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4 Days to Turn a Makeup Artist Job into a $150,000/year career

Are you currently working as a makeup artist and you want to earn more money in your beauty career? Makeup artists are discovering one effective way of enhancing their skills and earning more money: permanent makeup training. Microblading is one of the most popular permanent cosmetic procedures worldwide. The demand for beauty professionals who want to learn microblading has skyrocketed in recent years.

Is it possible to earn $150,000 a year just by learning microblading procedures? The short answer to that is yes. When you are a certified microblading professional, you can charge from $400 to $1,500 per procedure. That cost is inclusive of 1 follow up session. It is also a highly specialized service with less competition. If your clients are satisfied with your service, they will likely recommend you to their family and friends. You also need to remember that these are not just one-time clients. Depending on the skin type and lifestyle of the client, it tends to fade over time, so they will be coming back for touch-ups. Generally, clients come back for touch-up sessions once every six months. If you peg the average cost of microblading to $500 per client at 10 clients per week, you can hit the $150,000 a year income bracket, not including tips.

Clients are wary of any permanent makeup professional who charges below $100 dollars. Prospective clients need to be assured that their permanent makeup technician has invested in proper training and equipment, certifications, and licenses.

How do you start? Here are some important guidelines about permanent makeup training and microblading:

1. Licensed and certified professionals have more credibility.

Although licensure and certification vary from state to state, it is much better to be certified by professional organization. This adds to your credibility as a microblading and permanent makeup technician. If your state requires licensure before you can practice, you need to have training. So states even require a license applicant to undergo an apprenticeship program and submit proof of practical experience.

2. Check the curriculum.

You can learn microblading techniques and procedures in 4 days. What’s more important is the curriculum content. When you want to learn microblading, look for a comprehensive curriculum that includes the following courses:

- Brow Artistry

In this course, you will learn the artistry of shaping eyebrows, basic to advanced eyebrow shaping techniques, microblading hair strokes method for eyebrows, ombre and shading, and microblading aftercare and touch-up procedures.

- Safety and Sanitation

In this course, you will learn standards of keeping your area sterile, guidelines for equipment safety, needle and equipment selection, bloodborne pathogen training (a requirement for licensure in many states) and microblading use and safety.

- Color Theory and Mixing

This course should include pigment types and colors, mixing pigments, and matching pigments with skin tones.

Aside from these basic curriculum components, the training should also include business management, client consultation, and if you’re ready, advanced microblading. These courses should offer not just lectures but more importantly, hands-on training on live models.

3. Know what it entails.

The average cost of microblading training is about $2,000 to $3,500. This is an investment that will be worth it in the long run.

Those who work in the beauty industry know that aside from skills and knowledge, you need to invest in good tools and equipment. You also need a clean, permanent space where you can see clients. Once you get certified to offer microblading services to clients, you would need tools and accessories to jumpstart your business. Most training programs offer a free microblading kit as part of their package. These tools can be used during your training and during your first sessions as a certified technician.

Here are the tools that you will need:

- Blades and Needles

Blades and needles should be sterile, single-use products. Due to different skin types of clients, you should have a variety of blades and needles so that you can choose which works best for each of them.

- Design Tools

There are many design and precision tools that a microblading professional needs to achieve elegant and symmetrical results. They shouldn’t leave anything to chance so they need measurement rulers and sticky rulers. In order to define eyebrow shape, they need drawing pencils. To fix possible mistakes during the procedure, they would need saline paste and shaping corrector sticks.

- Pigments

Pigments are an important part of microblading. They essentially create the illusion of thicker eyebrows. There are several shades and colors to choose from, giving the makeup technician a lot of room to mix hues.

- Safety and Care Equipment

These are crucial in your microblading practice. You will need a topical anesthetic to reduce the discomfort of the client and cream to protect the skin during recovery. You will also need clean aprons, gloves and face masks in order to prevent the risk of spreading germs and bacteria.

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