Frequently Asked Questions

What is microblading?

The microblading process applies pigments into sparse areas of the brow via the microblade to create additional hair-like strokes where needed. This process adds beauty and dimension to the shape of the brow, and highlights one of the beautiful components on the face: the eyes!

Microblading can also be referred to as:

  • 3D Brows
  • Hair Strokes
  • Brow Strokes
  • Feather Brow
  • 6D Eyebrows
  • Semi permanent makeup
  • Hand tool method

Do you need a license or prior training to start Microblading?

In most states you do not need training or a certification to start microblading.  Like any business, you will need to set up a business license. Microblading is a form of tattooing, and in most areas it falls under the same guidelines as tattooing. Tattooing regulations and recommended practices vary from state to state in the United States. It is also subject to body art and cosmetic tattoo/permanent makeup regulations in some areas.

Review your state’s requirements by clicking here: US Map for Permanent Makeup/Body Art LAWS, STATUTES AND REGULATIONS

If you’re unable to find your licensing requirements let us know and we can help you out!

Within the USA over 80% of the state will approve out of state training.  However there are a hand full of states that only approve licensing from training programs within that state.   The unfortunate thing about this is often times these states lack innovation and quality education since they only approve trainings offered within their state.

It’s the responsibility of the student to understand the licensing requirements in their individual areas. Please note legislation and government policies are subject to change. 3D BROWS does not guarantee or assume liability for the accuracy of this information.

 

How can I start a career in microblading?

The inital steps you take now will have a big impact on your sucess as a Microblading/PMU Makeup Artsits.   As your considering this career opportunity we have put together an information page Microblading Career digital packet & Checklist  designed to help new artist avoid some of the common mistakes and pitfalls other microbladers have made.

Learn everything you need to know to becoming a microblading artist such as: 

  • Local licensing Requirement Links
  • Is a Microblading Career right for you?
  • How to find the right training
  • Why 3D Brows!
  • Entry-level Microblading & Machine Shading & Removal Course information
  • Student financing

Click here to access our Microblading Career digital packet & Checklist

What are the course requirements?

You do not need prior experience or a license in-order to attend a training at 3D Brows Academy.     Prior to attending any courses at 3D BROWS ACADEMY, all students are required to submit the following items:

  • Proof of blood-borne pathogens certificate. This course can be taken online for $25 and completed within 2-hours. Click here 
  • Return and comply with 3D Brows Training Agreement.
  • Copy of a current Photo ID (Driver’s license, Passport, etc)
  • Pay off the remaining balance of course total.
  • Must be 18 years of age prior to 1st day of attendance.

We also ask all students to be in compliance with their county health department requirements for sanitation and safety.

Can you get certified with Online Training only?

Yes.. But, it really depends on the indvidual students ability to focus and learn online.   3D BROWS online training is a great educational program for people interested in becoming microblade artists or for seasoned microbladers needing continued educational support.

Do you have the ability to self-teach? If so taking an online training may be an option for you or if you have  some prior experience with tattooing or skincare.  If you like learning by READING, LISTENING or VISUALLY is a great way to gain an understanding of the microblading principles, however for most newbies you will need hands-on experience before working on clients.   Before you sign up for an online training only keep in mind theres a big difference between learning microblading online vs. hands-on learning.   Simply put Online learning  is THEORY based where hands-on learning is EXPERIENCE based.     For example:  If you were to learn how to ride a bicycle with online training only when it comes time to actually ride a real bike would you feel confident & ready?  Microblading is much the same, if you have no prior experience you will need someone by your side as you find your balance and technique.

For the average new microblading student with no expereince online training alone is not enough, and should only be used as a companion to your training experience.   We highly recommend all microbladers attend a minimum of 50 hours hands-on training with an experienced instructor prior to working on their own clients.

 

How much can I make as a microblade artist?

According to the ZipRecruiter the average salary in 2019 for Microblading Artist across the USA was $80,000 per year.    

Popular service careers salaries (2019) in the USA:

  1. Physchologist =                     $107,361
  2. Physical Therapist=               $89,354
  3. Microblading Artist =           $81,447
  4. Dental Hygienist =                 $78,693
  5. Registered Nurse =               $69,295
  6. Accountant =                         $54,979
  7. 4-year Business Degree =    $49,575
  8. Esthetician =                         $35,220
  9. Medical/ Dental Assistant =  $33,000 
  10. Cosmetologist/Hair stylist =  $29,000

Keep in mind this is an average across the USA and like any career it takes hard work and commitment.    For example, at 3D Brows Academy we have a few graduates that average over $200,000 per year and others have not doing anything after graduation; but for the most part the data seems to be in-line with our own findings that most of our microblading graduates who commit and put in an honest effort exceed over a $100,000 per year.  You can check out this information for yourself, it allows you to search most jobs and services across the country: Real Salaries from Real Employers.   

Do you provide a microblading starter kit?

Yes, we do provide kits with our Microblading Fundamentals Trainings as well as some of our other training.   All kits are completed with the same high-quality products our instructors use daily.

Microblading Fundamentals 5-day Hands on Training includes:

  • Online Training Practice Kit to help follow along with assingments.
  • Microbading Starter Kit:  service up to 50 clients

3D Brows Combined Course includes:

  • Online Training Practice Kit to help follow along with assingments.
  • Microbading Starter Kit :  service up to 50 clients
  • digital Machine Starter Kit

 

Microblading Starter Kit example:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D Brows Online Training Practice Kit example:

 

We also provide a Digital Tattoo Machine Starter Kit to students attending our 3D Brows Combined Course and or the evening Machine Shading & Removal Course.

 

Digital Machine Starter Kit example
digital Machine Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“when it comes to choosing a training provider the decision shouldn’t come down to what’s included in your “free” microblading kit its really about the quality of education provided”!

 

Why 3D BROWS ACADEMY?

Here are some quick facts Why students choose 3D BROWS ACADEMY:

Family Owned
Although we are recognized as one of the top training providers in permanent makeup for eyebrows, we feel there is an advantage to remaining a small, family-owned academy. We keep our class sizes small, and we don’t outsource trainings to other instructors on the road. This allows 3D BROWS Founder/Head Instructor Patty Willardsen quality one-on-one time with each student so that she can adapt to each student’s needs. Because of this and our ongoing training support we’re able to build a bond with each student, allowing them to truly become part of the 3D BROWS family.

Artistic Foundation
Students often say they attended 3D BROWS ACADEMY because they wanted to be able to provide more than one type of brow for their clients. As a daughter to world-renowned Walt Disney Artist David Willardson, Patty has created training programs combining her art background with her years of experience in skin cosmetics and pigmentation.

Student Support
If you plan on becoming a “great” at anything, you’re most likely going to need a good mentor. This especially applies to becoming a permanent makeup artist. Most of our students are referrals from past students. It’s often said that we hold nothing back from our students during our trainings. Students come from all over the world to 3D BROWS ACADEMY because of our open-door policy. After you have been trained and you get some experience working on clients, it’s likely you’re going to come across a situation or need advice. For this reason we provide our students with ongoing support through our online student forum community, by phone, email, FaceTime, and in person.

Experience

Its not just that 3D Brows Academy has been awarded by ASCP for “Best Microblading Training” for the past two years in a row, were also one of the only permanent makeup programs to meet the standards and approved by the “Post-Secondary School Act” (we are not “EXEMPT” like all others).  What this means for the student is your educational investment is protected by the state of Utah consumer affairs, making us accountable to the quality of education and an authorized academy/ post-secondary school.
When it comes to training experience 3D Brows founder Patty Willardsen is more than just a permanent makeup artist she is also a state certified Master Esthetician Instructor with over 20-years of experience.  Years ago before Microblading was popular in the USA she had been featured as an industry pioneer sharing her techniques with individual artist.  Then in 2015 Patty was asked by medical professionals to introduce her 3D Brows (microblading) technique on the national hit TV Show “THE DOCTORS”.  As the demand for Pattys knowledge grew she transitioned from her Med-spa in La Canada, CA and moved to Utah starting 3D Brows.

How do I register for an upcoming microblading course?

To register for an upcoming course, email JARED@3DBROWSACADEMY.com or call us at (760) 535-0150. In order to secure a spot for a course we require a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Do I need to pay a deposit to sign up?

To secure a spot for an upcoming permanent cosmetics course we require a $500 deposit.

To get started with the online training we require online training payment in full ($950). This will also cover your course deposit.

Cancellations/Non-Refundable Deposit
There is a three-business-day cooling-off period commencing on the day an enrollment agreement is signed or an initial deposit or payment toward tuition and fees is made. The contract may be rescinded and all monies paid refunded if the applicant cancels before midnight on the third business day. In case of an emergency, students may change their training to a later date if the student provides a minimum of four weeks advance written notice to the training provider.

Is 3D Brows accredited?

It’s important to understand within the permanent makeup industry, there are NO training programs accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.   This type of accreditation should not be confused with private industry groups such as the The American Academy of Micro-pigmentation  (AAM) and  or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).   These groups can be useful for those who don’t have a good support group and don’t mind paying over $300 in annual dues.   But,  at the end of the day these groups are paid membership groups and do not provide national accreditation nor do they hold accountability for the quality of training provided by their members.     

3D BROWS ACADEMY is an independent training facility, to ensure our students educational investment is protected we are one of a few to be an approved post-secondary schools within the Permanent Makeup industry.

Registered under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act (Title 13, Chapter 34, Utah Code)

  • Registration under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act does not mean that the State of Utah supervises, recommends, nor accredits the institution. It is the students responsibility to determine whether credits, degrees, or certificates from the institution will transfer to other institutions or meet employers training requirements. This may be done by calling the prospective school or employer.
  • The institution is not accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education
  • Training provider does not guarantee placement or wage and salary levels.

Institutional policies governing the following:

  • Student admission and enrollment requires a minimum of General Education Development (GED) Certificate and being beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance, as prescribed by Utah law. (See Rule 152-34-4(3) of the Utah Administrative Code.)
  • Students must obtain a Blood-borne Pathogens Certification prior to working on models.

What if I’ve already taken another microblading course?

We have had several students who have received training elsewhere and feel they still need a better understanding. Depending on their experience, we offer a Microblading Refresher Course or our 5-day hands-on training.

If you feel like you really didn’t learn anything at your non-3D Brows training and you’re not comfortable taking on clients yet, we recommend our 5-day hands-on course. Even if you’ve already learned the microblading fundamentals, it’s a good idea to learn various strokes and techniques from other trainers so you can refine and master your own technique.

What is the daily course schedule?

Our day courses are held from 10am to 6pm each day with lunch provided.

  • 5-day Hands on Training
  • Microblading Refresher Course
  • Machine Course
  • One-on-One Trainings

Our additional evening courses are held from 6:30pm-10:30pm

  • Shading Course
  • 3D Lash Lift

What’s included in the hands-on training course?

Our 5-day hands-on course teaches the fundamentals in microblading and is designed so that students can confidently microblade on their own clients upon completion of the course. We keep our class sizes small so that we can get to know each student and adapt to their individual needs.

Over this 5-day period we cover a lot of information and provide hands-on experiences. In preparation for each student to work on 2 of their own live models (start to finish) and assist on a 3rd model, we have developed a “5 Steps to Mastering Strokes” practice program.

Below a brief example of what’s covered over the 5 days.

Day 1: (Classroom)

  • Microblading Fundamentals
  • Sanitation & Safety
  • Facial Esthetics
  • Brow Mapping
  • How to create a stencil and stay within the stencil
  • Our custom way of numbing
  • Different hair patterns
  • Proper needles for different skin types
  • Artistry
  • Intro to 5 Steps to Mastering Strokes

Day 2: (Classroom)

  • Continuation of micr0blading best practices
  • More Practice with brow patterns
  • 5 Steps to Mastering Strokes continued
  • Depth (finding that sweet spot)
  • How to hold your tool
  • Stretches
  • Color theory (what pigment to choose for different undertones)
  • Contrindications
  • Proper tray set up and sanitation
  • Aftercare

Day 3: (Procedure Room)

  • Live MODELS
  • Practice on latex
  • 5 Steps to Mastering Strokes continued

Day 4: (Procedure Room)

  • Live MODELS
  • 5 Steps to Mastering Strokes continued

Day 5: (Procedure Room)

  • Client consent & logging forms
  • Client process start to finish
  • Live model
  • Student Evaluation

Students should plan time after hours for practice assignments (homework) during the 5 day course. All students will have the opportunity to shadow and oversee the instructors, and also to assist another student on a 3rd model. At the end of the course, students will be awarded a 50 hours of training microblading certificate.

What if I can’t make the course date?

We understand emergencies happen. In the case that you can’t make it to your scheduled training, we will honor your deposit towards the next available course date if you provide us with a 4-week-advance written notice.

Can I be placed on a waiting list for a sooner course?

Yes, we do have a waiting list. However, due to Patty’s high demand as a trainer we require a $500 deposit to be placed on our list for the next available course. If we have an opening sooner than expected, you will be given the opportunity to attend in the appropriate order.

Is the training accredited or can it be applied to another school?

It’s important to understand within the permanent makeup industry, there are no training programs accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.     Accredidation should not be confused with private groups such as the The American Academy of Micropigmentation and the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals

3D BROWS ACADEMY is an independent training facility,  to ensure our students educational investment is protected we are one of a few to be an approved post-secondary schools within the Permanent Makeup industry.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether credits, degrees or certificates will transfer to other institutions or meet an employer’s training requirements.   This may be done by calling the prospective school or employer.   The institution is not accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Registered under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act (Title 13, Chapter 34, Utah Code)

  • Registration under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act does not mean that the State of Utah supervises, recommends, nor accredits the institution. It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether credits, degrees, or certificates from the institution will transfer to other institutions or meet employers’ training requirements. This may be done by calling the prospective school or employer.
  • The institution is not accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education
  • Training provider does not guarantee placement or wage and salary levels.

Institutional policies governing the following:

  • Student admission and enrollment requires a minimum of General Education Development (GED) Certificate and being beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance, as prescribed by Utah law. (See Rule 152-34-4(3) of the Utah Administrative Code.)
  • Students must obtain blood-borne pathogens certificate prior to working on models.

Where are you located?

3D Brows Academy is located in a hillside suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Being centrally located within the United States allows for cheaper direct flights into Salt Lake International Airport from most any major airport across the country.

Studies a good atmosphere improves learning retention by 25%, having a training facility with the proper equipment and atmosphere is one of many steps we have taken to ensour our  students get the best possible learning experience.  Aside from private group trainings available upon request, we do not provide training on the road or outsource or trainings to other trainers.

Over 90% of our students travel from outside of Utah.  To help make our students stay both affordable and accommodating, we have partnered with a local Marriott hotel to offer discounted room rates and complimentary transportation services to our academy. For information about our student lodging discounts with Marriott Hotel, click here.

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