Microblading Essentials

Looking to invest in microblading tools and equipment? You’ve come to the right place. This article is a guide to how much you’ll shell out to launch your microblading career.

Our first installment discussed the different microblading application tools plus their prices and our recommendations.

Read the article here: Here’s the budget for these microblading essentials (Part 1)

And, to reiterate our disclaimer:

  • This article is not a replacement for professional microblading training.
  • We recommend that you enroll in a microblading class before purchasing any of the tools mentioned below.

Now, to business:

Microblading Needles

Microblading artists use different needles to perform different procedures. You’ll need to know which one to use for each occasion.

Brands aren’t as important as you’d think when it comes to purchasing microblading needles. What matters more is that your supplier can assure your needles are sterilized.

To quote from our guide on microblading sanitation and sterilization, remember that:

  • Pre-sterilized needles should be packaged individually.
  • Opening an autoclave bag containing multiple needles requires you to re-sterilize all needles inside the bag before use.

Suppliers that don’t follow these safety guidelines should be avoided at all costs.

Single Needle

Price range: $7+

The single needle can go very deeply into the skin, thanks to its thin width. Microblading artists use single needles to penetrate the dermal layer and to create hair-like brush strokes.

Three Round Needle

Price range: $7+

The Three Round Needle draws a thick line and a nice tail, making it perfect for eyeliner microblading.

Four Flat Needle

Price range: $10+

Four Flat Needles hold more pigment than other needles, but they’re quicker to cause bleeding. These needles are often used for lip microblading.

Microblading Ink Pigments


Price range: $75 per bottle

When browsing for microblading ink pigments, always check for the ingredients, manufacturer, and allergy compatibility.

We don’t recommend buying ink pigments from just anywhere, as these tools can cause a lot of harm for your clients.

Low-quality ink pigments are in danger of fading into unseemly blue or green colors over time. They can also slow down healing time.

We recommend our very own organic microblading ink pigments. We chose to produce organic ink pigments because they:

  • Have several color shades, perfect for any skin tone
  • Don’t have ny harmful chemicals
  • Are more quickly absorbed by the skin, thus facilitating faster healing time
  • Don’t fade into blue or green ink

The OPM microblading ink pigment shades are based on the FItzpatrick Scale, the same skin tone scale used by dermatologists. Our many shades match skin tones ranging from fair to deep brown.

Numbing Agents


Price range: $65+ per bottle

Numbing agents are crucial to the microblading process; without them, clients wouldn’t have a comfortable, pain-free experience. Microblading without the use of topical numbing agents is too painful for any client to stand.

There are many different numbing agents to choose from, so be sure to check for:

  • Numbing duration
  • Ingredients
  • Manufacturer
  • Side effects
  • Allergy compatibility

At OPM, we use a two-step numbing system to ensure clients never feel any pain, only discomfort, if any. Two two-step system involves applying topical numbing gel before and during the procedure.

Read here to find out more about how it works.


Price range: $10+ every 10 gloves

Sanitation is an investment. To ensure your and your client’s safety, you need to always have gloves on hand. In fact, you’ll likely need more than one type of glove.

While common and easy to purchase, rubber latex gloves aren’t your best bet for protection.

According to medical studies, more than 50% of American healthcare workers present with allergic reactions to rubber latex gloves. These reactions include:

  • Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Hand perspiration
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Open lesions
  • Redness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

To avoid any allergies, use latex-free, nitrile, or vinyl gloves.

Note: Correctly-fitting latex and nitrile gloves should be snug and secure on your hands. On the other hand, vinyl gloves should be baggy.

Budget computation

To get an idea of how much you’ll need initially, here’s a computation of your investments on your first 10 procedures:

OPM Machine              $ 2,700
Needles                              $ 100
Ink Pigments                    $ 750
Numbing Agents          $ 1,300
Gloves                                   $ 10

Total                               $ 4,860

At 500 USD per procedure, you can pay back that investment with only 10 clients (assuming 1 client = 1 procedure). That’s only 5 days if you have an average of 2 clients per day!

Microblading might seem expensive (to for you and the client!) at first glance, but as you can see, the return of investment arrives pretty quickly.

And with microblading training classes at only $2,000, it’s plain to see how microblading is far cheaper than other career and business ventures.

Check out available training courses today! Or, if you’re done with training, you can start shopping for your new tools with just a few clicks.

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