2nd May, 2018

Muscle Relaxing Injections (Botulinum Toxin) or permanent makeup…which one comes first?

One question that I am often asked… “Should I have “Botox” or permanent makeup done first?”

There are many myths out there, but from a permanent makeup artists perspective the answer is most certainly “Permanent Makeup before Botulinum Toxin”.

Why?

Botulinum Toxin is a highly popular and well known treatment that is designed to smooth wrinkles and prevent deeper lines forming by temporarily relaxing the muscles.

How?

The Botulinum Toxin injection temporarily prevents nerve signals from reaching the muscle and, as a result, the muscle relaxes. As the muscle relaxes, the skin smooths out and therefore alters the movement and position of the brow.

Having permanent makeup done during this stage may result in your brows being tattooed onto the skin whilst it is in an unnatural position.

Furthermore as the Botulinum Toxin starts to wear off, the muscle activity returns and the skin will return to its natural position.

Summary

So in essence, I would always recommend having your permanent makeup done when your brows are in their natural position.

In addition, if you have had Botox it is advisable to wait until the Botox has worn off and that you allow two weeks prior to your next appointment.

2nd May, 2018

Summer holidays and Permanent Makeup…it’s not a marriage made in heaven

Most of us love the feeling of the sun on our skin. It’s a rare treat so of course we want to make the most of it.
However, the sun breaks down the pigment molecules and therefore can have a huge impact on the longevity of your permanent makeup. The sun can also be guilty for changing the warmth of your Permanent Makeup, particularly on the brow area.

What does that mean for your Permanent Makeup?

Protection. Protection. Protection.

Try, if possible, to avoid sitting in direct sun light or limit the amount of time you spend in the sun.

If you are in the sun, or going to be exposed to the sun, please ensure you use a good quality SPF. One that I always recommend is Uvistat SPF 50 sun block and can be purchased from most pharmacies. This looks a little like a lipstick and should be applied to the Permanent Makeup area, whether this be your brows, lips etc prior to going out into the sun.

In addition wear a sun hat and sunglasses to provide extra protection. I highly recommend this, as it not only protects your Permanent Makeup, but also protects your skin in general. We all know that the sun can have long lasting effects on your skin and as much as you can protect it the better.

If you are planning a holiday overseas and looking forward to dipping in and out of the pool then be aware. Chlorine also breaks down the pigment molecules and can therefore have a direct impact on the longevity of your Permanent Makeup. It is therefore equally important to use your SPF if you are going to be in and out of the swimming pool both before and after.

21st Mar, 2018

Holidays

If you are thinking about having Permanent Makeup done in time for your holiday, think again. You have to factor in the healing process which can take 4-6 weeks. During this time it is essential that you avoid UV and sun exposure as this will almost certainly impact on the longevity of your Permanent Makeup. Until your brows/lips/eyeliner is completely healed, ensure you avoid direct sunlight. Wear an SPF every day and use other protectors including sunglasses and a hat.

Exercise

If you enjoy exercise…great. However, you may need to think about toning it down during your healing process. Sweating or accidentally scratching the brow or lip can have a huge impact on the healing process and the pigment.

Swimming and the Jacuzzi?

If so then you may need to rethink. Chlorine can actually affect your new brows or lips. I advise anyone to avoid chlorine until your brows have completely healed and if you are unsure always consult your Permanent Makeup artist.

Beauty treatments and procedures

I’m afraid to say that you will need to be prepared to avoid beauty treatments such as facials or aesthetic procedures after your Permanent Makeup. You need to give your brow or lip area the best possible opportunity to heal. You should be fine to continue after your brows / lips are completely healed or if you are in doubt check with your Permanent Makeup artist.

Beauty products…

Some beauty products, particularly anti-aging, may affect your Permanent Makeup healing process due to the product ingredients. Always ensure you avoid applying them to the brow or lip area or again check with your Permanent Makeup artist.

Your makeup

There are not many of us who do not go out without makeup on. However, the way you apply and remove your makeup immediately after having your brows/lips done may impact on the longevity of the pigment. Avoid wearing makeup around these areas. Be careful when applying and removing makeup so that you do not scratch, rub or wipe the brow/lips. Try using a cotton bud to gently remove any makeup around the brows/lips. Your Permanent Makeup artist will show you how to do this.

Expectations

Everyone will have their own expectations of what to expect after having Permanent Makeup. However, it is important to listen to your Permanent Makeup artist who will manage your expectations when it comes to the shape, colour and longevity of your pigment. Factors such as skin type, lifestyle and medications will all affect your healing process so it is important that this is explained carefully prior to your treatment.

21st Mar, 2018

The truth about what really happens during the healing process

Following Permanent Makeup your eyebrows will go through various phases as part of the healing process.

Day One

Immediately afterwards you will, hopefully, be in love with your new brows. They will look defined, natural and in some case give you a sense of confidence.

However, your brow area may also appear red and slightly swollen. This area is sensitive so it is perfectly natural for your skin to react in this way. This will calm down after a few days.

Days 2-4

Your brow pigment may appear darker and sharper than you hoped. Please remember the colour of the pigment will gradually soften and fade. At this initial stage the pigment will not be settled into the skin and will be sitting on top of your skin.

Days 3-5

Scabs.

Yes you will probably scab, though this will depend on your skin type. This may also make the brows look darker.

Stay calm.

Within the next week your colour will soften by around 30-50% and the brow itself will appear slightly smaller.

Days 5-7

Your scabs or dry skin may start to flake and fall off.

Stay calm.

This is all part of the skin healing process. If they have scabbed, you may feel the urge to scratch or pick your brows if they become itchy.

Resist the urge.

Scratching or picking the brow area will almost certainly affect the finished result.

Days 8-10

You may feel as though your brows have “disappeared” or faded too much.

Stay calm.

This is just superficial colour and dry skin naturally removing itself from your brows.

Day 14 – 28

Your brows may look slightly patchy with some strokes disappearing and some re-appearing. This is natural as many people loose between 10-15% of their hair strokes. These will be replaced during your follow up appointment.

Day 42

Following your review appointment you will be in love with your brows!

 

7th Dec, 2017

It is important for any permanent makeup artist to take the shape of your face into consideration when doing permanent makeup. It is surprising how the right shape brow can enhance the shape of the face:

  • Oval faces do well with softly angled brows
  • Square faces need softer curves to soften the angles of the face
  • Heart shaped faces suit high, narrow arches to help add height to the brows and add width to the jaw line
  • Round faces suit narrow brows with an angular arch to help make the face look longer
  • Rectangle face do well with a sift wide arch which is fairly flat to make the head look rounder and widen the eyes
  • Diamond faces suit higher brows with a wider arch to help widen the forehead and jaw
    Pear shapes faces do well with wide, high arches with lifted tails to help lift and widen the eyes and brows
    Square faces suit a wide, high arch on the brows with lifted tails that are swept up and away from the jaw to help make the face look longer

Although your permanent makeup artist will use their knowledge and experience when setting your template, it is essential, however, that both you and your permanent makeup artist come to an agreement on the shape of your brow.

29th Sep, 2017

Everything happens for a reason…

This was certainly the case following a chance meeting earlier this month between Camilla Seton Permanent Makeup and Dr Sophie Shotter, founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic.

As a result, we are delighted to announce that Rochester based Camilla Seton is now working with Illuminate Skin Clinic, who are based in Kings Hill.

Dr Sophie started practicing cosmetic medicine whilst also working in anaesthetics for the NHS. Following this, Sophie decided to devote herself full-time to cosmetic medicine and went on to open Illuminate Skin Clinic.

Sophie has been trained by Cosmetic Courses, the only training academy led by a plastic surgeon, and also received expert training directly from the pharmaceutical companies Dr Sophie deals with. Dr Sophie is an associate member with the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, through which she undergoes annual appraisal. A crucial part of this assesses the ongoing educational activity Dr Sophie participates in. She regularly attends conferences and courses to develop herself further and to stay abreast of the newest technology.

Camilla has been performing permanent makeup for over 10 years and is a trainer for the Nouveau Beauty Group, the largest permanent makeup training company in the UK and Europe. Camilla is one the few elite artists in the UK that is recognised by the Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals (SCPC) in the USA. As part of her role of a Permanent Makeup Artist, Camilla is a guest speaker for many hospitals and support groups raising awareness of how Permanent Cosmetics can help those affected with hair loss through illness.

Both the Camilla Seton Permanent Makeup and Illuninate Skin Clinic brands represent trust, respect and experience and working together will enable both brands to reach a wider audience together.

However, the new venture goes much further than that.

Both are passionate about their businesses and often teach and speak about their line of work to students, charities and the general public. Working together will help strengthen their key messages around confidence, beauty and acceptance.

Camilla Seton comments; “With the beauty industry becoming increasingly saturated, it is even more important to ensure your brand is as strong as it possibly can be. Working with such a reputable businesses such as Illuminate Skin Clinic, is the start of a brand new chapter for my business and I am excited to see where this takes us.”     

Illuminate Skin Clinic comments; “The whole Illuminate Team are absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with Camilla. Our ethos is about delivering the very best treatments and results in the safest possible way. The harmony between our approaches is perfect, and we are so excited to get our partnership off the ground. Camilla will be joining us at our exclusive anti-ageing event on 26th October to give Kings Hill a chance to meet her and see what magic she can do!”  www.illuminateskinclinic.co.uk

24th Aug, 2017

Choosing to have Permanent Makeup is a very personal decision and needs to be made with great thought and research. There are a number of factors to consider before deciding to have permanent makeup, including health, skin tone, lifestyle, sun exposure and expectations. In turn there are a number of reasons why people choose to have permanent makeup. Hear what 9 ladies had to say about their reasons:

“I had no brows…”

…left since the “over plucking” curse struck me in my teens. Pencilling them in scared me in case it smudged and having them tinted every 3 weeks was such a chore that often I would forget to have them done. Permanent Makeup was the best option for me and I absolutely love them.”

“I was diagnosed…

…with Cancer 2 years ago and as a result of the invasive chemotherapy I lost most of my hair, including my brows. I thought dealing with hair loss would be the hardest part, but actually losing my brows felt like I’d lost my identity. I was not even aware of permanent makeup or that I could even have it done. It was only after a colleague mentioned it that I looked into it and decided to go for it. As soon as I had them done it honestly felt as though I had my face back again!”

“I have never had a lot of hair…

…in my brows and even before the “brow fever” erupted I have always been so self-conscious about them. I used to get them tinted but it still looked obvious that there was not a lot of hair there. I doubt anyone else noticed, but it was my issue and it did not matter what anyone else said. It took a lot of courage to get permanent makeup done but the difference in me and my self-esteem is amazing! No one would ever know that I have had permanent makeup done as they look so natural.”

“I was spending a fortune…

on brow grooming including tinting and waxing and although permanent makeup is an initial cost, it meant I no longer would need to make appointments every 3 weeks for grooming.”

“I have been pencilling my brows in for years…

As time went on I started applying the pencil more and more until eventually they resembled slugs! They started looking really fake and I hated that. But in my mind I had to have them as dark as possible and if I did not pencil them in, I looked (in my mind) weird. I knew permanent makeup was the only way I could break my brow obsession and get back to natural looking brows.  It took me a few days to get used to them after permanent makeup but I am not so glad I had them done.”

“It now only takes me 15 minutes…

…to do my makeup as opposed to 30 minutes. My brows would take me 15 minutes per day to groom, which does not sound a lot but when you’re trying to tame 3 small children as well as get ready for work each morning  it really is a long time!”

“I never used to spend any time on my brows…

Then about 5 years ago I starting noticing brows were everywhere on social media and so I started plucking, waxing and pencilling mine in as I thought they had to look a certain way. In the end I actually lost focus of what my brows were meant to look like and had no idea what shape they should be or what suited me. Permanent Makeup saved me!”

“I just wanted nice brows…

…and could not be bothered to do them myself so I saved up and treated myself! The end”

“I’m in my 70’s so I have very little brow left…

…I blame it on the age! I have my hair done every month but whenever I look in the mirror I home in on my brows. They always let me down. My daughter had permanent makeup done and persuaded me to go for it. And I am so glad I did. Everyone at my yoga class loves them and has asked where I got them done.”

8th Aug, 2017

“So so pleased with my beautiful brows. Felt unhappy and embarrassed and self conscious for years and this lady has changed that in 2 hours! Can’t say enough.”

“Microblading has made me look like me again”

“I absolutely love this lady…she is amazing at what she does and I trust her 100%..her skill and work is outstanding and today gave me back all that confidence with my gorgeous new brows!!”

“I cannot recommend Camilla enough, I had my eyebrows done two weeks ago and I’ve had nothing but compliments. They’re so natural looking, they’ve really boosted my confidence. Camilla is an amazing professional.”
“I would highly recommend Camilla to anyone. She is a gem at what she does! Simply the best!!”

“I’m so so happy with them and most grateful that I overheard a conversation two years ago about “the Brow lady” and managed to track Camilla down. To look in the mirror and see eyebrows on your face is a wonderful feeling that a lot of people take for granted . I can’t thank Camilla enough for the kindness and understanding she’s shown me. She is a truly honest caring and extremely talented lady who is also now a dear friend.”

“I have, for the first time in years, fabulous eyebrows and Camilla is a fabulous lady.”

“I can’t believe what a difference this really wonderful woman has made to my confidence. I have never been made to feel more comfortable and at ease as I have been here today. Thank u Camilla for making me feel amazing and giving me back my confidence.”

“Where do I start I’m lost for words this lady is truly amazing at what she does I am in love with my new brows for anyone thinking of having their brows done or any permanent make-up done this is the lady you need to see so welcoming calming & friendly every bit of information you needed to no was answered such a perfectionist Camilla honestly is such a wonderful talented woman thank you so much I already can’t wait for my next appointment.”

“I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more to have Camilla tattoo my eyebrows. For someone who doesn’t do fake or write reviews I’ve broken my rules 100% happy thank you”

8th Aug, 2017

The aftercare procedure you follow post permanent makeup is essential and can have a huge impact on the healing process and longevity of the pigment. You can usually go about your daily routine immediately after your appointment, but some clients experience some swelling and redness which normally subsides within 48 hours.

However, there are factors that will affect the longevity of the pigment and therefore the longevity of your permanent makeup:

Skin type

Whether it is oily, dry or combination, your skin type will affect the healing process post treatment and in turn affect the longevity of your permanent makeup. Ensure your permanent makeup technician carries out an in depth consultation to assess your skin type and the required aftercare procedure.

UV exposure

Exposure to UV Rays including the sun, sunbeds and even computer screens will impact on the longevity of your permanent makeup. Until your brows are completely healed ensure you avoid direct sunlight. Wear an SPF every day and use other protectors including sunglasses and a hat.

Chlorine

A dip in the pool may seem like a great idea in the heat, especially whist on holiday, but chlorine can affect your new brows. Avoid chlorine until your brows have completely healed and if you are unsure always consult your permanent makeup artist.

Makeup

Applying and removing your makeup immediately after having your brows done may impact on the longevity of the pigment. Avoid wearing makeup around the brow area. Be careful when applying and removing makeup so that you do not scratch, rub or wipe the brow. Try using a cotton bud to gently remove any makeup around the brow. Your permanent makeup technician will show you how to do this.

Washing

We all need to wash, but we probably wash our face without really thinking about it. You must be extremely careful after having your brows done. Particularly during the healing process as the slightest scratch or knock will affect the healing process.

Exercise

Exercise is important for some and forms a part of their daily life. However, after having permanent makeup it is important to be careful. Sweating or accidentally scratching the brow or lip can have a huge impact on the healing process.

Beauty products

Some beauty products, particularly anti-aging, may affect your permanent makeup healing process due to the product ingredients. Always ensure you avoid applying them to the brow or lip area. If you are unsure or want to check anything, always check with your permanent makeup technician.

Other factors such as smoking and alcohol may impact on the longevity of your permanent makeup. Always bear this in mind before and after having permanent makeup done.

1st Aug, 2017

My job is to ensure that when you leave my salon you are “In love with your new brows”

If I do not think I can create the perfect brow for you or meet your expectations, then I will discuss this with you. I will not compromise your brows, your happiness or my reputation if the end result is anything less than perfect.

Permanent Makeup

…is not designed to be like a regular tattoo. By this I mean that permanent makeup is designed to soften over time as the pigment applied to your skin will rise to surface.

Your consultation period with me isn’t short. I have been doing this job for over 10 years, so this stage is specifically designed to enable me to assess your brows, shape of your face, skin tone and your expectations. All of these factors are essential when establishing your perfect brows.

We will go through various exercises, questions and examples to ensure you are 100% happy and confident before we begin.

Using tailor made stencils..

…I will draw on the shape of the brow so that you can see what we are looking to achieve.
My ethos when it comes to the shape and colour is that your brows do not look like a tattoo. Your brows need to reflect you. Your face will change as you get older so I will ensure your brows naturally reflect that.

A thicker, darker brow on a 25 year old would not necessarily suit someone much older. So we need to start with a brow that is adaptable.

It is always easier to add than take away.

However one thing I cannot stress enough is that your brows will initially appear a lot darker. So be prepared for that. The first time you look in that mirror you will take a photocopy of your brows. After time your brows will soften, and most of us will continue to refer back to that original photocopy that is now imprinted in our minds. We then assume our brows are no longer perfect. When in fact they are.

Please remember that I am always here to answer any questions or concerns.