My Journey into Microblading
Written by Janine Slater
Permanent Makeup Artist, Philadelphia, USA
So, a little about me…I absolutely love what I do! I love getting up every day and helping people feel great about themselves. I love that I have found such a passion for what I do. I feel so fortunate, because my journey to get here has not always been so easy! If it had been easy, I may not appreciate that I now get to do what I love every day of my life…
I was raised by my Granny and Pop my whole life, or I should say, I don’t ever remember them not having custody of me. I was the first girl in the family. My grandparents had five boys and then raised my brother and I. My Gran loved me more than anything, but it definitely wasn’t always easy being the first girl, especially with a generation gap between us. I know I didn’t truly appreciate her until I had my own children, which I started pretty young! (not a teen mom young, but young none the less.) I have four children, and was still 20 when I had Ashton, my oldest son. I had been in the Air Force when I found out I was going to have Ash, and so I made the decision to leave early because of my job in the service.
After that, I didn’t do much, work wise. I had different jobs, always hoping to figure it out, but couldn’t. I had Priscilla a year and a half after Ashton, and had my twins, Ella and Evans when my older two were six and four. (They are 16, 15, and the twins are 10 now, so time sure flies). And though I loved being a mom, I still definitely felt like I lacked an identity of my own. Finally, I met someone who asked me what I wanted to do in life, asked me what I truly loved, and told me to follow my heart…..That person was Jon, and my answer was makeup and skin.
I have always loved makeup and doing it for others. I love skin and changing it, helping someone feel great when I do. I love doing lash extensions and giving people joy when they open their eyes and just feel “put together” without doing anything! All of those things give me such happiness. But nothing affects me as much as doing micropigmentation on someone! It truly comes from the heart. See, I lost my Gran to ovarian cancer, and because she was my mom to me, it hits me every day. Not a single day goes by that I don’t wish she was still here. I went to all of her cancer treatments. Sitting there in Fox Chase, seeing everyone there fight for their lives affected me deeply, more than I ever could have imagined. Granny never really got better. The very last words I said to her were, I would make sure she was so proud of me, and then I kissed her goodbye on her forehead.
I worked so hard every day, always holding her in my heart. When I got the money she’d left me, I used it to go to school for permanent makeup and advanced training. It was her gift to me, and the reason I feel her with me when I microblade. No matter how many times I am able to help someone, especially someone who has survived cancer, I can picture her, tearing up, telling me she is proud of the woman that I have become.
My journey to get to this point in my life, as I said, has not always been easy for me. However, it has landed me here: in a career that I love, with four beautiful children that tell me every day just how proud they are of me, and with a partner who has always believed in me and encourages me, with the most amazing clients anyone could hope for. Clients that have truly changed my life, that inspire me every day, and always have me strive to be the best I can be for them. Finally, someone proud of myself, of the woman that I have become!
The next part of my journey isn’t written, but I do know that I will continue on this path, hoping to help as many people as I can to wake up and feel great about themselves every day of their lives!
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