In 2010, my best friend Mel told me about these new amazing lashes she had seen on a girl at work. We had to try it! So every three weeks we did the 50 mile round trip to get our lash fix, as we were hooked!
The more I went, the more intrigued I became to see how this incredible process was done. I couldn’t stop thinking of how much I really wanted to learn it. So I did my research and only two or three companies offered this training. On the 21st of March 2011 I headed off on a mission to Newark to learn Hollywood lashes. I turned up to the class the oldest one there, of about eight young beauty therapists, a total change to what I’d been doing for the last 17 years, it was really quite scary. I found it so hard but I was determined to get them to look like what mine did, that was my first ever goal!
Back in those days there was no online support, no groups to learn from, you just start to find your own way, which I did relentlessly and in October 2011 Eyelashes by Karen was born.
I worked during the day at my office job and then every evening, I lashed from my dining room. I found it gave me a great sense of relaxation that I needed from my day job.
Taking It To Another Level
I became the first ‘Lash Technician’ in the area to specialise only in lashes, people travelled from far and wide to come and get lashed.
Still hungry for more knowledge in 2013 I travelled to the Ukraine to learn a new technique that had never been done in the UK before, Russian Volume eyelashes, a skill that I was one of the first to bring to the UK and is now seen as the norm in the lash industry.
Working 2 jobs for 18 months my love of lashes overtook my office job and I left to follow my heart to see if I could work full time doing something that I loved. After travelling all over the country to do different training courses. I saw a real gap in the market here in the North and what was becoming a huge new trend I decided to become a trainer. I wanted to be able to provide decent personalised one to one training locally so people didn’t have to travel as far as I needed to do. Giving students the support I so wish I’d had when I first trained and the opportunity to find their own success earning a decent living.
In 2014 I won my first lash award and later becoming an International judge in live major lash competitions in Sweden and London.