Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Ceja.
Vanessa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I remember the exact day I started to become obsessed with makeup. I was a sophomore in college and it was the first time I was introduced to the world of YouTube. I would spend hours watching beauty videos and I was so infatuated with the beauty products I saw on my screen. Really quickly I decided I wanted to research everything – new makeup products, fan faves, indie brands. It’s easy to say I was utterly obsessed very quickly. I remember telling myself “I want to become obsessed with lipsticks!”. From there I started to collect many lipsticks and right then my collection and my passion for makeup grew.
I’m an extremist in all ways of life so it’s no surprise that very quickly I became known to the people in my life as “The makeup expert”. First, I would have friends ask me to tag along on their Ulta and Sephora trips for extra help. Then slowly I had so many requests for girls wanting their makeup done by me. I was definitely hesitant at first but I decided to just go for it! I don’t like to miss opportunities or let fear keep me from doing anything so I made a website and business cards and took a huge leap into the beauty industry.
Fast forward to now — I’ve been lucky enough to work many weddings, red carpets, special events, and professional photo shoots I feel like I’m living the dream! To be very honest although being on set is my favorite the real joy comes from seeing a shy and self-conscious woman light up like the sun after she sees her transformation right before her eyes! I love people and bringing confidence to woman of all ages keeps my fire going!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Every journey faces its obstacles. However, I’m very blessed to have an amazing support system at home and online! I feel really lucky to have people in my life who fully support me, encourage me, and want to see me fly.
Please tell us about Glammed by Vee.
I am the owner and solo artist at “Glammed by Vee” Glammed by Vee is my freelance makeup and airbrush tanning business that I created 2 years ago. I’m a skin specialist and I specialize in bridal and special event makeup. As well as custom full body airbrush tanning. I’m based in LA and am also available in Solano County and for destination.
“Spread love and be fearless” is my companies tag line and for good reason. Building confidence is my number 1 priority at Glammed by Vee. It’s my goal to make all women feel fearless and confident in their own skin. Many people see what I do and automatically think its superficial but it’s actually quite the opposite. I already think every woman is a bad ass, many just look in the mirror and overlook it. I’ve made it my mission to promote confidence and spread love everywhere I go and with everyone I meet because I know positivity is contagious and it has the power to change the world. I would love to change the world one day but for now I’m working on it by having real encounters with my clients that leave them energized and feeling amazing. I always put people first and Glammed by Vee and I’m proud to stand by these values.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Being a leader. From youth soccer to competitive dance to high school cheerleading I was always the energetic, loud, and enthusiastic leader. I love people and I’m a huge people person so naturally I was known for having these traits and I loved it, it gave me purpose. Funny how life is — now I own my own business promoting self love where I get to interact and teach people everyday! #blessed
- Makeup Glam Sessions starting at $75
- Full Body Airbrush Tanning starting at $50
- Website: www.vanessaceja.com
- Phone: 7072953752
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glammedbyvee
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glammedbyvee
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/glammedbyvee
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/glammed-by-vee-long-beach
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