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Everything You Need to Know About Microblading Courses.

Do you want to get in on the hottest semi-permanent eyebrow treatment by training as a microblading artist, but don't know where to start?


Let's begin by explaining that microblading, microstroking or eyebrow embroidery, as it's sometimes known, is an artistic treatment. You'll need patience, skill and a lot of practice to become a really good microblading artist. The best microblading course can help to speed the process but there is no substitute for dedication to your craft and time spent refining the skills that you learn in the microblading class.


Once qualified though, the rewards can be substantial. Treatments by accredited and insured technicians are charged at between £300 and £1000, depending upon reputation and area. There's no huge investment in equipment or materials other than preparing your treatment area. It's also a treatment that can make a lasting difference to clients with damaged, over-plucked or badly shaped brows and it can bring a huge amount of job satisfaction.

In theory, you don't need to be qualified to perform microblading but, in practice, you won't be able to get a licence for your premises or treatment insurance if you do not have proper training. Performing the treatment while unlicensed and uninsured leaves you exposed to legal action and it is, at the least, irresponsible, to carry out any invasive treatment with lasting effects, if you have not had the proper training.

Read on to find the answers to the most common questions about microblading courses.

How is Microblading different to Machine Tattooing?

Microblading is not the same as cosmetic tattooing carried out using a machine. Microblade strokes lightly score the surface layers of the skin (Epidermis) while machine tattoos penetrate into the deeper layers (Dermis). The surface layers are renewed over time, so microblade strokes will naturally fade while pigment implanted by a machine will remain deep in the skin. Microblading is, therefore, a semi-permanent makeup technique. Follow-up appointments will be necessary to maintain the full effect. Permanent tattoos don't always need follow up treatments but they will discolour and become less defined over time, leading to the need for complex corrective treatment or removal. Colour implanted in the lower part of the skin can spread out into the surrounding tissue so it is more suited to creating a patch of colour. This is not so much of a problem for lips or shading but the crisp definition of semi-permanent hair strokes can create a much more realistic effect on eyebrows.


To sum up, microblading and machine PMU have different strengths. Microblading is better for sharp, defined lines such as realistic simulation of hairs and the machine is better for shading or areas of colour. Microblading is semi-permanent, needing top-ups to maintain the look, and machine tattooing lasts much longer but may need correction as it fades.


Is Microblading Difficult to Learn?

While the basic process of microblading isn't complex, it is not easy to do it well. Many experienced PMU artists, used to working with machines, will be surprised at how long it takes to master the technique of microblading. Never think of this treatment as an easy option. In fact, once you are able to microblade, you will find that machine PMU is easier to learn. A microblading course is the perfect intro to a career in Permanent Makeup.

Microblading, Nanoblading, Microstroking, Feather Touch and Eyebrow Embroidery. What's the difference?

Microblading is the most popular term for the manual method of semi-permanent tattooing without a machine. Nanoblading is microblading with an even finer (sharper) blade. Microstroking, Feather Touch and Eyebrow Embroidery are all just different names for Microblading. Some will try to convince you that they are different and somehow better, newer or more advanced but they are really not! Nanoblading can produce some very intricate results but we don't recommend that you use nanoblades until you are confident with regular gauge microblade needles. There is a significant risk of going too deep if you don't have the experience to precisely control the pen pressure. Nanoblades are also not suitable for all skin types.

So What Makes the Best Microblading Training?

You will firstly need to learn how to perform the treatment safely, how to avoid infection and cross-contamination; both for your client's sake, and your own. How to identify contra-indications and ensure that your client suffers no ill effects.

You will need to be able to design eyebrows that complement and enhance your client's face. Recognising how the eyebrow affects our perception of face shape.

Colour theory is a must, not only knowing how to match pigments, but recognising skin undertones and understanding how they will affect colour selection.

Last but not least, you will need expert tuition in the microblading procedure itself. From drawing a balanced and well proportioned template to implanting the pigment with the manual pen at the correct depth in the skin. Other aspects of manual brow tattooing such as pain management, skin stretching and aftercare must also be covered in sufficient detail to give you the confidence to get on and actually perform the procedure as soon as possible.

There is now a lot of choice when it comes to semi-permanent makeup training so you may ask what makes our microblading courses so different?

  • Our Microblading Masterclass covers the A-Z of semi-permanent manual eyebrow tattooing over 5 days of intensive tuition by internationally recognised trainers.

  • You will get to perform your first treatment on a live model in the class, with every step supervised by a master eyebrow artist.

  • The course is accredited by both The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists (The Guild) AND Associated Beauty Therapists (ABT). The two leading professional beauty organisations in the UK.

  • The course has been awarded 62 CPD points, with an extra 3 points for the Infection control module. This is the highest for any independent beauty course.

  • Specifically designed Microblading Course, not a rehashed or repurposed PMU course. We only do microblading, we love it.

  • Unlimited, ongoing support while you complete your case studies with expert feedback to refine your technique and boost your confidence.

  • A retrain-for-free guarantee if there is any aspect of the treatment that you are not able to perform within six months of the training.

Have a look at the course content, further down the page, or contact us ​by email, FaceBook or phone to find out why training with Dermagraph is the best start to your new career as a microblading artist.

How Long does it Take to Train as a Microblading Artist?

The Dermagraph microblading course has 5 classroom days followed by a period of between two and six months where you will build your skills, with our detailed feedback and assistance, on 8 case studies and practice 'skins'. You can work at your own pace but it's very important to continue practicing so that you embed the fine motor skills that you'll need. Microblading is an acquired skill; the more practice you have, the better you will get. Knowing what to do and being able to do it to a professional standard are two very different things. If you think of it as being similar to learning to drive, the theory alone will not make you a good driver. Only practical experience will give you the skill and confidence to tackle any situation that you may encounter. Good tuition prevents the embedding of bad habits and helps you to progress faster.


A five day course is the absolute minimum required to give you the basic knowledge to practice safely. After that, the pace at which you progress is very much your choice. To keep the training fresh in your mind it is best to submit work on a weekly basis. We can then feed back to you and highlight areas that you should work on. By the time you have completed your eighth accepted case study, you'll be ready to confidently accept clients.

On average, it takes between 3 and 6 months of practice to get your technique to a professional standard i.e. where your work is good enough to command a top rate

Do I need a Licence for Microblading?

Yes, in the UK, you need to licence the premises and (in some areas) yourself, to offer semi-permanent makeup treatments. Microblading is classed as a 'special treatment' and is licensed by Local Authorities, which can sometimes lead to confusion over the requirements to gain a licence. Requirements vary from area to area according to the policies of the local council health department.

At the least, the licensing authority will need to ensure that you are working in a safe and hygienic environment to avoid risk to health. They will check that you are disposing of hazardous waste correctly and that you are sufficiently qualified to carry out the treatment. In most cases this will mean that you have had accredited training and insurance in both microblading and infection control. Most authorities will offer guidance on their requirements for a special treatments licence and we recommend contacting your local Council to check their criteria. The Dermagraph course has a section to help you understand and prepare for your application for a licence in the UK.

Microblading Courses

UPCOMING courses

Windsor: Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass • 15th - 18th Nov   • 
Windsor: Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass • 14th - 17th Feb '23   • 
Windsor: Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass • 21st - 24th Mar '23   • 
Windsor: Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass • 23rd - 26th May '23   • 
Windsor: Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass • 4th - 7th July '23   • 

PLEASE NOTE:  Published dates are subject to Government guidance during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Please call for the latest information regarding our training policy. Any bookings will be eligible for a full refund in the case of cancellation or postponement due to Government restrictions.

London Microblading Course

To enquire about any of our upcoming training courses please contact us by email at

You can see details of course contents further down this page.


Microblading courses are not for everyone

We'll let you into a little secret.. good microblading isn't easy. 


Microblading is revolutionary, but a difficult technique to master.

Our course is made for one purpose: to make you a great microblader as quickly as possible. We put a lot of time, and effort into our classes and it's going to need the same commitment from you to master this amazing eyebrow treatment.

You'll spend 5 days in the classroom and studio covering the essential principles of microblading and receiving expert coaching on the technique. Progressing to carrying out your first treatment on a live model under our guidance. Following attendance, you will have up to six months to build up a portfolio of eight case studies. You will submit your work for feedback and guidance after each study. Gradually building your skill and confidence towards your final assessment and qualification.

There are many cheaper and shorter classes where you'll leave with a certificate.. but a certificate of attendance doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be qualified or confident to carry out the treatment. Experience has shown that 5 days is the minimum class time needed to bring students to a standard where they can practice safely. Attempting to rush training in 2 or 3 days means that you skip some of the vital elements, leading to confusion and prolonging the time needed to become proficient in the technique.


We're fully accredited in the UK by both Associated Beauty Therapists (ABT) and the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists so you can be insured and even get student insurance at a preferential rate even while doing your case studies.


The Dermagraph® microblading course is the most in-depth training because that's what you'll need to carry out an invasive procedure on your clients. Our support doesn't end when you leave the training room, we're on hand with ongoing assistance to help you realise your full potential.


What will you learn?

We have compiled what we believe to be the most comprehensive microblading training manual (200 pages) and class (5 Days) available.

Aside from being able to apply stunning eyebrow designs, you will be able to apply them safely. You will learn colour theory, facial morphology, legal compliance and be guided through your first treatment on a live model. This content goes beyond the requirements of a Level 4 microblading course. You will also be able to tackle a variety of specialised scenarios, in fact many of our students go on to correct other technician's work based on the principles they have learned from our class.

We have strict maximum class sizes of 4 students to 1 tutor to ensure you get individual attention and hands-on coaching. Everyone has their own pace and abilities, and we believe your microblading course should be structured to recognise this. Below you will find the typical day to day content of the Dermagraph® Microblading Masterclass.

Microblading Hairstrokes

• Course introduction.

• Health and Safety.

• Pathogens and blood borne viruses.

• Sterlisation and preparation of the workspace.

• Safe practices for PMU artists

• MRSA and hepatitis - safe practices.

• Medical conditions and permanent cosmetics.

• Informed consent form.

• Information for the client prior to treatment.

• Post-procedure care.

Microblading Course Day 1
The Dermagraph Microblading Handbook

• Fitzpatrick skin types.

• The process of healing.

• Major facial muscles.

• Care against sun exposure and premature discolouration.

• Facial Morphology.

• Designing eyebrows - Basic principles and advanced precision techniques.

• Correct selection of eyebrow shape, depending on the shape of the face.

• Exercise - Fundamental eyebrow design (on models).

Microblading Course Day 2
Microblading Eyebrow Design

• The Theory of Colours in permanent makeup.

• Mixing colours.

• How to avoid skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

• Skin tones, compatible pigments and choosing the right pigment for your client.

• 3D Basic Techniques - how to draw beautiful lines.

• 6D Advanced Techniques - Integrating 6D lines and colours.

• Practical Coaching

Microblade Training - Day 3
200 page Microblading Instruction Manual

• Fitzpatrick skin types.

• The process of healing.

• Major facial muscles.

• Care against sun exposure and premature discoloration.

• Questions

• Facial Morphology.

• Designing eyebrows - Basic principles and advanced precision techniques.

• Correct selection of eyebrow shape, depending on the shape of the face.

• Exercise - Fundamental eyebrow design (on models).

PMU Training Course - Day 4
Hands-on Microblading Instruction

• Revision of Day 2 & 3

• Supervised practical application of a full eyebrow tattoo on a live model.

Permanent Eyebrow Course - Day 5
Dermagraph Microblading


We believe certificates should mean something. That means they have to be earned. We also believe that you shouldn't feel alone, overwhelmed or abandoned after your course with us. 

After course attendance, we review your work for shape, hair stroke technique, symmetry and depth to ensure you become a great microblader and you have implemented all of the techniques and principles of the class. Your case studies enable us to support you while you build your confidence and technique. When you complete these satisfactorily, we issue you with a certificate that you can display with pride.

UK Microblading
London Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass
London Eyebrow Microblading Masterclass
Wilma Dunn demonstrates Microblading
Practical Microblading Class
Preparation for microblading.
Hands on micropigmentation training
Dermagraph Permanent Makeup School
Dermagraph Class Photo
Mapping and Marking Eyebrows
Eyebrow design for Microblading
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