Never underestimate the power of an eyebrow!

Published: 15 Nov 2017

We’re running a series of blogs covering beauty tips for people undergoing chemotherapy.  The first is from guest blogger Camilla Seton - a permanent make-up artist who has worked with many people fighting cancer.

Camilla Seton is a leading permanent makeup artist.  She is qualified as a Trainer for the Nouveau Beauty Group and was one of the first Elite permanent makeup artists in the UK to be recognised by the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals in the USA (SPCP).  

30 years ago, I never would have thought of becoming a permanent makeup artist.  The truth is I started my journey in response to losing someone very dear to my heart through Cancer.

During this time, I met some truly inspirational and amazing ladies who, due to their invasive treatment, lost their hair or experienced physical changes such as mastectomy. When something like this is unwillingly taken away, quite often women feel as though they have lost their identity and some even no longer feel feminine. I really wanted to try and help as many ladies as I could who were in a similar position.

Almost straight away I began studying to become a permanent makeup artist and as soon as I qualified (15 years ago), I set up my own business – Camilla Seton Permanent Makeup.

Take back control and boost your confidence

Many of us go through life taking our hair, eyebrows and breasts for granted. Some even take it a step further, myself included, by tormenting our hair with countless dyes or butchering our brows with tweezers and wax strips.  These areas play such a vital role in, not only our physical appearance, but also our self-confidence and outlook on life.     

Many of my clients tell me that they are reminded of their Cancer each time they look in the mirror.  Permanent makeup makes them feel better on the outside, which has given them a renewed sense of determination and confidence on the inside.  

Two of the most popular permanent make-up techniques are:

Permanent Makeup

Permanent Makeup is a traditional technique that has been used for hundreds of years. Microblading is the current “buzz word” but actually just a different method of permanent makeup that uses a hand tool with very fine blades. The needles implant delicate hair strokes using a medical grade pigment colour. The pigment is implanted in the basal membrane which divides the Epidermis from the Dermis layer of the skin. These techniques are therefore more superficial than tattooing, the colour is impacted closer to the skins surface, and therefore the strokes appear and remain crisp and extremely fine. The end result is soft, flawless and natural brows to enhance natural features and overall appearance without the brows dominating their face.  

Unlike a regular skin tattoo permanent makeup will fade over time. The choice of technique used will heavily depend on various factors including the client’s skin type, expectations and the skins ability to retain pigment.

Areola Tattooing

For women who have undergone mastectomies or other breast surgery, permanent areola tattooing, and nipple restoration treatments are a way to restore the natural beauty of your breasts, so you can regain confidence in your own femininity.

Is it for you?

Why I love my job

Every day I meet ladies who each have a different story and reason for choosing permanent makeup. Whether it be for personal reasons or due to hair loss and physical changes caused by Cancer or Alopecia. 

However, the one thing they all have in common is the desire to leave my salon with the “Gift of Confidence” and that is something I pride myself in being able to deliver every time.

Here are a couple of quotes I’ve received from my clients:

“I feel like me again, I have my face back. For months I have not felt or looked like me and today that has changed. I am back!” 

 “I beat Cancer and I want the world to know about it. I want to do things that I only ever heard about. Life is too short.” 

Permanent makeup can never diminish the memories, pain and anger cancer sufferers carry, but it has certainly helped to bring a smile back to their faces. Remember…. never underestimate the power of an eyebrow!

Have you tried permanent make-up?  Did it work for you?  Why not share your thoughts on the Penguin Cold Caps Facebook page or Chemotherapy Support Group.