Useful Tips for Clinic Prep

  • Each client will be different – their skin type, how much hair you have to work with, and creating balance to both the brows and the face based on bone structure and prominent brow muscles.
  • Some clients may not want complete balance and symmetry of their brows and prefer to create their cosmetic tattoo within their natural hair strokes. This is very important to clarify and record in the client’s file. 
  • Some clients may want low maintenance and do not want to have to groom their brows. You may need to lift the tail of the brow to create symmetry, however, if the client does not want to lift the tails of their brows, just tattoo within the brow that is within the phi ratio measurements, thus not tattooing the tail of the brow. 
  • Keep in mind that if your client has very unbalanced brows, be cautious going ahead and tattooing a non-symmetrical brow. As the whole point of the procedure is not only to fill in the gaps of existing brows but to also create balance and symmetry to the brows and face.
  • If the client is not wanting to take steps to create balance and symmetry to the face via the brows, this will give you a good indication of just how much they may be able to handle “changes” to their face.  In these circumstances, it may be preferable to either minimally fill in the gaps in the brows without changing the balance, or offer them a tinting/wax shaping service so that they can get used to having some definition on the face before they commit to cosmetic tattooing.
  • Care should be taken to not necessarily tattoo in areas that are outside of the phi ratio structure, for example if the client wants to keep their natural hair on the tail of the brow, and the tail is naturally lower than the front of the brow, do not tattoo in this area, to avoid the client experiencing tattoo regret. Just fill in the gaps of the brow where needed within the phi ratio measurements. 
  • Listen to your clients wants and needs – sometimes meeting in the middle is a great option as the whole point of the procedure is to improve the overall appearance of the brow area. You never want your client to have tattoo regret.
  • A great way to start your brow stencil is to ask your client which eyebrow is their favourite.   Look at this brow and take note of where the brow sits on the brow bone. Make sure the brow is not sitting too high or too low on the brow bone. 
  • Once you have picked the brow that you are going to use to create balance, then commence your string method and a stencil to match the other brow.
  • Use the string method to create the client’s brows and draw a stencil showing them where the brows will sit on their face. 
  • At this point, most clients will only see a thick stencil of makeup and cannot see the result in their minds. 
  • This is when you will show your client a before and after picture of the procedure, allowing them to see that the stencil is only a guide for the artist to follow.
  • Show your client the actual hair strokes in the after picture, allowing them to visualise the result on their face.
  • The Mien Brows method applies upward curved strokes throughout the brow and downward strokes from the arch to the tail.
  • Some clients prefer the beginning of the brow to have a few straight upstrokes, then blending into upward curved strokes from the mid to the arch section of the brow.
  • Some clients may not like the ‘stroke pattern look’ of the microblading throughout the whole brow – a combination or soft ombre brow technique will be a good option for that client.
  • Shading created throughout the mid-section of the brow (a combination brow) over your microblading pattern will create more depth, hiding the pattern of the microblading and creating a soft pencilled in look.
  • Some clients will come in knowing exactly what they want and will show you using an eyebrow pencil that they use every day. 
  • Some clients will come into their consultations with a picture from Pinterest or a cut-out photo of a model from a magazine, asking for exactly that photo of the models’ brows. Make sure that you explain to your client that you can certainly create the size and shape of the brow they are showing you, but what they are seeing is a “makeup, made-up look”, not individual strokes/microblading. 
  • For a successful outcome for the client and the artist, both must be on the same page and have the same vision.
  • If the client wants a more made-up look, you can certainly talk about the option of creating a combination brow, which is microblading with shading throughout the body of the brow.
  • Another option is the Ombre brow which is quite popular. This look is more defined than a combination brow and will heal as a makeup pencilled in look.  
  • You will learn the ombre brow technique in your digital machine Course. 
  • Rarely some clients will ask for an eyebrow that is way too large for their face or way too dark. As their artist and technician, you must decline to work on any client who may experience cosmetic tattoo regret in the future. You will need to use your discretion as to what you are comfortable providing to that client.
  • With these particular clients, you can explain that the purpose of the procedure is to create a beautiful brow that suits the structure of their face, so they can wake up in the morning and have stunning natural-looking brows, without worrying about drawing in their brows from scratch every day.
  • You can explain to your clients that if they want a more “out there look for a special day”, they can use their eyebrow pencil and create their look over the cosmetic tattoo.  
  • This is far easier for them compared to before they had their procedure, as symmetry is already achieved, and eyebrow pencils tend to stick to the tattoo and not sweat off as easily as naked skin.


Every Person has abnormalities in the muscles of the face or skeletal structure of the skull. This is very important to note when creating a brow for any client. One muscle on one side of the face may be slightly prominent or stronger than the other side. 

Never create your brow stencil or check your measurements when your client is laying down, as your client’s skin will be sitting in a different position. When the client is in a fully upright position, the brows created will be symmetrical based on your string measuring method. 

When a client looks in the mirror and starts expressing their faces, one brow may appear higher than the other. Reassure the client and also show them their before and after pictures, explaining that when their facial muscles are completely at rest, their brows are measured to mirror one another as much as possible.

It is also important to note that it is humanly impossible to create 2 brows the same and perfectly mirrored.


Cosmetic Tattooing is an art form. Artists are creating using their left or right hand. When creating on each side of the client’s face it is impossible to create every single stroke the same on both sides of the face.

We do aim of course to create excellence in our work and aim for perfection, but each brow will have slight differences, and this of course is what creates natural-looking brows.


You never stop learning in this industry; always keep yourself informed with the latest techniques by signing up todifferent forums on social media, such as ‘Microblading Artists Help and Advice Australia’, and ‘World Beauty Artist Group’. 

At Mien Brows we also have many videos and blogs to help educate you on your cosmetic tattoo career.