- Issue Time
- Oct 12,2022
Microblading is a skill that takes time to master. Before you're ready to start receiving clients, you need to practice practice practice. We have prepared a series of tips and tricks to help you get a realistic microblading experience.
Microblading is very easy to learn. You can learn Microblading in a 2-day express course.
You can start working within a few weeks.
Incorrect! Microblading courses are often advertised as quick workshops that will teach you everything you need to know about microblading and keep you on the job after, earning thousands of dollars a week.
In reality, microblading is a skill that takes time to master. Yes, the course will give you a solid foundation and you won't be able to enter the industry without attending a course from an accredited academy or trainer.
But before you're ready to start receiving clients, you need to practice practice practice. Even when you get to work, the only way to develop a signature style is to keep practicing when you're not hosting clients.
We have prepared a series of tips and tricks to help you get a realistic microblading experience.
Why is microblading practice important?
Before accepting a client, you must practice all aspects of therapy, primarily mapping, stroke patterns, and depth of implementation. If you don't master all of these props before you work on the actual skin, you may leave your first clients with a botched brow, and your clients and you as dissatisfied and frustrated.
This can be discouraging and make you think you're not good at microblading at all, when in fact you're not ready.
So, if you're new to microblading, plan ahead and give yourself a few months of dedicated microblading practice. Here are the points you need to pay special attention to, and how to master them.
How to practice mapping?
Most students go straight to practicing their strokes - we agree that sounds like the funniest part. But mapping is probably the most important step in the microblading process. You can create the prettiest pattern, but if the shape of the arch doesn't fit the client's face or the eyebrows are asymmetrical, it goes to waste.
So, ask all your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and anyone who is willing to help you and practice drawing on them. There are many PMU mapping tools that can help too, but nothing beats a realistic mapping exercise on a real 3D face. Try to find as many different faces, genders, age groups, and style preferences as possible - you never know who your first customers will be.
If you're already hosting clients and want to prepare for each, you can ask them to send you a photo of their face, especially if you think they'll be tricky. Print them out and practice drawing outlines for them. Try different shapes and see what works and what absolutely doesn't.
Of course, things may change when you actually map them, but knowing which direction to go will shorten your mapping time during your appointments. You can even show clients different versions to see what they like best.
How to practice stroke patterns?
Using a stroke pattern, a good old pencil and paper is a good start. Spend as much time drawing different brows as possible, repeating a pattern as many times as necessary to get it right.
You can then switch to microblading practice on your tattoo practice skin.
With so many practice props out there these days, it can be hard to choose. Try to find good quality latex that is similar in quality to your actual skin. There are latex sheets that have been outlined, but blank sheets also allow you to practice shapes, not just patterns.
Make sure to practice the different spines thoroughly. You usually have to follow your client's natural eyebrow growth pattern, and you need to know how to create many different spines.
How to practice depth?
Learning the correct microblading depth is the trickiest thing to get the hang of, so you should dedicate a lot of your microblading practice time to it. You need to practice it over and over to develop muscle memory - it will do most of the work for you.
You can practice depth on fruit and pork skin, and when you're happy with your progress, try it on your own skin.
Different types of fruit are great microblading practice props. Banana peels are preferred - if you leave the fruit in the peel, you'll get an analog of the brow bone. Also, once you cut into the peel, darkening of the peel can be a good indicator of your depth consistency - if all the strokes turn into the same shade, it means your depth is consistent.
Different fruits mimic different skin types:
Orange makes your skin feel thicker, more textured, and with bigger pores.
Apples have smooth, average-thickness skin.
Grapes imitate thin skins.
The membrane of a boiled egg (under the shell) mimics an extremely thin skin.
Potatoes mimic mature skin.
You can also try balloons! Inflate the balloon so it has shape but is not too strong. Practice your stress -- if you pop it, you're under too much stress. This is the depth you should strive for in the tail of the brow, where the skin is the thinnest.
But fruits and balloons are far from human skin. Pigskin gives you a feel as close to human skin as possible, although it is thicker. This is one of the best practice props because it is very cheap and the specialized tattoo practice skins also provide good practice results.
Additional tips for microblading practice
While you can definitely practice with cheap paints that you won't use on your clients, make sure you try the paints you actually use on your clients before your appointment. Different paints have different consistency (some thicker than others) and you should know what to expect.
Blades too! Once you get your new blade, try it on the props first.
If you practice banana peels, you don't need paint. You will quickly frown where you cut into the banana peel and you will see your work.
Your best bet for cleansing your PMU practice skin is probably baby oil, just make sure to blot it thoroughly before your next microblading practice. Alternatively, try micellar water, or for permanent ink, try a nail polish remover.
All of these microblade practice props will help you get ready for client work, but it's still a whole new experience when you're actually doing someone's brows for the first time. So don't be discouraged if your first client doesn't go as smoothly as you hoped. Take your time and know that each pair you make will get easier. If you want to purchase PMU training tools, please contact us.
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