Updated: Apr 21
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.
It is a relatively easy career to get into, with no prior experience necessary, and although every state is different, most don't require a license at all while some require a simple body art practitioner's permit which consists of:
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.
You can find your state's requirements by checking here.
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.
Live microblading trainings can cost anywhere from $3,000 all the way to $10,000 and that's not including travel, accommodations, and the work time taken off.
One of the drawbacks to taking one of these courses is that there is no trying out the class before buying it and there is never any kind of refund offered should you not be happy with the course (a high percentage of students are unhappy with the live course they've taken). The only guarantee I've been able to find is a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which is not a guarantee at all. You are just able to take the course as many times as you need. If you had to travel or miss work like most of us do when taking a course, this is usually not an option.
I did tons of research, read the reviews, asked all the right questions, paid a small fortune, and still walked out of my training feeling like I'd just made a huge mistake. This was my story and the story I most often heard from artists new to microblading.
Is it reasonable to expect to learn a new career in only 3 days or even 5 days most live courses offer?
Sure the school will supply you with a live model, but is it fair to the new student and to the poor model to let them use a blade on a person's face after just a day and a half of training and barely any practice? Those poor girls! I cringe at the thought.
I personally didn't learn anything from doing the one model in my training. I didn't know what I was doing or what to look for while microblading. Clearly, I wasn't ready! There is value in doing a live model, but only if and when you are ready.
Now that I'm on the other side and understand my field so much better, I am mortified by this regular practice.
100 hours = If we did 8 hours a day it would take 12 and half days
With everything I know, what would I do if I had to do it over?
I would buy the best online course I could find, take my time, and get certified.
I would make sure they offer trainer support and some kind of guarantee.
When I was ready, I would find an artist whose work I admire and I would pay them to guide me through a couple of models.
If I needed more time I would buy more.
This would provide me with the absolute best training for a nominal amount.
What about a kit?
Most schools will include a kit and sometimes even a workbook.
When choosing a school make sure these topics are covered:
We must learn how to draw the different brow shapes. There are 3 brow shapes and different arch heights. Make sure the school you pick doesn't teach just one shape. One shape can NOT suit all faces
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, so we know who to say yes to and who cannot be microbladed.
The before-care clients will need to know in order to prepare their skin to be microbladed. There are many products and supplements that must not be used prior to a microblading procedure. It's important to know what they are.
Then there are color theory and color corrections. We must learn all about pigments and skin undertones as well if we are to produce beautiful colors for the brows.
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.
Brow measuring. There are many different methods of measuring. You will need to learn more than one to find the one or ones you are most comfortable with. How many does your school teach?
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 because of time constraints).
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 ones to use before the blading and which ones during the procedure.
Pigment removal. How to remove the inevitable unwanted strokes.
Shading. The right shading blades and the different shading techniques.
Proper hygiene practices are crucial to keeping you and your client safe.
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 important. 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.
Understanding the healing process the client will go through and educating your client on how to care for their healing brows. This is very important since how the brows heal will determine how much pigment the client retains.
The insurance and legal stuff.
Continuing your education. The next steps to becoming a master.
Something I advise you to do before buying any course 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. You'd be surprised how many schools are listed.
I sincerely hope this article saves the newcomers from the pain and disappointment of feeling like they've just wasted hard-earned money while trying to better their lives.
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