Karen Betts appears in Women’s Health

Last year I had the pleasure of welcoming Claire Sanderson, Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief, to my Harley Street Clinic. Claire was initially quite nervous when she arrived, but after a quick chat and some numbing cream she was good to go. Having worked with Katie Piper, who looked stunning on her recent Women’s Health cover, and some other well-known faces, we had a lot to chat about… like us women always do. As with all of my treatments, we started with a consultation: Claire recounted how she fell victim to the ‘90s brow’ trend – a story I’ve heard many a time over the years, usually involving Mum’s tweezers and the Spice Girls. Claire’s brow history didn’t end there; she showed me scarring in her left brow, the result of an eyebrow piercing during her university years: Scar tissue can’t grow hair, and after years of drawing over the bald skin with makeup she’d wanted to try a more long-term solution. So, after discussing her desired brow shape and settling on the pigment colour (we decided on a mix of K.B Pro Ibiza, Paris and a hint of Milan), then I got to work creating her dream brows. With all permanent make up treatments I produce, I always remind clients that the result you first see won’t be final, that’s not until the treatment has completely healed. For the first few days brows can appear up to four shades darker, in fact Claire likened hers to ‘black slugs’. But as with a lot of things in life, good things come to those who wait: “After a week people are telling me how well I look. Without make-up, I appear more polished – a slick of mascara is all I need to look like I’ve made an effort.” Arguably my favourite part of the article is Claire’s 10/10 on the confidence-boosting verdict. I constantly tell my team it’s just as much about a client’s confidence as it is their brows. Permanent make up enhances your natural beauty and I’ve seen it bring so many people out of their shell – whatever their reason for getting a treatment. If you want to read Claire’s full review it can be found in Women’s Health January/February 2019 issue.