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Permanent Makeup Queen

Permanent Makeup Queen

My name is Julia Pawlak, I will never forget the mixture of nerves and excitement I felt on starting my business as a permanent makeup artist! I started with no money, no savings, and no beauty background, and this is my story of how I became a PMU.

Before I started this journey, I managed three jobs! I was a waiter on a breakfast shift in a hotel, from 7-11am in the week. Every day, after my hotel shift was over, I worked in a cleaning business. On top of that, every weekend I would work in a fish & chips shop from 5pm-12am. I have no idea how on earth I managed to juggle this! But I was so determined to do better and follow my dreams.

In 2013 I got a tax return, and I decided now was the time to invest in my training and my future. I asked myself, what is it I want to do? I knew I wanted to work in a way that meant I had more freedom, and to do something I enjoyed so much that it didn’t feel like working.

I had the dream of being able to help women to look and feel better and help empower them. But with little money for training to do this, I didn’t know what to do! I always knew deep down I was an artist, but how could I make this my job? I had so many questions!

Around that time, I started losing my eyebrow hair. They became thin and sparse, which was made worse when I exercised as I would lose hair from sweating – I was beginning to lose them completely. I decided to get my eyebrows done with PMU and booked my appointment. I was excited, but it was a disaster!! They looked so bad after my treatment that I ended up spending more money to laser them off – now I know to do my research before getting any treatments done.

However, after this I had my answer for what I wanted to do . . . I wanted to do what the PMU artist did, but better! I would bring women the confidence to look and feel better, so they didn’t have the same experience I did. I decided to invest my tax return into a beginner’s PMU course in Poland.

When I came back to the UK, I had my qualification, but asked myself, what next? I had no money for the equipment, no way of renting a salon space, and no extra cash to help set up my business. So, I went back to my old job to raise the extra money.

Finally I got the PMU equipment and two pigments – I was so, so proud of myself! I started practicing every day between shifts at work and at night before bed. When I was ready, I asked some of my friends if they would be models for me, and I had to use my bed as the treatment table. I was so determined and desperate to start somewhere it had to be this way, but I knew I would get a beauty bed when I started properly. Once I had saved up enough to buy one, I started working from home as a PMU artist on a Sunday which was my only day off.

To help me get into the business, I would also go to Glasgow at the weekend and rent a little space in a salon to do party makeup. I had a hunger for the work, and it was a way to make more money. I would bring all my makeup and brushes to the salon and work from there. Once I had saved up, I went to Lancaster for my first PMU masterclass on ombre brows. Here I met one of my best friends and a lovely lady called Christine who was impressed with my work and offered me spaces in her salon for a percentage. I was now so happy; my hard work was paying off!

I was still working all my other jobs whilst I worked in Christine’s salon and it was overwhelming working in so many places, when I just wanted to focus on permanent makeup. My determination would win!

I was in a relationship for 10 years at this point, and as my business grew it was clear we had grown apart and I wasn’t happy anymore. We both decided that was the end, and we went in different directions. Because of this I moved into a flat with another girl, who was working from home as a nail technician. I said to myself; this is it

I transformed my bedroom into a treatment room so I could work from home and quit all my other jobs. I could finally concentrate on being a PMU artist full time. I advertised a little to start building my client base and started doing well. Some of my clients would ask where I slept as the house was so small, and I would tell them I slept in the treatment room! I would get up early and properly clean and transform the room into a treatment room for my clients. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but I was finally doing what made me happy!

My story has more ups and downs and keeps on going!

What I want to say is: if you have dreams and you want to make them reality, start now! If I can do it, you can too! I know my dream is to help as many women as possible to achieve their goals and start believing themselves!

Anna Stark works as in a PR team named as MyPRSolutions. She is dedicated and passionate for providing her audience great and helpful content. They always love to listen from her and she mostly do PR of brands and celebrities between their audiences.

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