The lovely team at Diamond Designs recently asked me for an interview on my story and Skin Confident. Of course I was very happy to oblige!
Here is an extract, and you can read the rest on their website here: https://www.diamonddesignsuniforms.com/blog-layout/tips-trends/97-q-a-with-babs-forman
Were you always interested in a career in the beauty industry?
Actually, I qualified as a solicitor and had a career in law before dedicating myself to skin camouflage! So it took me a little while to get there, but I always had a passion for make-up and never felt fully at home in the corporate law world. So I would say I was definitely always interested, but wasn’t sure that I would be able to make it a reality. It took a bit of soul-searching and a mini mid-life crisis to take the leap of faith, and I’m very glad that I did.
Tell us a bit more about Skin Confident
Skin Confident provides skin camouflage for people who have skin concerns that go beyond what cosmetic make-up can conceal effectively. I see a huge range of different people and can cover anything from scars to vitiligo, birthmarks and also tattoos. I use specialist products that were designed to be highly pigmented and long-lasting. They are even waterproof if applied properly, so the idea is very much to teach people how to use them so that the can then go about leading their lives as normally as possible without feeling self-conscious or inhibited. Quite often I see people who have suffered accidents or illnesses and it’s lovely to be able to give them a little bit of a feeling of normality back.
What made you want to start your own business?
I am really passionate about skin camouflage and helping people feel more confident about themselves. I am a very independent person so I hate the idea that people are not leading their lives to the fullest or because of their skin. I felt that there was a real gap in the market to provide an expert service to people struggling with the appearance of their skin for whatever reason. Although the UK is very fortunate to have a brilliant skin camouflage service provided by a charity called Changing Faces, I have found that waiting times are often too long for my clients, and they may not be eligible because their condition is not ‘serious enough’ or they cannot be referred from a hospital service. So I hope that my business is valuable and really providing a service that helps people – that’s my main aim.
On a more practical level, one of the reasons I left the law was because I was getting very disillusioned with the politics of office life. I love the freedom and control of running your own business – there’s nobody else to blame for things going wrong, but there’s also a lot less time wasted on the unimportant things, and huge feelings of satisfaction when things go well!