5 Prep & Pre-Draw Steps

 Prepping a client properly before microblading and perfecting your pre-draw design are two very important factors when it comes to creating a positive client experience. Not only do you want to keep your client calm and comfortable during the procedure, you want them to feel confident in the look of their brows before you make them permanent!

Below, I've outlined some of the steps that I take during all of my client appointments regardless of whether I'm welcoming a new client or performing a touch-up. No matter what the procedure, my #1 priority as always, is making sure my clients feel safe and happy throughout the entire process. While microblading is the star of the show, taking the time to master your pre-draw skills will have you creating beautiful eyebrows that your clients will absolutely LOVE!

Step 1: Numb Your Client

When your client arrives, take the time to answer any questions or concerns they may have right off the bat. Next, you can apply a topical numbing cream that will set for about 20-30 minutes. While your client is numbing, you can discuss their preferred eyebrow style, review your portfolio, browse through their any of their brow inspo pics and review their intake/consent form. This is a great opportunity to listen carefully to their desires and pay attention to their facial expressions in order to craft eyebrows that will brighten their eyes and really light up their face. 

Step 2: Prep Your Pencil

Whether you use a pencil, marker or other drawing tool to map out your design, always make sure everything is completely clean and sanitized by cleaning it with a sanitizer containing 70% alcohol. I prefer to use a tool with a very fine tip that allows me to draw realistic, hair-like strokes, like our new Pro Silk Pencil. Prepping the pencil does take a little extra time and patience but it will create a clear guide for my microblading strokes. 

If you are using a pencil similar to my Pro Silk Pencil, you can sharpen it with an X-ACTO Knife (found at any craft supply store or on Amazon) to gently plane the lead down to a fine point in the shape of a duck bill. Once you have carved it down to a fine edge, you can smooth the corners by gently "filing down" the corners on a piece of paper.

If you are using our Skinny Silk Pencil, simply wind the lead up about 1 mm and run it over a piece of paper to flatten the end. Then you can use the edge of the flattened end to draw crisp, precise strokes. 

(Click HERE to see X-ACTO Knife Tina uses!)

Step 3: Prep the Procedure Area

After the client has numbed for the suggested 20-30 minutes, wipe away the topical anesthetic and clean the area to prep the skin for the pre-draw. In addition, you will want to ensure that the area is clean and dry before beginning to draw your design, so use makeup remover to clean off all oil and makeup.  Next, you will want to clean the skin with an alcohol wipe or other astringent such as witch hazel to ensure the area is clean and free of oils. This step will ensure that your pencil glides smoothly onto the skin without smudging.

Step 4: Draw

Grab your favorite tool to draw in your eyebrow hair strokes! Every artist has their own signature pre-draw technique, so it is important to find the way that works best for you.  My preferred method is to design for impact first, symmetry second. I use a freehand approach and sketch out each eyebrow hair stroke then match the eyebrows up to what looks flattering on the client as opposed to measuring out exactly symmetrical eyebrows. I find that most people have varied contours and bone structure on each side of their face so trying to achieve perfect symmetry should not be the goal. Often times when artists use measurement tools, the results still end up looking uneven. My goal is to find harmony and balance between my eyebrow design and the client's face.  

Step 5: Microblade

Once you have consulted with your client, designed their brows, and made absolutely sure that they were in LOVE with the final result, it's time to make them permanent! As of right now, there is no drawing tool that will stay in place on the skin throughout an entire microblading procedure, but a precise pre-draw it will make your life SO much easier while microblading the initial hair strokes. Then, you can easily trace the initial strokes from your first pass as your guide as you finish your client's new brows.  Just be careful not to smudge your design away as you make your first pass.  

So if you're looking to really up your pre-draw game, we definitely recommend trying out a few of our new pencils! Our pre-draw tools are designed to add convenience and ease-of-use to your prep and pre-draw routine. Plus, they come in packs of three, so you don't have to worry about running out too quickly! Check them out here:


Let your art flow,



Oct 08, 2017 • Posted by Angela Mastroberti

love the pro silk pencils,used it for the first time ,was nervous that it would affect the pigment and make it darker,that didn’t happen.I now use it for all my brow drawing before didgetal tattoos too,thank you Tina for fingering it out for us your education is priceless,how do we thank you for all your shearing,Angela

Oct 06, 2017 • Posted by Angela Mastroberti

when i draw the right eyebrow i can get it pretty good when i do the left its a challenge,i work from the back to implant but the left brow ,working the opposite way is always difficult? help

Oct 02, 2017 • Posted by tracina

tina, do you prick the skin 1st to open it up for the numbing cream. And at what point do you measure the eyebrows for sysmentry.

Sep 29, 2017 • Posted by Rhonda winters

Thank you Tina..you are such a blessing to all of us in the microblading world!!

Sep 29, 2017 • Posted by Judith Corey-Atkinson

Best blades ever I ordered a sample kit these are the only blades I will ever use

Sep 29, 2017 • Posted by Anna Randazzo

These pencils are the best of the best. So great to draw your stokes on. So beautiful . I am so very pleased with this pencil. I don’t ever want to be without it. Thank you Tina. You are Fabulous

Sep 29, 2017 • Posted by Cecilia Johnson

Hi! Im wondering if I can preorder sterile kits?


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