What To Do Before Microblading

They now know how to do aftercare, but what about the preparations for microblading? Make your clients’ microblading session a more enjoyable experience by advising them on what to do on microblading.

Microblading preparations are straightforward and easy to follow. No weird voodoo or shenanigans required. Following these prep suggestions will help prime the skin for what’s to come, making their permanent makeup session easier for the both of you.

Consider this the ultimate guide for microblading preparations. Read on to find out more.

Fast facts: What clients need to know about microblading

To truly understand the importance of microblading prep, clients need to comprehend the process behind microblading.

When orienting clients about the procedure they’re interested in, here’s what you need to tell them:

  • Definition: Microblading involves the depositing of ink pigments into the skin after the creation of tiny incisions. A specialized microblading pen makes this process possible and allows microblading artists to make precise, careful strokes.
  • Longevity: Microblading can last up to two years given the proper aftercare and regular touchups.
  • Downtime: There is no downtime for microblading procedures, although the skin will need 4 weeks to heal from the incisions. Complete aftercare instructions can be viewed here. Generally, however, clients need to avoid exposing the treated skin to anything that isn’t the prescribed aftercare ointment.
  • Retouching: Clients will need a retouch or a touchup after a month or so, depending on your recommendation as their microblading artist. Afterward, yearly touchups are recommended to keep the colors fresh and vivid.
  • Risks and side effects: Microblading carries the same risks as regular tattooing. Due to the incisions, the skin becomes more prone to infections and to scarring. Thus, clients need to follow aftercare instructions strictly to avoid any untoward incidents.
  • Eligibility: All clients of legal age may avail a microblading procedure, with the exception of the following conditions:
    • Susceptibility to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation
    • Recent fillers, laser procedures, or other cosmetic procedures
    • Chemotherapy
    • Extremely oily skin
    • Allergies to numbing agents
  • Pricing: Eyebrow microblading ranges from 400 to 600 USD. For other prices, check our article on how to price your services.
  • Pain level: Pain felt during microblading is often compared to eyebrow threading or waxing. Additionally, as part of the procedure, the microblading clinic provides numbing agents. These topically applied numbing agents help make the experience more pleasant for the client.

For more information, head over to Your future clients’ frequently asked questions.

Dos and Don’ts before Microblading

Any permanent makeup procedure can be intimidating for the first-timer. The thought of needles or being stared at by a stranger for hours can definitely be anxiety-inducing.

As the microblading artist, it’s part of your job description to reassure the client. You also need to inform them what they should and shouldn’t do before they come in for the procedure.

Here’s everything your client needs to know about microblading preparations.


  • Stress out your brows. Don’t tweeze, wax, thread, or tint your eyebrows prior to a microblading procedure. Doing so will stress out your skin before another extremely stressful process. The skin will therefore have a more difficult time healing.
  • Sunbathe. Do not get a tan 2 weeks before any permanent makeup procedure. Sunburned faces are also ineligible for microblading.
  • Visit the spa. Don’t undergo a facial 2 weeks prior any procedure.
  • Visit the cosmetic clinic, either. Do not get fillers, laser treatments, botox, or other cosmetic procedures 3 weeks before the treatment.
  • Pull weights. Don’t go to the gym on the day of the procedure. Avoid working out before or after the treatment.
  • Eat the wrong things. Do not ingest fish oil or vitamin E a week before the procedure. Both of these are natural blood thinners and will slow down the healing process.
  • Drink the wrong drinks. Don’t ingest any coffee or alcohol at least 48 hours before the procedure. These are also blood thinners. Drinking either of these might cause excessive bleeding.
  • Get ahead of your pain meds. Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen before the procedure. Wait for the topical numbing agents that your microblading artist will apply before the process.


  • Relax. That, and be ready to lie still for at least an hour. If you think it will help, bring headphones and a playlist of relaxing music.
  • Dress for the occasion. It’s totally possible to get your microblading done during your office lunch break. However, if you want to make a day out of it, then don’t be afraid to dress down. Wear your favorite sweater or come in jogger pants. Anything that makes you feel at ease!
  • Bring your ideal brow shape and/or color. Ideally, you and your microblading artist have already discussed your ideal look. However, if you’re coming in without an appointment or wanting to be extra sure, go ahead and bring a printout of your desired look.

Putting clients at ease

Whether you’re dealing with a more difficult client or just wanting to reassure them, here are a few tips to get you going:

  • Break it down. Orient your clients about the whole process. This way, they know what’s going to happen and can prepare themselves before it does happen. Walk them through each step, or show them a video, so they don’t have anything to be anxious about.
  • Talk it out. Before the process, ask them if they want you to tell them what’s happening. If they say yes, then during the procedure, talk in a soothing voice about what’s currently happening. Alternatively, you can fill the silence with chatter. Think dentist appointments. There’s something soothing and reassuring about a dentist (or a microblading artist) that’s comfortable with chatting while working.
  •  …or don’t talk it out. If the client says no to your question about talking, then don’t talk. Some clients find it more nerve-wracking to listen to someone during a procedure. It’s possible that they feel like you’re not focused on your work. To each their own! Honor your client’s preferences, and you’ll be fine.
  • Read them the reviews. During your initial appointment, show your client your Yelp and Facebook reviews. Your positive reviews will put their mind at ease about your capabilities and professionalism. It also gives you an opportunity to explain negative reviews, if any. Maybe the reviewer was unfair, or there was a misunderstanding. Either way, you’ll get a chance to air your side. After all, the client’s going to check out your reviews anyway. Show them that you’re proud of your customer service and you’re unafraid of feedback.
  • Don’t dawdle. Nothing irks a client like an inattentive service provider. Don’t chat with other microblading artists, check your phone, or do anything other than the task at hand.
  • Answer their questions. Honestly. Don’t just tell them what they want to hear. Be upfront and straightforward, and they’ll respect and trust you.


Preparing your client for their microblading procedure doesn’t have to be a headache. Simply print out or email them the guidelines, and answer any questions they might have.

To learn more about providing the best microblading services, check out our series on Microblading 101:

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