Why do you use Cosmedic Supplies products?
The best thing about Cosmedic Supplies is how efficient they are, both in their delivery and customer services. Any questions I may have regarding their products or my orders are always answered quickly and effectively. When you buy from Cosmedic Supplies, you know you are buying from the best.
Every product has a state-of-the-art design and I have never experienced any technical issues with a Cosmedic Supplies machine or accessory.
What is your favourite machine?
The Pro Pad was the first machine I ever bought as a PMU technician, and I still use it to this day! It is so easy to use, and I love the sleek design.
The Pro Pad is super robust and allows me to focus entirely on my technique without worrying that the machine might get tired or encounter any problems. It can work for hours on end without showing any sign of strain. I love the Pro Pad so much; I actually have two of them!
What are your favourite needles?
The needles I most commonly use are the 1.4L for the outline and a 3R for shading and ombre. The 3R has completely changed the way I work; it has helped me to create flawless results and allows me to pack in much more pigment. It is also super quick which helps my procedures run a lot smoother!
What are your top tips for advertising your business on social media?
I think it is so important to engage with other businesses on Instagram, liking, commenting and sharing their posts. It is all about supporting one another and you will find that the more you interact with other pages, the more exposure your own business will get!
I always target local audiences as this helps me to gain more followers and potential clients. My top tip is to post at about 9pm as I find this is the time when most people are active on social media. I often get a lot more engagement on my page at that time.
What are your top tips for taking pictures for social media?
Play about with your camera and eventually you will find an angle that works best for your client. Everybody has different features that you will want to enhance so take your time to find the best position and lighting for each individual model. Remember, they are showing off your work, so you want them to shine!
I have found that the best pictures are when my clients are looking up at the ceiling. And my top tip for taking photographs is to not over edit them! The last thing you want is for your results to look fake and unrealistic so keep it simple and let your results do the talking.
Do you have any advice for techs starting out in the business?
My advice to new techs is to be prepared for people to have a lot of opinions on your work; most of the time people are lovely but you will receive the occasional negative comment that can really get you down.
I found these comments really hard to deal with when I first started out in the business. I was so excited to start my SPMU journey, but these hateful comments would stop me in my tracks and make me question my own abilities. I realised, however, that most of these criticisms stemmed from jealousy and did not reflect the truth. Once I adopted the mind-set that I did not need to gain everybody’s approval, nothing was in my way! Everyone has the same 24hrs in a day; it is up to you how you spend it!
Becoming my own boss has allowed me to make huge progression both in my work and as a person. I work with my own ideas and set my own rules. It is, by far, the best decision I have ever made!
What age did you enter the PMU industry?
My clients are always shocked when I tell them how old I am. I started my theory training when I was 19 and was a qualified artist and running my own business by the age of 20. I do not think it matters how old you are – if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!
What is your goal for this year?
I have big plans this year to start practicing PMU full time. Becoming self-employed is a huge step and takes a lot of courage, but my aim is to leave my career in Law and run Rachel’s Brows full time by September 2020.
I have spent the last few months really working on the business, so I am hoping that this move feels natural and is as smooth as possible.
I have also booked myself onto some other beauty therapy courses (including a brow lamination course) so I am super excited to be able to offer more brow treatments to my clients!
Where did you train?
I completed my ombre brow training with the amazing GgBrows. I could not fault my training; I was so nervous, but Georgie put me at ease straight away. GgBrows was 100% the best company I could have trained with. Whenever I lack confidence in my technique, I know I can contact Georgie for support. She is completely committed to student success and she has been such an inspiration to me throughout my entire PMU career.
What aspect of the Ombre Brow have you found the hardest to master?
The outline. This was something that really worried me, as I knew that a crisp outline can create the perfect pair of brows.
To achieve a perfect outline, you need to ensure that you have a good hold and stretch on the skin. Move slowly and make sure you are only gently touching the skin; you do not want to go too deep so keep your hold firm but light.
Where do you want to be this time next year?
I would love to get a bigger home-based studio. My current studio has been perfect for the beginning of my journey, but I feel like I am already starting to outgrow it, despite only having been set up for a year!
One of my biggest dreams is to be able to bring out my own range of products. I have a lot of ideas and I have already started to put my designs onto paper. I cannot wait to see what the future holds and to put my plans into motion!