Time-Smart Microblading: 9 Tips to Optimize Your Process

By Katarina V.| Last updated on March 11, 2024
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⏱️ 7 min read

We’ve all heard about girl math and we all get the logic behind it. But what about the microblading artist math?

Well, this one is simple — the more appointments you can fit into your schedule, the more profit you make at the end of the day.

The truth is, your time is money, and every stroke counts. So, why not learn how to make the most of your workday? Read on to find the ultimate tips for time-smart microblading!

How Long Does a Typical Microblading Session Take?

For the initial microblading session, the entire treatment should take two to three hours, depending on your client’s skin type and the aesthetic goals you want to achieve.

Most of this time you’ll be choosing the right pigments, taking measurements, shaping, and drawing the client’s brows, so they look as natural, symmetrical, and clean as possible.

However, the touch-up session will take less time, probably one and a half to two hours.

You will mostly spend your time evaluating the healed results, and then adding more strokes or polishing the edges to make sure the final look is on point.

Tip #1:

Now, the best thing you can do to boost your daily performance is to schedule your sessions carefully.

Every initial session requires the 6-8 week touch-up, so you already have some idea of what your schedule is going to look like in the future.

Use this information to plan, mix, and match your appointments to fit more different sessions into a single day.

It’s a smart way to squeeze in more clients, but also to make your day more dynamic and colorful.

Optimizing Session Time: Saving Time = Saving Money

The microblading process begins with a comprehensive consultation to align with your client’s goals, preferences, and to evaluate their skin type and condition.

This step is crucial for achieving amazing microblading results, but it’s also the longest part of your session — and it’s all talk, no action.

That’s why you should always prepare and build your client’s case before their initial session, so when the time comes, you can actually focus on getting the work done.

Tip #2:

To optimize your session time, it’s a good idea to separate your consultations from the initial treatment session.

For example, you can dedicate a specific day each week exclusively to consultations, so you can make the most of your sit-down with the clients.

This sets the ground for successful treatment sessions, and you may also charge a symbolic fee if you feel comfortable with that idea.

Your consults should take around 30 minutes, which leaves you with just enough time to cover your client’s needs, concerns, medical history, and more.

To gain more control over your schedule, try time-tracking your sessions — record the results, study and compare notes, and then choose the practices that work best for you.

If you’re ready to take things a step further, we’ve prepared some tips to help you elevate your beauty business. Learn everything about how to make your consultations pay off here.

Choose the Right Tools, Gadgets & Products

A microblading artist is only as good as their tools, and their tools work better in combination with the right gadgets and products.

So, here’s a couple ideas of what you can do to update your microblading kit and elevate your routine:

Tip #3: Microblading Tools

The first thing you can do to speed up the microblading process is to switch to integrated disposable tools.

With this upgrade, you can simplify your preparation routine by eliminating the need to assemble and autoclave your tools before each session.

Also, with disposable tools, you can establish a more hygienic and convenient tool management system, leading to a smoother and more professional client experience.

Tip #4: Microblading Gadgets

If you don’t use any gadgets in your microblading practice, then you’re really missing out because these tools can boost and speed up your microblading processes.

For example, mapping is typically one of the longest parts of the initial microblading session.

However, with a BB compass, you can significantly cut down your mapping time and get more precise and accurate results.

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Or, you can use a golden ratio divider for quick and precise measuring and outlining, so you don’t have to worry about getting perfect and even brows on both sides.

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To achieve maximum precision when you’re drawing on the brow shape, switch to high-quality mapping pencils that allow you to draw extremely fine and smudge-proof marks on the client’s skin.

Tip #5: Numbing

If your client has a higher pain tolerance and can handle the first light pass without numbing, this is a perfect opportunity for you as an artist to save up on both your time and resources.

In that case, you can skip pre-numbing entirely and use a secondary numbing gel strategically to enhance your client’s comfort during the procedure.

Also, to choose the right numbing for your clients and thus avoid any possible complications, you need to know your options really well.

Learn everything about numbing agents here in just a few minutes.

Tip #6: Pigments

Using premium microblading pigments equals better color retention and saturation with each stroke — all artists know that.

But did you know that with high-quality pigments you can achieve a more uniform application in fewer passes?

It’s true, these are highly concentrated and specifically designed for better coverage, so you can make your microblading faster and more efficient.

However, this doesn’t mean you should work more aggressively or strive for excessive depth, because overworking the skin can lead to damage.

The key is to find a balance and leverage the quality of premium pigments, while at the same time prioritizing the integrity of your client’s skin.

Workspace Organization Strategies

Even if you’re one of those creative souls who thrive in mess, as a microblading artist you need to have your workplace in order.

Just imagine how much time you waste every time you put the procedure on hold just because you can’t find the tool or product you need.

Not only does this look unprofessional from the client’s perspective, but it can also result in a longer microblading session.

Tip #7:

Let’s see how you can optimize your workplace organization before you end up losing a client, or your own time and money:

Tool Accessibility

Arrange your tools systematically to gain easy access to essential microblading instruments.

This minimizes the time you spend searching for specific items during the procedure, allowing you to focus more on the task at hand.


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Product Placement

Organize pigments, numbing creams, and other products in the most logical manner you can think of.

Place everything within arm’s reach to reduce unnecessary movement and optimize your application process.

Sterile Setup

Create a well-organized and sterile environment. Pre-arrange disposable items and make sure they are easily accessible during the procedure.

Client Comfort

Arrange the client’s seating and position in a way that facilitates easy access to the brow area.

This not only ensures client comfort but also allows you to work seamlessly without unnecessary adjustments.

Cleaning Stations

Designate specific areas for cleaning and sterilizing tools.

A well-organized cleaning station ensures that instruments are readily available, contributing to a faster turnaround between clients.

Learn how to keep your workplace spotlessly clean with these handy tips.

Mastery in Hand Movement

If you’re a microblading beginner, you might struggle to create well-defined and natural-looking strokes during treatments.

This happens because you lack control over your movement and pressure, but it’s perfectly normal. Every microblading artist has been in your shoes at some point in their career.

However, this lack of experience may affect the overall length of your sessions or increase the risk of dissatisfaction from your clients.

Tip #8:

Dedicate some time to focused practice to improve your stroke precision and speed. The more you practice, the more skillful you become.

This not only translates to quicker treatments but also reduces the likelihood of errors and the need for corrections. So, invest in some practice latex skin sheets and begin your journey to perfectly crisp hair strokes!

Are There Any Risks Associated with Microblading?

Precision and attention to detail are key in microblading, and rushing through the treatment may lead to serious mistakes and dissatisfied clients.

From consultation to mapping and tattooing, each step of your microblading process plays a part in the safety and satisfaction of your clients, as well as maintaining the reputation of your microblading business.

Tip #9:

If you’re still at the beginning of your microblading career, take your time to learn, build your skills, and grow as an artist. These are all things that will pay off in the future.

But until you get there, the best you can do for your business is to optimize the technical parts of your work — preparation, tool maintenance, and workplace organization.

Use our tips and tricks to set up an ideal work environment, work smart, and trust the process!

Final Thoughts

Adopting a time-smart approach to microblading can significantly boost your productivity as an artist.

By prioritizing positive practices, embracing innovation, and trusting industry-proven methods, you not only streamline the process but also elevate the quality of your work.

Remember, time is a valuable asset, and investing wisely in perfecting your skills and optimizing your procedures can lead to higher client satisfaction, business growth, and a rewarding career in the industry.

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