Deluxe Brows - Microblading for eyebrows - February 2017
Deluxe Brows 'honourable artist' certificate - May 2017
Pigment-Off / Deluxe Brows Aloor removal - March 2018
Deluxe Brows - Machine eyebrows - February 2019
Deluxe Brows - Machine eyeliner - February 2019
Deluxe Brows - Machine lips - February 2019
Stretch-niques® 3, machine eyeliner techniques webinar - January 2020
Deluxe Brows 'expert artist' certificate - March 2020
Courtney Stevens' Velvet Liner™ Technique webinar - July 2020
I often get asked if I've always done cosmetic tattooing / make up, but in short the answer is no! All through childhood and my teenage years, I enjoyed art, photography and creative projects, and often spent a lot of time trying to reflect this in my appearance with my hair and make up. I worked part time as a hairdresser's assistant from the ages of 15 to 18 and loved the atmosphere and the fact you could be professional yet creative with the field of work.
At 16, I went to college, which is where I lost my love for art as an academic subject. I found the class structures and briefs too rigid, so dropped art and focused on business studies, IT and English language. After graduating, I went to university and specialised in business studies, as I'd always been interested in working for myself - I just wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do!
I started university in 2010, and whilst there I found it really difficult to get a part time job due to the amount of students in the city, so instead, started my own business (cutekawaii) hand making decoden (a Japanese style) phone cases for customers through Etsy, and eventually my own website. In 2012 I started a work placement (part of my university course) and worked here full time whilst carrying on cutekawaii as a side project. These experiences were so useful with my studies as I could relate class theory to real experiences, and ended up graduating with a first class honours in 2014.
After graduating, I worked self employed for 6 months, and was then offered a managerial marketing role which I took. I continued cutekawaii alongside working for another couple of years, taking us to mid 2016, where I eventually felt it was time to do something new. During my time working on cutekawaii, I solely ran every aspect from accounts to sales to production and printing. A proud achievement is having my phone cases stocked at high street retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Lazy Oaf, Tibbs & Bones, and DollsKill.
In late 2016, I went and had my eyebrows microbladed (when it was still a little unheard of) and unfortunately wasn't happy with the results or experience overall. This ultimately inspired me to look into training courses, and after some research, booked myself onto a course for February 2017. I fully qualified in May 2017, started working at Red Tattoo & Piercing in July 2017, and haven't looked back since!
I have further trained and will continue to train in more cosmetic tattooing techniques as I feel it's crucial to expand on your knowledge and skills all the way through your career, to ensure you keep challenging yourself and learning new styles. In the near future, I hope to train in scalp micropigmentation and areola tattooing.
I fully understand that cosmetic tattooing can be a scary process, but because I've had my own eyebrows and lips tattooed, as well as a few body tattoos, I can talk you through it, let you know my own experiences, and hopefully put your mind at ease! I will always listen and recommend what is going to be best for you as an individual, and try to ensure the work is going to age well over time, not just the immediate results.