Combination Brows, also known as ‘combo brows’ or ‘hybrid brows’ are taking the Brow industry by storm, due to their versatility and beautiful natural-looking results. 


Combination Brows use two of the most popular brow techniques; Microblading (hair stroke brows) and microshading (powder) techniques to create fuller and well-defined eyebrows that still maintain a natural look. 


Combination Brows offers a versatile solution suitable for a wide range of individuals. Whether you have sparse eyebrows that need filling or dense brows that require more definition, Combination Brows can be tailored to meet your needs. Combination Brows are also compatible with various skin types, including oily skin, skin with large pores and mature skin.


Here International Microblading & PMU Expert Monika Ludwiczak share her expert tips to create the perfect Combination Brows:


The key to creating the perfect combination brows lays in finding the right balance between shape, colour, and density to complement our clients features. The PMU combination brows can range from barely there enhancements to noticeable statement brows, you just have to figure out which type of look will create the impeccable results that you’re clients are after. Here are some tips to help you achieve the insta worthy results each and every time:


1. Shape choice: 

The most crucial part of any PMU procedure is to find the right shape for your client. You should prioritise getting the brows symmetrical using your preferred method of brow mapping and then customise the shape according to the client’s preferences as well as their face shape. Please remember that the most flattering brow shape considers many factors – natural brow position, the height of the arch, the length of the brow, starting point as well as the age of the client. It is a good idea to create a set of rules to follow and adjust them slightly for each client type. For example:

Older clients – shorter brows, big eyes – thicker brows, etc.


2. Prep work: 

It is important to see the client’s natural brows not as a blank canvas but as a structure that needs to be completed. Most clients will have a certain amount of natural brow hair present, and it is our job to analyse if we have to keep all the hair or if some should be removed for the best results. It is recommended to do brow mapping FIRST before removing any hairs, as what might seem like a bunch of stray/unnecessary hair at first could become a much-needed texture if we can incorporate that into the new brow shape


3. The technique: 

Choosing a particular technique is always dependent on the type of look you want to achieve. If it is a very structured hair look, with lots and lots of hairstrokes then microblading would be your first choice, with either manual or machine shading to be performed at the final stages of the procedure. If your client is after a makeup look that doesn’t look too artificial then your best approach would be to create a hybrid of ombre brows with some strokes at the front. There seem to be a lot of mixed opinions about machine and manual permanent makeup, but the truth is that both can be applied successfully in most cases. It is of course best if you’re fully versed in both techniques as microblading is an easy choice for hair strokes, whereas the shading techniques are better suited for the device.


4. The products: 

Carefully select the tools and products that will create the best results and blend seamlessly with the client’s hair texture and colour as well as their skin tone. A beautiful shape filled with chunky hair strokes of the wrong colour will please no one, so choose your tools wisely. Ultra fine nano strokes will work great for an older client or someone with a small amount of fine hair, but it will be difficult to create beautiful, distinct results for someone with thicker hair with the same tools. It is best if you choose the tools first and then pick the colour, as your colour choice will be directly affected by the tool choice. If you opt for the finer blades or needles you need to adjust the colour to a slightly darker tone to ensure enough pigment visibility 


5. The execution: 

Carrying out the work as discussed during the consultation with the client is the most nerve-racking experience. Focusing on every hair stroke to make sure it flows perfectly and creates a real hair effect, layering the pigment to build the right amount of density and opacity, and controlling the depth of needle penetration to ensure the longevity of the results. The satisfaction you get when the service is complete doesn’t quite compare to anything else, but you will only get to experience this feeling if you have fulfilled the client's expectations and that is only possible for well-trained, experienced artists, who never fail to learn alternative techniques, try new products and offer the best possible solutions for their clients

Now go out there and wow your clients!