Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Vega.
Hi Katie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
In 2016, my life changed drastically. I was going through the most painful heartbreak—a divorce from my partner of 17 years. During my divorce, I knew it was best not to dwell on my circumstance and feel sorry for myself. Instead, I chose to push, grow, and learn through this experience, and boy- am I happy and grateful I did because I found my true passion! Before I started Blooming Eyes, I was a freelance makeup artist and esthetician. With already having experience in the beauty industry for 15 years, I wanted to expand on my services. At first, I was contemplating pursuing the art of lash extensions. During my research, I knew it wasn’t for me once I stumbled upon lash lifts. I instantly gravitated toward the art of lash lifting because I am a firm believer in enhancing women’s natural beauty. I also wanted to offer a service that wasn’t as oversaturated as the lash extension services. Before I decided to commit to lash lifting, I went to get one myself. I had to know if it was a service I believed in; I wasn’t going to provide a service I didn’t love. When I got my lash lift, I found it to be a confidence boost! I was waking up to curled lashes for nearly two months; who wouldn’t love that? I realized I wanted to share this amazing little gem with other women, and Blooming Eyes, my business, was founded shortly after.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Honestly, my journey has been a smooth road thanks to Instagram. When I earned my certification for lash lifting, I felt a wave of excitement and determination. That same day, I called a few family members to come by to receive a lash lift so I could start advertising on Instagram. My cousins also began to post their results on social media. From there and with word of mouth, my following grew. Within five months, I moved into my first studio! I was at my first studio for roughly three and a half years. Once the COVID-19 shutdowns began, I knew it was best to permanently close the studio due to the uncertainty of the situation. Closing the studio was bittersweet; I was sad that I wasn’t going to be working with my clients, but I knew in my heart I was making the right decision because there was something better waiting for me. Sure enough, I was correct! I now have a new studio that I am in love with and proud to call Blooming Eye’s new home.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a certified lash lift artist who specializes in lash lift treatments. One way to think of a lash lift is like a perm for your eyelashes. Unlike lash extensions, a lash lift alters the shape of your natural lashes, giving the same voluminous lift and curl effect as an eyelash curler without damage. Results will vary from 6-8 weeks on the individual’s lash cycle. I feel what sets me apart from other lash artists is that I have solely specialized in lash lifts for the last five years, which has allowed me to master the skill of lash lifting. With trial and error and much patience, I learned how to customize treatment for each client’s lash type to ensure they leave with the highest lift and curl. Not only am I proud of the work I create, but also the high success rate I had in a short period with the most supporting and loyal clients. Each client holds a special place in my heart.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I believe my authenticity is a significant contribution to my success. I consider myself a welcoming person, and I love working with people! With that being said, I am a true believer in building personal bonds with each client. The bonds we create are so strong-it doesn’t feel like work, but rather, it feels like girl time. My clients have mentioned on several occasions they love not only my work but also my welcoming demeanor. I am blessed to call my clients friends.
- Email: Bloomingeyes@yahoo.com
- Instagram: @blooming.eyes