Updated: Feb 10
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.
It is a relatively easy career to get into, no prior experience and although every state is different most don't require a license just a body art practitioner's permit:
Proof of being 18 or older (a valid driver’s license or other photo ID)
Blood-borne 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.
Insurance companies, however, will require a certain number of hours of training in the form of a certificate of completion from a microblading school plus a Bloodborne Pathogen certificate before insuring you, and it would be foolish to practice without it.
Before you can reap the rewards of a new career, you will first need to 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.
Microblading trainings can cost anywhere from $3,000 all the way to $10,000 and that's not including travel, accomodations and work time taken off. There is no trying out the class before taking it (sitting in for a few hours) and there is never a refund offered if you are not happy with the class (and with good reason. Most students would ask for a refund).
The most I've seen one tricky trainer offer was 100% money back guarantee. When you read the fine print, it means you can take the course over again if there is availability and only if you did the 5-day course. Hardly a guarantee.
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 expert at making the trainings look and sound better than they actually are.
Of course the reviews are good, the bad ones get deleted.
They will make all kinds of veiled promises, like the 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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.
You'd be surprised how many schools are listed.
We Should Ask Ourself:
Is it reasonable to think that we can learn something of this complexity in just the 3 days or even 5 days most live courses offer?
Sure they will supply you with a live model and watch you while your microblade her, but is it fair to the new student and to the poor model to let them use a blade on her face after just a day and a half of training and certainly not enough practice on latex skins?
I cringe at the thought.
Even the fast learner will need weeks and maybe months of practice before ever attempting to microblade a live person.
To the new-comer who doesn't know how much there is to know, that may seem rational, but once
you start learning and doing it, you soon find out, as many of us did, that 3 or 5 days just isn't enough.
Of course it isn't, what worth learning ever is?
At the time I thought it was my fault. I thought I was just not good at it. Not a good learner but I soon heard tons of other students that felt the same way.
It takes months of practice to become good at making the strokes the right way using the right amount of pressure.
When choosing a school make sure these topics are covered:
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 clients 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 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 shading. The right shading blades and different shading techniques.
We must learn proper hygiene practices.
Table 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 a 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, 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.
No wonder so many of us, when done with our trainings, feel we've just made a mistake and wasted a lot of money.
The truth is, we did.
As a new student it didn't seem odd at all to be microblading a model while I had no experience, only a mild rudimentary knowledge of what I was supposed to do, and certainly not enough practice on latex skins.
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 nose 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 time such as in a live class.
Sure there is value in having a professional watch you as you do your first model. If nothing else, it's comforting to have the back-up just in case you are doing something wrong, but how helpful can it be if it comes too soon, before you even have a chance to really understand what you are doing?
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.
As a beginner I didn't have any questions until later when I started to understand all the details and nuances of microblading, but by then my instructor had moved on and was hard to reach. By the time she got around to responding I had forgotten the question and I had so many new questions that I felt bad bothering her when she was so obviously busy.
Another common complaint often heard from new graduates.
After paying $3,500 + $1,000 for additional tools that are inevitably sold at the end of every class
but aren't in the kit that comes with the class, I was left feeling duped, defeated and not knowing if
I should throw more money at this or to call it a wash.
They all say they will be there long after the course ends, but that wasn't true in my case or the case of so many students I hear from.
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.
My online mentors were much more available to me because they weren't busy traveling and setting up their next training. They answered almost all my questions within an hour or two and would even show me quick videos and graphs to explain. I learned so much more online then I did in my live course.
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.
I would buy the best online course I could find, take my time and get certified. (Remember to keep a record of the hours spent learning).
When I was ready, I would find an artist who's work I admire and I would pay them a fee to mentor me through a couple of models.
If I needed more I would buy more.
This would provide me with the absolute best training for a nominal amount.
What about a kit?
Microblading schools almost always advertise a free kit with the course but that's also misleading.
The kits are very much included in the price and part of why the courses cost so much.
Why aren't kits optional?
Must be that the schools probably make a hefty profit from them.
Having said that, almost all schools offer a kit, my preference is that it be optional.
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.
I ended up spending the last 3 years writing and developing a state-of-the-art, in depth online course complete with illustrations, videos, interactive quizzes and a 400-page training manual and workbook.
All at an amazingly affordable price.
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