Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Arostegui.
Hi Alyssa, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a mother of a two years old. I started doing cosmetic tattooing a year ago because I was working an office job 40 hours a week. Being away from my daughter 8 hours a day, every single day was really hard for me and I wanted to get into a career field that I can work for myself, and most importantly, make my own schedule. I was really scared to start doing this, as it’s completely foreign to me! Also, the fear of failure is of course always there. However, pairing the fear with the intention of supporting myself and my daughter is a great motivator. It’s been a year and a half since I started doing cosmetic tattooing and if it were up to me, I would have started years ago. I have never been passionate about anything until becoming a mother, and now starting my own business. It makes me happy knowing I help my clients feel beautiful and help making their lives just a little easier!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Oh, I wish! As I am still building clientele, and starting a business, you don’t truly see a profit in your efforts for the first 3 years (halfway there!), it absolutely can be stressful! I’m still trying to navigate the waters and learn more about my craft, and of course what I’m doing wrong. Finding clients can be difficult because running an Instagram page strictly devoted to your business is hard work! There isn’t really a blueprint for it, as everyone has their own methods and marketing techniques.
I started renting a salon suite in April of 2022, and it’s expensive. I needed to take the leap and start establishing myself early because since I started, I wish I did it a year ago!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I do two different types of cosmetic tattooing at the moment. I do Powder Brows, a semi-permanent tattoo, meant to give a soft, powdery look once healed.
I recently started doing Lip Blushing as well. Another semi-permanent tattoo meant to enhance your natural shape and make your lips look full! Typically, it’s suggested for people who have thought about getting lip fillers and recommended you try lip blush first!
I’m proud of myself for taking the leap and investing in myself. I didn’t know what I would be in for, really. I am passionate about what I do, and I am always striving to be better! I am a firm believer that there is ALWAYS more to learn.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
As a kid, my family would go camping a lot! I don’t mean RV camping or cabin camping. I’m talking about pitching tents, setting up chairs, building fires for s’mores, and swimming in lakes! My parents were always enthusiastic about getting my sisters and I outside and exploring, and I am thankful for that. They both worked full time and took care of us, and made the time and effort to ensure we have sufficient time outdoors.
- Powder Brows, $195 first appointment
- Powder Brows 6-8 week touch up, $125
- Lip Blush, $195 first appointment
- Lip Blush 6-8 week touch up, $125
- Website: https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=25766390
- Instagram: Instagram.com/tothegravebeauty