PSA: how to choose a safe and qualified microblading artist.
1. Book a consultation and site inspection
Look for an environment that is tidy, well-lit, pet-free, and sanitary. An unsanitary environment is a huge red flag when someone is making incisions into your skin.
2. Tools and equipment inspection
It is essential that all microblade needles the artist uses are sterilized and sterilization markings should be indicated on the packaging. You should also see a sharps container and watch that used tools be deposited into the sharps container.
3. Copy of training certificates
Make sure your artist displays their training certifications. Due to the recent surge in popularity of microblading and the lack of regulation for training, there are many new artists who have not been properly trained, which highly increase the chances of client complications with the procedure.
4. Blood-borne pathogen completion course. This ensures that the technician is fully trained on proper cross contamination procedures and keeps a clean and safe environment for clients.
5. Seeing Previous HEALED Work
Remember this rule of thumb: “immediately after” pictures show art, “healed” pictures show skill.
6. Gloves. Ensuring that an artist is wearing and changing gloves throughout your procedure is a given. It’s critical that those gloves that are touching the open wounds on your face haven't been contaminated by touching reusable objects in the procedure room such as lights, mirrors, phones, or worse yet - another client.
7. Disposable Environment
Does the artist live in a disposable universe? Do they dispose of all microblades, handles, needles, gloves, and everything else that may be contaminated immediately after they no longer need them?
It’s good to take note of what the artist’s typical protocol is for microblading aftercare. They should explain aftercare, and why it’s important.
9. Do You Qualify for the Procedure
Reasons for this can vary depending on your skin type or medical conditions you may have, including medications or supplements.