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Karen Betts, Free Nouveau Contour Insight Day

Posted by Nadia Burgess on January 10, 2013

Karen will be hosting one of our Nouveau Contour Insight Days in February.

–  Nouveau Contour Insight Day in to Permanent Cosmetics Training
–  Wednesday 6th February 2013
–  Nouveau House, Head Office – Yorkshire

    If you’re thinking about training in permanent cosmetics and want to know more then our Insight Days are ideal. Come along and find out everything you need to know, ask as many questions as you like and really see whether permanent cosmetics is for you.

    Places on our Insight Days are FREE, but are limited so book now – First come, first served.

    –  For more information and to register your interest click here.

      Call us now on 0845 6443994 to speak to the Nouveau Contour team. We also have a Live Chat facility between the hours of 9 am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday – click here to talk to one of our advisors.


      Permanent Makeup Conference … A Huge Success!

      Posted by Nadia Burgess on November 12, 2012

      The recent Nouveau Contour Permanent Makeup Conference in Amsterdam was a huge success, with over 150 artists from all around the world attending.

      The mix of seminars and networking was an exciting mix, with highlights including:

      • Specialist needle skills including hand tattooing and 3 sloped for lips.
      • Top tips on tattooing men’s permanent cosmetics.
      • Colour correction and removal skills.
      • Areola pigmentation.
      • Marketing, promotional and business skills for Permanent Makeup artists.
      • And much, much more!

      We met people from around the continent and beyond – as far afield as China and South Korea. It was a truly memorable weekend…and not just because of the conference! Want to see the pics? Click hereRead more

      It’s more than skin-deep, cosmetic tattooing changes lives (

      Posted by Nadia Burgess on May 17, 2012

      Ruth Walker (talking about Karen Betts’ semi-permanent makeup procedures): “It’s more than skin-deep, cosmetic tattooing changes lives” (

      For many people, a tattoo is a way of demonstrating individuality or, conversely, membership of some kind of tribe or belief system.

      For others, it can be life-changing; giving them back a part of themselves that has been cruelly taken away by fire, by disease, by a quirk of fate.

      Karen Betts, a make-up artist and hair stylist, taught herself tattooing when she rented part of her building to a tattoo artist. Her earliest attempts were cute little Winnie the Poohs and love hearts – she admits now they were not her finest work.


      But when, 15 years ago, one of her clients – a woman who had lost her hair during chemotherapy – was willing to let Betts get creative with her neighbour’s needle, her career took on a whole new trajectory. “She had lost her eyebrows, so I tattooed them in.

      “Then, when she had breast cancer, I tattooed around her nipples after reconstructive surgery. I thought, ‘You know what, there is something to this. I think I could really give people back what they have lost.’”

      Read this feature in full by clicking here , and don’t forget to take a look at Karen’s semi permanent makeup website.


      Jade from the Sugababes gets the Karen Betts Eyebrow Treatment

      Posted by Nadia Burgess on May 3, 2012

      Jade Ewen one third of one of Britain’s most successful girl bands the Sugababes visited Karen Betts, director of The Nouveau Beauty Group, where she had her eyebrows permanently tattooed.

      She said of the treatment: ‘I’d heard so much about Karen Betts and her work so when it came to doing my eyebrows, she was the first person that came to mind’.

      Following the treatment, Jade said: ‘I’m thrilled with the results, they frame my face perfectly!’ and we couldn’t agree more!

      Having established herself as the number one permanent cosmetic beautician in the UK, Karen Betts has an unrivalled reputation in both the beauty and medical sector.


      Such is her esteem that in addition to being the permanent cosmetics consultant for both the BBC and Sky TV, she has launched a successful collaboration with The Katie Piper Foundation and was exclusively chosen to mentor TOWIE’s Amy Childs as she opened her own beauty salon.

      And as the pioneer of creative cosmetic tattooing in the UK, it’s no surprise that her expertise is in high demand nationwide.  The treatment has become increasingly popular in recent years following a surge in demand for shapely and defined eyebrows. Correctly shaped brows have long been known to frame the face and maintain a youthful appearance; Karen’s technique is to apply tiny, individual hair strokes in different shades of pigment to create a 3D effect and long-lasting, natural-looking eyebrows.

      Learn more about Karen’s treatments by visiting or find our how permanent makeup can benefit you via the Nouveau Contour Training Academy, of which Karen’s is the MD – click here.

      Meet the UK’s leading make-up tattooist, Karen Betts

      Posted by Nadia Burgess on April 30, 2012

      Adding a touch of eye pencil to your eyebrows is becoming more and more popular as a daily beauty essential, but would you get yours tattooed on? What if you had cancer? Karen Betts is the inspirational woman behind a Harley Street clinic offering women permanent make-up solutions.

      Whether you’ve lost your hair through illness or simply want to have an easier beauty regime, Karen is the woman who pioneered creative cosmetic tattooing in the UK 12 years ago.  She offers eyeliner, lip tinting, nipple pigmentation restoration and eyelash enhancement but she says her most popular treatment is by far eyebrow tattooing.

      “About 80% of people don’t have a good eyebrow shape naturally and it makes such a huge difference to your face.”


      Karen has tried and tested her own techniques and is keen to reassure people that it is a viable and realistic option:

      “Some beauty journalists are snobby about the results because they say it doesn’t look real. If it’s done properly though, it should be a natural daytime look”.

      The make-up lasts for 12 to 18 months before it needs retouching so it is important that it is an everyday look and she encourages her clients to use ordinary cosmetics if they want to create a heavier, evening look.

      For anyone considering the procedure, Karen recommends going for a consultation. “You have to really trust anyone who is going to permanently tattoo your body,” she explains.

      Karen really is the number one expert in her field and has appeared on television shows including 10 Years Younger, Extreme Makeover and This Morning. What makes her even more special is her compassion for women and men who have lost their self-esteem after illness or disfigurement. Katie Piper, the well-known campaigner behind the Katie Piper Foundation, is one of Karen’s long term clients and now Karen is the exclusive permanent make-up consultant for the foundation.

      Click here to read the article in full

      Our thanks to ‘Tell Us Fashion’ online magazine – click here to visit their website.

      Take a look at Karen’s inspirational video’s on permanent makeup and medical tattooing with both Katie Piper and Caroline Monk by visiting Karen’s website, click here. You can also follow Karen on Twitter – follow her now


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