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Microblading Artist Income

Life is short, and our days are shorter. Where there are working moms and busy women, there’s a need for a permanent makeup artist. By removing the need for a makeup routine, we gain back lost time and a longer day.

In this series, we talk about how you can become a top microblading artist.

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Becoming a microblading artist is no easy feat. There’s training, certification, and making a name for yourself.

The good news? It’s all worth it.

Microblading is a lucrative career that you can do either full-time or part-time. Some work at the microblading clinic of their choice while others perform procedures at their clients’ homes. Microblading can be your main source of income or something you do on the side. It’s all up to you.

Is microblading expensive?

Microblading services at well-established clinics can go from $400 to $600, depending on the clinic and its location. This might seem like a hefty price tag, but it’s actually not. Let’s look at the math.

If a client spends an average of $25 a month on eyebrow makeup, then that’s $600 worth of eyebrow makeup in two years. Not to mention the time spent on applying that makeup (let’s say 45 minutes a day, five days a week). That’s 21,600 minutes or 360 hours a year. Also known as 15 days.

This means that temporary eyebrow makeup can set back a person by $600 and 15 days every single year.

Now, let’s compare that to an eyebrow microblading session. The client pays $500 and spends an hour to complete the session. She comes in for a total of 3 retouches over the next two years.

Permanent makeup will set that client back by $500 and 3 hours.

Microblading only seems expensive because it’s a one-time payment. The truth is that, when you think long-term, microblading is the cheapest option for any beauty junkie out there.

What are clients paying for?

Microblading artists with golden hearts might be tempted to give a discount on their price tag. If $500 still seems steep to you, consider this: they’re not just paying for your actual labor.

For every $500 paycheck you receive, the client has also paid for:

  • your training and education
  • any equipment and tools used during the procedure
  • microblading pigments
  • numbing creams used in the procedure
  • guaranteed safety because you are a well-trained microblading artist

There are a number of clinics who will offer microblading sessions for less than $250. That’s a red flag right there. They can’t lower their prices without sacrificing something crucial. In fact, clients need to be warned that a huge discount likely comes at the price of lower quality pigments and tools or an untrained or uncertified artist. As always, we get what we pay for.

How much money is in microblading?

Going by the $500 per session average, here’s a computation of how much money can be made from microblading:

Service 1 procedure per week 2 procedures per week 3 procedures per week 4 procedures per week 10 procedures per week
Eyebrows
$500
$500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $5,000
Full lip
$750
$750 $1,500 $2,250 $3,000 $7,500
Eyeliner
$500
$500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $5,000
Total $1,750 $3,500 $5,250 $7,000 $17,000
Annual $91,000 $182,000 $273,000 $364,000 $884,000

Earning $500 a week will give you $26,000. That’s just one procedure per week. If you perform one microblading session a day, that’s $130,000. Imagine how much more you could make if you worked at a clinic with a steady stream of clients.

Up next: Marketing your microblading business

If you’re not too keen on joining an existing microblading clinic, entrepreneurship is the way to go. In our next article, we discuss questions like “Do I need to hire a marketing team?,” “On which social media sites should I be active?,” and “What’s the best branding strategy for my business?”

Read: Marketing your microblading business

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