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Come Along to Our Discovery Day With Karen Betts

Posted by Nadia Burgess on February 10, 2017

Permanent makeup microblading trainingPermanent cosmetics pioneer, Karen Betts, is hosting a Discovery Day on the 22nd March in her Yorkshire training academy. If you’re new to permanent cosmetics or you want to know more about starting or developing further in your training, this informative event provides the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the industry and the new K.B Pro training programme.

Permanent cosmetics training has now evolved and, with the demand for permanent makeup treatments continuing to grow, it’s now more important than ever to do your research when searching for the very best training provider.

Topics covered at the event include:

  • An audience with Karen Betts ‘My journey and experiences’
  • Traditional permanent cosmetics and microblading
  • The increase in popularity of microblading
  • The benefits of training with K.B Po
  • You and your business’s earning potentials
  • Attractive and affordable finance options
  • What is the ideal training option for you
  • Cutting edge permanent cosmetics equipment required to perform treatments
  • Aftercare & support (what happens after you have trained)

Places are filling up fast so come along and meet Karen, see our training academy and find out more about permanent cosmetics and microblading. You will even have the opportunity to get a feel for cosmetic tattooing yourself with one of our practice mats!

To secure your place call 01977 655 350 or email info@kbpro.com and we’ll see you there!



Permanent Cosmetics Vs Microblading

Posted by Nadia Burgess on December 16, 2016

When it comes to creating the perfect eyebrows for your client, there are two techniques that are used in the industry; traditional Permanent Cosmetics and Microblading. But what’s the difference between the two techniques and what amazing results can you create with these treatments? Well, we’re here to give you the inside scoop!

Here’s everything you need to know about each treatment, in a nutshell:

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Both treatments are still sit firmly in the tattooing family as pigment is implanted under the skins surface but the tools and techniques used is what stands them apart. Choose to train in one technique or expand your offering and choose to offer both treatment side by side, they complement each other beautifully.

Karen Betts and her team of elite trainers have been working hard to develop their own technique, purpose-made equipment and comprehensive training programme to give students skills and confidence to perform the highest level of treatments. Training in both techniques can be both challenging and rewarding so choosing the right course at one of our industry leading training academies can give you the skills and support to offer your clients exactly what they want. For more information on any of our courses whether from beginners to more experienced artists, get in touch with our training specialists on 0844 8016830.



3 Simple Steps to Start Your Career in Permanent Cosmetics

Posted by Nadia Burgess on November 30, 2016

large_editThe demand for Permanent cosmetics is growing year on year so once you’ve found the passion and the drive to succeed in Permanent Cosmetics, what steps should take next to ensure your dream career becomes your reality?

Do your research

Really think about what kind of course you want to take part in and how you would like to learn. You’ll need experienced trainers who support and guide you through your learning along with the very best working environment. After all, you will be investing money into your future so you’ll want to get the very best out of your training and journey in to your new career. Try and attend an observation day to give you a taster of what to expect and an opportunity to ask any questions you may initially have.

Work Hard and Absorb the Knowledge

Once you’ve enrolled to your course, utilise the training information, teachers and practical workshops to hone your skills and ask plenty of questions – after all, knowledge is power! At Nouveau Contour UK we use a variety of teaching techniques to help you retain as much information as possible. From pre- training materials to prepare at home, to practical workshops enabling you to perfect your technique on real life models, we cover everything to make sure you feel comfortable and confident to perform permanent cosmetics treatments which you and your clients can be proud of. The training is intense and thorough and consists of a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to firmly set you up for the future. Once your course has finished, that’s not the end. We provide ongoing support for all of our students throughout their training and also after they have completed their training with us. We are passionate about being part of your entire journey as a permanent cosmetic artist from the very start. We have a dedicated online support forum for all of our students no matter where they are in their career, and support is available from Karen Betts, the Nouveau Contour Training team and also our specialist Evolve Team, which has been specifically set up to support, encouragement and guidance.

Make a Basic Business Plan

Once you have completed your training, you’ll need to think about how you would like your new found skills to work for you. You may decide to make appointments to work around your current job or lifestyle as an additional revenue stream or you may decide to fully immerse yourself in the world of permanent makeup. Whatever the end goal, set yourself realistic milestones and tasks to achieve over time. The beauty of training in permanent cosmetics is that you can set your own rules and have the freedom to make your career in the industry work for you.

It’s a very exciting time to join a thriving industry, contact our team and start your journey today!



Nouveau Contour Student, Paula Elvey Wins Industry Award

Posted by Nadia Burgess on November 23, 2016

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“It’s never too late to change your career and follow your dreams”

It’s been a busy year at our Permanent Cosmetics Training Academy and there’s nothing we love more than hearing how our students are getting on once they have completed their course and qualified.

Fifty-two-year-old Paula Elvey started her Permanent Makeup journey with Nouveau Contour after deciding to start a new career and leave her job selling electric components. Just two years after completing her training in 2014 she won a UK Micropigmentation Award which is a huge accolade for any Permanent Cosmetics Artist. After being nominated by one of her clients, she entered, was shortlisted and won the ‘Best Simi-Permanent Artist – Two Years Experience and Under’ category. The judging process involved submitting case studies on eyes, brows and lip treatments to be examined by an expert panel as well as using Mystery Shoppers to get a better insight in to service she offers. She has achieved so much in a short space of time and we couldn’t be more proud!

Paul with her award

Since graduating as a Permanent Makeup Artist she has been hard at work perfecting her craft and changing people’s lives, but nothing could have prepared her for how rewarding her new found career could be. The passion, emotion and life changing results Paula is able to give her clients is one of the main things she loves about her career.

“I have witnessed and shared pure moments of delight with an 82 year old who ‘hasn’t had brows for decades’, and tears of joy from a working mum who is simply sick of spending 1-2 hours per week drawing her eyebrows on – and badly!“

When speaking about her decision to train with Nouveau Contour Paula said: “Originally, my aim when deciding to train in this demanding – but so rewarding – industry, was to delight my clients and enhance their features, which would naturally enhance their confidence.  That’s why I did my research and chose the very best Academy out there, which was Karen Betts and Nouveau Contour. Was it tough? Absolutely. But I wanted to be the best I could be, and I was sure – if I listened, practised, studied, practised, and practised again – they were the best team to do that.”

“I started training in Permanent Cosmetics at the age of 50 so my message to anyone out there who thinks they might be too old to be a part of this fab industry – look at me!”

We’re sure you’ll agree Paula’s story is very inspiring and proves It’s never too late to change your career and follow your dreams.

If you would like to kick start a life changing career in Permanent Cosmetics and follow in the footsteps of our inspirational Paula Elvey, take a look at our upcoming courses at our industry leading Training Academy.



Behind the Scenes – What it’s Like to be a Permanent Cosmetics Student

Posted by Nadia Burgess on November 3, 2016

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Being a student at one of our Permanent Cosmetics Training academies is the first step to starting an exciting and challenging new career. But what are the courses really like and what do they entail? We’re giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes for a week of Bronze: All Round Training (ART), courtesy of Abi, the newest member of the Nouveau Contour Head Office team to give you a taster of what to expect when you train with Nouveau Contour UK.

The week begins with a friendly welcome and introduction to the trainers who set out the objectives for the week – coffee and biscuits is a must! The atmosphere is professional yet fun and it became apparent from speaking to the students that there was a variety of reasons for undertaking this course. Some wanted to add Permeant Makeup treatments to their salon offering, some had been made redundant and decided to retrain and some simply wanted a change in career. No matter what the motive, the message was clear, it’s going to be a challenging few days but the information and skills which are to be learnt will be well worth the hard work.

The students had already completed some home study and attended Cosmetic Artistry, and Infection Control and Pain Management courses to prepare for the week of intensive learning and practical workshops. Elite Trainer, Sue Farley was to lead the training – she is the head trainer on the ART course at the Yorkshire Training Academy. Sue’s infectious personality made the class of 7 students feel comfortable and at ease straight away. Another elite trainer, Sharon Skelding; who is also one of Karen Betts’ Elite Permanent Makeup Artists, performing treatments at the Karen Betts Professional Clinics in Yorkshire, Cheshire and No.1 London Harley Street, was on hand to help guide and coach the budding students.

Day 1 – Foundations and First Practice

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The first day started with theory lessons, these help provide a good solid foundation from which the students will be able to understand crucial aspects of the art of permanent cosmetics, looking at the different treatments, structure of the skin and how to the students could promote and market the treatments for their business. Each student was given a comprehensive manual that they could continue to refer to once they had completed their training.

The afternoon was spent with the students becoming familiar with the Nouveau Contour Intelligent Machine – which is the machine used to perform the treatments. The students enjoyed practicing on mats to perfect different tattooing techniques before they moved on to live models later in the week.

The practical session began with basic line drawing using the machine with lots of focus on getting the pressure and depth of the needles just right. By using comprehensive videos and live demonstrations, each stage was explained step by step and there were lots of one to one conversations between the trainers and every student.

The underpinning message of the day was “practice, practice, practice.” Even after the week is over, all of the students are expected to spend as much time as possible practicing with their new machine and honing their drawing skills.

Day 2 – Colour Theory and Practice

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The second day kicked off with colour theory. Colour theory is crucial for assessing clients’ skin tone and in turn choosing the right pigment for the clients. It is a very complex subject to get to grips with, but extremely interesting.  After an in-depth discussion about the importance of colours, skin undertones and different skin types, it was time to explore K.B Pro pigments and practice colour matching. The trainers demonstrated how to pick the perfect colours for clients and how to carry out an effective consultation creating lots of two-way conversation and questions throughout.

In the afternoon, it was time for more practical work with lip blush techniques. Starting with a liner and then moving to a circling technique, the students learnt how to create the illusion of perfectly defined and fuller looking lips.

Day 3 – 5 – Lips, Eyes and Brows

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The last 3 days of the course is where the practice really came in to fruition; carrying out treatments on live models. The mornings were spent with the students practicing their techniques on mats and dolls heads – affectionately named ‘Betty’ and the afternoons were when the students performed the treatments.  As can only be expected, there were a few nerves before the tattooing began, but there was a lot of excitement and a great buzz in the air.

Sue and Sharon were accompanied by other members of the Training Team to support and oversee each student whilst they carried out their treatments on the models.  Each model received a thorough consultation before their treatment commenced, and after the treatment was performed under the watchful eye and guidance from the Nouveau Contour Trainers. The trainers assisted with the first outline of the lip treatment to help them along then once the treatment was complete, the models were given aftercare instructions to take away with them.

Once the week of intense training was complete, it was time for a debrief. Each student received feedback and everyone reflected back over the week sharing their experiences. There were tears and plenty of excitement, as well as relief! It was crystal clear how much each student had enjoyed the first part of their journey in permanent cosmetics, and although there were nerves about performing treatments without the expert eyes of the Nouveau Contour Trainers nearby, they were reassured support was always on hand from Nouveau Contour. They were officially ready to take the next steps forward in their career as budding permanent cosmetics artists!

If you’ve thought about training in Permanent Cosmetics and being amongst the next generation of permanent cosmetics artists get in touch with our training specialists on 0844 801 6830 or download our training brochure here. Our training specialists are always on hand to make sure you select a course which is perfect for you, and you can visit us on an observation day to experience our training offering at your local academy.



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