A career in microblading can be lucrative and deeply fulfilling. One that can satisfy your passion for beauty and independence, while providing you with 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 requirements before enrolling in any school.
Before you can reap the rewards of a new career, you will first need to take a course or training and develop your skills. Choosing a training can make the journey to becoming an expert smooth and easy or frustrating and bumpy depending on the training you choose.
No sitting in on a class before committing
No samples or examples of what or how they will be taught
No real guarantees (you never get your money back)
A huge number of students that are dissatisfied with their microblading trainings
That's a lot of money to risk on faith alone.
Most students do tons of research, read the reviews, ask all the right questions, pay a small fortune and, yet, still walk out of their training feeling like they've just made a huge mistake. This was my story and the story I hear most often from students new to microblading.
Part of the problem is the marketers that are hired by trainers to procure students are experts at making the trainings look and sound better than they actually are.
The first thing I advise you do is to check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure the school you are considering doesn't have any complaints brought against them. Many students, with nowhere else to turn will file a complaint with the BBB.
We must learn how to draw the different brow shapes. There are many brow shapes. Make sure the school you pick doesn't teach just one.
Brow spines (brows have spines?). This is important if we are to follow the client's brow hair patterns and create completely seamless brows.
We must learn all about the skin, how it heals, the depth in which to microblade, the undertones, the Fitzpatrick scale (the what?), moles, and scars.
We must understand the effects the different medical conditions will have on our work or if they are even candidates.
The before care the clients will need to know in order to prepare their skin to be microbladed. There are many products and supplements to remember.
Then there is color theory and color corrections. We must learn all about pigments and skin undertones as well.
There are the brow strokes, there are at least 5 different strokes to be learned besides the front strokes and the transition strokes. This will take time to master.
The face shapes and the best brows for them. Let's not forget the mature face and the male brows.
The tools we will need and how to use them, including all the different blades, their sizes, and what they are used for (you'd be surprised how many courses don't cover this).
You must practice making strokes and eyebrow shapes on latex skin until you feel like you are an expert at it before ever moving on to live skin. This simply can not be achieved in a week, or for most of us, even a month. It can (and maybe should) take months of practice.
Numbing a client. What the numbing creams do to the skin. How to layer them. Which to use before the blading and which ones to use on open skin.
Pigment removal. How to remove the inevitable unwanted strokes.
We must learn to shade. The right shading blades and different shading techniques.
We must learn proper hygiene practices.
Room set up and break down (there's a protocol the department of health wants us to follow when cleaning up after a client).
How to microblade real skin. There is a way the skin must be stretched. How to feel and check for the correct depth. How to deposit the pigment.
Aftercare is an important and lengthier topic than you might imagine. The aftercare is 50% of the microblading results, so you can see why it's important to understand proper aftercare.
The touch-up. That's the second appointment where we make the final adjustments to the brows.
The healing process the client will go through.
The insurance and legal stuff.
Continuing your education. The next steps to becoming a master. No matter how good the training is, you will need to continue your education.
The above list doesn't include the many days and weeks of practice needed. There is no way we can learn all of that in 3 days.
Those poor girls!
Now that I'm on the other side and understand my field so much better, I am mortified by this regular practice.
Live educators will look down their noses at online trainings but the truth is that a student has more time to learn all there is to learn and to become proficient with a blade when they are not limited by the time such as in a live class.
Another common complaint often heard from new graduates.
With only 3 days of jamming tons of information in (one of those days is spent microblading a model, so really 2 days to pack all that info in), you better believe you're going to have tons of questions, unfortunately, your questions will mostly come after the class. Good luck reaching your trainer while she's traveling to her next destination.
They were fabulous!
With everything I know, what would I do if I had to do it over?
I would get my Bloodborne Pathogen certificate online.