How to become a Microblading/Permanent Makeup Artist
So you’re considering becoming a permanent makeup artist! Excellent Idea. You’ll be joining the ranks of permanent makeup artists all around the world who have lucrative careers in permanent cosmetics — a stimulating and rewarding profession.
But let’s stop right there. Microblading is really old-school. In fact the only reason you will see me mention it in this article is so google helps you find me.
Today the landscape of permanent makeup is making huge technological strides. The artistry is the same but, now infused with technology, the application has evolved.
If you haven’t already heard about Nanoneedling you can learn everything you need to know here. For our article today we’re going to use Nanoneedling in all of our examples.
Often we think of microblading when we think of permanent makeup but let’s not forget that Microblading is only a technique. In Canada there is no specific road map to becoming a permanent makeup artist other than dedication and determination. I have traveled the world to study under some of the industry’s most talented permanent makeup professionals. I have invested 10’s of thousands in training over the course of 6 years. Certification is very important. It helps you build trust with your clients and also allows you to insure your business. Without Certification you will not be able to garner the insurance necessary to protect yourself from liabilities.
Here I will try to answer all of your questions about becoming a Nanoneedling/permanent makeup artist as it relates to my own success.
What is permanent cosmetics?
Permanent cosmetics (Nanoneedling, or permanent makeup) is a practice that uses specialized electronic devices to deposit pigments under the skin. The purpose of this technique is to replicate a natural makeup look that is permanent. To be honest it’s really for anyone, from the busy corporate mom to the brave warrior battling cancer. Older women and women with parkinson’s disease also turn to permanent cosmetics when applying daily makeup has become a laborious or even impossible task. Permanent cosmetics is also a recourse for women who want to skip applying makeup every day and enhance their appearance in a more permanent way. Whoever your client is, I assure you they are in abundance and they all need someone they can trust to capture their true beauty and freeze it in time.
Why should you start a career in the permanent makeup industry?
I love being a permanent makeup artist. Though it can be a high stakes job with no room for mistakes, if you work well under pressure like I do, you can change lives.
There are many benefits to choosing this very unique profession. First of all, the fact that it’s a highly specialized profession means there is less competition, and I mean real competition. For example, there are far fewer permanent makeup artists than there are hair stylists. As a result, permanent makeup artists can charge more for their services and as a result have higher incomes. The demand for permanent cosmetics is increasing year after year as the technology and pigments become more and more advanced and the social appeal towards the techniques are growing in popularity.
Also, this job gives you the freedom to be your own boss when you’re ready. According to a 2016 survey from the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, 87.1% of permanent makeup professionals who took the survey are self-employed and almost another 20% are independent contractors. In the last 4 years, as we enter into 2020 we have only seen these statistics increase.
The following estimates in the linked survey are moderate, and unfortunately in 2016 not many people were using Nanoneedling so most of the numbers are reflecting
What is the average salary for a permanent makeup artist?
A quick google search will show you that this is a tricky question to answer. The 3 most common reasons it’s hard to pinpoint a specific salary range are:
- It’s a very specialized field;
- Income depends on how much the artist charges per procedure and how many procedures he or she does;
- Salaries are not the norm, as most permanent makeup artists are self-employed.
Remember, permanent make up artists usually do several procedures, most commonly eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. Some estimates online say the average salary is between $65,000 to $120,000 a year. These projections can vary greatly, but it is important to note that even the lowest of that range is a very decent salary by Canadian standards.
For the purposes of estimating how much you could earn as a permanent makeup artist, I can only speak from my own experience as a business owner and in doing so, it would be more accurate to discuss income and profit. Income is the total amount of revenue that you will pocket immediately after a procedure, and profit will be whatever is left after you pay for expenses such as: wages, material, rent, licenses, insurance, tax liabilities etc.
Let’s start with just Nanoneedling for this example. Nanoneedling prices vary greatly depending on location and the esthetician’s experience. We have seen prices go as low as $400 and as high as $1500. The math for gross earnings is fairly simple.