder. 
  • People on any skin drug (for example, steroids which thin and oversensitive the skin)
  • AHA’s (citric, lactic, glycolic, retinoic, and tartaric acids) 
  • Coumadin: It is known as an amount of bleeding and reaction to skin epinephrine that will decide inclusion per appointment. On the off chance that extreme bleeding happens, additional appointments might be essential for wanted results
  • Chemotherapy/Cancer: Clearance from the doctor might be necessary
  • Those who undergo Juvederm or other “fillers” in the previous month. 
  • Shingles (varicella): You have to wait for several months to finally get the treatment if you have shingles all over your face 
  • Those who undergo an eye lift or blepharoplasty need to wait around 3 months before the treatment
  • Those who have pinkeye: As soon as their contamination has cleared, medicine is finished. 

Are there any side effects in combo brows?

Being said, the side effects of microshading are much similar to microblading procedures such as redness, itchiness, puffiness, and swelling right after the treatment.

Combo Brows vs. Microblading

Microblading is a procedure being done to implant pigment on your eyebrows and is categorized under the type of permanent cosmetics, yet not at all like traditional tattooing, it is less intrusive and is viewed as semi-permanent. It usually lasts between 1-3, years, of course, contingent upon your skin type as well as skin routine. The procedure is being done by utilizing a hand tool with ultra-fine needles and every ‘hair’ is delicately carved into the skin, giving an extraordinarily natural and realistic look

Moreover, it can drastically correct or completely reconstruct lost eyebrows and is phenomenal for those needing to improve their eyebrows or who have next to no eyebrows. Pigments utilized are picked in order to match the natural or wanted brow shade and skin tone will likewise be contemplated. 

On the other hand, combo brows are said to be a combination of microblading and machine shading. The expansion of the machine shading gives a more full and more characterized appearance, and machine shading usually keeps going longer in the skin. Accordingly, machine shading is considered the most ideal for all skin types. 

This technique utilizes the stroking method in order to make “little hairs” yet additionally utilizes a shading procedure for greater thickness. This look will even now seem natural, however, it will be much fuller and darker.

Since Microblading alone will never give you the “cosmetics look”, implementing machine shading with the strikes, you can now bid farewell to that eyebrow pencil. 

Based on the results, shading will typically last longer compared to Microblading since it uses more pigment throughout the eyebrow. In the event that you are searching for longevity with fewer final-details, shading would be the best-suggested method for you. But, most people are dreadful about this method because maybe it’s too unnatural or too strong. Permanent cosmetics has made considerable progress and is continually progressing. This new shading technique won’t be strong, dim, and saturated like the older permanent cosmetics that everyone sees. 

Combo Brows Before and After

Pre-procedure: What are the things you need to avoid before your day of the appointment?

48 hours before 

  • Prior to your appointment, avoid drinking alcoholic drinks, caffeine, and using tobacco.
  • Avoid drinking any blood thinners such as niacin, aspirin, and ibuprofen.

2 days before your appointment

  • Abstain from brow shaping or waxing

7 days before

  • Avoid drinking vitamin A
  • Keep away from using microdermabrasion in the eyebrow area and facial exfoliation.
  • Keep away from using chemical peels in the eyebrows area.
  • Keep away from using laser treatments in the eyebrow area.
  • Try not to tint your eyebrows.

14 days before 

  • Prior to your appointment, avoid any botox and/or fillers.
  • Keep in mind that it’s very important to take good care of your eyebrows after the treatment because it can affect how your eyebrows look after they’re completely recuperated and the life span of your eyebrows. 

Aftercare Instructions 

Day 1 

Always keep yourself clean and dry, don’t ever touch your eyebrows! They may appear somewhat red and feel tender.

Day 1-3 

You’ll notice that your brows will begin to develop a thin layer of scab, that’s why keep your eyebrows clean and dry.

Days 4 

On day four, you need to apply a rice grain amount of aftercare salve on each of your eyebrows with a q-tip and clean hands, spread a VERY Far layer of the balm over the treated area each day and night. 

Your eyebrows ought not to appear glossy, greasy, or shiny, if so you utilize excessively, as this can suffocate out the skin and will cause a delay in recuperating. Never apply the treatment on wet or soggy tattoos. Proceed to apply with balm until your eyebrows are done scabbing. 

Day 14+ 

Being said, your eyebrows are safe from water. It’s now allowed to get back to your typical skincare routine.

Your eyebrows will show up extremely light after scabs fall off, each week as long as about a month and a half colors will proceed to the surface and brows will get more obscure once again.

Day 28-42 

It’s now the time that your brows are healed. It takes two appointments for a new set of microbladed eyebrows to be fully completed and for that said reason, your 6-8 weeks touch-up appointment is necessary and complementary. After the said complementary appointment, it is recommended to have a yearly touchup to keep up the freshness and crispness of your eyebrows. Nonetheless, your makeup artists offer different touchup plans since everybody encounters the fading process distinctively and may need to get a touch-up sooner than one year. 

Combo Brows Healing Process

Besides finding an expert makeup artist to do the procedure, the optional most significant part of your brow treatment will be in combo brow aftercare. Since you’ll be mending for at least fourteen days a short time later, it is really important to keep mindful of the treatment area and guarantee that it’s recuperating up appropriately. 

The darker color of shading implies that it very well might be difficult to discern whether the area is red and already irritated, however, your smartest option will be to ensure that you’re not inclining too much pain or discomfort a couple of days after the procedure being done. You can even glance in the mirror every morning and make a note of how the treatment area is recuperating up. While it might begin getting irritated or itchy following a couple of days, it’s important to remember not to scratch or pick at any scabs to forestall unsightly scarring. 

Clearly, if things begin getting too excruciating or don’t look great, it is better to go directly to your doctor about the next step you need to take, as they will have the option to get you treated for so many issues that sometimes weren’t serious. Indications of infection incorporate pain and red streaks that radiate from scab or wound in the treated area.

In the end, it is truly important to listen to whatever aftercare tips and details that your brow care artists gave to you, as they’re probably going to have dealt with various issues that weren’t serious at all. Take care not to utilize a lot of lotion or cosmetics around the area to give it space to breathe and mend in the open area. Truly soon, you’ll have mended up, touched up, and accomplished the ideal and perfect look of your brows.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your new beautiful makeup

  • Utilize a new and fresh pillowcase 
  • Let any scabbing or dry skin normally peel away.  Remember that picking can cause scarring or loss of shading 
  • Avoid any botox, facials, and chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for about a month 
  • For one week, make sure to avoid hot, sweaty exercise.
  • For four weeks, avoid tanning and exposing yourself too much to sunlight.
  • For the first 10 days, make sure to avoid long hot showers and heavy sweating.
  • For the first 10 days, make sure to avoid sleeping on your face.
  • For the first 10 days, make sure to avoid hot tubs, swimming, and lakes.
  • During the healing process, make sure to avoid any tropical makeup, which includes applying sunscreen on the treated area.
  • Try not to pick, rub, or scratch the treated area 

How long do Combo Brows last?

While hair strokes will in general fade in the long run, this style of the brow will hold its color and shape for a more drawn out term, closer to the expected lifespan of a powder brow. Most of the eyebrow is usually being done in the powder style. 

Since colors are not embedded into the skin as profound as traditional tattoos, the area will normally blur after some time. Being said, the results can last between 2-4 years relying upon skin type, way of life, age, and how frequently you get touch-ups. 

There  are so many factors that can affect the entire durability of the pigment: 

● How your skin is responding to the shade, 

● Excessive sweating, 

● Waxing, 

● Your skin type (sleek, tricky skin color will remain less – for this skin type it is  suggested to go for shading/powder procedure) 

● Your skincare routine will likewise affect the life span of the shade. Patients who tan, utilize any chemical strips or items with AHA or Glycolic Acid will definitely fade quicker as your skin will also resurface quicker. 

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