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Sharing the Art of Beauty

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As a stylist, my job is to guide people toward finding their own personal style, which in turn brings self-confidence and that feel-good feeling. With 2020 being such a roller coaster year, I have found that the keys to staying positive are to keep up on my style game AND practice a little bit of self-care.

Self-care looks different for everybody. For example, when I need a little pick-me-up, I book myself an appointment for a spray tan, because it always makes me feel five pounds slimmer, and its a little something I don’t normally do. Without much travel in the near future, having something to look forward will instantly give me a boost. This month I decided to do something that I have wanted to do for months and got a lash lift and tint from my friend Vanessa Patton at Endless Glow Beauty! The end result was exactly what I wanted and the experience was amazing as well. 

Vanessa is a mom and an entrepreneur, just like so many women out there, and she runs a successful business. Through the art of beauty, she brings confidence to women. I love being able to share some of my favorite beauty experts with you, so I thought it was important that I introduced you to Vanessa!

AW: How long have you owned Endless Glow Beauty and the Beauty Lounge? Why did you decide to open your own business?

VP: This October we’ll celebrate 12 years of business for Endless Glow Beauty and nine years for the Beauty Lounge.

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I decided at a young age that I wanted to own my own business, which most likely stemmed from watching and learning from my dad, who was an entrepreneur himself.

AW: Twelve years, that’s amazing! You must know all the secrets! What is your beauty background and how did you get into this field?

VP: I graduated from KU in 2008, which proved to be a bad time for a recent graduate to secure a job. So, I decided to attend esthetic school at JCCC. I learned the importance of keeping sun exposure down to a minimum but I loved the way I looked when I had color! I couldn’t seem to get an even color from self tanners or a spray booth so I searched for a solution and came across airbrush tanning. After creating a business plan and getting a small business loan from my dad, Endless Glow Beauty was born.

AW: I am loving my lash lift and tint. It looks so natural! What other services do you offer at Endless Glow Beauty and which one is your favorite?

VP: We offer a number of services including airbrush tanning, full body waxing and lash extensions and lifts. Picking a favorite service is like picking a favorite child! I love them all. 

AW: What is your favorite part of your job?

VP: I absolutely love my job. And I’m not just saying that. I really, really love my job. I love my clients who after time become friends. During an appointment, we talk, laugh and share stories. It’s like I get paid to chitchat with friends all day! I also love the boost of confidence a client has after a service. Making clients feel beautiful is so fulfilling.

AW: You are a mom and a small business owner; do you have one piece of advice you would give to your fellow business owners?

VP: Give yourself some grace. It’s hard. You feel pulled in a lot of different directions. Oftentimes if I’m killing it in one area of my life, I feel like I’m dropping the ball in another. Try to find a balance that works for you and know that you’re doing the best you can!

Find Vanessa on Instagram @endlessglowbeauty

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style.