Like most spa, salon or tattoo services, in many areas, you must have a license to offer microblading services. Typically, there is a fee for the license, and there may be a written exam – especially regarding health and safety issues related to microblading. Laws vary by state or county and may change over time. To find out the current regulations in your area, start with an online search or by calling your state or county health department or the agency that regulates estheticians and tattoo artists.
However, before you get your microblading license you should get training and certification from a reputable organization. Licensing and certification are not the same. Licensing alone does not mean that you have the skills to create the beautiful brows that clients want.
Licensing indicates that you have met the legal requirements for microblading. Certification indicates that you have been trained and tested by experienced instructors.
By training for certification, you will learn:
- Use of topical numbing and pain management
- Brow and facial shape
- Color theory
- Skin tone
- Microblading techniques and use of tools
- Healing and after care
- Infection prevention
- Treatment area setup
You will also need to practice, both by designing on paper, practicing on latex and ultimately, by working with live models. All of this needs to happen under the supervision of an experienced and certified trainer. Once you are trained, you should have all the knowledge you need to pass any required test for your microblading license.
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Also, after your training, you will be awarded certification. Potential clients can be confident, knowing that not only are you licensed, but you are fully trained to design and create beautiful brows. Because of the cost and the permanence of this service, client expectations are high. Be sure to practice on a few close friends or family members for free to hone your skills and build a portfolio of before and after pictures. Then, you can begin charging more on “real” clients. Over time, you will become very proficient.
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After your first year, you should have a good portfolio of your work and have many clients. By then some of your first clients will be returning for touch-ups. So, don’t forget to keep your microblading license up to date. In most locations, it must be renewed each year to be legally valid. Be sure to take this requirement seriously. You don’t want to invest your time and money in a career, only to find that you are in legal violation.
Additionally, over time, you’ll want to keep up with the latest trends. Notice the brow shapes of top models, celebrities and socialites. The most fashionable people allow their look to change over time, so take a cue from them and be prepared to offer your clients the latest. It never hurts to continue to practice on latex as you try out new shapes.
Keep your ideas fresh, your skills well practiced and your microblading license up to date and you can earn top dollar for years to come!