10 reasons why you need to attend this year’s Micropigmentation Conference & Awards

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There are ONLY 6 weeks to go until most anticipated event in Micropigmentation in 2017, and bookings are coming in fast and far from across the country.

We are lucky enough to have 12 expert speakers and we are very much looking forward to making the 2017 conference the most inspiring and educational event in permanent make up and micropigmentation in the UK.

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge and extend your service repertoire in the world of permanent make up and micropigmentation, then this is the conference you need to attend.

And if you’re not convinced yet about attending, here are 10 REASONS why you should:

  1. Moya Wren, Managing Director of Moya Wren Permanent Cosmetics, will be discussing with us why ‘there are no problems in PMU…only solutions.”

  2. Looking to expand and improve your skills in microblading? One of the UK’s leading authorities in permanent makeup and medical tattooing with over 20 years of experience, Karen Betts, will be letting us know everything about this eyebrow trend during her talk.

  3. With nearly 17 years specialising in medical tattooing, Vicky Martin, will be giving an interactive presentation on how certain skin canvases can affect the your outcome, and provide us with a handy trick for areola placement.

  4. What happens when semi permanent make up goes wrong? Lorena Öberg, a world-renowned skin repair expert, will be providing us with a talk on the difference between laser and non laser removal.

  5. Do you currently provide Scalp Micropigmentation treatments ? Or wish to tackle the male grooming industry? Dawn Forshaw from Finishing Touches will be telling us how we can expand our skills into MicropigMANtation. She will also be joined by Craig Bottomley-High from Scalp Micro, who will be talking to us about taking male grooming to the next level.

  6. We’re also lucky enough to have Tarryn Vice from Finishing Touches joining us. She’ll be providing us with an exclusive talk on Balayage brows, a unique technique that has been formulated using the nano needle for longer lasting results!

  7. How and when should you do corrections with semi-permanent make up? Aniela Korabinska from Eyebrow Recovery will be sharing her expert tips.

  8. How can you use social media more effectively to grow your permanent make up business? Leah Richardson and Ellie Taylor from Dermace will be giving us a talk on how to succeed in the social media world.

  9. Lisa Henning from Beautiful Ink will be presenting MediTatu, a version of MCA Microneedling, and showing us how it can improve scars and stretch marks.

  10. With over 30 years of experience in micropigmentation, Dawn Cragg MBE will be talking about expert witness and how to stay out of court.

To book your tickets to the most inspiring and educational event in micropigmentation, please click here.

Exciting announcement: Introducing our NEW sponsor!

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We’re excited to announce that along with Dermace, Finishing Touches, Beautiful Ink and Permanent Make Up Magazine, PMU International Magazine are sponsoring this year’s Micropigmentation UK Conference and Awards!

PMU International Magazine was founded in 2015 by Alina Soloveva. Their goal is to connect the world of Permanent makeup on international scale.

As one of our sponsors, at our conference on the 20th May, PMU International will providing magazines to all those who attend.

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Congratulations to the supplier finalists for this year’s Micropigmentation UK Awards

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their nominations for the 2017 Micropigmentation UK Award Supplier Categories.


We received nearly 200 nominations for the supplier categories for the 2017 Micropigmentation UK Awards, and we’re excited to announce the companies that have been shortlisted for the following awards are:

Innovation Award

  • Karen Betts Pro
  • Beautiful Ink
  • Dermace
  • Finishing Touches
  • Lorena Oberg

Best Pigment Range Award

  • Karen Betts Pro
  • Beautiful Ink
  • Dermace
  • Finishing Touches
  • Golden Eye
  • Mtec West
  • Elite Colours

Customer Service Award

  • Karen Betts Pro
  • Dermace
  • Finishing Touches
  • Lorena Oberg
  • Golden Eye

Best Use of Social Media Award

  • Karen Betts Pro
  • Dermace
  • Finishing Touches
  • Golden Eye

Best Website Award

  • Karen Betts Pro
  • Dermace
  • Finishing Touches
  • Golden Eye

Make Up Machine (Under £1500) Award

  • Beautiful Ink for the Inky Shaker
  • Dermace for the Bio-Evolution Vena Machine
  • Finishing Touches for the Micro Mini System
  • Lorena Oberg for the DiamaDerm Permanent Make Up Machine
  • Golden Eye for the Airtronic Machine

Make Up Machine (Over £1500) Award

  • Finishing Touches for the Precision Plus Cosmetic Tattooing machine
  • Golden Eye for the Crystal Tech Pro Set Make Up Machine
  • Natural Enhancement for Biotek Arté Semi Permanent Make Up Machine

Congratulations everyone! We look forward to seeing you at 2017 Micropigmentation UK Conference and Awards on the 20th May at the Eastwood Hall Hotel in Nottingham.




Guest blog from Finishing Touches: What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

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Guest blog from Finishing Touches

Scalp Micropigmentation, which is also known as SMP, is the latest trend in hair loss for both men and women. Finishing Touches ensure this procedure to be safe and effective without the need for surgery.

SMP is quick & this non-surgical precision technique replicates the look of natural hair follicles and provides clients with the appearance of a closely-shaven scalp which allows the vision of a full head of hair. Whether you are suffering from male or female pattern baldness, alopecia, thinning hair or scalp scarring from surgery or an accident, Scalp Micropigmentation maybe the answer.

The Finishing Touches Group are very well known for their amazing contribution to the medical sector & Scalp Micropigmentation plays a huge roll to help clients to diminish  the visibility of scarring. Our highly trained training team show students how to deposit pigment into the scar tissue and surrounding area to help blend out the scar. By accurately matching colour and creating the look of follicles inside the scar, many clients can expect up to an 85% improvement in the appearance of scarring.

Our unique training programmes offer an unrivalled educational experience followed by excellent on-going support. Our courses are a proven balance of theoretical and hands-on learning. All courses provide information on both permanent and semi-permanent implantation techniques. Whether you are thinking of setting up a standalone studio or wanting to incorporate Scalp Micropigmentation into your existing SPMU practice, let our team of experts help and guide you to choosing the correct pathway to success.

Guest Blog from Aniela Korabinska: Have you got the tools of the trade?

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Guest Blog from Aniela Korabinskaaniela-korabinska-logo

Einstein’s definition of Insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

To improve you have to learn. To grow you have to change.

We all see the perfect ‘after’ pictures of brows all over the Internet. The crisp lines…the dark vivid colour to the soft blonde tones of freshly implanted pigment…BUT…what does this look like in a few months, a few years???

This is YOUR business. These are YOUR clients. This is YOUR reputation.  You have to be prepared for seeing your own work come back to you.

Are you 100% happy with the pigments you are using? Do you think your machine gets the crispest hair strokes? Are your clients happy?

When I began this journey 12 years ago, I was an employee simply doing my job. I was sent on training and used what my trainer told me to use.  I dotted colour on the forehead and chose what looked nice, this is where it went wrong.

I didn’t know what was actually in the pigment, I didn’t know how to assess someone’s skin tone; I had no notion how this was going to fade.

I soon had to learn… I saw pink, salmon and orange eyebrows coming back to me. I couldn’t post a picture “NOT MY WORK’…it was my work and I was mortified.

Why was this happening? How am I going to fix it?

I got scared using colours and never truly felt happy or confident in my selection. I was panicking about getting phone calls 6 months later. I simply thought, this is what happens in Semi Permanent Makeup and had notions of throwing in the towel.

I took great pride every job I had growing up, from working in Woolworths at 15 (the kids socks department was immaculate for years!) to pouring the perfect pint in the scabbiest pub in Edinburgh! Suddenly I was losing it, I wasn’t happy with what was happening and I was tattooing peoples faces!

You have to actively seek out the best; the information isn’t going to arrive in your lap in one big manual.

Do you follow SPMU artists on Instragram (that’s how I spend most of my spare time!) What do your idols use? What pigments do they use? What machine do they use?

There are some amazing forums out there with artists from around the world. All available to talk to and ask questions to.

I found there was a common theme between these artists and I chose to make a change and order a new pigment line. Train with different artists and different machines. Find the best.

I have lost that feeling of anxiety I used to feel in each procedure. I am now excited to see the Client a year down the road. This feeling of confidence is born out of continuous honing of my skill-set and greater knowledge of product. For me, there is no greater testament to your work, than to see Clients return a year down the road with work I’m still proud of and with referred family members in tow e.g. mums, aunties, sisters and nieces. Fine hair strokes still visible and the colour still the same tone, just lighter, the way Semi Permanent Make up should be.

I am going to be giving a small talk at the Micropigmention UK Awards 2017 and I would like to share my knowledge on pigments, quality of pigments, assessing skin tone, the effects of this on results and how and when to perform corrections when comfortable.

See you all in May!