If you got your microblading wet and you are freaking out, please don’t!
Or, if you are wondering what is “acceptable” or not after your microblading then this is the article for you.
We are going to talk about why you really don’t want to get your freshly microbladed brows yet, what water does to your brows, what to do if you already got them wet, and more.
It’s important to understand that there are two main types of healing that you can do after you get microbladed.
The first is wet healing and the second is dry healing (dry healing is my preferred method).
And these healing methods apply to surgical wounds and other damage to your skin! (But in this case we ARE referring to microblading healing).
The name ‘wet healing’ may be kind of confusing because it indicates that you can get your brows wet during the healing process.
While it is true that you can get them a little bit wet during the healing process, neither method of healing suggests that you get your brows soaking wet.
And that’s the topic of our conversation today.
Even if you are doing the wet healing process, you still don’t want to get your brows incredibly wet.
It may be okay to lightly dab them (again, I’m not a fan of this method but it does work for some people), but that doesn’t mean you can go to the gym and get your brows soaking wet from sweat.
It also doesn’t mean you should jump into a swimming pool or run into a sauna.
There is a big difference between gently wiping down your brows with a baby wipe and swimming underwater.
With that in mind, let’s talk about how much moisture is good vs bad.
What type of moisture is okay?
As long as you stay away from the BAD areas you should be good to go, even if your brows get a little bit wet.
But just remember that no matter which type of healing you are doing, you never want your brows to get VERY wet.
If you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on microblading then it just makes sense to make sure that you do whatever it takes to keep them looking pristine and beautiful!
It always surprises me that women who get their brows done are constantly trying to push the line on what they should or shouldn’t do.
Don’t fall into this category!
The rules that exist for microblading are there to make sure that YOU get the best result possible.
I want your brows to be beautiful (and I’m sure your artist does as well!).
But I totally get it if you want to know why we make these recommendations.
So on that topic let’s discuss at least a little bit what happens to your brows if they get wet.
Because microblading is a semi-permanent technique the pigment used in this procedure doesn’t go as deep as your dermis (the depth that tattoo artists go).
What does that mean for you?
It means that the pigment (the coloring) is not very deep in your skin and it is subject to being ‘pushed’ out by various sources.
This means that it is literally possible for your ink to ‘fall’ out of the wells that were created by your microblading artist!
What things make them fall out?
You guessed it… water.
Well, not specifically water, but water is certainly a big culprit.
Any sort of liquid placed directly on the healing microblading area increases your risk of losing your pigment.
If you lose your pigment then the ENTIRE procedure may have to be re-done.
And trust me, doing 1 extra workout is not worth another couple hour appointment and the use of a small microblade to get your brows looking good!
For this reason, me (and other artists) are very anal when it comes to making sure that you do NOT get your brows wet.
What about exercise? Surely, I should be able to exercise because you don’t sweat that much.
You would think so, but exercise is bad for a combination of reasons.
The first has to do with your sweat, but that’s not the main reason I don’t want you to do it.
The main reason you shouldn’t exercise
Does this mean that you can never exercise?
You can exercise to your heart’s content but only once your brows are completely healed (meaning you don’t have any scabs or open wounds).
I know that there are some of you out there who HAVE to exercise.
What should you do it if you fit into that category?
If you MUST exercise then please, please, please make sure you keep it light.
Doing exercise like pilates or yoga is ideal because these exercises don’t heat up your entire body too much and force you to sweat too much.
As long as you keep your heart rate down, the sweat minimal, and your body temperature cool, you should be fine to do light exercises.
Just realize that any exercise you do may slightly increase your risk of reducing your long-term results.
Ok, now that that is out of the way we can talk a little bit about what you should do if you do get them wet.
The first thing you should do is not freak out.
While it isn’t ideal to get your brows wet during the healing process, you can’t go back in time and fix getting them wet now.
So, whatever damage was done will be done and there’s not much you can do about it at this point.
What you want to pay attention to is just how wet you got them.
A small splash from water, a few raindrops that run down your face, or something minor like this will NOT cause any major issues.
But if you got inside of a sauna for 30 minutes, spent 45 minutes in spin class, or went swimming, then you probably did some damage to your brows.
The good news is that this problem can be addressed and fixed during your touch up.
The bad news is that your artist will probably have to do more work than normal, but the problem should definitely be fixable.
So, if you get them wet, just dab them dry (lightly) and then move on.
If you feel concerned you can always reach out to your artist and let them know what happened and they can give you some advice as well.
But there’s nothing you can do until your brows are completely healed because you can’t go back and do your touch-up while you are still healing.
Should you get your brows wet? No, I don’t recommend it.
Should you freak out if you get them a little wet? No, your probably 100% fine.
Should you freak out if you got them REALLY wet? The answer is still no, but just realize your artist will have some work to do at your touch-up.
Does this mean you should go run around and exercise like crazy? Please don’t! This WILL cause problems for your brows.
Now I want to hear from you:
Did you get your brows wet?
Do you see any problems with your pigment?
How is your retention?
If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!
Do you want to get your brows done but are worried your eyebrows may get botched?
Have you read horror stories about microblading gone wrong and how it can permanently mess up your face?
If so, then this post is for you:
You’ll learn if microblading is really dangerous, what steps to take to prevent a botch job and how to fix it if it has already occurred:
No doubt by now you’ve seen horror stories about getting microblading done.
Articles about how microblading makes your skin fall off or how it causing permanent scarring have been circulating around the internet.
Even though they may catch your eye, are they accurate?
Is microblading really as dangerous as it sounds?
The answer is definitely NO!
Microblading, when done correctly, is actually quite safe (more than most procedures done by your Doctor).
You just have to realize that microblading is a mini procedure and it should be taken seriously.
Anytime the skin is opened (from ANY cause) there is a small risk of infection or some reaction.
This is the nature of procedures.
But with infection rates less than 1%, most people believe that this small risk does not outweigh the benefits from the procedure.
We make these decisions all the time, most of the time without even thinking about it.
Consider this example:
Is it worth a small 1% risk of infection to get a mole removed, even though it will help improve your self-confidence?
Is it worth a small 1% risk of infection to create the perfect brows for you, reducing the amount of time it takes to get ready in the morning?
If the answer is yes, then you will most likely get the procedure done.
There is one potential problem with microblading that we do need to discuss, however.
And that is the fact that many artists are not necessarily trained properly on how to keep a safe and sterile workplace and how to properly sanitize their equipment.
Not taking care of these aspects can and will increase your risk of infection and will increase the risk that you get a botch job.
The good news is that you can take steps to PREVENT this from occurring, which is what we will discuss next.
Is it possible to prevent a botch job when it comes to your brows?
YES, and you should take every precaution to make sure that you do.
You NEVER want to increase your risk of an infection or some other negative side effect when it comes to your face.
After all, it’s easy to hide a scar on your back or chest, but it’s much more difficult to hide a scar directly on your face.
Let’s talk about steps YOU can take to prevent a botch job.
The first and most important thing that you should do is to research your artist like crazy.
If there is any question as to whether or not they are skilled or know what they are doing then you shouldn’t get your brows done by this person.
Not all microblading training courses are created equal which leaves many artists not as skilled as they should be.
You can find out if your artist is skilled by simply looking at their Instagram or other social media accounts.
If they don’t have a significant amount of before and after pictures then you can assume that they are probably fairly new to the game.
Also, make sure you look for unbiased reviews from some source which doesn’t allow review manipulation.
Facebook, Yelp, google reviews, etc. should all work for this.
The best case scenario is that you go to an artist which was personally recommended by someone you know.
This is really an extension of #1, but make sure you don’t go to someone who is brand new.
If you find someone offering you a deal that seems too good to be true, it may be because this person doesn’t have a large clientele yet.
Avoid Groupon/living social coupons and avoid people who don’t have an extensive portfolio of before and after pictures.
This is a no-brainer, but still worth discussing.
Most of the equipment that a microblader uses is either disposable (one-time use) or needs to be sanitized appropriately after each use.
This part is fairly straightforward, so you’ll also want to make sure that your microblader is practicing appropriate hygiene during the procedure as well.
Gloves should be used at all times and a mask as well.
This helps reduce bacterial exposure to the open wound on your face from breathing and from normal skin flora.
Your microblader should also take caution not to contaminate sterile workspace with improper sterile technique.
All Doctors and nurses are trained in this techniques, but microbladers must take extra courses to learn this information.
You can always ask before your procedure if they are familiar with the proper sterile technique and if they’ve taken blood born pathogen courses.
Another common reason for complications after microblading is due to the dye found in the microblading pigment.
Some people can be allergic to this dye which causes an inflammatory reaction in the face.
This reaction is what you see in most of the microblading gone wrong horror stories.
The inflammatory process makes the skin look very red and very angry, but it’s often not as bad as it looks.
Byproducts such as Nickel may be contained in the microblade dye which can trigger this reaction.
The reason it looks so bad is that the body attempts to get rid of the pigment by causing the inflammation which makes the skin very red and puffy.
This can completely be avoided by asking each person if they have any known allergies prior to the procedure.
If there is any question, or you aren’t sure if you are allergic, then you can start with a tiny “test patch” of skin before you undergo the entire procedure.
If you do have an allergic reaction to the dye then the only way to stop the reaction is to get rid of the pigment.
As long as the pigment is inside the skin it will continue to cause problems.
You can learn more about how to fade your microbladed brows here.
This can be avoided!
The most serious consequence of microblading and the one that you want to avoid is from an infection.
Infections can trigger an inflammatory reaction and increase the risk of scarring if they aren’t dealt with in a timely fashion.
Like I mentioned previously, there is always a risk of an infection whenever the skin is opened, but this risk can be minimized with proper sterile technique (discussed above).
If you can prevent an infection then you can prevent scarring or other issues from getting microblading done.
This means following the after-care instructions from your artist to a “T”!
If you keep the skin clean and don’t touch it with your hands then you will minimize bacterial exposure and reduce the risk of infection.
If you do think you have an infection then you can and should reach out to your artist and ask what his/her procedure is.
Most of the time you can get rid of the infection with topical antibiotics, but occasionally you may need a Doctor visit for oral antibiotics.
If you think something is wrong do NOT be afraid to reach out to your artist!
Every day I see people who reach out to me here on this website asking for advice when they should be talking directly to their microblader.
The person who did your job knows your skin and knows what happened to your skin and ultimately they are responsible for your brows.
If you are worried about the shape of your brows then talk to your artist to see if it can be fixed during your touch-up.
If you are worried about the color or the size of your brows then ask your artist if this can be fixed in your touch-up as well.
If you are worried about redness or swelling reach out to your artist and ask if they have any advice.
If you think there is an infection then you may want to skip your artist and go straight to a Doctor.
If there is any question in your mind as to what is happening to your body or your face then your next step should be to see a Doctor.
This is obviously not a problem if your brows are just too big, blocky or the wrong color, but this is definitely a consideration if you think you are having an allergic reaction or if you have an infection.
Unfortunately, sometimes your Artist may not know how to proceed which means you may have to seek the attention of a Doctor.
Medications such as a steroid, anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics may be necessary to treat allergic reactions or infections and these are not something that your artist can supply you with.
This is definitely a RARE occurrence, but it can happen, so keep it in the back of your mind.
What are you supposed to do if you experienced a botch job with your brows?
Well, depending on what happened, you have a couple of options:
If it’s an infection or an allergy then your only option is to get treatment (either from a Doctor or with topical medications).
But what if your problem has more to do with the size, shape or color of your brows?
If this is your main issue, then you have a couple of options:
#1. Wait until the touch-up
The first thing you should do is NOT panic.
In most cases, you can actually treat and fix the problems mentioned above in your touch-up, but the hardest thing you’ll have to do is exercise patience while you wait!
During the touch-up, your microblader can alter the color of your brows, the size, and even the shape.
So if this is your main problem then discuss your options with your artist.
#2. Go to a new Microblader
Another option is to simply bypass your current artist and seek a second opinion from another, more experienced, microblader.
Sometimes you don’t know that you’re dealing with an inexperienced microblader until AFTER the procedure.
You may know that you don’t want to wait for the touch-up and you don’t want to go back to your original artist.
If you fall into this category then you may want to find a more experienced microblader and have them fix the issues that were created in the first place.
#3. Let it Fade then get it redone (or not)
Your final option is to “start over” by rapidly fading your brows.
You can do this by taking certain steps (outlined here).
After your brows have faded (remember that microblading is semi-permanent), you can either opt to have your brows done again or just forget the whole experience and stick with what you have.
The bottom line?
Microblading isn’t necessarily more dangerous than your run of the mill procedure as long as proper steps are taken.
Before you get your brows microbladed make sure that you follow the steps outlined in this blog post and you will be on your way to LOVING your brows for a long time.
Now I want to hear from you:
Have you had a bad experience with microblading?
Were you able to correct your brows afterward?
What happened to your brows? Was the color off, was it your shape, was it the size of the brows?
Leave your comments below!
Are you thinking about getting microblading done?
Do you have a history of scarring, even after small procedures or cuts?
Do you tend to form keloids?
If you answered yes to these questions then this is the post for you!
Learn everything you need to know about microblading including the risks associated with the procedure and how to reduce the chance of scarring and keloid formation in this post:
Before we talk about whether or not microblading leaves scars or keloids you need to understand exactly what microblading is.
The short answer is that microblading, if done correctly, should never leave a scar.
The short answer to whether or not microblading causes keloids are more complex, but the general answer is that it probably doesn’t but it might (so beware).
For the in-depth answers please see below, but before we talk about those let’s discuss microblading basics so you can walk into your procedure without any questions.
Microblading is really a superficial type of procedure.
This means that microblading is predominately done in the superficial (or top) layers of the skin.
*Note: Example of keloid on the skin after trauma (notice how the scarring is larger than the initial trauma).
The majority of the work in microblading is done in the epidermis, which is the top 7 layers of the skin.
The goal of microblading is to cut the skin down the dermal-epidermal junction and place the pigment in this area.
Scarring really isn’t seen until the dermis is broken.
When you have a deep cut, and it bleeds a lot, and you see tissues like fat or blood vessels, then there is a good chance that your cut will leave a scar.
The reason for this has to do with how the body heals and what is required to put the skin back together.
As long as you only enter the top layers of the skin no scarring will take place.
One way to know if your microblader is only in the superficial layer of the skin has to do with the amount of bleeding you see during the procedure.
Microblading should NOT result in significant bleeding because most of the blood that makes it to the top layer of the skin occurs through diffusion.
A tip-off that your artist is going too deep is if you are bleeding excessively during your procedure.
The answer to this question is that microblading should not leave scars.
There are only two exceptions:
The first is if your artist goes too deep during the procedure (this one is usually obvious and very easy to avoid).
And the second has to do with some complication, such as an infection, that occurs AFTER the procedure.
Infections can cause local inflammation and increase the damage done to the surrounding tissues or skin cells.
If the inflammation is great or if the infection spreads deeper into your skin, then the risk of scarring increases.
This complication is VERY rare and does not happen very often.
We are talking probably only 1 in 10,000 people will experience scarring after microblading – this is an exaggeration, but you get the point.
Another frequently asked question has to do with keloid formation and whether or not microblading will leave a keloid.
But what is a keloid?
A keloid can be thought of as an overreaction from your body to a cut or other damage to the dermis of your skin.
If you’re prone to keloids then you probably know what they look like, but if you aren’t then you may not be aware of what they are.
A keloid looks like large purple (or flesh colored) scarring over an area of a burn or cut.
The keloid is often much bigger than the cut, burn or wound which caused the scar and that’s the problem.
Keloid formation often leaves certain patients with painful contractures of the skin and may leave some women feeling self-conscious (depending on where they occur).
But back to the question at hand:
Does microblading cause keloid formation?
There is a small, but real, chance that microblading may cause keloid formation, but only in those individuals who are prone to developing them, to begin with.
People who form keloids know that they do and will always ask prior to the procedure.
Generally, keloid formation only occurs if the dermis is included in the procedure (or damage in the case of trauma) but it is still possible to cause a keloid formation from the procedure.
My general advice is to avoid the microblading procedure if you are a known keloid former.
It’s generally better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with your brows or anything around your eyes.
If you are a keloid former then you can always use alternative methods to get your brows looking on point (such as make-up, etc.!).
If you REALLY want to get microbladed AND you are a keloid former then just make sure you have your artist stay very superficial.
You can probably get away without any issues by reducing the pressure during your cuts and staying in the very superficial parts of the skin.
This will reduce the longevity of your results (meaning you’ll have to get it done more often), but at least the keloid risk will be much smaller.
The bottom line?
When it comes to microblading it’s so important for you to look for and find an artist who knows what they are doing.
As long as your artist knows what they are doing, has plenty of experience, and knows to stay in the superficial layers of the skin then the risk of complications is very low.
Scarring is not usually a problem with microblading unless something goes wrong with the healing process or if your artist goes too deep.
Keloid formation, on the other hand, may be a reason to think twice about getting microbladed.
While very rare, it’s still a real risk and you should consider it before you get the procedure done.
Now I want to hear from you:
Are you worried about getting microbladed?
Do you form keloids?
Are you prone to scarring?
Did you get the procedure already? Are you thinking about it?
Leave your comments below!
Use this guide to help you learn everything you need to know about Microblading numbing cream including how to use it effectively, the best products and other tips and tricks.
This post is ideal for people who are interested in learning about getting microblading done and also for current microbladers.
Let’s jump in:
Let’s talk about numbing cream.
It is so crucial to your microblading procedure yet there is not very much information on different types.
First off, why is numbing cream important?
This seems like of course a basic and easily answered question but numbing cream is important to help take the pain or discomfort away from your clients.
We want our clients to be as comfortable as possible because as their microblading artist the more relaxed they are will dramatically help your work.
When we can tell the client is in pain many artists will lighten their pressure to help avoid the discomfort which gets them out of the dermal-epidermal junction aka “sweet spot” which is where you’ll get the incredible retention of your strokes.
It is hard to inflict pain on anyone so that is why I am always on the quest for the best numbing cream!
Here are a few I have tried and can give you my opinion on pros and cons.
Unfortunately, we can’t get around this fact!
Any procedure that requires us to break the skin and place pigment or ink into the skin will be painful.
Luckily, we have numbing cream to help dramatically reduce the pain that is felt during the procedure.
But we have one (or two) major problem(s)…
#1. There is no one magical numbing cream that will work for every single client.
We all have different skin and genetics so each of us will process the numbing creams differently.
#2. We all tolerate pain differently
We also have different pain thresholds so while a numbing cream might work amazingly their pain threshold might be lower than others.
The good news is that we can cut down on this problem simply with education.
Many patients are nervous about the procedure simply because they don’t know what to expect and the unknown is often quite scary.
As a rule of thumb, I educate my clients what to expect prior to starting.
Simply letting them know that the procedure will hurt is enough to “prepare” them and reduce their discomfort by a large margin.
Is it possible to make the procedure painless?
Yes and no, but that shouldn’t be your goal.
There are definitely some clients who will not feel a thing, but this is rare and occurs around 20% of the time (1 in 5 clients).
Instead of telling your clients not to expect any pain, it’s better to tell them you will feel pain but we will do our best to manage it.
This helps you set your expectations up front.
I tell my clients that an average expectation and result is when they are at a 3-5 on a 1-10 pain scale.
This way it prepares them to know it is normal to feel some pain but also to tell me if it’s shooting way up to a 9 or a 10 (because this isn’t normal!).
It may be helpful to describe the pain of pain that they may be feeling and compare it to something that everyone is familiar with.
I often describe microblading as an annoying tweezing sensation and most of my clients can relate to that description!
In most situations, as long as you use numbing cream appropriately, your clients will be bothered more by the noise of the procedure rather than the pain.
How do you know if your client will respond well to numbing cream?
A great question to ask them is if they numb well at the dentist.
Clients want to know if they will feel anything and I tell them it is entirely based on their genetics.
If your client has a history of trouble getting numb with dental procedures then you can assume that they will probably not respond well to topical numbing creams.
In addition, the genetics of your client also play an important role in determining how much numbing cream you will need and how quickly the numbing agent will wear off.
This is because we all metabolize the numbing cream at different rates. Some will start very numb but their bodies go through it so quickly that they can feel like by the end of the first pass before we re numb.
Also depending on the place, you are at in the brow also changes the sensitivity.
The front bulb area is usually the most comfortable but there are more nerve endings as you go towards the arch and the tale of the brow.
Numbing the Skin for Microblading:
There are two very important aspects to numbing your client when it comes to microblading.
The first is with the closed skin (meaning before the procedure) and the second is with open skin (meaning after you have cut into the skin).
It’s important to numb at both times for the best results!
How you approach numbing your client is also important for the flow of your visit with the client.
Some artists numb the client in the beginning and then draw the shape on and immediately microblade after the shape is on.
Another method is to draw the shape then numb once you have the shape on the face (this is my preferred method).
Using this approach allows for more time to apply the shape as opposed to rushing to get the shape on before the numbing cream starts to wear off.
Numbing cream can be difficult to get, especially if you don’t have a Doctor or medical director to write you a prescription.
Luckily, there are several brands which are available over the counter and still work well!
I’ve included a list of the various types and brands of numbing cream that I’ve personally used and can vouch that they are effective.
Just realize that the strongest numbing creams do often require a prescription, while the numbing creams which are available over the counter are not quite as strong.
But, because they are available (in places such as eBay and Amazon) you really don’t have an excuse NOT to use one.
Here are my recommended products:
When to use: Can be used for Open AND Closed skin.
Active ingredients: 5% lidocaine
Where to buy: Available on Amazon.
When to use: Can be used for Open AND Closed skin.
Active ingredients: 4% Lidocaine and epinephrine in gel form
Where to buy: Available on Amazon & eBay.
When to use: Can be used for Open AND Closed skin.
Active ingredients: 5% lidocaine
Where to buy: Not available on amazon.
When to use: Can be used on CLOSED skin only.
Active ingredients: 2.5% Lidocaine & 2.5% Prilocaine (combination numbing cream)
Where to buy: Only available with a prescription from a physician.
When to use: Can be used for Open AND Closed skin.
Active ingredients: Contains all 3: Lidocaine, Tetracaine and Benzocaine (very powerful combination numbing cream)
Where to buy: Only available with a prescription from a physician (must get from a compounding pharmacy).
How do you use numbing cream for best results?
This is another important step because there are some tricks and tips you can use to help improve how effective your numbing cream will be.
Some of this isn’t taught in training programs so I’m including it here:
Step 1: Clean the area and make sure it is not wet prior to application
Step 2: Apply a generous amount of numbing cream to the target area (be sure to apply numbing cream to the ENTIRE brow)
Step 3: Occlude the numbing cream/gel to the skin (this means to cover the gel with clear plastic paper) to help improve absorption
Step 4: Wait a sufficient amount of time (up to 25-30 minutes)
Step 5: Test the area by lightly poking the skin, your client should feel pressure but they should not feel pain
Is there a difference between the numbing cream used for Tattooing and microblading?
The answer is no.
The same type of numbing cream is used for both procedures.
The only difference is that microblading is not quite as painful as tattooing is at baseline.
This is because microblading does not go as deep as tattooing and the strokes require less surface area than a tattoo does.
This results in less damage to the skin and fewer pain signals from the nerve cells!
If you are getting a tattoo it’s often best to use combination numbing creams such as those that contain tetracaine, lidocaine, and epinephrine.
These numbing creams tend to be more potent and more powerful than the single ingredient numbing gels/creams.
If you are practicing microblading make sure you understand the basics when it comes to using numbing cream.
Using numbing cream will help improve your client satisfaction and will, therefore, improve your results and help build your business.
If you aren’t familiar with numbing cream you can practice on yourself until you understand how it works.
Now I want to hear from you:
Are you already using numbing cream on your clients?
Do you have trouble getting your clients numbed?
Leave your comments below!
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:
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.
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?
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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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).
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:
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 🙂
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:
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!