Becoming a great, fully booked microblading artist is a dream come true. However, it requires years of practice and learning. Artists pick up some good techniques and valuable tricks through their experience in working with clients with different skin types and different preferences.
A great artist knows that the same things don’t work for every client – microblading will not give the same results for every person, and that is why they need to adjust their technique, as well as aftercare instructions.
We collected some useful microblading tips for artists.
Top 10 Microblading Tips for Artists
Here’s a list of top microblading tips for artists which will help you give every client their dream brows.
Tip #1 – Consultations Are Very Important
Clients are aware that microblading will stay on their face for months, even years and sometimes it’s hard for them to make the final decision. They are also afraid of whether the procedure will be painful, whether they will like their new brows and whether they’ve chosen the right artist.
Consultations are a great way to get to know the client and explain everything about the treatment. They will feel more relaxed and trust you. You will also see if they are a good candidate for microblading, and “feel their vibe”. Sometimes, you can sense if you are going to deal with a difficult client and maybe decide to turn them down.
Some renowned artists charge for consultations, and that’s okay because they are fully booked and have too many clients. But if you’re just starting out or struggling to get more clients, offer complimentary consultations. The statistics say that a great percentage of consultations lead to bookings.
Tip #2 – Pre-Care Tips
Once the client books a treatment, make sure you give them clear pre-care instructions so that the treatment goes smoothly. They should include the following:
- Stop using retinol, chemical peels, or Vitamin A products 1 month prior.
- Don’t get Botox injections for at least 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid facials at least 2 weeks prior.
- Avoid sunbathing or tanning 2 weeks prior.
- Stop plucking or waxing your eyebrows at least 1 week prior.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin, or fish oil supplements for at least 24 hours prior.
- If you take blood-thinning medication, consult your doctor and see if it’s possible to discontinue the use for a few weeks prior.
Tip #3 – Patch Test
One of the most valuable microblading tips for artists – don’t skip the patch test.
You don’t want any complications and unsuccessful treatment. Test if your clients are allergic to pigments and numbing creams as well as the other products you use during the treatment.
To understand the importance of patch testing, read this article: Is Patch Testing Necessary? Why You Should Always Do a Microblading Patch Test.
Tip #4 – Mapping
Mapping is the most important step on the process and every artist has their own technique. Some artists have trouble if they map after numbing because the outline can get smudged.
Some advise mapping before numbing and using a surgical pen. A micro brush is usually used to remove the traces of the surgical pen afterward.
Other artists pre-numb, then wipe off the numbing cream, and then do the mapping. However, if the mapping takes too long, the effects of the numbing cream may wear off before you even start microblading.
More and more artists advise skipping the pre-numbing part. It can be uncomfortable for the clients, but it’s said to give better results. If your client has high pain tolerance, you can suggest skipping the pre-numbing part.
If you are not sure which way to go, try both options and see.
You can get more mapping microblading tips for artists in this article: Eyebrow Mapping Tips and Tricks – How to Create the Best Outline for Every Client
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Tip #5 – The Number of Passes
The number of passes depends on your technique and the client’s skin. Most artists do 2-3 passes. It’s always better to go lighter, and add more pigment at the touch up, than making the brows too dark.
When going over the strokes, you should deposit the color in the incisions before sliding your blade. To avoid making double strokes, once you press the blade into the incision, don’t lift it while dragging.
Also, if you go too deep during the second pass, the color will turn cool when healing. So, don’t go deeper when you go over. The stroke has already been created and you just need to implant the pigment.
Tip # 6 – Place the Strokes Further Apart
Make sure your strokes are not too close to each other before you see how they will heal. If they are too close together, they can become blurry and the microblading will look more like powder brows. You can add more strokes at the touch up, if necessary.
Tip #7 – Don’t Give the Client a Mirror
It’s okay to give the clients a mirror after you complete the first pass, but if they are asking for it after each hair stroke (and some of them will) it can make you nervous. So, tell them to trust you and don’t let them check your work so often.
Tip #8 – Pigment Mask
Pigment masks are very popular and effective. Their purpose is to ensure better retention and more vivid color of the pigment. Most artists do them after each pass.
Learn why and how to do a pigment mask in this article: How to Do the Pigment Mask Right – Get the Best Microblading Results
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Tip #9 – Know Your Aftercare
There are some universal aftercare tips you should tell your clients to follow to make sure they get the best of their microblading. But the question is: do you prefer wet or dry healing?
There are pros and cons to both ways. Some artists say that the hair strokes heal crisper with dry healing, while others say that wet healing is more comfortable for clients and there’s less scabbing. You can also try both and see which method works better for your clients.
Also, if you tell your client to keep their brows dry during the healing period, they may not wash them at all. Washing eyebrows regularly is a must – they shouldn’t get them soaking wet, or go swimming, or sweat too much.
Learn more about that here: When Can I Wash My Eyebrows After Microblading?
Tip #10 – Warn the Clients About the Brow Shock
Prepare your clients for what’s coming after the treatment. They may not know much about the healing stages of microblading. They may also start freaking out the next day when the brows appear too bold and dark and they may start texting you asking for removal or refund. Tell them that their brows will look like that and that they will lighten and shrink.
Also tell them about the scabbing stage and the ghosting stage, when the brows appear too light. It’s important for them to understand that the true results will be seen only when the brows are completely healed, after 4-6 weeks.
Creating beauty is a noble and creative job. Someone’s confidence is in your hands. Make sure you always work hard, practice, and learn to be able to provide the best service to your clients. We hope you find these microblading tips for artists helpful. Good luck!
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