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Microblading & Micropigmentation: Designing the Perfect Hybrid Brow

Creating the hybrid brow is a cutting edge technique that enhances and defines brows. The advantages of microblading is successfully combined with micropigmentation to provide “eye popping” results.

What is Microblading & Micropigmentation?

Microblading originated in Asia for cancer patients who had lost eyebrow hair due to chemotherapy and it’s gained popularity as microblading provides a natural looking finish. Microblading is a form of tattooing and is often compared to embroidery as precise, crisp and fine strokes are created. Unlike a traditional tattoo using a rotary/coil machine to push ink the border of the epidermis and the dermis layers, microblading uses a handheld pen with a blade comprised of microneedles to deposit pigments etched into the skin, creating individual hair-like strokes. Microblading provides amazing definition appearing as natural looking hair as fine strokes. Microblading can dramatically correct or reconstruct lost eyebrows where there is no brow hair.

Micropigmentation is also an eyebrow tattoo, but this method involves the application of hundreds of dots to gradually build up the eyebrow. Rather than filling in the brow solid, this method uses a machine to gradually build up the brow, creating definition and softness for a naturally looking eyebrow. This method has advantages as well as it is suitable for a variety of skin types, where microblading by itself is not. Micropigmentation uses a machine needle and may blur under the skin while microblading will appear more crisp.


The Hybrid Brow

The hybrid brow brings together the best of both procedures. By combining microblading and micropigmentation tattooing techniques, brows look natural with individual hair-like strokes, complemented with the soft definition from micropigmentation. The hybrid technique is based on the understanding that microblading heal in a crisp way and micropigmentation heals a little bit richer; hence, the ideal 3D eyebrow will have the edges where the hair follicle starts done by microblading and the fluffy part of the eyebrow (the middle part) will be created with a machine. The machine adds volume and texture to the manually created microblading technique, with softer shading and a more natural appearance.

The procedure is performed using a sterile, single use hand tool and ultra fine needles to implant pigments into the skin. Hair-like strokes, mimicking real eyebrow hair are created. A manual or digital tattoo machine with a special needle is then used to create the more powered look of micropigmentation.

Often the procedure requires only one visit; however, a follow-up 30 to 45 days later may be needed for a few touch ups. Designing a custom brow, specifically tailored to the client, takes precision.


Hybrid brows do not smudge or smear. Clients can participate in any athletic activity or reside in a humid environment without any degradation to the brows. However, hybrid brows can last 1 to 3 years, depending on internal and external factors. Since the pigments are only etched into the top three layers of skin, shedding and replenishing of skin cells will eventually fade the brows, requiring a periodic touch-up.

The NPM Difference

The NPM Permanent Makeup Machine ORON60 creates crisp, delicate hair strokes rapidly, and smoothly without erupting the skin. NPM also holds a wide variety of needles to help achieve optimal results. The hybrid eyebrow picture above was done using a PROBROWS manual pen and 14curved needle and machine needles 5ST Slope and 0.171RL. Pair the ORON60 with NPM mineral-based pigments, and the results will exceed expectations.

For more information on hybrid brows, visit NPM USA, an international leader in permanent makeup.  NPM is a pioneer in permanent makeup, creating revolutionary high tech tools and unparalleled pigments, while adhering to strict international quality assurance standards. To learn more at contact us.