Friday, May 26, 2017

What Is Microblading And Should I Learn How To Do It

So the big buzz in brows right now is Microblading.  If you perform brow services, you may be fielding questions about what exactly Microblading is and if your client should get it done. 

Let's start with...

What Is Microblading And Should I Learn How To Do It

Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery, has been around awhile now.  Some parts of the world, like the United States, are just catching on.  But other parts of the world, like Japan for example, have offered Microblading for many years.

So Microblading works like this: a pigment is manually deposited into the skin by use of a pen-like instrument, which contains several fine needles organized in a line, that resembles a scalpel. When the Microblading tool is pressed against the skin, the needles penetrate the skin making fine incisions that leave behind the pigment. In theory, the strokes made by the technician are to be thin and mimic the look of fine hairs.

There are usually two sessions. The first would be the bulk of the work and would last approximately two hours. And then a second session two to fours weeks after the initial session.  This is to see how the brows are healing, how the color is fading and to do any necessary touch ups or corrections.  Between the two sessions, the client's brows will scab over and there will be limitations as to what products can be used around the brows to keep the pigment intact.

But let's not mince words. This is a tattoo, period.


Your client will eventually ask if they should get this done, especially once it is written about more and more in popular magazines and discussed on TV.  I might suggest this procedure to clients who have sparse brows - brows that have lots of space between the hairs.  I would also recommend this to clients who just can't seem to get their brows to fill-in in certain spots.  Also, some clients with very fair brows may like a touch of deeper color blended in.

But these same issues can easily be solved with pencils and powders. So the real question is does any client really need Microblading?  That will be up to your client.  Do they hate filling in their brows everyday?  Do they want the brows to look fuller, not by creating a softness and shadow with temporary pencils and powders, but with the look of actual hairs?  Would their brows be perfected if tiny gaps and spaces were filled in with the hairlike strokes that Microblafing could offer?

Also, there is a pain issue.  A numbing cream is applied before the procedure, but some sensitive clients may not tolerate the process as well as others.


The results vary, to put it politely.  I have seen amazing work - online.  Done by artists that are not in my area.  But my clients that have gone off (against my advice, by the way) and found an artist through a friend-of-a-friend and had it done, have had less than stellar results.

Now, as with any beauty procedure, it is part art and part technique.  The results I have seen have been neither.  It was as if the artist could not even place an arch properly or decide where a brow should begin.  I have also seen brows that look like someone took a magic marker to draw on the hairs.  It is called MICROblading for a reason.  The strokes should be thin look like real hairs.

If you don't know how to properly design a brow, you have no business allowing a client to wear your mistake on their face simply because you want to make more money with a trendy service.

Also, it seems as though the only color artists seem to use is jet black.  Either they are not mixing the pigment properly or not accounting for the color of the clients skin and how the final results will read.  But even ladies that have told me "she said she used blonde" seem to have jet black brows.

Many Microblading artists have taken the EyebrowMBA course to help round out their skill set.  Brow design may not be a priority in most Microblading classes, but it is an absolute must if you want to be successful in the industry.

Microblading is not regulated by the Cosmetology Board in most states.  So can you practice it?  Perhaps not.  Just because the Cosmetology Board does not regulate it does not mean that it is not regulated or does not require Licensing by another board.  Many states require a Tattooing License to legally provide this service if you are not a medical doctor.  So be sure you are not performing this service illegally.


Are you considering performing this service?  Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

-Do you have stellar brow design skills now?

-Do you mind working around blood?  There will be a little blood during the procedure.

-Are you comfortable doing a more "medical" procedure?

-Do you have a steady hand?

-How are your color theory skills?

-Are you willing to practice, practice, practice before charging for your work?

-There is a great deal of technique to Microblading, are you ready to work hard and learn the proper and precise techniques?

-The work can be difficult on your body, are you willing to have a bit of physical fatigue?

If you answered yes to the above, you might enjoy the work. I think if you are detail oriented, like precision and enjoy truly allowing your client to be freed from a pesky brow problem that has bothered them for years, you would do well.

But remember, this procedure has a medical component.  You need to be comfortable with laying down the law and discussing serious aftercare with your client.  Because you are cutting the skin, there is risk for real infection.


Microblading is a tattoo procedure that is more medical in nature.  It requires great eyebrow design skills and a serious amount of practice and patience to master.  You may need additional Licensure, so be sure to check with your state board.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eyebrow Threading Training Online!

Have you wanted to learn how to thread your client's brows but didn't know where to begin?  We we can help!

Step-by-step instructions for basic eyebrow threading plus the ultimate eyebrow design course in one class...and best of all, it is all online!

This class is designed for beauty pros, so if you want to offer your client's the hottest service in the industry, check us out.

Celeb Brow of the Week - Michelle Williams

Thought we would take a look at Golden Globe nominee Michelle Williams Brows.

Michelle's delicate features need an equally delicate brow, and we feel that she achieves this.
Her brows start and end well, are not too thick for her features and have a modern, loose line.

The only thing we would suggest is that she lighten her brow powder by one shade.  But notice how you are drawn immediately to her eyes, exactly what a great pair of brows should do.

Next week, we will look at her brows from the film My Week with Marilyn, where she portrays Marilyn Monroe.

(Photo Credit: AP/Peter Kramer)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Eyebrow Threading Class Online!

Ever wanted to try eyebrow threading but never knew how to begin? Well, now as part of the EyebrowMBA program you can learn eyebrow threading basics.

Our step-by-step threading lessons are perfect for the beginner threader. We'll show you all you need to know to start practicing this ancient technique. And don't forget, our eyebrow design certification course is all online!

Find out more

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Art of Brows - Classes for Beauty Pros!

Have you ever wondered why some estheticians can do brows really well? What do they know that you don't?
Well, they know that sculpting perfect brows is an art. Anyone can learn the Art of Brows if they know the secrets to great brow design!

We will teach you what insiders know...all of the tricks of the trade! Our studio was recently featured in the cover story, Eyebrow Couture, of Associated Skin Care Professionals' Magazine.

Don't wait any long to master the Art of Brows!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eyebrow Design Lessons for Pros! Three Quick Lessons for You!

Want to learn three quick tips to take your eyebrow shaping to the next level? Click here to gain access to three lessons from EyebrowMBA.

Shaping brows will never be a challenge again. Our online brow training course is exactly what you need to design amazing brows on every client, every time.

Whether you tweeze, wax or thread brows, our design class will help you make more money doing what you do!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eyebrow Training Classes - Learn Eyebrow Design Online!

Have you ever been terrified when a client asks for an "eyebrow arch"? Well, you are not alone. Many professionals shudder at the thought of reshaping a client's brows. And really, there is no need to be afraid.

Once you have the tools to shape the perfect brow for every client, you will welcome eyebrow shaping to your book, which can add to your take home bottom line!

EyebrowMBA will help you get all of the confidence you need to master eyebrow artistry. Best of all, you can learn it all online!

Check it out to be one of the first to enroll and earn your EyebrowMBA!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eyebrow Shaping Certification

Looking to get certified in the art of eyebrow shaping and design? How about doing it all online?

You have come to the right place! The first online certification program of its kind. All lessons, lectures and videos are online! Once you pass the test, then you will have earned your EyebrowMBA and bragging rights in your salon.

Completely affordable, the course gives you insider tricks that will have you shaping amazing brows on every client, every time.

Check out today and be on your way to becoming the best eyebrow artist you can be.

Anti-Fatigue Tweezers

Have you been looking for a professional tweezer that you can use all day without any fatigue? Well look no further than LaVaque's slant tip tweezer.

It really is like tweezing with air. The precision tip glides across the skin and your fingers will hardly feel any tension. The ease of closure is almost a little hard to get used to, but you will never look back once you have tried LaVaque! They also have tweezers dressed up with gems for the more fashionable brow artist!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Eyebrow Shaping Class - What You'll Learn in Our Course

Never be afraid of eyebrow shaping again! Once you know the secrets of great eyebrow design, you will create amazing brows on every client, every time. Through lecture, guides and videos you will gain confidence and perfect your skills. And best of all, the course is all online!

Here is just a taste of what you will learn:

-How to Tweeze Your Way to the Top
-Seven Deadly Shaping Sins to Avoid
-To Wax or Not to Wax...Is that the Only Question?
-Two Secret Lines on the Brow that will Change Everything
-Waxing, Tweezing, Threading...What Should I Learn to Do?
-Face Shape and Facial Features Analysis
-Only Have 5 Minutes?  We Can Teach You Something New
-Pencils, Powders, Stencils, Oh My!
-Never Fear Brows Again...Become a Brow Scultping Black Belt
-Videos, Pictures and Guides to Help You Get it Right the First Time
-Pass the Test, get the Certificate (licensed students only)

What are you waiting for?