Discussions for the microblading artist
Go too shallow and your strokes will disappear. Go too deep and not only will your beautiful golden brown strokes turn grey after healing, but they will widen and blur.
You can see why microblading in the correct depth is so important to producing beautifully microbladed brows that will heal and fade true to the original work.
Every client's skin is different and comes in one of 3 thicknesses. Thin, regular, and thick. Knowing the skin and microblading to the tolerance level of that part of the skin will help you microblade without going too deep, and thereby, giving you better results.
A headlamp and some magnifying glasses while working are a must no matter how good your eyesight. It's the only way to get a really deep understanding of what happens to the skin when you microblade it.
While microblading it is necessary to...
We all have our own idea of what the perfect brow looks like, but what I’ve noticed is that idea is different for everyone.
"It’s not the microblading technician’s job to impose their tastes on the clients"
It’s not the microblading technician’s job to impose their tastes on the clients, but it is the technician’s job to take the client’s vision and create the most beautiful version of that.
It’s important not to impose what we think would look best on the client, but rather give our advice and guidance.
One of my former students came to me with a bad situation with her client after having done her brows.
The problem began with the client requesting extreme brows that are in style right now. The microblading technician felt that it would be a mistake in the long run as this client was only 25 years old and her style will change many times throughout her life.
She talked her into a more...
Every microblading artist has a method of healing the brows they swear by.
There are variations that range from artists having their clients not let water touch their brows including not washing them for 2 weeks (yikes!) to artists having their clients dab their brows with a pad moistened with sterile water immediately following the procedure all the way until bedtime.
One artist will swear by Aquaphor while another swears by A & D ointment (basically the same thing) while another believes that such petroleum-based products will pull pigment and suffocate the skin.
Microblading results are determined 50% by the microblading procedure and 50% by the aftercare.
With so much riding on the healing process, it's important for both the client and the microblading artist to understand the hows and whys of healing.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusing and opposing information on how to heal the brows.
If you do your research, you will read about so many different ways of...
"I never understood why microblading schools teach only one eyebrow shape"
One size does not fit all. Different faces require different shape brows and not all clients like the same brow shape. Some clients will come to you with their own brow preference and some will need your expertise to figure out the best brow for their face.
So, how do we know which eyebrow shape is best for which face?
There are no hard and fast rules. Every face is individual and the brows we give them should be too.
The goal when either creating or enhancing brows is to have them complement the face we are creating them for.
Too often I see artists create beautifully shaped brows only to find they don't fit the face they're on. For example, I often see brows that are beautiful on their own but too young and out of place for the mature face they're on.
Taking in the shape of the face and creating balance is always the end goal.
In deciding which brow is right for our client's face we must...
When talking about microblading, sanitation is not the first thing we think about, yet, it may be the most important of all the microblading lessons.
These infections can also spread if infected blood or bloody bodily fluids touch mucous membranes or an open sore or cut. Mucous membranes are the moist parts of your body, such as in your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Microblading is semi-permanent makeup, applied using a technique similar to tattooing, but the pigment is applied in very small amounts just under the surface of the skin. Microblading is designed to fill out or shape eyebrows semi-permanently. When done right, the outcome is beautiful and completely natural-looking.
Though introduced in Asia, the procedure has gained popularity around the world. The popularity of microblading has grown tremendously over the last ten years, from being an almost unknown procedure to becoming the fastest-growing sector of the beauty industry.
Microblading is a very rewarding profession, with a super high earning potential that comes with the satisfaction of helping people. Microblading artists can charge premium prices for their services, easily earning a six-figure income while working a reduced workweek. An average microblading service can net from $400 to $800, with prices trending even higher in some markets. With this kind of income...
Client forms are not usually covered in a microblading training course. With only 2 or 3 days to teach a massive amount of information there is usually no time, yet, as microblading artists, we absolutely have to have them in order to run our business.
When I started microblading client forms were maybe the most confusing part of the business. Not much was said about them in the course I took, so I wasn't clear on what was needed in the legal arena or why.
Client forms are more available than they used to be, to be sure, but there is still a mysterious cloud around them.
Which forms do we need and why?
There are many things we need to know about our clients before we can responsibly microblade their eyebrows.
We need to know what medications they are on (blood thinners are a problem) and what face products they are using (Retin-A is a no-no).
Does she/he have a previous brow tattoo? If she/he does, how old is it?
Is she/he a diabetic? That can affect the healing.
A career in microblading can be lucrative and deeply fulfilling. One that can satisfy a passion for beauty and the need for independence while providing an income potential that is only limited by your drive.
Proof of being 18 or older (a valid driver’s license or other photo ID)
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control certificate (can be taken online in a couple of hours for under $20)
Hepatitis Vaccination Certificate or completed Declination Form
A completed application issued by the county you will be working in
Payment of license fee of $47
Education is largely up to you since most states don't have any certification requirements, and the ones that do, are minimal.
Be sure to check with your state's...
As microblading artists, it's important to know all of our tools intimately. Understanding the different blade sizes and shapes is of vital importance if we are to create hair strokes with different lengths, thicknesses, and curves.
Using multiple blade configurations will add dimension to our work producing the ultimate realistic eyebrows.
If we are to become experts in our field, it is imperative that we understand and know our blades. That's simple enough, you might say, but try and look up information on microblading blades and see how confusing it gets. I know, I've been researching this subject for years and it wasn't until my recent bout of research on blades that it finally dawned on me that the reason blades have been such a confusing subject is that no one is making the distinction between the handheld blades and the machine blades which both contain a different set of classifying numbers.
Both sets of classifications look extremely similar, which might explain why...
Microblading has become uber-popular and with good reason. Women love how natural the results look and, we, the artists, love the artistry and freedom to create the beauty microblading provides. Like all expert applications, it looks easier than it is. The beauty is in the details.
1.) Before you start Microblading you will need an understanding of the risks of blood-borne pathogens and proper sterilization techniques to:
Remember, if you can't autoclave it, you can't re-use it.
2.) Check your needles with a loupe before starting every procedure.
Defects in your needle can't be seen by the naked eye and can cause scarring in the skin and...