Microblading is a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure that's been popular in the last few years. In fact, it's placed in the top 12 spots for the most researched minimally-invasive treatments in the past few years.
There's obviously lots of interest from the general public on this procedure, which means it can certainly be a lucrative career. But what exactly does microblading entail?
if you're interested in becoming a microblading artist, then read on. We'll describe the microblading process so you know what to expect.
Some Basic Information About Microblading
What you need to first understand is that microblading is a type of permanent cosmetics or permanent makeup. Because of this, it's very similar to what a tattoo artist does.
Although most people refer to it as "microblading," you may also hear people call it eyebrow embroidery, feather stroke brows, microstroking, 3D brows, or micropigmentation. In any case, they all mean the same thing: cosmetic tattooing. There are just very small differences to each procedure, such as a difference in pressure used or different techniques.
Why People Get Microblading
You might think just women get microblading, but the reality is, both men and women get it done. In fact, people of all ages enjoy this procedure.
This is because it can help them look and feel their best. It can help people fill in thin brows they may feel self-conscious about. Or it may help the elderly and/or people with disabilities to get beautiful brows without having to put in the effort themselves.
And many microblading artists don't just work on eyebrows. Many also offer microblading services for eyeliner, lip liner, and lip color. This enables clients to get a full face of permanent makeup so they won't have to invest as much time into their daily makeup routine.
As a microblading artist, if you offer those additional services, you can make a lot more. This is because it's a specialization and not every permanent makeup artist has these services available. This can cause clients to seek you out instead of your competition.
How Microblading Works
If you've ever gotten a tattoo or witnessed someone getting one, then you'll already have a basic understanding of how the microblading process works. Otherwise, read on to learn more about it.
With regular tattoos, artists will use a "gun," which is a machine in which they load up pigment and then inject it into the skin. But with microblading, the artist uses a smaller handheld tool instead.
The pigment is implanted manually. How exactly is this done?
Well, the handheld tool is equipped with a bunch of small disposable needles that are sterile. These are used to create the natural-looking strokes on the client's eyebrows.
The Microblading Process
When you receive a client, you'll first discuss what results they want. For example, some people want the microblading to look natural, while others want it to look as if they've applied an eyebrow pencil.
Once you've figured out what they want, then you select the right technique to achieve what your client wants. You can always prepare them with some topical numbing cream if they're afraid of pain.
Once you get started with the microblading process, it can take up to 2 hours to complete. Remember that you should never rush, so book ample time for each client for a more relaxed time.
After you're done, send your clients home with basic aftercare instructions; basically, they need to keep their eyebrows away from moisture for a week.
While results can last up to 3 years, your clients will need some touchups during that period. Expect to do these sessions for them every 6 months or so.
How to Become a Microblading Artist
After hearing how the microblading process works, maybe this has confirmed your interest in the industry and you want to become an artist. If you don't have a college degree, you may be worried that this is a career that's inaccessible because of its prerequisites.
But there's good news; you don't need a college degree to become a microblading artist. All you need is to become trained and certified appropriately and then you can either work for a salon or strike out on your own as a self-employed person.
The type of licensing you'll need to get will depend on which state you reside in and work in. Some will require very minimal training hours while others will require over 300.
Whatever the requirements are, you can get your microblading certification by taking a course, getting an apprenticeship, and then taking a certification test. You'll also need to take a bloodborne pathogens test.
Once you've completed all this, you can then focus on building your business.
Understanding the Microblading Process Will Make You a Better Artist
Now that you know how the microblading process goes, you'll be better at your future job. This article was intended to give you more insight into microblading so you can determine whether or not this is a career that speaks to you.
Don't just get into a job because you feel like it'll make you a lot of money. There's always a chance things may change in the future.
So you want to make sure you have a career where you not only make good money, but also want to show up to work every day. Otherwise, you may be stuck in a dead-end job or you may have to go through training (and certification) all over again just to switch to another career.
If you're thinking about becoming your own boss as a microblading artist, then read this post on the incredible advantages of self-employment.