Karen Betts Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Fortnum & Mason

Karen Betts Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Fortnum & Mason

On the 25th September 2017, Britain’s very own ‘Queen of Brows’ Karen Betts hosted a wonderful Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London. The afternoon was in recognition of the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month running throughout the month of October – a cause very dear to Karen’s heart, reflected in her ongoing charity work with Breast Cancer survivors.

Karen Betts and the Journey to Microblading

After a childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age, Karen’s journey into the world of permanent cosmetics began. Karen’s friend was terrified at the prospect of losing her eyebrows during cancer treatment (and with it the ability to show expression). So, without a second thought, Karen travelled to the United States to learn the art of microblading where the concept had already been established for some time. Previously working in a hair salon styling wigs for Cancer survivors, this seemed like a natural progression for Yorkshire-born Karen. As well as creating eyebrows for those who have lost them through illness or disease, Karen also reconstructs areolas for those who have undergone mastectomies.

Flash forward almost two decades, Karen Betts is recognised industry-wide and by the media as the UK’s No.1 Permanent Cosmetics Artist, as well as for her relentless efforts to transform lives through her work with charities and trusts.

Karen Betts

Karen Betts – Photo: Ambarina Hasan


#TeaWithKB was held at the intimate Tasting Room in Fortnum & Mason. Guests were given a warm welcome and a cold glass of bubbly. Once sat down, Press and bloggers began chatting away, excited to meet Karen and hear all about her inspiring work.



The menu on the day included Welsh Rarebit with Oven Dried Tomato & Caramelised Shallot, Sole Véronique with Caviar and Eggs Royale. As well as this, the standard fare of delicious cakes, scones and Fortnum’s world famous teas were enjoyed by all.

After tea, Karen gave a touching presentation which struck a chord with all of her guests. As a group of women, Karen’s guests all agreed that the heartbreaking effects of Breast Cancer are felt by most of us at some stage in our lives. Karen talked through her work with survivors, explaining how much hope and self-confidence she has seen it give them after such a devastating time in their lives.


After hearing Karen’s heartwarming stories of helping survivors by doing what she does best, the women in the room felt inspired by the time spent with Karen and each other in recognition of such a significant cause.

Guests left with a box full of yummy Fortnum & Mason treats to take home. A wonderful afternoon with a full house of guests gathered to recognise both Karen Betts’ work and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information on Karen Betts and her work, visit the official website: www.karenbetts.co.uk 

For more information relating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk


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