Today we’d like to introduce you to Linnie Phan.
Linnie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for beauty and makeup. I was fascinated by the endless possibilities that this industry had to offer. While I continued to dream about my future goals, I began working as a manager at a nail salon. Managing a nail salon was not a thrilling job for me, but I did learn some valuable lessons about business management.
I knew that my journey would not end here and that there was a bigger plan out there for me. This eventually led me to get my cosmetology license in hopes of one day becoming a makeup artist. I continued to work at the salon and started noticing a new trend with multiple clients eyebrows. Microblading was not as popular as it is today and brow tattooing was something people tried to avoid. I would see clients come in with strangely shaped, crooked, and overall un-natural looking brows and think to myself: what would I do differently to better frame their face? This is where my journey truly began.
I started reaching towards my goal of redefining the permanent makeup industry after learning about this microblading technique that was taking the beauty industry by storm. After taking my first course of microblading, I almost gave up. I compared my work to those around me and thought that maybe this wasn’t what I was meant to do. Although I was a little discouraged, I still practiced everyday until I started seeing results of major improvement. As my confidence in my ability grew, so did my passion for brows.
When I first started taking clients as a brow artist, I worked out of a small room in the nail salon that I managed. For the first three months, I would take multiple clients every day at no charge. Although I was not making a profit off of these clients, I was gaining so much of the necessary experience that I needed which was much more valuable. Once I perfected the microblading technique, I decided that I wanted to be able to give my clients a “wake up and go” brow look. I achieved this with my self-taught Ombre powder technique that has launched my business into what it is today. I am now the owner of Brows by Linnie Salon and Academy. I still love making people feel confident and giving them beautiful brows to frame their faces. My dreams and goals have now expanded to teaching students all over the world my technique and helping them build their own empires.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Looking back at my career, there were many struggles and obstacles that I had to overcome in order to be where I am today. I had to constantly push myself and tell myself that one day all of the work I put into this dream would pay off. In the beginning, I would have to convince my family and friends to allow me to do their brows for free. This was not always an easy task because ultimately, I was asking them to trust me with their face. I was working a minimum wage job at the time and brow supplies were expensive. When asked what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas, I would tell my loved ones that all I needed were pigments and brow supplies. Without the proper guidance, I often felt lost and didn’t know what materials I needed and the proper way of doing each technique. I had to make my own mistakes and learn from them without letting them completely destroy my confidence. Building your own empire is never going to be easy and there will be new struggles and obstacles every day. Now I look at them as opportunities to learn more and better myself instead of a negative impact on my life.
Please tell us about Brows by Linnie.
My name is Linnie Phan and I am the owner of Brows by Linnie studio and academy. My followers that have been with me since the very beginning know me as the “Brow Slayer”. In my studio, we specialize in my signature Ombre Powder Brow technique and Microshading. Microshading is a combination of Ombre Powder and Microblading which results in a sharp yet fluffy permanent brow. At Brows by Linnie, we understand that the decision of getting permanent makeup can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience for clients. We will carefully explain the whole procedure to our clients during the consultation at the beginning of their appointment. Our artists will work together with their client to find the ideal shape and technique to best frame their face. Once the client is completely satisfied with the brow shape; the artist will proceed with the procedure. We provide all clients with aftercare instructions that will yield the best-healed results.
I truly believe that with the right guidance and passion anyone can achieve their dreams. I’m proud to have a staff that learned my technique from me and watched as their hard work and dedication led them from being my student to being one of my artists. Although I am really proud of how far my own personal growth has come, I am most proud of my students. Watching as they develop their own careers and become successful, makes me feel like I have truly fulfilled my goal. Hearing positive feedback from my students and receiving updates on how successful they have become after taking one of my courses is very rewarding. What sets my academy apart from the rest is that I provide my students with full support after the class is completed. I understand that some students need more than one opportunity to learn and receive feedback before they feel comfortable enough to take their own clients. I provide extra guidance and try to answer all the questions that my students have throughout their career. My dream is to see all of my students become successful in this industry and for myself to be a crucial part of their journeys.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Although it sounds cliche, I would not change anything about my past if I was given the opportunity to start over. I realize that I have had to work hard and overcome a lot of obstacles on my own to get to where I am today. The struggles that I have experienced have made me a stronger person as well as making my business one that I can take pride in.
- Microblading : 700
- Ombré powder brows : 900
- Microshading : 1000
- Microshading course : 2500
- Private training : 4000
- Address: 14502 beach blvd ste D Westminster CA 92683
- Website: browsbylinnie.net
- Phone: (657)342-0149
- Email: email@example.com
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