I started my career in Semi-Permanent Make Up in 2011 and came about it by chance. My background was in fashion and I had no previous experience in beauty or makeup at all. I was sitting in my local beauty salon and saw a Semi-Permanent Makeup procedure being done on a lady while I was waiting. I was so intrigued that I went home and did some research.
The school that popped up on Google was Nouveau Contour, I contacted them and with in a few weeks I had booked myself on to a free insight day where potential students could get free advice about the industry. I loved the idea of being self-employed, being creative and working hours that suited me. I also had a feeling I would be good at it.
Many people were making a great living out of the Semi Permanent Makup industry, which also made it possible to travel the world and this appealed to me. Before I new it I’d signed up for the silver package, which wasn’t cheap – around £8,000 – so I was really taking a huge gamble on my future!
To be honest I was nervous wreck and I found the experience pretty intense, I was in a room full of about 7 or 8 students, all beginners. We worked on theory for the first few days and then had to work on live models doing Eyebrows, Lips and eyeliner on separate days. I was so scared I thought I was going to pass out my hands where shaking like a leaf! On my live model days I had to share my Nouveau Trainer with another student so I didn’t get the 100% attention all the time, which I felt I needed.
When I look back I’m really glad I did the training as it has changed my life radically, but think the course was over priced. I’m aware of girls who remortgaged their homes and found it very hard to make a living after qualifying. The hours you must dedicate to practice and time spent building up a client base is hard and there is so much competition now.
When I qualified I felt very alone and unsure of how I was going to make a decent living out of this job, as there wasn’t much support provided after my training.
There are many new schools popping in the UK and Microblading is the new craze that everyone wants to learn. The cost of training is much cheaper and the equipment next to nothing to buy. Most courses are around £1,500 -£3000 for a 2-4 day course. I offer both treatments to my clients and I have trained in Microblading in Serbia as well as doing part of my PMU Teacher training degree with Biotek in Milan. I would be aware not to join a training Microblading class full of 10 or more students with only a couple of trainers your not going to get a good education. Its impossible to learn this technique in 2 days if you have no PMU background don’t waste your money. Its scary how the industry is changing and poor standards of work are being produced please do your research well “PAY CHEAP PAY TWICE”. There are many who are milking the industry to make a fast buck and don’t care about quality of their students work which is so damaging to the UK market.
I personally did a PTLLS Level 4 teaching qualification in the Uk so I that I could offer 1-2-1 training to qualified artists.
I would suggest that when you do your research you need to ask to see the Trainers portfolio of work as it is so important that you like their style. Most Semi Permanent training courses charge from £4,000 to £10,000, maybe a bit more.
The length of the courses vary from school to school but usually from 3-5 days + extra workshops, homework and case studies. Warning: You cannot learn PMU on a
2-day course it’s impossible. I hear of many girls who were tempted to do cheap training courses and who been totally ripped off. Unfortunately these types of schools
promise you the world but don’t deliver what they advertise. Their poor training standards and cheap equipment that breaks with in a few months, and students are then unable to get replacement machines or support from their trainers when urgently required.
Its now getting so competitive in the industry as quite a few people who have only just qualified in Microblading are now teaching. This is why I can’t stress enough that you need to see their work and ask how long they have been teaching Microblading!
Its can seem so confusing deciding on the best school for you, and the costs vary so much. Facebook as now a wealth of free information with so many
PMU forums you can join to ask questions and get free advice. Myself and my pmu colleague Naomi Waite started up the first Semi
Permanent makeup Facebook forum in the UK a few years ago. It has changed the industry globally and we are all now connected to share both good
and bad experiences. Details of Up to date Events, Master classes, Conferences and training schools around the world where you can gain so much knowledge.- All for free!!
To join my PMU ~Suppliers group just follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PermanentmakeupUK/
For more information on my 1-2-1 brow workshops for qualified artists please see the link my 121 training page
Personally I have found this job to be a roller coaster of highs and lows when I first started out. But, it’s the best decision I’ve made and has been life changing for me. It’s taken me around the world, made some amazing friends and given me the opportunity to train with some incredible people. I have been fortunate to work with a few well known people in the music and `TV industry and I was recently featured in the first English version of “International Permanent Makeup Magazine “ normally written in Russian.
You never stop learning and developing your skills and this is why I love the job so much. If your
artistic with a passion for beauty and an eye for detail I would definitely say “go for it!”