Black Success In The Beauty World
By Ryan Velez
Today, RollingOut shares the story of Jamika Crowner, owner of Fantasy Faces Lash & Brow Studio in East Point, Georgia, who is on a mission to provide “affordable beauty luxury for the modern woman.”
“Our services include eyelash extensions, microblading, massage, facials, full body waxing, makeup and classes,” says the makeup artist, who brings plenty of skills to the table. This includes a wealth of experience (body painting and FX) and a talent that has landed her work in film, print, runway, live productions, television and in music videos.
A career path in beauty was in the cards for Crowner for a long time. “I’ve been a beauty professional for over 13 years. It started at my alma mater Hampton University where I did the make up for all the fashion shows, cabarets and events that we had. That’s segued into a beautiful career,” she explains. It’s also important to note that beauty is a multifaceted skillset. “There are several different facets of the beauty industry that can be entered under this career path including aesthetics, massage therapy and cosmetology. You can also go into the medical side of Aesthetics,” she explains.
However, if people want to follow her path, they may want to consider investing in their education. Crowner explains how “continuing education is the key. The beauty industry is forever changing and you always want to stay current and familiar with the happenings in your field. New product innovations, techniques and skills can only elevate you and your career. Additionally, for those wishing to open up a business, I suggest business courses on marketing and business management.”
Equally important is setting goals to hit certain markers in the business, whether it is long-term or short-term. “I am all about visual references. First, I write out a plan of what I would like to achieve. Next, I use visual references to reach the goal. There’s something special about creating a vision that is not only in your mind but realized in your daily routine,” she mentions.
She caps off the interview with a few tips for women of color to improve their own skincare.
Don’t over cleanse your skin; it leads to excessive drying.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Spot treat dark spots with glycolic products.
Sunscreen is a must.
Treat yourself to a facial.