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NBG Features on Sky’s Chrissy B Show

Posted by Nadia Burgess on June 10, 2013

Eryca Freemantle joined the Chrissy B Show at the Professional Beauty Show London which took place earlier on in the year.  Eryca shows Chrissy around the show talking through the latest trends, and talking to the key industry exhibitors and even gives a make up demo!

The Chrissy B Show then catches up with Nouveau Beauty Group MD, Karen Betts, to talk about NBG, the type of training we have to offer including permanent cosmetics and our popular eyelash extension courses from Nouveau Lashes.   Finally A-Lift Brand Ambassador, Elizabeth Caroline talks all about the machine and the treatment providing fantastic expert view of how this nano current facial machine works and its benefits. Check out the video and for more info visit the Nouveau Beauty Group training website by clicking here.


Karen Betts to judge MyFaceMyBody Awards

Posted by Nadia Burgess on May 23, 2013

We all know Karen as the internationally acclaimed permanent cosmetics artist and trainer, beauty expert and Managing Director of Nouveau Beauty Group but Karen has recently taken up a new role … that of a glamorous Bond style special agent!

Tell me more you ask…

Karen has been selected to be a judge for the MyFaceMyBody Awards 2013 scheduled to take place in November.  The MyFaceMyBody Awards is the first consumer awards within the aesthetic, beauty and dental industry to recognise and reward brands for their product innovation and popularity.

As part of the role of being a judge, Karen was asked to play the role of a special agent in a spoof short film promoting the awards. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think of Karen’s new secret agent role!
Click here to view.


Areola/Nipple – Permanent Makeup/Tattooing

Posted by Nadia Burgess on April 25, 2013

As the ‘trend’ or ‘beauty craze’ of nipple tattooing ( or ‘titooing’ ) sweeps the UK with women who want the ‘perfect breasts,’ renowned beauty and permanent makeup experts, Nouveau Beauty Group highlight the real reasons behind areola tattooing and why thousands of women have this procedure every day for reasons far from following a ‘trend.’

From cosmetic to medical – permanent cosmetics involve a range of complex procedures where technicians attain exact skin tones to mimic what is missing or camouflage scars / disfigurements. For many years there was a divide / void between cosmetic and medical permanent makeup but thanks to Nouveau Beauty Group and its Managing Director Karen Betts’ determination and pioneering work with cancer charities and oncoplastic surgeons, they have proved to their critics that the micropigmentation industry is not solely about cosmetic vanity – but also about restoring confidence to those who have lost it through no fault of their own often after devastating medical circumstances.

In response to the recent press re nipple tattooing. Nouveau Beauty Group absolutely support those who have tattooing on their breasts for cosmetic reasons however thousands of women have these treatments after suffering from medical conditions such as breast cancer – for these people medical tattooing can help provide a solution to their changed appearance. This treatment provides a replication of realistic looking areolae which creates the illusion of nipple protrusion for clients who have often had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. People coping with illness or disfigurement often feel like they’ve lost their femininity, their confidence, their self-esteem so this treatment really can change their lives for the good – it helps restore appearance and confidence after having to deal psychologically with an altered body image, in addition to the effects of chemotherapy and surgery. This can be an incredibly emotional experience / procedure as it’s often the final step of a women’s journey post illness.

Whilst it has been reported that areola tattooing is becoming a ‘beauty trend,’ as above, women can require nipple and areola tattooing for a wide variety of reasons we wish to strongly emphasize that this is a treatment that many women have for medical reasons and not because it’s a ‘trend.’

Permanent cosmetics are incredibly popular and beneficial for cosmetic reasons but we as a brand wish to convey its place in the medical industry and insist that for many this treatment is a life changing medical necessity.  Permanent Cosmetic Elite Technician / Trainer Cathy Brown Comments On Behalf Of Nouveau Beauty Group: “Areola tattooing provides an artistic finish to compliment reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy. With careful colour selection, using a combination of micropigmentation techniques to layer pigment, a natural nipple areola complex can be created with the illusion of nipple protrusion. It helps to restore appearance and confidence after having to deal with an altered body image post – chemotherapy and surgery. For me as a medical tattooist, these procedures are filled with such emotion as it is often the final stage of their surgical journey.

To learn more about medical tattooing – click here.



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.

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