All Obagi Products & Purchasing Guide for 2018: Pro’s & Con’s & More

Have you heard about the Obagi skin care line?

Do you want to know more about the products?

This guide will teach you basic information about all Obagi products including who should use which products, which products to avoid and which products are considered the best.

Let’s dive in: 


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Obagi: Medical Grade Skin Care

If you’ve spent any time researching high quality skin care then I’m sure you’ve at least heard of the Obagi skin care line

If not let me fill you in on the basics:

Obagi is a medical grade skin care line that was developed by a physician (Dr. Obagi to be exact) and it was designed to include high quality ingredients designed for medical spa’s and cosmetic physicians. 

Because it is a medical grade skin line, and it was intended to be prescribed by Doctors, some of their products actually contain pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

This only includes a small part of all Obagi products, as you might imagine, so not all are this way. 

But the fact that some products require a Doctors prescription is a testament to the efficacy and strength of some products. 

Really the only two ingredients that require a prescription include Tretinoin and Hydroquinone

Tretinoin being a Vitamin A derivative and Hydroquinone being a powerful skin lightener. 

Obagi also has other product lines available which include a “watered-down” version of some of these prescription products with more natural products designed to do the same thing. 

The idea with these products is to allow everyone to be able to use Obagi products and not just those who visit their Doctor! 

Obagi has been around since 1988 and is mostly found in Medical Spa’s, Plastic Surgeon offices and Cosmetic Dermatology offices

There are ways to get legitimate Obagi products through the internet (which we will discuss below) but up until recently it was hard to get them outside of these sources. 

With that background under your belt let’s talk about the specific of each product. 

The Best Obagi Products

Before we jump in let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of Obagi products in general. 

While Obagi does have some great products they certainly don’t have the “best in class” products in every single category. 

When it comes to cosmetic products there are pretty much basic categories and all major companies have their version in each category.

These categories include:

  • Vitamin C Serum
  • Skin Lightener
  • Acne Product line
  • Anti-Aging Product Line
  • Anti-Wrinkle Products
  • Other basics such as moisturizers and sun block

Almost every brand has some product that fits into these categories. 

The difference among the brands is the ingredients that they use (natural vs synthetic), the quality of the ingredients, the source of the ingredients and so on. 

You can expect that because of these variations certain brands are better at some things and worse at others. 

Obagi is no different!

It’s great in some ways and not so good in others. 

For instance:

If you were interested in anti-aging, reducing wrinkles and lightening your skin – then Obagi is the brand for you!

If you are interested in clearing up your skin from acne – then you may find better success with other products. 

Make sense? 

With that in mind we can break down some basic PRO’s and CON’s of using Obagi products: 


  • Very high quality ingredients
  • Well researched and scientifically verified ingredients
  • Great for anti-aging
  • Great for reducing wrinkles
  • Great for all skin types
  • Great for ages 20 and up


  • Expensive compared to other brands
  • Better products for those interested in acne
  • Non-organic based products
  • Products contain some synthetic ingredients
  • Powerful concentrations which may cause irritation in some sensitive people


Now that you have an idea of what Obagi is good for, let’s discuss the individual product lines.

#1. Obagi Retinol

Obagi retinol 1.0 cream

Retinol, along with Vitamin C serum, may be one of the best ingredients that you can put on your skin. 

Retinol is basically a derivative of Vitamin A that is designed to be used on your skin. 

Many clinical studies have shown that the application of Retinol (and tretinoin) reduce wrinkles, reduce fine lines and make the face look younger. 

Much of this effect seems to be mediated by the effect that Vitamin A has on skin cell turnover. 

Under normal circumstances it takes around 50-60 days for your skin to “turn over” and replace itself. 

When using Vitamin A (like retinol) this process is heavily accelerated and may go down to 21-28 days!

Basically your skin is turning over twice as fast and this effect seems to make the skin look and feel younger. 

In a nut shell that’s how it works, so how does Obagi retinol fit in here?

It turns out that not all Retinol products are created equal. 

In order to get the results that I just spoke about you need to make sure that you are using a product which has a HIGH enough concentration of Retinol in it. 

Unfortunately the guidelines for skin care are such that producers do NOT have to tell you how much of an ingredient is in their product. 

This means that hundreds of products may claim to contain retinol, but very few have enough of it in their formula to actually make a difference. 

Obagi is one of the few brands that actually does have enough which is why it can be very effective

One potential downside to using high quality ingredients (especially in this case) is that retinol containing products may actually cause irritation, erythema and dermatitis

This is a testament to the fact that they work, but it’s worth noting.

Sometimes when using Retinol products you may need to “ease” into the dosing and application to prevent the redness that may come. 

If this does happen it’s a sign that you are getting enough product and that it will work. 

But for sensitive people it may be a good idea to start out on a low dose (something like 0.5%). 

If you know you’ve used it before and haven’t had any problems then you should be fine using the 1.0%. 

What it does: 
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles (clinically proven)
  • Reduces photodamage from excessive sun exposure
  • Provides an anti-aging effect to the skin
  • Improves skin integrity
  • May help reduce and treat acne
Who is it designed for?
  • People interested in reducing wrinkles and the signs of aging
  • People who want to keep their skin looking young and healthy
  • Those people who have extreme damage to their skin from years of sun exposure
  • Those with acne
Does it work? 

Obagi Retinol is a high quality product and it tends to work for most people. 

One study (industry funded) showed that up to 90% of people who used Obagi retinol had some noticeable improvement in their skin and said they would continue to use the product. 

My experience suggests that it’s probably closer to 70-80%, but this is still a very high number! 

Where to get it: 

Learn more about using Obagi Retinol 0.5% hereLearn more about using Obagi Retinol 1.0% here

#2. Obagi Nu Derm System (6 Product Line)

Obagi nu derm 6 step system review

The Obagi Nu derm system is a 6 step (well actually 7 but the last product is optional) complete system designed for patients to help reduce the aging process. 

The product set includes a cleanser, a toner, a deep moisturizer, a skin lightener, a light weight lotion and exfoliator and sun block to top it off. 

The product set is designed to be prescribed by physicians and does include some products which require a physicians prescription. 

Recently some of the ingredients (in the hydroquinone product) have been changed to allow people to use them over the counter. 

The Obagi Clear was changed to include Arbutin vs Hydroquinone. 

Arbutin is a more natural skin lightener compared to hydroquinone which is a prescription strength skin lightener. 

The Obagi Nu derm system works great but the best part about the system is that it can be mixed and matched with other products. 

This means you don’t have to use all 6 steps in the system!

For instance:

If you already have a cleanser and a toner then you can bypass those parts of the product line and just get the skin lightener and exfoliator.

The power in this system is the fact that it covers all aspects of skin care. 

The biggest downside is that it requires a lot of up keep which means that you will be applying a lot of different creams, lotions and cleansers throughout the day. 

It absolutely works, though, if you can stick with it. 

You can read more about the individual products in this system and how to use them appropriately here

What it does: 
  • Helps correct hyperpigmentation
  • Reduces the aging process
  • Reduces the appearance of age spots and melasma
  • Improve the quality and texture of your skin
Who is it designed for?
  • Primarily designed for those with normal to dry skin
  • Seems to work well for aged skin (over 40 years old) – younger people may be able to get by with fewer products
Does it work? 

The Obagi Nu-Derm product line is an effective 6 step skin care system but the problem is the cost. 

This product is obviously designed for all products to be used with one another, but it is still possible to cherry pick certain products and mix and match their skin care line with other products from other brands. 

This is generally how I recommend that you use the Nu Derm system

If you don’t want to deal with that, or if you have enough money, then you can simply purchase the 6 step system. 

If you want to mix and match then I recommend starting with the Blender and the Clear Fx products which tend to be the “best” compared to other products in the line. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about the Obagi Nu Derm 6 Step System here

#3. Obagi Hydroquinone

Obagi-c rx system image and product line

Hydroquinone is a prescription strength formulation designed to help lighten the skin. 

It’s useful to counter such pigmentation issues like age spots, sun damage, freckles and melasma. 

And it turns out that this is exactly what most women want as they age. 

Instead of focusing on wrinkles, people tend to be more concerned with the overall TEXTURE and LOOK of their skin. 

As we age the texture becomes rough and spots start to speckle the face, hands and neck area. 

In many cases women can look much younger by focusing less on the wrinkles and more on the quality and color of their skin. 

That’s exactly what hydroquinone does. 

Hydroquinone is not available over the counter, though, but because Obagi products include prescription strength products it can be purchased through the Obagi-C Rx system. 

The downside to this option is that you will need to get this set (if you want a hydroquinone product) from a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon. 

If you don’t need the hydroquinone then you can try the non prescription option which is the Obagi Clear Fx product. 

This product contains Arbutin which is a plant based hydroquinone product that is not quite as strong but still may be effective for many people. 

What it does: 
  • Helps fight and reverse changes to skin color and texture that occur with photo damage and the aging process
Who is it designed for?
  • This product is primarily designed for women ages 50+ but it can be used effectively for those who want to PREVENT the inevitable changes that occur over time. 
Does it work? 


Hydroquinone is a prescription strength medication and it absolutely does work. 

The key to success is using a high enough strength – in this case you will want 4%. 

Using hydroquinone should be used with physician guidance, however, as you may need to cycle on and off of this product. 

The reason for this is that occasionally, if used incorrectly, your hyperpigmentation can come back. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about using Obagi Hydroquinone here

#4. Obagi 360 System (3 Product Line)

Obagi 360 3 step product line system

The Obagi 360 system is a smaller system designed specifically for younger adults (aged 20-40 years old). 

It’s like the Nu Derm system but smaller and more manageable for people who don’t quite need all of the bells and whistles of the Nu derm system. 

The 360 system contains an exfoliating cleanser, a retinol (0.5%) and sun block.

While pretty much everyone needs a cleanser (regardless of age) and pretty much anyone can benefit from retinol (at any age) it seems like a decent 3 step system. 

Unfortunately it’s kind of pricey for what it includes, and the best product in this system is no doubt the Retinol product. 

The 360 system may be good for younger patients, but it might just be better to individually purchase the Retinol and use another Cleanser/Toner combination from a different product set. 

The idea is great, but the 3 step system probably would have been better as a cleanser, toner and retinol combination. 

What it does: 
  • Helps the skin age gracefully
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you age
  • Helps fight break outs and acne
  • Prevents sun damage and photo damage
Who is it designed for?
  • Younger people (primarily around ages 20-40)
Does it work? 

Some people have success with this system while many prefer to mix and match other products. 

This package deal may be good for those people who have normal skin (oily or dry skin will probably have a problem with this combination) and just want an easy solution to take care of their skin. 

But if you are more cosmetically minded and you want to take much better care of your skin then an easy 4 step system would be a cleanser, toner, vitamin C serum and Retinol combo. 

If you want to try this system out then you might consider just using the Retinol product first and mixing it with your current cleanser. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about the Obagi 360 System here

#5. Obagi Eye Cream (ELASTIderm Eye Products)

Obagi eye cream elastiderm product line

This Obagi eye cream is pretty straightforward:

It contains a combination of Malonic acid and B vitamins which help nourish and firm up the skin. 

The result is fewer wrinkles and firmer skin. 

Malonic acid has been shown to help promote the growth of fibroblasts in the skin. 

We know that the decline in fibroblast activity may be involved with the decline in collagen which results in wrinkles and the changes in our skin we associate with aging. 

If we can improve fibroblast activity then maybe we can slow down the aging process. 

Make sense?

That is the idea behind Obagi eye cream. 

The B Vitamins are designed to help nourish the skin and we know that a deficiency in B vitamins often present with skin conditions such as erythema and rashes. 

What it does: 
  • Promotes skin “plumpness” by helping your skin reserve and hold water through special and clinically proven moisturizers
  • Promotes graceful aging through B vitamin complex
Who is it designed for?
  • Aging women who want to maintain a very youthful apperance
  • Those suffering from crows feet or wrinkles surrounding the eyes
  • Those seeking younger or firmer looking skin (young and “plump” skin)
  • Those who want smoother skin (especially around the eyes)
Does it work? 

Obagi ELASTiderm may work for many people but you have to consider your options and how much improvement you are looking for. 

Using facial creams and serums may only improve or reduce your wrinkles by up to 30% or so, compared to injectables and fillers which may reduce it up to 70-80%. 

Just make sure you have an idea of what your goals are before you purchase any product designed to help with your skin. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about Obagi Eye Cream here

#6. Obagi Vitamin C Serums

Obagi professional C 20 percent product

Along with Obagi Retinol, the Vitamin C serum may be one of Obagi’s best products. 

Vitamin C serum is another highly effective skin care product that should be a part of almost every skin care regimen. 

Vitamin C has been clinically proven to help reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture and naturally lighten and brighten the skin. 

The trick to getting all of these benefits has to do with how the Vitamin C serum is formulated. 

In order to get these benefits your vitamin C serum must meet the following criteria: Be in the ascorbic acid form, have a pH of around 3.5, have a concentration of up to 20% and be contained in container which blocks sunlight. 

As you might have guessed many products claim to be effective but they don’t meet the following criteria. 

This is one of the reasons for the price discrepancy among Vitamin C serums. 

If you decide to use Vitamin C serum (which is a great idea!) make sure you use the right kind. 

Obagi’s Professional C serums fit the bill and they are highly effective. 

Another benefit to using these serums is that they come in different concentrations, ranging from 10% to 20%. 

This is helpful because some people may need to titrate up their dose over time to prevent irritation of the skin. 

What it does: 
  • Reverses the natural signs of aging (equivalent to Retinol)
  • Improves collagen production
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Treats and prevents acne
  • Reduces inflammation and inflammatory conditions such as rosacea
Who is it designed for?
  • Those interested in reducing the signs of aging and taking great care of their skin
  • Those willing to invest in their skin for the future
Does it work? 

Yes, Obagi professional C serum will work just as well (if not better) than other industry leading vitamin C serums. 

This isn’t true of all Obagi products, but it is true of the professional C serum. 

When using Vitamin C serum make sure that you start out on a low strength (10% in this case) and then slowly increase each time you run out of the bottle with a goal to get to 20% vitamin C concentration. 

If you find that you react with redness, dry skin or irritation then reduce your application down to every other day or go back down in concentration. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about 10% Professional C Serum hereLearn more about 15% Professional C Serum hereLearn more about 20% Professional C Serum here

#7. Obagi CLENZIderm System

Obagi clenziderm 3 step system for fighting acne

The Obagi Clenziderm 3 step system is specifically designed to fight acne in young teens and 20-30 year old adults. 

You can essentially compare this 3 step system by Obagi to the 3 step system by Proactiv (except this system is much better in my opinion). 

The system contains a cleanser, an exfoliator and a moisturizer. 

The trick here is that instead of using heavy moisturizers (which can actually promote acne) it uses a lightweight lotion that contains Benzoyl Peroxide which helps fight bacteria on the skin

The initial cleanser, as well as the exfoliator, both contain salicylic acid which also helps fight acne. 

The 3 step system is definitely worth considering if you are a young adult or teen that is suffering from acne and looking for a high quality substitute to the potentially damaging systems such as Proactiv. 

What it does: 
  • Improves exfoliation of the skin
  • Promotes healthy bacteria concentrations on the skin
  • Reduces inflammation
Who is it designed for?
  • Teenagers suffering from acne
  • Young adults suffering from acne
Does it work? 

Like any acne product it may not cure YOUR acne. 

This system is effective against acne which is the result of an imbalance of bacteria on the skin but will most likely not help with hormonal acne. 

Most people, around 70% of those people who try it, see improvement within several weeks when using this system. 

The key to success is to use it as indicated and to not miss a day in the regimen. 

Where to get it:

Learn more about the Obagi Clenziderm System here

Obagi Buying Guide – Where can you get these Products?

Normally Obagi products were only available through authorizer retailers who have contracted with Obagi. 

And because Obagi was not only difficult to get, but very effective, many knock-off and counterfeit products started to pop up on places like Amazon and Ebay. 

This made purchasing Obagi products online difficult to say the least. 

More recently, however, Amazon has partnered with certain brands (Obagi included) and now certain buyers on Amazon are considered authorized retailers which do indeed sell the legitimate products from Obagi. 

These people can be identified by looking for the “Professional Beauty” or the “Luxury Beauty” tag under the Price area. 

If you see that sign then you know the product is legitimate!

If you prefer, though, you can still go into your local Medical Spa, Cosmetic Dermatology office or Plastic Surgeon to get these products. 

Either way I hope you are able to find these awesome products and get the results you have been looking for! 

Wrapping it up

Are Obagi products the best around?

Not necessarily, but I would be lying if I said they didn’t have some great products. 

When it comes to your skin there is no substitute for simple tried and true trial and error. 

If you are serious about improving the quality of your skin then please make sure that you don’t take my word, but that you start practicing with various products. 

This will help you find exactly what YOU need. 

I know from my experience that I’ve found a regimen that works for me – but I’m always trying new things as well. 

But now I want to hear from you:

Have you used Obagi products before?

Did they work for you?

Why or why not?

Leave your comments below! 

How to Use Obagi Clear as a Skin Lightener & More

Are you interested in lightening your skin or reducing the appearance of age?

If so then the Obagi Clear product may be what you are looking for. 

Learn more about using Obagi clear including who should use it, how it works, why it works and the side effects associated with this facial cream:


What is Obagi Clear?

Obagi clear is the name of one of the products in the 6 step Obagi Nu Derm system. 

If you haven’t read about that system I would recommend you take a look at it here. 

The obagi nu derm system is a 6 step system designed to target all aspects of the aging process and really helps to promote healthy vibrant skin. 

Obagi clear is the third step in this system and its job is to help skin tone. 

It does this by helping to lighten the skin through some very special ingredients. 

But before we talk about the Obagi Clear we should take a few minutes to talk about what Obagi is in general. 

If you’ve ever been to a medical spa or dermatology office then no doubt you’ve heard or have seen Obagi products. 

Obagi is a set of cosmetic and dermatologic products created by medical professionals which contain scientifically backed ingredients that have been rigorously tested for efficacy. 

What does that mean for you?

Basically it means that Obagi products have the scientifically tested ingredients and they have been shown to be effective. 

Does that mean they will work for everyone?

Well, not necessarily – but it means that there is a HIGH chance that they will! 

So with that in mind let’s talk about the specific of Obagi clear. 

Arbutin vs Hydroquinone for Skin Lightening

As I mentioned previously the goal of using Obagi Clear is to help lighten the skin. 

But why is this even a concern?

It may surprise you to know that the #1 concern for aging women is NOT wrinkles

It’s actually the change in skin texture and the addition of age spots.

Now this makes sense if you think about it. 

There is a huge focus on the use of cosmetic dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle products such as Botox or Juvederm. 

Even if you didn’t want to use those you could still consider the use of laser therapy or over the counter hydration wrinkle filler serums that actually do improve wrinkles. 

So from that perspective it seems like the wrinkle issue has been covered really well. 

But what about skin texture and color?

That one is a little more obscure and even though many women want a change they may not even be sure how to get it. 

Traditionally lightining and brightening the skin was the job of high quality Vitamin C serum or other plant based products such as Kojic Acid – but these may not be effective for everyone. 

This is where Obagi clear steps in:

Obagi clear contains an ingredient known as Arbutin. 

Arbutin acts directly on the melanocytes in your skin and PREVENTS the formation of new melanin or new pigment by blocking the tyrosinase enzyme

If you don’t care about the science so much let me break it down:

Basically your body creates melanin which you can consider the pigment of your skin when it is exposed to certain conditions – sunlight, UV light, age, etc. 

Tyrosinase is a critical enzyme in this process and if you can block this enzyme then you can REDUCE the amount of pigment being created. 

Make sense?

So that’s exactly what Arbutin does. 

The awesome part about arbutin is that it is a naturally occuring plant based substance which comes from the bearberry plant. 

This is beneficial because most plant based products tend to be much less irritating! 

If you’ve spent any time researching your skin you are probably aware of another skin lightener known as Hydroquinone. 

You can think of hydroquinone as a much stronger version of arbutin but one that requires a prescription from your Doctor and one that may cause irritation in certain patients.

Hydroquinone is definitely worth knowing about, though, because it may be effective in many people. 

One of the potential downsides of using hydroquinone is that once you stop using it your pigmentation issues may return which means you need to cycle on and off this product. 

But does that mean you shouldn’t use it?

Not necessarily, like anything you want to make sure that you find what works best for YOUR body and it may take a little bit of trial and error. 

So going back to Arbutin for a minute, what conditions will it help and who should use it? 

I’ve provided a list of potential people and conditions that may benefit from the use of Arbutin found in Obagi clear: 

  • Those with sun spots or age spots
  • Those suffering from medical conditions such as Melasma
  • Patients with freckles that they would like to minimize
  • People with hyperpigmentation from healing acne or cystic acne
  • Ruddy texture often associated with age
  • And other skin conditions which cause pigmentation or color changes to the skin

Can Obagi Clear be Used Alone?

This is another frequent question that I hear. 

And it makes perfect sense. 

If Obagi Clear is part of a 6 step system then can it be used by itself?

And the answer is a resounding yes. 

Almost all of the Obagi products in the Nu Derm system can be used and mixed and matched with other products outside of Obagi and they still work quite well. 

In fact that is generally what I recommend to people who are just starting out. 


Because it would be silly to assume that only one company has the BEST product in every category!

That’s not true by a long shot. 

And this problem is further complicated by the fact that each person is unique and different. 

So the bottom line is you may want to try just 1 or 2 of the Obagi Nu derm system before you fully commit to it. 

Obagi Clear Ingredient List

Active ingredients (these are the ingredients that make Obagi clear work): 

Inactive ingredients (these ingredients help create the texture, smell and help stabilize the active ingredients): 

  • Water
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Glycerin
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Saponins
  • Sodium metabisulfate
  • BHT
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Butylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben

Obagi products do tend to be quite effective but it is worth noting that they do contain many chemical ingredients. 

If you are more naturally inclined and like to stick to organic or plant based facial products then this may not be the product for you!

This is also true if you have HIGHLY sensitive skin – you may want to skin to plant based serums and creams. 

Side Effects & What to Expect

In general Obagi clear is very well tolerated and has few side effects. 

Very rarely some people may actually notice an increase in pigmentation (this is a very rare side effect). 

Other individuals with very sensitive skin may break out with rashes or bumps on their face. 

These side effects are rare but do happen and they can be completely eliminated when you stop using the cream. 

Where to get Obagi Clear

Traditionally Obagi products were only available through a medical provider. 

As a company Obagi does their best to prevent counterfeit products and limits selling the product to certain third parties. 

In the past that meant that if you wanted to purchase Obagi you needed to go to your local Med Spa to get it. 

That isn’t the case anymore. 

Now there are verified and legitimate third party distributors on Amazon that sell the real product. 

You can identify these legitimate third parties by looking for the “professional beauty” tag underneath the price tag.

I’ve provided a direct link to make it easier for you or you can search for it by yourself if you prefer!

Overview of Obagi Clear Fx

Why I Like it:

  • Natural skin lightener which isn’t as strong as Hydroquinone
  • Can be combined with other products such as Vitamin C serum to promote healthy skin
  • Dislike: Some chemicals in the product which may not be suitable for highly sensitive skin. 

Why it works:

  • Contains Arbutin and Vitamin C which have a lot of scientific evidence to support their use in anti-aging
  • Also contains alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid to promote  
  • Vitamin E and Vitamin C promote healing of the skin by acting as anti-oxidants to prevent sun damage
  • Arbutin promotes melanin suppression by limiting tyrosinase activity

How to use it:

  • This cleanser can be used in both the AM and the PM after cleansing and toning -> it can also be combined with vitamin C serum
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • *Note: This product does contain sulfites so you should not use this product if you have a known sulfite allergy

Obagi nu derm clearSee other reviews

Final Thoughts

Does Obagi clear work?

The answer is yes and it’s most likely due to the combination of arbutin and Vitamin C which both promote the same thing – skin lightening. 

While it is a very effective serum to help with hyperpigmentation syndromes it is not the only product with arbutin in it

Make sure that you spend time evaluating your skin and finding the best product for your face! 

This may take some trial and error but you will get there over time. 

Now I want to hear from you:

Have you used Obagi clear before?

Did it work for you to lighten your skin?

Why or why not? 

Leave your comments below! 

15 Must Have Items in Your Microblading Kit

This is our list of must haves in your microblading kit – learn more about which items made the list and which didn’t in this guide.

The items in your microblading kit can either help you create impressive and beautiful brows or potentially hinder your performance. 

Finding high quality ingredients is therefore a must if you want to build a successful business:


What you Need in your Microblading Kit

Chances are high that if you’ve undergone traditional microblading training that you were given some sort of practice kit to help get you started. 

Changes are also high that that kit may not have all of the things that you will ultimately need!

Some of the items necessary to provide superior microblading results can be expensive. 

When trainers are creating their kits they may have a tendency not to include some of the higher quality items. 

That means you need to learn which items are high quality on your own! 

That’s where this guide steps in. 

But first let’s talk about price:

How much will a microblading kit run me?

You can most likely purchase an ENTIRE microblading kit plus practice materials for right around $500

In that price I am also including a massage bed, an overhead light and a ring light to help with your before and after pictures. 

If you already have those items because you’ve been doing other cosmetic procedures then the price will most likely drop down to $200 to $300 depending on how much inventory you purchase.

In most cases I recommend that you start your inventory with enough supplies to last for at LEAST 30 clients. 

This is sort of the number that you should expect to be doing as you get started and 30 represents a solid number which is required to hone your microblading skills. 

It’s also a great starting point to help build your microblading business

All-in-One Microblading Kit vs Individual Items

What about those all in on kits? Do they work?

I’m sure by now you’ve also seen some already put together microblading kits that are for sale. 

These kits can be a useful tool when starting out, but I don’t think that they contain all of the supplies that you will eventually need. 

Another downfall to these kits is that they don’t really give you the opportunity to try out new products to see what fits your style the best. 

Like anything in life you will most likely find that you are attracted to certain products because of the way that they look or how they feel while you are using them. 

If you purchase a microblading kit that is already put together then you are using the preferences of that particular microblader. 

This isn’t necessarily a problem, but you will most likely want to expand out and try new products over time. 

In addition these kits don’t often come with what I consider to be some microblading necessities that you need whenever you are performing a procedure on another person. 

These basics include sterile gloves, face masks, biohazard bags and so on. 

These basic items you will need no matter what, so if you have to buy those individually then why get a kit that doesn’t contain them to begin with?

Microblading Equipment for your Microblading Kit

Through trial and error we’ve come up with a list of 15 items that should be in every single microblading kit. 

Please note that you might find you like certain items that are not on this list but at least consider that you need supplies in every single category. 

When relevant we’ve included our favorite brands that provide great results.

#1. Microblading Blades

First on the list is microblading blades!

If you’ve ever used low quality blades you know the importance of finding the right blade. 

Some blades seem to have a consistent drag which can cause you to work harder and potentially lead to mistakes while microblading. 

Using a high quality blade will cut back on these mistakes and help you get better results. 

If you’re serious about microblading you’ll need 3 sets of blades: #7, #12 and #14. 

Are these blades kinda pricey?

Yes, but they are definitely worth it. 

It may seem counter intuitive but if you can improve your results then you can increase the price that you charge which will more than make up for an increase in overhead. 

You can find our picks below: 

Learn more about #7 blades hereLearn more about #12 blades hereLearn more about #14 blades here

#2. Numbing Cream

Zensa numbing cream for microblading

Next on the list (and ultra important) is numbing cream!

This cream is a necessity if you want to provide your clients with comfort during the procedure

Some artists choose to not use numbing cream probably because they don’t realize that it’s available without a prescription from your Doctor. 

You don’t have to do this. 

You can find high quality numbing cream on the internet which is perfectly legitimate. 

When using numbing cream make sure you find something with at least 5% lidocaine. 

If you can get numbing cream from a doctor such as BLT which includes both lidocaine and tetracaine then you should, but if you don’t have that option available then at least get lidocaine. 

You’ll also want to use barrier film (more on that below) which will help increase absorption and even further reduce the pain your clients feel! 

Learn about microblading numbing cream here

#3. Box Gloves

latex free gloves for microblading

This one isn’t a fun one necessarily but it’s still a necessity!

You have to protect yourself and since you are performing a procedure which may result in bleeding you need to make sure you are using gloves. 

Stick to gloves that are latex free (or you can get another latex free box if you want) because you never want to be in a situation where your client has a latex allergy and you don’t have any latex free gloves!

You can prevent this problem from ever happening by purchasing and using latex free gloves.

These are the medical grade gloves that I use and love: 

Learn more about Latex free gloves here

#4. Microblading Pigment

If you are doing microblading then obviously you will need microblading pigment!

Make sure to get the right type of pigment and have multiple color sets available so you can always match your pigment to the skin tone of your client. 

Using the right high quality pigment will help reduce discoloration of your results and will help increase the longevity of your brows. 

Learn about microblading pigment here

#5. Barrier Film

Barrier film is supposed to be used in conjunction with your numbing cream. 

Barrier film helps occlude your numbing cream to the face and increases the absorption of numbing cream and reduces the amount of time you have to wait for your clients to get numb. 

This not only helps the experience for your client but can reduce the amount of down time you have between clients and therefore increase your profitability!

Using barrier film is easy:

You apply numbing cream to the brow area and then place the barrier film over it (make sure to cut the film so that it doesn’t get in their eyes, nose or mouth!). 

Then you wait until your client is numb! 

Learn more about barrier film here. 

#6. Microbrushes

Microbrushes are like the jack of all tools when it comes to microblading.

They can be used to push pigment around, to help apply numbing gel/cream, to clean up the brows and so on. 

If you are doing microblading make sure you have PLENTY of these little guys to go around. 

Consider this a microblading staple. 

Learn more about microbrushes here

#7. Chuse Manuel Pen

You can’t microblade without a microblading pen!

You’ll want to spend some time finding a high quality pen with the type of handle that fits your hand and style. 

Your pen and the grip is very important to your overall results. 

I like this pen, but make sure you look at some options to find that one that works for you: 

Learn more about manuel microblading pens here

#8. Brow Stencils

While not absolutely required these are still included here because they can be a huge help. 

Brow stencils can really help increase the flow of your work and the efficiency, especially in clients who don’t have eyebrows. 

You definitely need to learn how to create a brow shape just out of the existing set of brows, facial structure and so on – but once you have this down you can use stencils to help improve productivity. 

Brow stencils can help give an outline of the shape that you are looking for and cut down on shaping time. 

Definitely don’t use them as a crutch, though!

It would be similar to smashing a circle into a square peg, it just won’t work for every client. 

But it never hurts to have them on hand for those clients that they do work for. 

If you do decide to get stencils make sure you get plenty of outlines, shapes and sizes. This will give you options and increase the diversity of your brows! 

Learn more about brow stencils here

#9. Tinkle Razor

The Tinkle razor is one of my favorites and I use it to help clean up the brows and get rid of stray hairs before the microblading begins. 

My clients also love them because I always give the Tinkle Razor to them after the procedure so they can keep their brows nice and tidy after they leave. 

These little guys are quite cheap and your clients will love them! 

Learn more about the Tinkle Razor here

#10. Pigment Rings

Pigment rings are another staple that simply help to improve your efficiency. 

The ring will go on your finger and you place your pigment in the ring. 

This allows for quick application of pigment during the microblading process. 

There isn’t much else to say here, just make sure you get them. 

Learn more about pigment rings here

#11. Measuring Calipers

Measuring calipers are another must if you are microblading. 

They help you identify ratios on the face, find spacing for the brows and create your shape. 

Learning and understanding how to use calipers should have been taught to you during your training course. 

There are different kinds of calipers but I like these ones: 

Learn more about measuring calipers here

#12. Brow Shaping Pencil

Your brow shaping pencil helps you draw the shape on the face before the procedure actually happens!

It’s important that you find a pencil which will stay on the brow through the numbing process so that you can use your shape to guide the procedure!

Don’t make the mistake of spending 30+ minutes creating a shape on the face with a pencil only to have it washed away or smudged with the application of numbing cream. 

Learn more about shaping pencils here

#13. Wipes

Wipes serve to keep your work place clean and can be used on the face of your client to wipe off the brow pencil, clean up the skin and so on. 

Learn more about wipes here

#14. Face Masks

Face masks should be a staple because they will help protect you and keep you from breathing on your client while you work!

You don’t want them to smell your breath and you don’t want to be distracted by them either!

Using a mask will also protect your face and may help to reduce infection. 

Learn more about face masks here

#15. Alcohol Pads

Alcohol pads should be used to clean the skin BEFORE you start blading it. 

Alcohol wipes help to reduce the burden of bacteria on the skin and may therefore help reduce the risk of infection. 

You’ll notice in the medical world that before anything enters the skin – think about shots, blood draws and so on – nurses and Doctors will apply alcohol to the area. 

You should be following these best practices because it makes you look more professional and it reduces your risk of complication. 

Use medical grade alcohol wipes: 

Learn more about alcohol pads here

Wrapping it up

If you are a microblader make sure that you use high quality products and equipment. 

It may cost a little bit more money up front but it will pay off in the long run as you provide superior results to your clients. 

But now I want to hear from you:

What supplies do you absolutely love?

Which products have you found out that make your life easier?

Leave a comment below to share with other microbladers! 

How to Build and Market Your Microblading Business (8 Tips & Tricks)

Are you new to microblading?

Are you looking to build your microblading business? 

Even if you aren’t maybe you are wondering why some artists seem to be overflowing with clients while you may be struggling. 

In this guide you will learn the most effective ways to market and build your microblading business and how you can stand apart from the crowd. 


Quick NavigationMarketing Your Services#1. Be Good at What you Do#2. Focus on a Few Things you Do Really well#3. Before & After Photos #4. Organic Traffic & Your Website#5. Facebook#6. Instagram#7. Word of Mouth Referrals#8. The GrindThe System that Works

Building a Microblading Business

Microblading is an amazing and new opportunity which can help you to build a primary or secondary income stream. 

This is especially true if you are already in the cosmetic industry!

Chances are if you are reading this then you’ve already been through microblading training and your next step is to build your business. 

If you haven’t gone through this step then make sure to check out our training program which teaches you the basics of microblading and also how to market your business (much of this article is from our marketing and business building strategy in our course). 

So how do you go about building your business?

Well first we need to talk about what marketing actually means. 

Marketing is basically summed up as getting yourself out there and showing people what you do. 

Obviously this is a very broad topic which is why you need to understand specific strategies on how to make it happen and we will discuss the specifics below. 

What you need to understand is that you HAVE to be working on building your business. 

It’s NOT enough to simply get training and then have a “if you build it they will come” mentality – because they won’t come!

You need to get ready to get out of your comfort zone, start hustling and building your business

All of the strategies that we are going to discuss are very effective and they are the exact same strategies that we’ve used to build our business. 

Marketing Your Services

There are two main ways to market your services:

Active marketing and passive marketing

Active marketing requires A LOT of time and energy on your part. 

While passive marketing is something that sits back and happens while you aren’t working on it. 

It’s important that you have a mix of both of these types of marketing. 

As you start building your microblading business you will need to focus more on the active marketing and then switch to passive marketing as you grow. 

With this concept in mind let’s talk about the specifics: 

#1. Be Good at What you Do

The first step is to simply be good at what you do. 

All of these strategies that we are going to discuss will only work if you are already skilled and confident in your services. 

If you aren’t then you should go back to the basics and start practicing drawing your brows or maybe consider taking another or more comprehensive training course. 

When it comes to the cosmetic industry you have to realize that most people will judge you based on the quality of your work. 

This quality is immediately evident in your portfolio which includes before and after photos! 

If the quality of your work is not up to par then it doesn’t matter how many eyeballs you get looking at your work, none of those people will want to work with you. 

For this reason the number 1 step is always to make sure that you are GOOD at what you do. 

If you aren’t spend your time and energy on improving your skill before moving on. 

If you are someone who is already a cosmetologist, registered nurse or tattoo artist then you may be able to lean on your other services for some time while you build up your existing business. 

But don’t take this as an opportunity to NOT practice microblading. 

#2. Focus on a Few Things you Do Really well

This next step is relevant only for people who are ALSO doing other procedures. 

Most people who become microbladers are already doing other things such as eyelash extensions, hair, facials, peels, dermaplaning, microneedling and so on. 

If you fall into this category then you need to make sure that you focus on only a few things. 

It may be tempting to offer a wide array of services, but most people get overwhelmed with multiple options. 

Instead you should focus on a business model which outlines only very specific services and focus on doing those services incredibly well. 

This is the same business model used by companies like Apple and In-and-out Burger

If you attempt to build up more than one service at a time then you will only slow down the growth of ALL services. 

Instead focus on ONE service and build that. 

I recommend you do this with microblading first because the cost/hour is high and will allow you to focus on other things at a later time. 

#3. Before & After Photos 

The next most important step is to display only very high quality before and after pictures. 

Before and after pictures will be the lifeblood of your microblading business because they showcase your work in your portfolio. 

You probably know before and after pictures are important, and we will talk about how to show these off later, but here I want you to understand about the quality of these pictures. 

The microbladers that you see with thousands of followers on instagram have AMAZING photos right? 

These people are not simply taking photos with their phone and posting them. 

They are actually crafting high quality images using proper lighting and a high quality camera. 

This means that you should be investing in some basic equipment to help you get these high quality photos. 

It may seem like an extra expense but it’s an expense that you shouldn’t wait for. 

Spending money on high quality equipment will help you build your business faster by helping you take better photos and by increasing referrals to your business.

If you aren’t familiar with getting high quality photos then here is what you’ll need: 

  • Ring Light – The ring light will help illuminate the face, reduce shadows and provide perfect lighting for before and after photos. You can tell if someone else used a ring light in their images because you can often see a ring in their eyes in the picture! 
  • High Quality Camera (Iphone 6+ should work or similar) – Most cameras nowadays provide very high quality images and that includes phones. Even having a decent camera is sufficient as long as you have awesome lighting. 
  • Consistent Background (or White Background using white stock paper) – When taking pictures think about how you want to brand your business. That means using a consistent background or location to take your photos. 

Make sure you spend some time practicing before your clients come so you can easily and quickly get both before and after pictures. 

Also never let a client leave your studio without getting these pictures! This should be top priority for you

#4. Organic Traffic & Your Website

You probably know that it’s important to have a website, but do you know why?

How did you end up on this page?

Did you search for it in your browser? Did the result pop up that interested you?

That’s the exact same way that MANY people find what they are looking for! 

This process is known as organic traffic and the vast majority of this traffic occurs through google. 

Let me give you an example:

Many of your prospective clients are typing in something like this: “Microblading + the name of their city”. 

So for Arizona clients they are often searching for “microblading mesa”. 

What pops up when they search?

You can see that several results all pop up and these are all local businesses. 

organic traffic example for building a microblading business

What you may not have realized is that it’s not an accident that people are up in the higher spots and it doesn’t have to do with reviews. 

Having a website, and using it correctly, will help you get to the top of that list and you will automatically show up for some of these keywords that people are searching for. 

This is a type of passive marketing and it’s something that you want to have for your business. 

You can basically sit back and watch as people continually find your website and call/text you for appointments. 

The problem is that it isn’t super easy to set up and so many artists either don’t have a website or they don’t have a very good one. 

Simply having a high quality website will put you in a different league and really set you apart from the rest. 

#5. Facebook

Now we finally get into social media. 

Social media is a great way to attract new clients but it’s also something that requires a lot of time and effort. 

You need to constantly be uploading new photos, adding new posts, engaging with your audience and so on. 

For this reason you want to stick to the social media platforms that work best for visually oriented businesses (like instagram). 

Does that mean that facebook is not worth it?

No, not at all, but it’s not the platform that you want to spend most of your time on. 

You want to be using facebook appropriately by creating a business account, uploading before and after pictures to build your portfolio, creating business information on the page (hours of operation, services provided and so on). 

Facebook is great because google will crawl the information you put on your business and make sure that it matches information other places on the internet. 

So make sure that you put this information in CORRECTLY!

And also make sure you don’t use your personal account as your “business account”. 

One potential downside to using facebook is that you may innocently log on to post photos or update your business information and inadvertently be sucked into your news feed or something else!

This is one reason using facebook is also potentially a bad idea. 

#6. Instagram

Instagram is probably the king (or queen) of social media if you are in microblading. 

Instagram is primarily a visual social media platform which works out great for anyone who is in a field where it’s easy to show off your business with pictures. 

Microblading fits the bill perfectly!

If you are a microblader you NEED to be on instagram. 

It is one of the easiest ways to build your business as you get started. 

The problem with instagram?

Just like facebook instagram will soon be reducing the REACH of all of your posts if you have a business account

What does that mean?

Well let’s make it simple. 

Let’s say that you have 1,000 followers on instagram. 

If you post a picture you would assume that your picture would be shown to all of those 1,000 followers, right?

Well instagram is limiting that reach down dramatically so if you post a photo it may only show to a small fraction of that total number, something like 50%

Facebook has done the same thing with business accounts over time to the point now that only around 4-6% of your audience will see anything that you post. 

Instagram (now owned by facebook) is most likely following this pattern so you should expect this reach to decline over time. 

In our example that means that out of 1,000 followers only 50 to 60 people may actually see your business posts. 

Why does instagram do this?

Because they want you to pay them money to boost your post. 

Because of this I recommend that you don’t heavily invest in only one marketing method! 

Because at any time instagram or facebook can change their policies and change your business overnight. 

If you have all of these marketing strategies in place then you are protected against changes. 

#7. Word of Mouth Referrals

If you’ve been in business for any length of time then you know that word of mouth referrals are the absolute best type of referrals that you can get

These clients come in ready to get the procedure done and they usually have very few questions. 

These type of clients come after talking to or seeing your results from OTHER people. 

The beauty about these types of referrals is that they require very little effort on your part!

word of mouth referrals for microblading business

All you have to do is provide super high quality work and beautiful brows and your clients will keep coming. 

The downside to this type of referral is that it is VERY slow and takes a lot of time to build up. 

It’s also difficult to get a steady stream of clients from this source of referral traffic alone. 

But your goal should be to have automated marketing systems in place that help drive new clients into your business which you can then have them provide you with more referrals through word of mouth. 

This system is the ultimate system that you should be setting up, but just realize that it can take years for it to kick in and become 100% autonomous. 

#8. The Grind

This is one of the more important steps that we are going to discuss today. 

And while it isn’t exactly a marketing strategy it is still VERY important nonetheless!

The grind is a reference to the fact that working on your business can sometimes wear you down, but the key to success is to grind it out and to hustle. 

Just remember this:

Many people will start a business but very few actually succeed. 

The ones that succeed are the ones that work at it every single day. 

Even just a little bit, but the key is that you can’t stop. 

If you stop putting work into building your business then it simply won’t grow and you will stay where you are now. 

So what does the grind mean?

It means that you grind out the marketing techniques that we’ve discussed above until you start to see results. 

It may take months to start to see real improvement but they will come. 

The System that Works

I can vouch that this system does work. 

The key to success is putting in the time and pushing yourself to continually grow. 

I’m in the process of creating a marketing video series and guide that is designed to walk you through these steps to make this process easier.

It includes how you use facebook appropriately, how to use instagram, how to get more word of mouth referrals, how to incentivize your clients to leave reviews and much more!

If you are interested in learning more about this program please leave a comment below so I can put you on the list and let you know when it’s available. 

My goal here is to help you along your journey and I want you to be successful and happy and do as many brows as you possibly can!

Now I want to hear from you guys:

How has building your business been going?

Are you seeing results?

What areas do you need to improve on?

Leave your comments below!  

What is Microblading Shading? Semi-Permanent Make-Up for Your Brows

Are you interested in microblading?

Have you heard about microblading shading?

This post will teach you everything you need to know about microblading shading including which people should consider getting it, the pros and cons of this procedure and who shouldn’t get it done.

Let’s dive in: 


What is Microblading Shading?

Microblading shading is a similar but separate technique when compared to microblading. 

Microblading is the art of placing strokes into the eyebrow area in an attempt to make the brows look more “real”. 

Microblading shading is a complementary procedure that is often done in combination with microblading, but it results in a completely different look. 

Microblading shading is a “stipling” technique where the microblade is pushed directly down against the skin (as opposed to pulling or dragging the microblade across your skin). 

The result is a beautiful stipling of the eyebrow which creates a powder-filled result

Eyebrows that have been shaded often look like you have your make-up on 24/7. 

This can be great for someone people, but not for others!

Because of how shading makes your brows look you should seriously consider the pros and cons of this procedure before you get it done. 

And remember:

Not all microbladers offer this procedure. 

Microblading shading is what I consider to be a more advanced technique when compared to microblading. 

Most of the time artists who know how to use the shading technique have taken extra courses or have taken advanced classes to get this training. 

So if you know that you want shading (because you’ve seen the before and after pictures) then you may want to look for an artist who can do both!

Microblading shading often costs a little bit more as well. 

On average it adds an extra 30 minutes to your microblading procedure and usually increases the total cost of the microblading procedure. 

Artists may charge an extra $50 to $200 for shading

This has to do with the increased skill required to complete the shading, the increase in time required and the increase in pigment, etc. 

One thing to note about microblading shading is that it can be quite painful when compared to regular microblading. 

For this reason (and we will discuss this below) you may want to think twice about this if your microblader does not use anesthetic cream or if you are notoriously difficult to “numb”. 

So with that in mind let’s talk more about microblading shading: 

Why should you get your brows shaded?

So should everyone who is getting microbladed get shading done?

No, not necessarily. 

There are several reasons you would want to and several you would not want to. 

Understanding these conditions and reasons will help you make the best possible choice for you. 

The end goal of getting your brows microbladed is to make your brows look amazing and for you to love them. 

The last thing you want to do is do something your artist wants to do but something that you don’t feel comfortable doing. 

If you are considering getting your brows shaded then read these pros and cons. 

#1. It looks like you have make-up on 24/7.

The first reason to get microblading shading is because you absolutely love the look of your eyebrows with make up on them. 

You have to realize that the shading technique will make your brows look “done up” 24/7. 

That means if you don’t have make-up on, if you go to the gym, if you hit the grocery store late at night or whatever – it will look like your brows are done. 

This can be a double edged sword! 

Another benefit to shading is that your brows often look more authentic or more real. 

Even though the technique of microblading can provide very real results it doesn’t exactly emulate what normal brows look like. 

Adding the shading component can bring depth and complexity to your brows and really make them look more “real”. 

#2. You want to save time. 

Another important benefit that shouldn’t be glossed over is time!

Getting your brows microbladed and shaded will most likely cut a serious amount of time off of your morning routine. 

It may surprise you (or not) that some women spend up to an hour each morning on their brows!

Imagine if you could cut this down to 5 minutes or 10 minutes?

It’s definitely possible. 

If you pick the right artist you can basically get your perfect brows drawn on your face in a semi-permanent way which will allow you to look great without all the hard work. 

#3. You very few natural eyebrows.

Another HUGE reason to get shading is if you don’t have very many natural eyebrow hairs. 

Some women (and men) because of medical conditions, chemotherapy or because they’ve been aggressive in their tweezing – have VERY few brows. 

While microblading is a great first step for these people, it really won’t provide them with the exact perfect look. 

The blades from the microblading procedure look great, but in order to bring depth and dimensions to your brows the shading may be required. 

People who have no eyebrows often find themselves placing SOME make-up on their face in the morning to compliment their brows. 

With shading you can cut out this entirely (or significantly reduce it) and should seriously be considered if you have little to no eyebrow hair to begin with. 

Why shouldn’t you get your brows shaded? 

If you fit the above criteria then you may want to consider shading…

But what if you don’t?

There are actually several important reasons you don’t want to get your brows shaded and you should read these before you get it done: 

#1. You don’t want your brows to look like you have make-up on all the time. 

I previously said that looking “done-up” is a double edged sword and that is true for many people. 

It can be both a blessing and a curse to look done!

Believe it or not many women don’t like looking like they have make-up on 24/7 and this may be one reason not to get your brows shaded. 

The problem here is that sometimes your brows can stand out or look out of place, especially if you don’t want the extra attention. 

It’s not a big deal, but it’s certainly worth considering. 

#2. You aren’t 100% sure about the microblading procedure. 

The next reason is another important one:

You should NOT get your brows shaded if you aren’t 100% sure you even want to get your brows microbladed!

You can think of shading as taking the microblading one step further and adding even MORE to the existing procedure. 

This is great if you already know and love your microbladed brows, but you have to realize that many women aren’t 100% sure they even want their brows bladed to begin with. 

If you fall into this camp then you should NOT get your brows shaded on your initial visit. 

You can always add the shading to your touch-up after you have time to let your brows marinate and grow on you. 

In some cases the changes to your brows may be shocking, especially if you add shading to the blading. 

#3. You are sensitive to pain! 

The last point isn’t the most important but it is definitely worth considering and that is the pain component. 


Microblading isn’t necessarily a gentle procedure, but adding the stipling and shading to the procedure definitely doesn’t make it any less painful. 

In fact some people find it to be seriously painful. 

Now this isn’t usually an issue as long as you have an artist that uses the right type of numbing cream (or anesthetic cream), but it’s definitely worth considering. 

There are some people out there who simply don’t get numb, no matter how much anesthetic is used. 

Imagine poking your skin with needles for 20-30 minutes straight with the intent to make you bleed. 

Doesn’t sound very good, right?

Wrapping it up

So here’s the breakdown…

Microblading shading is definitely something that can add great complexity to your existing brows and even make them look more real like. 

Having said that you should make sure that you fit the criteria for those who stand to benefit from this procedure. 

Like anything make sure you research, research, research and find the best artist for you before you get microbladed or shaded!

Now I want to hear from you:

Have you had shading done?

Did you love it?

Why or why not?

Leave your comments below! 

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – Should you Buy or Pass on this Cleanser?

This post will go over all of the pros and cons of using the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex including why it’s great for those with gentle skin, who should consider using it and the complete list of both inactive and active ingredients.

If you’ve been considering purchasing or using this cleansing complex then read this review before you buy!  


What is the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex? 

The iS Clinical cleansing complex is simply a gentle cleanser, but it has some interesting qualities and ingredients that make it particularly useful for certain people. 

A cleanser is a word used to describe a type of face wash that is commonly used in a multiple step skin regimen to help men and women get superior results for their skin. 

The first step in any skin care regimen is to help “cleanse” the skin, but it does much more than that

Most of the time our skin doesn’t actually get that dirty, unless we put something like make-up on it. 

Instead cleansers are used to help “slough” off the the dead skin cells and help prevent the “gluing” of dead skin cells to the oil on your skin and onto your face. 

alpha hydroxy acids as face cleansers

This combination is really what is felt to be at the cause of most cases of acne (although this isn’t entirely true either!). 

And while cleansers aren’t necessarily a cure-all treatment for acne they are still very useful because they can help reduce the chance that you will break out

One of the big problems with cleansers is that they aren’t well tolerated by people, especially those with sensitive skin. 

Face washes and cleansers often have very powerful alpha hydroxy acids and other ingredients that are meant to cleanse the skin and exfoliate dead skin. 

The problem is that these added ingredients often cause reactions, irritation, red skin and can even lead to more acne!

So what’s the solution?

The solution is to create a skin care product that can help slough off dead skin cells but that does so without actually irritating the skin. 

And that’s exactly what the iS clinical cleansing complex is supposed to do. 

But Does it Actually Work?

This is a tougher question to answer because each person has such a unique need for skin care products. 

Your skin is going to be different than my skin which is different from your neighbors and so on. 

This is why finding the right type of face wash that fits your complexion and oil production is so important!

chamomile extract for facial cleansers

In my experience, and as someone who has struggled with adult acne and who has probably spent thousands of dollars on skin care products over the years, I can say that this is definitely one of the better cleansers out there right now. 

It’s gentle but still leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed. 

It’s also not nearly as harsh as some other more powerful products such as those found in Obagi or PCA skin care lines. 

Who should use this Cleansing Complex? 

  • People with sensitive skin
  • People who have reacted with redness, itchy or flaky skin with other skin care products
  • Adults struggling with adult acne
  • Teenagers looking for a new cleanser
  • Men who want a high quality cleanser to help keep their skin looking good
  • People who want to get a head-start on their skin care regimen
  • People looking for a relatively “clean” cleanser
  • People who want a high quality supplement with more natural ingredients (and who want to avoid synthetic alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid)
  • People looking for an anti-aging cleanser

Ingredient List

Active ingredients (these are the ingredients that actually make the product effective) include: 

  • Sugar cane extract (a natural source of glycolic acid)
  • White willow bark extract (natural source of salicylic acid)
  • Chamomile flower extract (powerful anti-oxidant to help calm down the skin)
  • Cantella asiatica (anti-oxidant which helps reduce damage to the skin and reduces irritation)

Inactive ingredients (these ingredients help stabilize the active ingredients)

  • Water
  • Disodium laureht sulfosuccinate
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • PEG-30
  • Clyceryl cocoate
  • Glycerin
  • Propylene glycol
  • Carboxymethylcellulose
  • Camellia oleifera leaf extract
  • Asiatic acid
  • Madecassic acid
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Phospholipids
  • Tocopherol acetate
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • DMDM hydantion
  • Iodopropynl butylcarbamate

In general you want to have as few inactive ingredients as possible because these inactive ingredients often cause irritation and redness. 

Believe it or not (despite this long list) this is actually a relatively small amount of inactive ingredients compared to many other products! 

Reviews & Where to Buy

centella asiatica ingredient in is clinical cleansing complex

iS Clinical products are generally only available from certain retailers which can make it difficult to find for some people. 

That generally means you need to head into a local medical spa or dermatologist office to find it.

Luckily there are legitimate retailers who are “approved” by iS Clinical to sell on Amazon (just make sure you are purchasing from the RIGHT buyer). 

Overview of iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Why I Like it:
  • Price – Price should be an important consideration when purchasing a cleanser and I like this one a lot because even though it’s high quality it doesn’t hit your purse too hard. It will also last FOREVER as long as you are careful not to use too much (by forever I mean at least 3-4 months). So when you calculate out how much you get for the price it ends up being a good deal. 
  • Quality ingredients – I think both the active and inactive ingredients are very important for any cleanser or skin care product. I like this cleanser because it uses natural sources of alpha hydroxy acids which helps you get results without the added irritation that often comes with those types of chemicals. 
Why it works:
  • Ingredients include: Willow bark extract(a natural and gentle exfoliator), sugar cane extract(natural and gentle form of glycolic acid to help reduce oil production).
  • This combination acts to provide your skin with natural forms of both salicylic acid and glycolic acid which help exfoliate the skin, reduce oil production and deep clean your pores without inflammation or irritation. 
  • This product also acts as both a toner and a make up remover which means you can save on other products and not have to risk reacting to these products (remember that a complete skin care line must include a toner)
How to use it:
  • This cleanser can be used in both the AM and the PM – I usually recommend starting with once a day usage (at night) and increasing to both morning and night if you need more of a boost. If you have sensitive skin or you experience redness easily then you can pick just am or pm (preferably after you shower). 
  • Can be combined with moisturizers but make sure you use the moisturizer AFTER the cleansing complex and only AFTER your skin is completely dry
  • I also recommend you combine this with active serum which naturally provides retinol and can seriously ramp up your skin care line. You can read more here

is clinical cleansing complexSee other reviews

Back to you

This cleansing complex is a great starting complex especially for those people who have irritable skin and for those adults who still suffer from occasional acne. 

It will be gentle on your skin but strong enough to fight off oil production and help exfoliate!

But now I want to hear from you:

Have you tried this product before?

Did it work for you?

Why or why not?

Leave your comments below! 

Is Microblading Permanent? No & Here’s How Long it Lasts

This post will help you understand how long microblading lasts, if it is permanent and how to determine if it’s a good idea for you to get this cosmetic procedure done!


Microblading Definition

Is Microblading Permanent? 

Before we jump into why it isn’t permanent it’s important for you to know that microblading is NOT permanent (more on that below, but just to get it out of the way). 

This is actually a question that I get all the time. 

Many women (and some men too) see the results that other people are getting with microblading and their initial impulse is to get it done! 

This isn’t necessarily a problem, but I think you should take pause for a few minutes and think about it. 

While microblading is NOT permanent it does last quite a while, and unless you get it done by a talented artist there is a small risk that you might not be happy with your results. 

This puts some people in a tough situation! 

So what exactly is microblading and why isn’t it permanent?

Microblading should be differentiated from tattooing which IS permanent

A tattoo is different from microblading in that a tattoo goes DEEPER into the skin and into an area known as the dermis

Microblading does NOT go that deep and enters into a place in the skin known as the dermal epidermal junction

Microblading Is Semi-Permanent

Because microblading enters the dermal-epidermal junction it means that your body will eventually “push” out the pigment over time. 

You can compare this to tattoos which may slightly fade over time but they are ALWAYS going to be there (unless you get laser removal therapy). 

layers of the skin

Because of this microblading is known as a “semi-permanent” cosmetic procedure. 

So what basically happens is that some pigment is placed at about a medium depth in the skin which will eventually fade over time and on its own. 

It’s considered semi-permanent because this pigment will be there for an intermediate length of time (about 12-15 months if you get it done right). 

During this time it will appear like a tattoo does, meaning you will see the pigment and the strokes, but it WILL eventually fade over time. 

Which brings us to our next point: 

So How Long Does Microblading Last?

If you have any interest in getting microblading done then you should know exactly how long it will last. 

This is important because it can help guide your decision to help you know if this is a procedure for you. 

Unlike a tattoo which you only pay for up front, microblading will require a touch up (more on this below) in order to continue on with your results – which means it will cost more long term. 

You can think about a touch-up as a quick refresher in which your artist will re-apply the microblading strokes and continue to put pigment into your skin. 

This process is really considered an integral part of the microblading procedure and a step that shouldn’t be skipped. 

So under normal circumstances you would go in for your initial appointment (which is generally 2-3 hours long) and then you would recover from this for about 4-6 weeks. 

During this initial procedure your artist will lay down pigment and you will walk out with some pigment on your face and brows. 

This pigment that was placed will naturally fade in about 3 months UNLESS you get your touch up. 

This is kind of a good time frame for people to get used to the “new look” that they have and allows them to determine if they do indeed want to keep their brows looking a certain way. 

It’s also an important time for you to determine if you want to make any changes. 

Sometimes the shape of your brows can be altered at the touch-up to fit your idea of what you want them to look like. 

But what’s important here is that the actual procedure of the touch-up helps “solidify” your results and helps them last even longer. 

So if you only get the initial microbladed procedure you can expect your results to last around 3-6 months

If you go back in about 6 weeks to get your “touch-up” then you can expect your results to last even longer – around 12-15 months

Other factors will influence the length of time that your results will stick around such as people who have naturally oily skin. 

Those people who have naturally oily skin will probably only see their results last up to 9 months or less unfortunately!

In addition the skill or your artist also plays a role: 

If your artist doesn’t go “deep” enough into the skin then your brows will naturally fade faster as the body pushes the pigment out of the skin. 

If the pigment is placed in the epidermal area (which is not very deep) then your body will probably kick out all of the pigment over the course of 60 days or so which is the natural life cycle of your skin! 

If you want your results to last as long as possible then I encourage you to follow the after-care instructions from your artist as close as possible

Because this will help your results last long and stay beautiful 🙂 

Microblading Before & After Photos

If you decide to look into getting your brows microbladed you will want to look closely at the before and after pictures of each artist!

Make sure that you find examples of brows done immediately after the initial appointment but also brows done after the touch-up so you can compare. 

You also want to make sure that you see a finished result. 

Some artists may produce amazing results immediately after the appointment but if they don’t get the right depth or use the right pigments then the results may fade rapidly. 

Because of this it’s always a good idea to look for after pictures (around 3 months) of the touch-up. 

You can see some before and after pictures below to help you get an idea of this:

Microbladed brows 7 weeks after initial with touchup

Look for before and after pictures that show ALL of the stages of microblading, including a head on shot of the brows. 

This will help you determine if the brows are symmetrical and even as well. 

Final Thoughts

As a word of caution: 

One of the worst things you can do is go to an inexperienced microblader!

This is your face we are talking about and they are putting a sharp blade and pigment into your skin. 

Many women have had poor results by going to inexperienced microbladers and have been in a situation where they want to fade their brows as quickly as possible. 

If you fall into that category you can read more about fading your brows here

Now I want to hear from you:

Are you thinking about getting microblading done?

What are you concerns, if any?

Leave your thoughts and comments below! 

Microblading too thick? Here’s Why & What to Do

This post will teach you everything you need to know about how to deal with your brows if you think that your microblading is too thick including why they might appear that way and most important what your next steps should be.


Are your Eyebrows Too Thick?

Does this sound familiar:

You saw all of the amazing microblading before and after pictures on the internet so you decided you wanted to get it done. 

You carefully researched the best microblader in your town and you scheduled an appointment. 

You were super excited the whole time but when your artist uncovered your brows to show you them for the first time you…

Were shocked

They looked incredibly dark or too thick and you felt like they didn’t match your face at all. 

Does this scenario sound familiar? 

Well let me set your fears at ease because there is a good chance that this is completely normal and not even something you should worry or stress about. 

It’s actually not uncommon for people to feel this way (if you don’t believe me just read the comments around this blog and you will soon agree!). 

If you fall into this boat then read through this entire post because it will help you understand what is happening and why. 

Potential Reasons Your Brows are Too Thick

There are 3 main reasons that your eyebrows may appear to be too thick. 

Two of the 3 reasons are very normal and easily fixed (hint: you just need to have patience!) while the other is something that may need correcting. 

The bottom line, no matter what the cause of your thick brows is, is that you want to have some patience and try your best not to freak out. 

With that in mind let’s discuss the reasons your brows may be too thick or too dark: 

#1. They may only appear too thick (Like an optical illusion)

The first and most common reason that your brows are too thick is simply because of what I like to call an optical illusion. 

Basically what is happening is that you are seeing your face in a new light, you’ve been used to seeing your brows, to having control over them and suddenly they have changed and it’s a little bit scary. 

This change may be caused by a number of reasons:

The first is simply because of the change in the color or the darkness of your brows. 

Darkness will change the appearance of the brows without actually changing the width. 

Basically your brows may appear to be thicker simply because more attention is drawn to them because of the color. 

This is a very normal and common thing that happens after microblading. 

Often times the brows are made to be darker than normal because your artist knows that they will naturally fade over time and during the healing process. 

Most of the time once the brows lighten up the color fades and your brows will appear more normal. 

Just realize that you’ve been looking at your face for years and years and you are accustomed to it looking a certain way. 

Once any change occurs it’s absolutely natural for you to instinctively reject that change.

Do your best to just hold out and wait for 2 weeks and everything should be ok. 

By the way, this reason accounts for probably 95% of all people who think their brows are too thick.  

You can learn more about the healing process including what to expect here

#2. They may actually be too thick!

This is probably the reason you are most worried about and let me tell you that it does happen from time to time – but don’t freak out!

Sometimes, due to a number of reasons, including how your artist originally shaped your brows, your microbladed brows may actually just be too thick for your face. 

This could be because of a mistake, it could be because you wanted to replicate brows of someone else that shouldn’t be on your face or for any other reason. 

But again, just like #1 listed above, don’t freak out!

The reason you don’t need to stress too much is because this CAN be fixed in the touch up which you should have in 6-8 weeks. 

The good news is that as long as you trust your artist, and they know what they are doing, this can be fixed. 

In addition, your brows will most likely fade and become more natural over the following 2 weeks so worst case scenario is that you have to walk around with thick brows for a few weeks. 

#3. They may actually be a normal size now

Another potential reason for brow thickness is because your artist did increase the thickness of your brows but he/she did so to match your face. 

Sometimes women, again due to a variety of reasons, have thin brows as a starting canvas. 

While it is totally up to you to pick the thickness of your brows, the shape and style, sometimes your artist may take artistic liberties to “normalize” your existing brows. 

This can cause a freak out for you if you are used to super thin brows and suddenly you have thick brows. 

Just like #2 above though, it is definitely fixable. 

This one also holds true for people who have medical conditions such as thyroid disease which result in a reduction of your brows

What to do Next

So what are you supposed to do if you feel that your brows are too thick?

For best results please, please, please listen to the guide below. 

The last thing you want to do is make a huge decision such as fading your brows when time may be the only thing you need! 

#1. Don’t freak out

The first step is not to freak out. 

You may feel that your face isn’t your own or that you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin but just realize that this won’t last forever. 

The absolute worst case scenario is that your brows will fade naturally over the next few months and you will be back to normal in that time. 

Best case scenario is that your brows will fade slightly and you will absolutely love them. 

Before you decide to do anything make sure you follow the next step: 

#2. Talk to your artist!

Make sure that you get into contact with your artist. 

I promise that they deal with this kind of stuff on a daily basis so they will know exactly what to do. 

Your artist may help you understand why your brows are the way that they are, and he/she may be able to guide you further to help determine if they can be fixed at the touch up. 

Even if your brows are indeed too thick it most of the time it can completely be reversed or fixed in your touch up. 

#3. Wait for the Touch Up

During your touch up (which should be mandatory for people who get their brows done) your artist will be able to re-shape (to some degree) your brows. 

This means that they can fix the color, the thickness, the depth, the tail and so on. 

But the key is to let your artist know what you are happy with and what you aren’t happy with. 

As long as you communicate with your artist they will be able to help you. 

If you are absolutely 100% sure that you hate your brows then you can consider fading them early by using certain techniques that I’ve discussed here. 

I do not recommend you go through this step because it is so natural for my clients to have a little “freak out” once they see their brows. 

This freak out session tends to fade away very quickly though and over a few days as they get used to them. 

So don’t run and jump into the fading process unless you are 100% sure. 

Your Thoughts? 

Microblading your brows can be an amazing experience but it isn’t without its ups and downs. 

Having said that please make sure that you don’t make any snap decision regarding whether or not you hate your brows!

Give the healing process some time and TRUST THE PROCESS!

Following these rules will help you get the most out of your brows. 

But I want to hear from you:

Are your brows too thick?

Do you love them or hate them?

Leave your comments below! 

20 of the Best Microblading Supplies Every New Artist Needs

This post will teach you everything you need to know about microblading supplies including how to find the best supplies to help improve the quality of your work and get you the best results with your clients!

Learn more about which supplies you NEED to get started with right away to build your own at home microblading kit. 

You’ll also learn why these supplies are important for building your business but also for helping improve the quality of your results (and helping you get amazing before and after pictures!)…


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Why you Need High Quality Microblading Supplies

As a microblading artist you know that the quality of your results is the most important thing. 

Getting the best results for your clients will result in more word of mouth referrals which will help build your business. 

Part of getting the best results means that you need to have the right supplies and part of that means you need to know WHICH supplies to get!

Have you ever noticed that some microbladers have amazing pictures while others aren’t so great?

Did you ever wonder their secret?

While their technique is no doubt playing a role, there is also another important element to getting awesome results and that has to do with their supplies. 

Not only will these supplies help you get more referrals they will also make your job MUCH easier. 

Have you ever switched tools while working on a project at home to something brand new?

Or what about how it feels to cut with an old dull knife in the kitchen compared to a brand new and sharpened knife?

Microblading is very similar. 

Supplies to Create the Best Results & Environment for your Clients

This list of supplies will give you all of the information that you need to get the best microblading supplies to help you build your business. 

These are the same supplies that I personally use and I can vouch that they work great!

Below you will find a list of 20 microblading supplies including why it’s worth spending the money on these supplies. 

Part of being a business owner is investing in yourself, and part of that is having the confidence to know that you can do an amazing job. 

Make the investment to help build your business: 

  • Quick Tip: Whenever possible try to get your supplies from Amazon. Purchasing from amazon protects you as the buyer and you can almost always get prime shipping (free 2 day shipping) which means you can get your supplies QUICKLY. You will eventually run out of some supplies for silly reasons but if you can get them back within a few days it will make all the difference. 

#1. Microblading Pigment

Li microblading pigment

By far the 3 most important aspects for getting high quality results include your pigment, your blades and your lighting (for pictures). 

Let’s dive into pigment first:

High quality pigment will help you to produce the most natural brows for your clients and will help your brows look clear and crisp. 

I recommend getting pigment from Li pigment which you can purchase from this store

Learn about microblading pigment here

#2. Microblading Blades (#7, #12, #14)

microblading blade

High quality blades will help your brows look neat, fresh and help reduce the amount of time you spend on each client. 

I didn’t appreciate the quality of my blades at first and until I started using higher quality blades. 

The difference is amazing! 

Purchasing high quality blades will add to your “overhead” but it will be worth it in the end because of the result. 

I most commonly use #7, #12 and #14 blades depending on the client. 

Learn more about #7 Blades hereLearn more about #12 Blades hereLearn more about #14 Blades here

#3. Portable Massage Bed

portable massage bed for microblading

Theoretically you can use any sort of bed for your clients, but I prefer to use a portable massage bed for several reasons:

The first is because of comfort.

You can purchase 3 to 4 inch thick beds which provide superior comfort to your clients. 

Your clients will appreciate it because they may be laying down on whatever bed you choose for hours and hours while you work. 

The last thing you want your clients to say is that they didn’t enjoy the experience. 

Next is portability.

You’ll appreciate the ability to move your bed around and not have it locked in place. 

I’ve taken my bed to my girlfriends houses to 

The third benefit is utility!

Portable massage beds can be used for many other purposes. 

Beyond their utility they can also travel easily and can be hidden away to make room for other events. 

I use this type of bed and I absolutely LOVE it. 

Learn about the Best Portable Massage Bed here

#4. Adjustable Overhead Lighting

adjustable overhead lighting for microblading

Adjustable lighting is all about you!

You need to have proper working conditions to help you stay calm and collected and to prevent frustration while you work with your clients. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to get the right lighting, but having an adjustable overhead light can really help to illuminate all aspects of your clients face and brows. 

I started with 1 adjustable light and then eventually moved to two, 1 on each side and I love it

You can also get a magnifier attachment for your overhead lighting which can help improve your visual field as you work. 

I would at the very least start with one if you don’t have one already. 

I like this one because it is sturdy, easy to move and has a powerful light. 

Learn about the Best Portable Massage Bed here

#5. Ring Light Camera for Amazing Before & After Photos

ring light for before and after pictures when microblading

The ring light is another amazing tool that all serious microbladers should consider. 

The ring light is a light fixture that provides consistent lighting to the face of your clients. 

It banishes shadowing and perfectly illuminates all facial aspects perfectly. 

When I first started microblading I was using other light sources like from my adjustable overhead lighting but they didn’t provide anywhere near the same clarity that ring lights provide. 

If you start poking around you will find that almost all professional microbladers use some sort of ring light to enhance their before and after photos and this is critical to your success. 


Because your before and afters are a way to show your skills to prospective clients!

And we all know that a poor camera or poor lighting may diminish the real results that your clients are experiencing. 

Because of this it’s so important that you actually showcase your results. 

Learn more about using a Ring Light for amazing Pictures here

  • Quick Tip: You’ll know if someone else is using a ring light for their before and afters because you can spot a perfect ring of white light in the eyes of the client.

#7. Artificial Skin Pad

This is something that you will want even if you are an experienced microblader (if you haven’t done at least 50 clients). 

Artificial skin pads allow for you to enhance your skills through practice!

Remember that in order to stay at the top of your game and in order to always be ahead of the curve you need to be practicing. 

I recommend that you consistently practice your strokes and shaping for at least the first 50 clients that you do. 

Practicing at night, and on a consistent basis, will help you be the best microblader you can be. 

Learn more about artificial skin pads here

#8. Barrier Film

Barrier film is a quick and cheap way to enhance the numbing benefit from numbing cream. 

If you aren’t already doing this let me explain why it helps so much:

Numbing cream is considered a fat soluble substance which means that it takes a LONG time to absorb into the skin. 

You can increase the rate that the numbing cream is absorbed into the skin by occluding the skin over the numbing cream. 

This helps increase the temperature and enhances absorption of the numbing cream. 

This process should dramatically reduce the pain that your clients experience! 

Another strategy is to apply heat (like from the clients hand) to the barrier which will also increase the absorption rate further. 

When using barrier cream just make sure to apply a small amount over your numbing cream (but don’t cover their eyes, mouth or nose in the process!) and leave it on for 20-25 minutes. 

Learn more about Barrier Film here

#9. Microbrushes

Microbrushes may not be the most fun supply that you need but they are still very important. 

Microbrushes help you apply ointment, move around pigment, clean up the brows and serve as a helpful tool. 

Make sure you have a ton of these things if you practice microblading frequently: 

Learn more about microbrushes here

#10. Chuse Manuel Pen

The pen is important (but in my opinion not as important as your blade). 

Make sure that the manuel pen that you use feels comfortable in your hand and is something that you will be able to handle for hours on end. 

It’s like finding the right type of “body” to a pen or a pencil. 

Everyone has their favorite type and kind. 

I’ve put my recommendation below: 

Learn more about Chuse Manuel Pens here

#11. Tinkle Razor

I use the Tinkle Razor as a way to clean up the brows before I do any microblading. 

Cleaning up the brows before you work on them allows for greater vision and a cleaner canvas to work with. 

The tinkle razor is basically a razor blade with a handle which allows you to get rid of whispy and very fine eyebrow hairs that don’t follow the regular eyebrow flow. 

My clients love it because I will then give them the Tinkle razor that I used on them so they can keep up with the maintenance. 

You can purchase 12 for around $7-8 so it doesn’t add much to your overhead. 

I LOVE them and I’m sure you will too. 

Learn more about Tinkle Razors here

#12. Numbing Cream

Some microbladers go without numbing cream and for the life of me I can’t understand why. 

Numbing cream helps DRAMATICALLY reduce the pain that your clients experience and will therefore increase their COMFORT during the procedure. 

The more comfortable they are the more likely they are to leave a positive review and tell their friends about you!

Perhaps one of the reasons that many artists don’t use numbing cream is because they believe it’s only available with a prescription. 

That’s actually not the case. 

You can get high quality numbing creams over the counter (at least in the US). 

For best results I recommend using a lidocaine based numbing gel/cream like the product below. 

When using it make sure to apply it, then occlude it with the barrier cream and let it sit for 20-30 minutes (depending on the client). 

If you can get a prescription for Lidocaine, Tetracaine and epinephrine then you should – but this may cost a lot of money and not be available to everyone. 

Learn more about Numbing Cream here

#13. Stencils

I always recommend that microbladers learn to shape and create their own brows just with symmetry and their artistic skills. 

Having said that sometimes a stencil can provide a perfect template for difficult clients, especially for those who don’t have an existing set of brows to follow. 

Just remember to not rely 100% on stencils because then your brows will NOT match the face of your client. 

They can be a great tool but you don’t want to use them as a handicap or else your technique may suffer over time. 

You can find more information about my favorite stencils below: 

Learn more about brow stencils here

#14. Box Gloves

Nothing fancy here, but they are still very important. 

Getting gloves will help protect you AND reduce the risk of infection in your clients. 

It’s also important that you have an extra box of latex free gloves (if you don’t already) in addition to a regular set of box gloves. 

Never run out of these!

Learn about Box Gloves here

#15. Pigment Rings

Pigment rings simply help reduce the time it takes you to finish a client and add convenience to the whole process. 

If you aren’t familiar with what they are you place the pigment that you are using on your finger and wear it like a ring. 

This helps reduce the time it takes to go back to your tray to get more pigment during the microblading process. 

Learn more about Pigment Rings here

#16. Sharps Container

Sharps containers help keep everything clean and safe for both you and your clients!

You should be safely and properly discarding your sharps into a hard box container known as a sharps container. 

This is to prevent puncture of a regular box or trash can and will help reduce the spread of disease. 

Sharps containers are required if you are dealing with needles, scalpels and anything that is sharp that directly enters the skin. 

Learn more about Sharps Containers here

#17. Measuring Calipers

Measuring calipers help you to keep your brows from looking wonky and asymmetrical! 

If you did a training you should have received some in your kit, if you didn’t then make sure you get one below. 

Learn more about Measuring Calipers here

#18. Brow Scissors

Brow scissors help you clean up the brows (like the Tinkle razor) before you start microblading. 

Make sure you get a nice pair to help with thicker brows and stray hairs. 

Learn more about Brow Scissors here

#19. Biohazard Bags

Biohazard bags, like sharps containers, simply help you keep a clean and safe work environment. 

Pretty much everything that isn’t a sharp object will go into your biohazard bags. 

So if you are using 2×2’s or 4×4’s to wipe blood away from the brows then you want to place those in the Biohazard bags and then dispose of them properly. 

You don’t want to leave bloody objects floating around your tray and leave them next to sharp objects which can puncture through bags, gloves and into your skin! 

Learn more about Biohazard Bags here

#20. Mannequin Head

You don’t necessarily need to have a Mannequin head unless you are still learning and growing as an artist. 

The mannequin head allows you to continue practicing (which you will need for at least your first 50 clients) on a more “life-like” object. 

It’s still important to practice on measuring tape and drawing out your brows, but you miss out on the 3 dimensional aspect of a real face if you stick to 2 dimensional practice objects. 

Getting a mannequin head will help give your practicing a more “life-like” experience and help you grow as an artist. 

You can also use measuring tape and place them on the mannequin to help you with the shaping process. 

Learn more about Mannequin Heads here

Be the Best you can Be


It’s so important that you have confidence in yourself and in your ability!

If you don’t it will show in your consultations and in your work. 

Part of having that confidence is knowing that you have a complete microblading kit so that you are prepared for anything that could possibly come up during your microblading session. 

You should expect to spend around $1,500 or $2,000 on these high quality supplies to help get you started. 

The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to invest in everything right up front. 

In addition you should be able to pay back your investment within just a few months of microblading. 

I recommend that you do start with investing in high quality ring lights and lighting to help you get before and after photo’s because this will help you grow your business the most

But I want to hear from you too!

Which are your favorite supplies?

How are you getting awesome before and after pictures?

Leave your comments or questions below and I will do my best to answer them! 

iS Clinical Active Serum Review – Should You Buy this Serum?

Active serum is the flag ship and one of the most popular products of the iS clinical line of skin care products.  

Active serum is a special plant based serum designed to help reduce fine lines, reduce wrinkles, improve the quality and texture of your skin and reduce the frequency of blemishes or acne. 

Overall it’s supposed to help increase the quality of your skin and act as a supplement to an existing skin care product line. 

But does it actually work?

Let’s dive into this product a little deeper to figure out if it’s worth the money… 


At A Glance: iS Clinical Active Serum

Overall rating:

Overall Quality

VERY high quality product (especially compared to most serums on the market)


Price is moderate to high, but worth the spend if you can justify it

Personal Rating

Can be added to existing products and skin care lines to enhance results (I use this almost daily)

Who should use it: 
Ingredients (Active & Inactive): 
  • Anyone looking to improve the overall quality of their skin
  • People with aged skin, sun spots, photo-damaged skin, etc.
  • People who suffer from occasional acne or blemishes (those with overt acne will do better with other products)
  • People who suffer from large pores
  • People looking for a high quality addition to an existing skin care line
  • Aqua (water)
  • Glycerin
  • Glyceryl polyacrylate
  • Butylene glycol
  • Alcohol denat.
  • Saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) Extract
  • Vaccinium myrtillus fruit leaf extract
  • Triethanolamine
  • Salix Alba (willow) bark extract
  • Arbutin
  • Polyporus Umbellatus (mushroom) extract
  • Menthol
  • Phenoxyethanol
How to use it: 
Why it works:
  • Apply 2-4 drops directly to your face after cleansing (you can also apply these drops to your fingers or palm of your hand and then dab them on your skin)
  • Spread a thin layer on the surface of your entire face (and neck if you desire as well)
  • If using as part of a skin care regimen use after moisturizing your face either in the morning or the evening
  • Contains powerful naturally occurring sources of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and arbutin
  • This combination of plant based ingredients naturally improves your skin without damaging your skin in the process
Recommended product: 

is clinical active serum reviewSee more reviews here

What is Active Serum (more detail)?

What makes active serum so special?

When it comes to facial products the best facial products often are plant based as opposed to synthetic based and that’s exactly what active serum is. 

It’s really a combination of special plant based products that naturally help improve the quality of your skin. 

These plant based products are effective at brightening the skin and complexion as well as controlling acne. 

sugar cane extract is clinical active serum

Most people will see a significant difference in using this product in as little time as 4 weeks (of daily use). 

Active serum is best classified as an “anti-aging” product because, while it helps several areas, its main focus is to improve the general quality of the skin. 

In addition to improving the skin you may also notice (this varies from person to person) an improvement in your complexion, a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, a reduction in break outs, and a fading of age or dark spots on your face. 

Main ingredients

These benefits are produced in large part due to 4 main botanical ingredients: 

  • Sugar cane extract (a natural source of glycolic acid) –> Glycolic acid helps exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells making the skin look fresh and new
  • White willow bark extract (a natural source of salicylic acid) –> Salycylic acid helps renew the skin and reduce the size of your pores
  • Bilberry extract (a natural source of lactic acid) –> Lactic acid helps nourish and moisturize the skin and prevent breakouts
  • Arbutin & Mushroom extract (natural skin lighteners and brighteners) –> These products naturally inhibit melanin in your cells to reduce hyperpigmentation and even out the color of the skin

You will notice that some products contain the synthetic version of Glycolic acid or salicylic acid and these synthetic version can have more dramatic and harsh effects on the skin (depending on the concentration).

bilberry extract active serum

The advantage to using botanical version is that they tend to be less irritating to the skin but still provide much of the same benefit. 

Side Effects

Does active serum have any negative side effects?

It is true that most people will not experience any issues using this serum some people may have irritation, redness or dryness with daily use. 

This is not a reason to necessarily stop using the product!

Instead you may just need to drop back down to every other day use until your body becomes “accustomed” to the serum. 

white willow bark extract active serum

Some people may also experience slight tingling with daily application and this is completely normal!

Again, this is not an indication to stop using the serum. 

Because it contains plant based formulas of products it tends to be well tolerated. 

Information Before you Buy

If you are interested in purchasing iS clinical active serum please see all of the information below: 

arbutin active serum ingredient

Frequently asked questions: 

Does active serum have paraben in it?

No! Active serum is a paraben-free product. 

Does this product contain retinol?

No! Active serum doe snot contain retinol. 

This means it can be used in conjunction with retinol containing products (both over the counter and prescription retinol products). 

You can read more about retinol here

How many ounces is in each bottle?

You can get active serum in 0.5 ounce and 1.0 ounce bottles. 

It’s a better deal to get the 1.0 ounce bottle so I would recommend that. 

If you aren’t sure if active serum will work for you then you can purchase your first bottle at 0.5 ounce and then buy the 1.0 ounce bottle for future purchases if it works for you. 

How long will the product last?

You only need to use 1-3 drops per day (depending on the surface area of your face) because of this the bottle will last 2-4 months. 

You can also make the bottle last longer by applying the serum to the places that you have issues with. 

For instance: 

If you have age spots on your cheeks, then you can only apply 1 drop to this area (which will make the bottle last up to 6 months or more). 

How often do I need to use it?

It is recommended that you use this product every day if you tolerate it (preferably after cleansing the face). 

Is it produced in America?

Yes! Active serum is produced in California. 

Is tingling normal when I put it on my face?

Yes! Some tingling is normal and is caused by the concoction of botanical ingredients in the product. 

The tingling may fade over time. 

Why does the color vary from bottle to bottle?

The color of the serum may change due to the harvesting of the plants and the time of the year that they are harvested. 

A slight change in the color is not an indication that you have purchased a poor quality product and may simply be caused by the different dates in which the botanical ingredients were harvested. 

This is normal and the product will still work. 

Can the active serum be used by itself or do I need to use it with other products?

Active serum can be used by itself or in conjunction with other products. 

It’s really meant to be used as an addition to a 3 step skin care combination: cleanser, toner and moisturizer. 

If you already have a skin care line in place then you can simply add it to your existing regimen. 

If you aren’t familiar with basic cleansers or toners you can read more here

What is the difference between Active serum and Pro heal? 

Both products can be used for anti-aging purposes but the pro-heal contains different ingredients as well as 15% Vitamin C serum. 

Vitamin C serum has many benefits for the skin and can be added as part of a regimen and even used in conjunction with active serum. 

If you are interested in learning more about vitamin C serum I recommend you read this post

Before and After Pictures

From the manufacturer: 

is clinical active serum before and after pictures

Finals Thoughts

Is Clinical Active serum is a great addition to an existing skin care regimen or if used by itself. 

Active serum works so well because of its botanical and plant based ingredients and naturally concurring sources of powerful skin care ingredients. 

If you decide to use active serum make sure you purchase it from a reliable source!

Now I want to hear from you:

Have you used active serum before?

Did it work for you?

Why or why not?

Leave your comments below!