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Check Out Kim O’Kelly’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim O’Kelly.

Hi Kim, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started doing brows when my mother-in-law had a stroke a few years ago. Knowing that she didn’t liked to leave the house without her brows done, her sons asked if I would pencil them in. I had never done someone’s brows before but they turned out pretty good and from that day forward I filled them in trying all types of different brow makeup. One day when doing her brow makeup in her room at the assisted living home she asked if that’s what I did for a living. When I said I only did her brows she told me that I should do it for a living and we both laughed. Months later, I discovered microblading and it dawned on me that she could be right. So I gave it a shot, took a class and I immediately knew it was what I wanted to do. I’m glad I did because it’s now what I love doing, making people feel beautiful.

She’s no longer with us but I’m so grateful for the time I had with her because she taught me so much without even knowing it.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but I didn’t expect it to be. Nothing worth having comes easy and building a business doesn’t come without its challenges. I’ve had to learn to be a web designer, a social media marketer, a graphic designer, a photographer, and more, all while trying to be the best permanent makeup artist I can be. I’ve fallen down many times but I have to remind myself that what’s most important is to get back up and try again. I’m extremely lucky that I have a support system in my family and friends to help keep me going during difficult times.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a permanent makeup artist that specializes in natural-looking eyebrows. Brows are important because they frame the eyes and help convey emotions. They can make a person look disheveled or polished, older or younger. I love helping people feel beautiful and confident and that’s what permanent makeup can do. I’m able to give someone back the brows they used to have or always wanted to have and save them time getting ready. When someone leaves my studio feeling great, I’ve done my job and it’s very fulfilling.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I have a lot of fond childhood memories but one of them is drawing. I used to draw trees and branches for hours, which, looking back now, is similar to drawing hair strokes to create eyebrows so I’d like to think it was preparing me for what I do today.

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