1. Why do you use Cosmedic Supplies products?
As an SPMU artist, I know that it is imperative to work with a good quality and trustworthy machine. That is why I continue to buy from Cosmedic Supplies; my Pro Pad runs all day when I have back to back clients and I know that I can rely on it. It has never let me down!
Products from Cosmedic Supplies are also extremely good value for money; the needles are well priced, and the packaging is of the highest quality. I am proud to display Cosmedic Supplies products and machinery in my clinic. They always look super sleek and professional.
When I make an order with Cosmedic Supplies, I know they will arrive safely in an efficient time frame (usually the day after I place the order!) which makes it easy for me to return to business quickly and smoothly.
- Machine used and favourite needle?
The machine I use is the pro pad; it is amazing. I have tried another machine from a different supplier and there is no comparison. There are many benefits to using the Pro Pad: the handpiece is light, the vibration is minimal which allows me to achieve greater accuracy, and it is extremely comfortable to use.
The Pro Pad looks very professional and high end; displaying it on my beauty trolley makes me proud to be an artist and a Cosmedic Supplies ambassador.
My favourite needle is the 1liner 0.3 needle. It is the perfect width to create little pixels when shading and helps me to produce a beautiful, crisp outline. I also use this needle to create beauty spots.
- Top tip for using social media to get clients?
Social Media is a brilliant tool to gain clients. I get lots of bookings via social media pages, specifically Instagram. I believe that, in today’s world, most people use Social Media to find beauty technicians; I have had so many clients say that they have found me through searching relevant hashtags on Instagram.
Instagram is a great platform for showcasing your work. You can almost turn it into a mini website. I use the highlights section to answer any questions my clients may have and to provide other information about my business. I use the feed section to showcase my previous work.
I also find competitions help to stimulate lots of interest and interaction on my page. It is all about turning viewers of your page into prospective clients. I do this by constantly producing exciting and informative content.
Advice for a tech just starting out?
I think it is extremely important for every new technician to have their policies set out clearly. Every technician should have their cancellation policies, how to book policy, deposit information etc on display for people to read. It is then there to cover/protect them from the very start.
My second piece of advice to new technicians would be to get good photos/videos! When I first started out, I found that whenever I posted a photo of my work, I would instantly receive a few bookings. People want to see your work and know that you are a talented artist before they book in with you.
I would also say that it is important to not compare yourself to other techs and to keep reminding yourself that you are amazing. When starting out it can be a little daunting, especially if you compare your work to someone who has been doing it for years. Focus on your own work and perfecting your skills and naturally you will develop quickly.
Make sure to keep active on social media. Even if it is just posting quotes, a photo of your machine, the pigments you use etc! I found educational posts really helped my page at the beginning of my career to look professional.
What are your top tips for taking photos of your work?
You can post a picture of the same client more than once if you get different angles/videos. Good lighting and angles are important; I would take about 40 photos before the procedure and another 40 after to make sure that at least 1 is perfect!
Why did you choose the beauty industry? And especially PMU?
I chose the beauty Industry because I wanted to have a ‘job’ where I did not feel like I was working!
Beauty has always been a passion of mine since I was young. When I left school at 16, I went to college and studied Level 2 Beauty Therapy. After receiving my beauty qualifications, my plan was to open my own salon.
Towards the end of the college year, I decided that I wanted to do a Level Three course to advance and perfect my techniques. However, I started to become really interested in makeup and decided to enrol on a course in London to study Level Three Theatrical, Media and Special Effects Makeup. I was only 17 and I used to drive to London twice a week; it was tough, but I loved every second of it.
Alongside attending college, I worked as a Colour Coach for The Body Shop on their makeup counter. Everything in my life was Beauty/Makeup related!
I found working as a makeup artist super rewarding but extremely tiring and I often felt like I was missing out on a lot of other things in life. As a result, I took a break from the industry for a few years to work as a receptionist/PA in the city. It was great to give myself some space from the industry and try something new, however I really missed being creative.
After a few years, I decided to make my way back into the world of beauty. However, I knew that I wanted to specialise in one area. Brows had always been my favourite part of being a make-up artist. I was always astonished at how much a good pair of brows could change a person’s entire face and would always spend a lot of time making them look perfect.
Due to my love of eyebrows, I decided that PMU was the right path for me. I knew that I wanted to train in Ombre Brows; they suit everybody and can be tailored to each individual client’s needs. I found GgBrows on Instagram and completely fell in love with her results. I booked a training course with Georgie straight away; it felt so natural and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have definitely found my calling in PMU and am incredibly grateful to GgBrows for giving me such an amazing introduction to the industry.
- What qualifications do you have?
The qualifications I have are Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Theatrical, Media and Special Effects Makeup.
I also have a Diploma of Excellence in Micropigmentation from GG Brows.
Since entering the PMU industry, I have also attended several masterclasses which have helped to improve my technique and artistry. I love learning and I believe there is always room for improvement; meeting other techs and sharing knowledge is also something that has helped me to grow as an artist.
- What is your goal for this year?
My goal for this year is to continue creating beautiful brows for my clients. However, I would also like to grow my client base and be able to reach people who live a little further away. I have already had a few clients make long journeys to see me; knowing they have made such an effort to reach me is such an amazing feeling.
Although my current set-up is perfect for me at the moment, I am looking at building my own outbuilding/cabin in the future; I already have a whole Pinterest board full of interior design ideas that I would like to bring to life. For me, it is really important that I love my working environment. Working in a beautiful space helps to me to relax and feel more confident in my abilities; when I feel happy and content in my surroundings, I can provide the best service possible.
- Why did you choose the name Angel Brows for your business?
It was actually my dad that came up with my business name! I had suggested several names that did not sound right and when he said ‘Angel Brows’, I knew it was the one. So much so, I designed a logo, branding, email account and Instagram page straight away to see it all come to life.
There are 2 main reasons why I chose my name. My first reason for choosing the word ‘Angel’ is because it is associated with all things beautiful; through my work, I want people to feel beautiful, like an angel.
I also, sadly, had suffered from a bereavement before I started my business and the Angel represents my little brother in heaven. He inspires me and keeps me going when things get tough; the name is a credit to him as well as a signal of beauty.
- Where are you based?
I am based in Chelmsford, Essex. I grew up in Chelmsford and will most probably live here for the rest of my life. My studio is in a little village called Sandon. This provides the perfect location; it is easily accessible from all main roads, it looks out on to a large field, and there is ample parking space available.
My studio is at the front of the building; it has brilliant lighting and a bathroom attached so it feels very cut off from the rest of the house. Everything about it provides the perfect ambience.
- If you were to have a PMU treatment, what would you have? And who would you choose to carry this out on you?
Ombre Brows! I have been working within the industry for an entire year now and still have not had my brows done. Because I am so focused and busy trying to make everybody else’s brows look amazing, I completely forget about my own!
If I were to get my brows done, I would go to GgBrows. I have watched her work many times, both whilst training and during my shadow days. Every single brow she creates is incredible! I am getting excited just thinking about having a pair of GgBrows!
- Where did you train?
I trained at GgBrows Training Academy in Surrey and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!
As soon as I saw Georgie’s Instagram page, I knew I needed to train with her. I had done extensive research into other training courses and, even though I was impressed by some, GgBrows Academy always came out on top.
Once I had booked in for a course, I was sent a theory manual to complete at home. The theory training was incredibly in-depth and prepared me for the upcoming practical days.
The practical training days were unbelievable! I had no idea that you could learn so much in three days. After completing my in-house training with Georgie and then my five case studies at home, I felt confident and ready to start practicing on my own.
The continued support from Georgie post training has been invaluable and has helped me to grow and evolve as an artist. I am so grateful I chose such an outstanding training academy.
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