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Meet Kirstin Leigh Shelton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirstin Leigh Shelton.

Kirstin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always had a passion for beauty. My mom had a meticulous makeup and skincare routine that I loved to watch growing up. She got her esthetician’s license when she was in her mid forties. I never knew what I wanted to do or what my “passion” was, so seeing her get to it later in life was a comfort to me. I worked retail and managed a small boutique for years, when one of the owners encouraged me to go to school so I could learn lash extensions, and being the meticulous person, I am, I was in.

But after I got my license, life kind of fell apart. My parents got divorced after 24 years of marriage, and my grandpa passed from Parkinson’s disease. So, I stayed and did what was comfortable. I didn’t break out on my own for a few years because I was scared. I needed to stay in retail because that’s what I knew, and jumping away and doing something new and different was too scary at the time. It wasn’t until the gal who used to shape my brows was looking for an assistant, and then to take over her clients while she was in maternity leave, that I finally got out of my comfort zone. I knew this was it. It felt right, the girls I’d be working with were cool as hell, and it seemed like this was where I was supposed to be. So, a year later, here I am at Face & Soul, with three other ridiculously talented women, and doing what I love. Does it get much better?

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’d say finding the patience on building a steady clientele has been the biggest obstacle. That’s why it took me so long to finally put both feet fully in. You don’t just show up to work every single day with a full day when you’re still “new”.

I have only really been on my own, and booking my own clients for a year now so I know I am still building and will be for a while. I look at my dad who has built his clientele from word of mouth for the past 20 plus years. So whenever I am feeling bad or like I should be busier, I think about him and how hard he has worked without any social media to help. So I am learning to just do your best, put the work in, and have patience.

Please tell us about your business.
My main jam is eyelash extensions. I love the meticulousness of it. I am a NovaLash certified artist. I see so many extensions done improperly and a lot of the times they get a bad rep because people think they are damaging. But I am proud to know and practice them with my number one focus being on your lash health. They shouldn’t ever be a one size fits all kind of thing, and no two sets should ever look the same!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Right now i just want to keep getting better at my passion. I want to learn more, take some more classes and get a few more certifications. I love where I am at right now so I can’t wait to see what else the future has in store!

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Albany Katz

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