Check out our list of amazing Judges for The Skin Games 2022
Award-winning, licensed esthetician, Kelly Wolcott is passionate about granting a beautiful WISH: achieving Wildly Intense Skin Health. With over two decades at the forefront of the professional skincare industry, she is an entrepreneur, a student, an educator and a mentor.
Kelly developed two highly successful skincare salons and takes special pride in mentoring other estheticians in her employ. Her business success can be attributed to creating custom treatments by utilizing the most advanced cosmetic formulations and aesthetic technologies to maximize client results while offering carefully selected retail product lines. Her clients voted her “Best Esthetician” in 2016 and 2017 for Gwinnett Magazine.
Her impressive achievements would not be possible without a relentless pursuit of knowledge. Kelly is a self-professed education junkie, which has driven her to obtain numerous certifications and to continually seek out new learning experiences such as:
• CIDESCO Diplomat, world’s most prestigious qualification in esthetics and beauty therapy
• ITEC Certification, an international education standard recognized in over 40 countries
• NCEA Certification, the highest skincare credential in the United States
• Institut’ DERMed brand educator
• TSG2020 Player 1st in Age Management, 2nd in Acne and 3rd in Pigmentation categories.
• Currently the Director of Judges for The Skin Games
It is Kelly’s mission to educate, mentor, and share her esthetic journey to grant each client their unique skincare WISH and help other professionals achieve success.
Lincoln Lee serves as a Director of Global Operations at Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills, Inc. covering 20+ countries and education.
He began his career in finance, leading him to Asia where he worked internationally as a Director of Operations negotiating contracts and marketing ventures in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. Prior to joining Dermaesthetics, Lincoln worked for various legal and financial institutions in private equity and investment banking, Ministry of Legislation, Republic of Korea, CGV Entertainment, US film industry, and was previously the director of the Beauty MBA Program at Pacific States University, Los Angeles.
He also works with MUD, Cinema MakeUp School, Riverside Community College, Santa Barbara City College, Loyola Marymount University, University of San Diego, UCI Medical Center, and various Esthetic and Advanced Esthetic institutions across the world, engaging in skin care topics and legal compliances.
He currently sits on various advisory boards for mobile start up technologies, emerging skincare and device companies, and consults for privately held beauty brands.
My skincare journey started with my love of beautifying others. From a young age I pampered anyone who’d let me. I drove my sisters crazy! That evolved into 20+ years in the Skincare industry.In 2016 I thought it’d be fun to challenge my skills so I entered the 2016 Skin Games, an International competition. It was a stressful but an amazing experience. I placed 3rd out of 1,029 competing estheticians, and in the Top 7 for Age Management. Check out the video. This award was based on results from an 8-week case-study, before and after photos, an interview in front of a panel of judges (all skincare industry executives) and some other factors. This is a MAJOR accomplishment and not something the average esthetician ever gets to do. I’m glad I put my skills on the line and I am proud of this achievement.
It’s never been enough for me to learn something and only use it in my studio to WOW my clients. I love sharing what I learn and I’ve chosen to do that on my YouTube channel and in my Club. I want to make it possible for anyone to not only take advantage of leading edge products and technology, but to learn PRO techniques they can use at home. As I read posts from my fans about how they love how they look, after using my tips, or buying a product, and seeing results, it brings me great joy.
I will be a skincare student for life but my education began with my degree from MEDART SCHOOL OF ESTHETICS in Miami, FL. I did my post graduate study at the International Dermal Institute, known as the Harvard of post-graduate education for professional Estheticians.
I regularly attend Dermalogica classes founded by Jane Wurwand (from England) where the motto is, “no harmful ingredients to the skin” and my education doesn’t stop there. The list of classes and continuing education is a long one (read the list here) – and I will continue to grow because I aspire to keep bringing you ONLY THE VERY BEST in products and technology so you are empowered to age gracefully.
I’ve spent thousands of hours filming educational and informative videos on how-to topics ranging from using various technologies, to facial contouring massage with the ANMA, to LED and PRO quality skincare products, and more. I do this because I want viewers to get PROFESSIONAL advice, not misleading information by well-intentioned amateurs, many who’ve never touched a face or taken any formal training.
I continue to maintain my skills and knowledge. In spite of my busy schedule, it’s not unusual for me to board an airplane to receive advanced training and education from around the world – and then share this knowledge with my fans.
Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me.
Cheers to your skincare journey!
Zen Miller is a multifaceted healer who takes the holistic approach to whole body wellness. She specializes in mind/body structural integration, a somatic approach to bringing your body back into balance.Triple licensed in Florida and Washington State, Zen is a nationally certified massage therapist of 25 years with Intra-oral Endorsement. YoMa, her Signature Massage style, is heavily influenced by Thai, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese and Ayurvedic techniques for chronic injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Master Esthetician of 15 years. Specializing in “Age Management”, her innovative, cutting edge treatments and products will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best. Zen is a Group Fitness Instructor of 35 years, USAF Vet, Energy Worker, Judge at the The Skin Games International Skincare Competition and Continuing Educator. She has been featured on multiple podcasts and industry publications.
My name is Tiffany A. Roy, married with childrenand I have been an Esthetician for over 14 years. I started out in the medical field when I first got out ofhigh school. I worked in the medical field for nearly 10years as CNA, medical coding and insurance, andactivity director. My passion has always been to makeothers feel better and better about themselves.Therefore, I chose to start my career in skin and wentto Aveda Institute to pursue my career as anEsthetician. I have been in business as a soloEsthetician for 14 years now and continue to furthermy education with new and innovative techniquesdoing skin services. On a yearly basis I look for newideas or services to add to my portfolio of currentservices.
Darnell brings a level of experience within the Aesthetic, Capital equipment, Skin care and practicedevelopment. His expertise with sales and marketing has afford him the ability to remain relevant for25yrs in the aesthetic industry. Darnell knows a lot of people in the industry, from Dermatologists,Plastic surgeons, Practitioners, Estheticians, salon and spa owners.Prior to joining the Universal Companies, Wise was the Vice President of Sales for DermaMed Solutions,Where he was very instrumental in increasing their skin care and aesthetic devices within the USmarket. Wise was also the Vice President of Domina Skin Care (Rome, Italy). Where he was responsiblefor building a national sales organization to launch the Italian brand within the U.S. Under Wiseleadership the company gain market share in the physicians and medical spas market. During his tenurewith Domina, he increased sales by 100% in the U.S. over a two-year period, and built a team of 14 salesrepresentatives in key markets. Wise also built a new distribution channel for the brand, whilemanaging corporate accounts and key relationships with existing customers. Wise was the Regional Manager for Renew Advantage (Twinsburg, Ohio) for the north east region (NewJersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland) from August 2012 to January 2014. At Renew Advantage,he was a practice management consultant with a focus on the Cosmetic/Aesthetic medical industry, andmanaged a national customized patient reward program for aesthetic physicians. Previously, Wise wasNational Sales Director for Light Age, Inc. (Somerset, New Jersey), a leading global provider of laser hairremoval, tattoo removal and aesthetic products, from 2007 through 2012. In this role, Wise led a teamof 10 outside sales representatives, Independent sales representatives and distributors within the U.S.which resulted in sales that exceed $12 million annually, and increased the company's sales by 39percent from 2009 to 2012. His career in the skin care and aesthetics industry began in 1996 at NeoStrata Co. (Princeton, NewJersey), developers and marketers of a comprehensive range of clinically-proven, dermatologistdeveloped skin care products. As Director of Professional Sales from 1996 through 2007, Wise wasresponsible for overall sales and sales team management; oversight of an inbound customer serviceteam; key account development; and sales for five dermatologic brands. He consistently exceededproduct sales quotas and objectives while upholding product positioning message and corporateintegrity. Wise successfully seeded, launched and sold in and sold-through new products nationally tophysician's offices and managed care groups including Kaiser, Cleveland Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, MercyHealth Group, and Prescription Solution. He also developed and maintained close professionalrelationships with influential 'key opinion leader' physicians in dermatology, plastic surgery, OBGYN,primary care and family practices. Wise attended Philadelphia Biblical University (now known as Cairn University) where he majored inSocial work and Pastoral studies. He is a Certified Trainer of Professional Selling Skills and a CertifiedProfessional Sales Coach, and resides in Chesterfield, New Jersey.
Wise take proud in being personally trained by the inventors of Alpha hydroxyl acid and their benefits,Dr. Van Scott and Dr Rey Yu. And Dr. Donald Heller and Dr. John Walling, the inventors of theAlexandrite laser technology. This has given him firsthand knowledge, wisdom and experience as a skincare specialist.Wise is also certified in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL, laser hair and tattoo removal just tomention a few. He has won many awards and have been asked to share his journey along with giventalks about the aesthetic industry on many topics.Wise is also co-partner of Electrolysis & Therapeutic Skin Care By Tracy in New Hope PA.
“At my core, I desire to connect deeply with other people. I believe everyone deserves to see and feel their own strength and beauty. True wellness comes from the soul, and I believe it is a privilege to journey with people opening their vulnerabilities to me, whether it is for skin repair, nutrition counseling or coaching my staff. The hope for my legacy is that I led my company with my whole heart and I didn’t waver, even in the face of fear.”
Jennifer Shires, LMT, LE began her journey as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician over 28 years ago. A few years into her career, Jenni and her husband moved from Seattle to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where they lived for 3 amazing years. She managed world class spas on the islands of Tortola, Necker Island, and Virgin Gorda, where she turned her skill into a craft and a life-long dedication.
Upon returning home to Seattle, her passion to create, educate and connect led her to open the award-winning Solei + Co., a full-service day spa, which has 2 locations with a 3rd coming, and has been operating successfully for 13 years. She serves on the advisory board for Washington Massage/Esthetic schools, consulting on the spa industry as a whole and how the schools can help support the market.
With 50 employees, Solei is a force in the spa market and has won numerous accolades, including Best Day Spa in Washington, Best Day Spa in Auburn and MindBody Visionary Award.
Known as The Barefoot Boss, Jenni loves to feel the energy of living to the fullest, dreams big, needs to feel the ground beneath her feet and fancies herself a wicked funny chick. She loves to hug strangers, embarrass her kids, and truly believes she’s not a regular boss, she’s a cool boss. She sometimes talks with a bad accent for no reason and says words like fancies and wicked, even though she is neither British nor from Boston. But what she is, is a very real and passionate person who will jump at the chance to mentor, coach and learn from anyone who will sit with her. Because everyone deserves a seat at the table.
Melissa Bivelacque Mercado is a 2003 graduate of Gal-Mar Academy of Cosmetology with a certification in esthetics. Over the past 19 years she has worked as a licensed esthetician, salon and spa manager, day spa owner, esthetics educator as well as a leader and mentor to many. She is based out of Wallingford, CT.
Melissa is a 2018 & 2019 Award-Winning Esthetician and international finalist at THE SKIN GAMES competition. She was also an expert judge in 2021 and honored to be asked to judge again for 2022. Her specialties include body waxing and skincare treatments. She is proud to be oncology trained thru Oncology Training International and a Sensitive Skin Specialist thru Hale & Hush.
In addition to running a successful spa and an advanced training facility, Melissa is the co-founder of the Connecticut Coalition of Esthetics. This coalition fought for and received licensing for esthetician’s, nail technicians and lash artists in 2020. Previous to 2020, none of these professions were regulated by the CT state board of health.
Melissa is an educator for a handful of professional brands and a moderator for the Esthetician Connection.
Hi! Skin Games family! My name is Wesma Stephany Morales, everybody calls me ‘Stefy’.My passion is working with the skin and healing from the soul. I have 12 years of experience in my MedSpa Sole y Luna Spa called, LA CASITA DEL BIENESTAR in Arecibo Puerto Rico. I am DemoCosmiatra (like a Medical Aesthetician here in USA) also Microbiologist and Massage therapist. It will be a pleasure to meet you in this amazing competition 🙏
Since 2004, Lisa Esquivel-Clark has been a powerhouse in all aspects of the esthetic industry. Her therapeutic approach to every client’s condition garnered her a loyal clientele from New York to Wake Forest.
She was even instrumental in working with North Carolina to legalize Lash Lifts to help salons and spas increase long-term revenue. Lisa’s extensive experience makes her an all-around favorite educator and speaker. If you’re starting a business, wanting to learn new and unique esthetic skills or take your business to a higher level, be sure to hire Lisa. Each class will help to raise your income level by raising your standard of skill and service.
For Arlene White, skincare is where her passion and purpose meet – and it began long before she became a licensed esthetician. As a child, Arlene witnessed her mother’s daily struggle with Grade 4 Rosacea, and that experience stayed with her. It also guided much of what came next.
For more than thirty years, Arlene has been actively involved in the skincare industry as a business owner, esthetic room operator and educator. From owning and operating medical and full-service spas to traveling the U.S. helping skincare technicians become experts in their field, Arlene understands the science and the business of skincare.
It’s from that background that Professional Skincare Training was launched. What started as an early pandemic project to connect virtually with skincare technicians and spa owners has grown into a safe space to ask questions, learn, and gain the kind of insights that a successful career is built on. With access to an entire video library of content, downloadable PDF step-by-step instructions, and 1-on-1 coaching sessions available, Professional Skincare Training believes “the best keep learning.” For Arlene White, that’s more than just a motto. It’s a way of life.
● Licensed Esthetician 26 years● Licensed Esthetic Instructor 13 years● Licensed Massage Therapist 21 years● Oncology Esthetics Certified 6 years● Oncology Massage Certified 3 years
Traci’s path to Oncology Esthetics began when a longtime client stopped coming for her regular monthly appointments. She discovered after reaching out to her, she had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. At the time there wasn’t enough information or trainings on what type of skincare treatments could be performed without causing harm. Traci used personal research and compassionate intention to make home visits to service her client. Her client was so moved by Traci’s willingness to serve and her loving support to “show up”, at a time when her family members and friends couldn’t deal with her diagnosis. This story was the catalyst that lead Traci to pursue becoming a certified oncology esthetician, an oncology esthetic instructor, and starting “A New Daly Beginning” a non-profit in Georgia. Her non-profit will allow cancer patients, survivors and caregivers the opportunity to receive complimentary or low-cost , safe and relaxing skincare, massage, and wellness therapies along with life changing education.
Shawna Rocha is the owner of Awaken Day Spa in California and Washington. She quickly developed a love for helping clients with compromised and sensitive skin and constantly strives to gain additional knowledge, and education. Since becoming an esthetician, she has completed multiple advanced courses in Oncology Esthetics, Immuno-Esthetics and has specialized training in sensitive skin and holistic therapies. Shawna holds several certifications, including a NCEA certification and has recently become the Director of Education for Hale and Hush Skincare. Shawna won two awards in the Skin Games 2018 (People’s Choice & Acne/Problematic Skin) and became a judge for two categories in 2019. Shawna’s current passion is writing blogs and articles regarding the skincare industry and has recently become a Dermascope Ambassador. She is truly loved by her clients and colleagues and her passion for the industry is apparent in all that she does.
Millicent Russo is on a mission to elevate the aesthetics industry. She is the director of the Integrated Aesthetics Institute and President of the Integrated Aesthetics Assocaiton, both founded to provide high quality aesthetic education and business building opportunities. She is know for her well researched, through and detail oriented presentations. Millicent provides a boutique style – world class educational experiences in an engaging atmosphere. Her alumni are some of the most successful in the industry.
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Jessica Cooley is an international award-winning Esthetician and Licensed Esthetics Instructor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the owner of Layers: Skin Journey in Lexington, SC and the founder and CEO of Skin Wand Pro. Jessica holds multiple advanced certifications in the medical esthetics world. She started her journey as a military spouse and mom of 2 and never had the chance to follow her passion until the Cooley family was able to move to Prosperity, SC. Once out of advanced esthetics school, she enrolled in an oncology esthetics class that took her to Atlanta, GA. Jessica believes that, we as Estheticians, form bonds with the whole person and not just the surface of their skins. Jessica’s credentials are unmatched! She is Oncology Esthetics trained and has been published in multiple beauty and lifestyle magazines for her work and expertise
Pam Huck is the founder of MedSpa Distributors inc. established in 2005. The concept for starting her own distributorship was to not only make sales but help provide and share educational tips to her fellow estheticians to succeed in business. Prior to starting MedSpa Distributors, Pam was the Vice President of a skin care distributorship. Pam also holds experience as a medical spa director and has retained knowledge and experience from more than 20+ years as a licensed master esthetician. Over the years she has written multiple articles, CE courses, and training manuals on various skin care subjects. She also provides many lectures and classes on microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and award-winning product brand education.
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Chelsea Renae Ausland is an award-winning paramedical esthetician and makeup artist. Chelsea was first licensed in Florida 14 years ago and has since moved back to Michigan with her husband and three daughters. In 2018 with the help of her partner, she opened Harvey House Salon, a full service salon and spa located in a historic 120-year-old mansion in Paw Paw, Michigan.
From a very early age Angela has had an interest in cosmetics & skincare but at the age of 18 had a most horrific skin condition which left her with the face the size of a soccer ball, blisters & basically blind. This lasted for 6 weeks with visits to the dermatologist 3 times a week. She became fascinated with the functions, or more to the case dysfunctions of the skin. Now with 35 years in the industry, education, knowledge in all things skin, this passion has almost become an obsession.Angela has had an extensive career, including management in the most prestigious places in London, a 5 year career on cruise ships, where she met her husband . Starting a skin clinic 23 years ago with no knowledge of the language & no client base, she now has a thriving business in advanced skin transformations. In 202O Angela stepped out of her comfort zone, after being approached by Circadia Sweden, to represent them in The Skin Games. She won in Compromised skin, placed second in the Open category and was a finalist in Age Management. In 2021, she placed third in the Compromised category.I wish all who compete in this prestigious competition best of luck , it’s hard work, but the rewards are 100 fold which elevate your profile & are worth all the hard work. Go smash it 💖
Truly passionate about everything skincare, Faith Yanez is a multi-award winning esthetician. She loves the beautiful, fulfilling life and career in the skincare profession she has designed for herself.She left her lifelong career in corporate as a Supply Chain Manager in 2013 to pursuebeing a successful entrepreneur. She now owns and operates Az Skin Rehab in Chandler, Arizona since 2015.Faith is highly educated and pursues knowledge daily. Mindy, Body Wellness Practitioner Face Reality Certified Acne Expert Master Life and Nutrition Coach Master's in Business Administration Advance training in many skin care lines and modalities.In 2019-2022, Faith competed in The Skin Games where she has received manyawards.2021 Esthetician of the Year!1 st place in Acne, Compromised, Open, Open Medical, Pigmentation categories.2 nd place in Age Management and Selfie categories.3 rd place in Holistic category.20201 st place in Pigmentation category2 nd place in Holistic category 3 rd place in Compromised and Acne categories beyond blessed, with her career, Faith’s biggest joy comes from enjoying her time off with her family whenever she can.
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Katherine has a 24 year long history in the skincare industry and describes herself as having a heart and head for the skincare business. Learning all aspects of the business from the ground up she started her career as spa attendant then promoted to management while handling spa public relations and special events in NYC. While attending Business School in San Francisco she applied all of her business knowledge at the skincare studio she managed. Wanting to work hands on with clients she became an esthetican, then combined all of her love and knowledge of the spa industry and opened Skin Essentials in Yucaipa CA. She found her passion in cultivating relationship with clients while helping them achieve results. She loves sharing her experience with fellow skincare practitioners through mentoring, training, and mastermind groups.
Ryan Christopher is a beauty expert with professional training and licenses in massage therapy, clinical aesthetics and makeup application. Ryan began building his loyal clientele for skincare and beauty services in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. He has been established as a leader in the industry for over 10 years and has developed skincare, beauty products and spa education curriculums around the world.
Andrea Snyder has been in the beauty industry over 25 years. She’s a Licensed Esthetician of 18 years, a licensed nail tech & certified Laser Technician. Andrea began her career working alongside a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, receiving credentials to assist in the OR for plastics as well as being the lead Esthetician for the MedSpa. She has opened full service salon & spas, state of the art fitness center & boutiques over the years. Andrea began her journey as an educator in 2016, developing & writing curriculums. She has traveled the country teaching advanced techniques. She established her business, Advanced Aesthetics with Andrea in 2018 teaching licensed professionals about new products & modalities as well as business mentoring & consulting. She developed her product line, Skin Remedy, manufactured in South Korea and launched here in the states in 2021.
Jordyn is a licensed Cosmetologist & Aesthetician with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She has worked in many different spa settings including day spas, salons, acne clinics, wellness centers, a hospital & now her own studio. She became a solo Aesthetician in 2017 when she opened Jordyn Warren Esthetics, a skin & wellness studio focused on holistic skin healing modalities. She has special certifications in acne treatment, non-surgical skin tightening, body contouring, and waxing. Jordyn is also an Oncology-trained Aesthetician through Oncology Spa Solutions and has worked with the non-profit, Looking & Feeling Fab inc since it’s infancy where she has the privilege of providing soothing skin treatments to cancer patients & survivors.
L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth honoree, Alison O’Neil KNOWS how and why the impact of how we feel about the way we look effects how we impact the world. Pioneering the fields of Medical Esthetics and Aesthetic Rehabilitation, for over 35 years O’Neil has shared pearls of clinical skin care and appearance counseling with thousands of clients and professionals internationally. As a Partner in Biotechnology Business Solutions she is responsible for identifying unique products, ingredients and technologies from around the world for use in the cosmetics and personal care industries.
Driving Philosophy: Appearances go well beyond the surface, “If you don’t think you can, you can’t”. Ms. O’ Neil holds a B.S. degree in Mental Health and Human Services with a unique advanced specialization in The Psychology of Appearance. After training for 8 years, she holds an advanced specialization in Clinical Skin Care and Aesthetic Rehabilitation. At 22y.o., Ms. O’Neil developed the first Dermatologic Rehabilitation Clinic in the country at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She continues to have an active practice today. Her patients range from 8 to 108.
A recognized Keynote Speaker, O’Neil has presented to hundreds of people. Called on by professional organizations, schools and senior communities, magazines and television and SM, O’Neil knows the concern about the way we look knows no age or gender boundaries. It is important lifelong. Everyone wants to look good whether it is their physical appearance, job performance, in relationships, at school, while grocery shopping or just reaching to get a cup from a tall shelf and having difficulty or ease doing it. Feeling good about the way you look carries a strong message of assurance to others. Capability is anchored and trust reinforced two critical elements in rising higher in life. O’Neil has spoken on Geriatric Aesthetics five times at the American Society on Aging, a Keynote speaker for Aging Services of Georgia, and many other noted dermatology, plastic surgery, gerontology, medical and esthetic wellness organizations.
Publications: Among her professional published and media credits, O’ Neil is actively serving as the Cosmetic- Health Ambassador to Atlanta’s Best Self Magazine, is a Huffington Post contributor and has published in Aging Well Magazine. She is a contributor to Allured Publishing, Skin, Inc. and has a column in EURO Cosmetics magazine (international journal to cosmetic chemists and developers in the industry.) Alison served on the editorial board of Progressive Clinical Insights, The Medical Journal for Skin Care Professionals. O’Neil is a noted expert on WebMD and nationally recognized in Self, Mademoiselle, Woman’s Day, American Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country magazines as well as several major newspapers and television networks including CNN, TBS, and ABC & NBC. O’Neil hosted a podcast, Aging Beautifully Today on The Better You Project.com.
Georgia State and National Cosmetology board of Examiners: O’Neil was appointed as representative for Esthetics and acted as the Esthetic Committee Chairperson of the National Interstate Council of Exam Boards for eleven years. Over the course of this period O’Neil acted in the role of Vice President and examined over 40,000 Cosmetology & Esthetic professionals. O’Neil also revised the National Exam in Esthetics five times was later hired by Milady Publishing to edit the original textbook in Esthetics (Joel Gerson, original author).
Social Good: Alison O’Neil is also noted as one of the founding committee members and served for 11 years, for the Personal Care and Products Council/American Cancer Society’s Look Good… Feel Better Program.
Today O’Neil’s own charity, the Beauty Becomes You™ Foundation’s mission confronts social isolation and strives to Prevent Failure to Thrive Syndrome. Accomplished through geriatric aesthetic services that provide TOUCH by serving the Aesthetic Health and Hygiene needs of senior adults. Out of more than 6300 Charity Founders Alison was awarded the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth award. Awarded by Paul Mitchell Schools and others she has trained and inspired over 500 professional volunteers & students. They have served more than 5000 senior adults over 15,000 in-kind services since 2006. Today they are touching seniors through the Circles of Light initiative that invites anyone interested to write letters to seniors and, they in turn respond. Hence creating meaningful circles of light throughout the United States and beyond. *A few of the locations served by Beauty Becomes You have included: Lutheran Towers, Atlanta, Ga.; Calvin Court, Atlanta, Ga.; Dorothy Benson Center, Sandy Springs, Ga.; Clairmont Oaks, Decatur, Ga.; JenCare Senior Medical Center, Decatur, Ga.; Health & Style Institute (Kennesaw and Buckhead, Ga.); Union Settlement, Harlem, New York.
Certification Mark: Ms. O’Neil is the Founder and President of Senior Select Seal a unique certification that identifies, tests and certifies packages and products for Easy Open and Ease of Use for Senior adults and any one at any age with a disability that threatens independence. Certified Senior Select Providers are personal care providers and beauty professionals trained in *Geriatric Aesthetics. Recognize, Respond and Refer.
“When people can take care of themselves, they are empowered by the fact that they can do what they can do, and they therefore look good to others and they thrive.” Alison O’Neil, B.S., MH/HS
Gabby Abascal, also known as a Skin Coach, is an entrepreneur, business coach and an international award winning esthetician.
Twelve years into her corporate career she realized her current path was not working for her anymore. She then took a brave leap of faith – quit her job, enrolled in the Esthetic Program, and later opened her own skincare business in Upland, California. Since then she enjoys helping individuals regain confidence in their skin, coaches fellow estheticians to thrive in their solo practice, has placed first place in The Skin Games 2022 Competition, and is a thriving Latina-owned and operated business.
Her passion in skin care and business drives her to seek out new knowledge, grow and share what she learned with her clients and students.
Specializing in micro-current therapy and Clayton Shagal skincare, Robin has 30 years in the Esthetics industry.
Her drive to nurture and facilitate healing in others led her to nursing school, which in turn introduced the allure of the esthetics industry. After finishing esthetics school in 1991, she started her career working with a dermatologist and never looked back.
Robin built an incredible anti-aging business using the combination of Clayton Shagal and micro current therapy. After she trained her protégé to take over her committed clientele, Robin retired from practicing esthetics. She has first-hand experience in what it takes to build a successful long-term business in esthetics and the challenges facing new and rising estheticians.
With 30 years’ experience selling Clayton Shagal within her own practice, she was honored to be asked to distribute this line in the U.S. and train estheticians in Clayton Shagal protocols. With compassion, knowledge and experience Robin has reinvented herself. Transitioning from treating clients to training and guiding aspiring estheticians to experience the same success she found in the esthetics industry.
Geralyn O’Brien is a licensed esthetician who specializes in oncology-focused skincare. As a cancer survivor, Geralyn saw first hand the effects cancer treatments had on her skin and well-being. Spending many years supporting other breast cancer patients as a Reach to Recovery volunteer with American Cancer Society, she found that cancer patients lacked knowledge about the impact of cancer treatment and how to safely address concerns. Hoping to fill this gap, she completed her Esthetician training with Dr. Natalie Doran at International Skin Beauty Academy in Schaumburg, Illinois in 2010, followed by several oncology trainings for estheticians. Two more cancers followed Geralyn after becoming an esthetician, and this drove her passion to see every salon and spa oncology safe so no cancer patient is turned away for a spa treatment.
Geralyn provides facials and skincare consultations at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, Illinois. She also helps organize spa days and fun, interactive classes for cancer patients. There, she helped design and implement a pilot program called “Simply Beautiful” which educates women on safe skincare, makeup and hair loss while enhancing each women’s natural beauty.
Geralyn is also a trainer and ambassador with Oncology Spa Solutions where she brings awareness to local esthetic schools and estheticians in Illinois and serves as a contributor to the Integrative Cancer Review online journal. It is her philosophy that ongoing education and mentorship will continue to bring much needed awareness to important aspects of cancer care that too many people go without. She says healing is a ongoing journey and she constantly sees the benefits that wellness programs provide to cancer patients and their families.As a winner in The Skin Games Compassionate category in 2020, Geralyn donated her $10,000.00 winnings to Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center. She is excited to be on the other side this year as a Judge for the Compassionate category and help promote and support Esthetician’s and others in the beauty industry going that extra mile.
Moto moved to the United States from Japan in 1994, After becoming an accountant and working as an International Tax Consultant, he realized he would be happier helping people feel better on the inside and out. Moto is an Arizona licensed esthetician and an instructor at IMAj Institute in Scottsdale, AZ..Moto’s goal is to ensure that all students have the knowledge and guidance needed to pass their state board examination and be successful in their professional career. In addition to owning Moda Pelo Salon Spa in Phoenix, AZ. His passion is to be a great educator and to help create our future industry leaders.
Jamie Renee Nelms, LMT, LE is a 1998 graduate of The Wellness Skills Inc and 2009 graduate of Ogle School of Hair, Skin, and Nails. Jamie has been an Esthetician Instructor since 2015, educating part time at the local Esthetics college.
Jamie is based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas where she has owned Your Body’s ReTreat since 2003. She has specialized in full body sugaring for both women and men since 2010. Jamie has been teaching and certifying in Sugaring hair removal since 2012.
Jamie was awarded 2nd place in The Skin Games 2019 Hair Removal category where she competed alongside sugarists and waxers alike.
With a strong passion for sugaring and hoping to edify and support fellow colleagues in the Sugaring world, Jamie established Sugaring Source in 2012. Sugaring Source is “The crème de la crème of all things Sugaring”, a network referral system of the world’s absolute best professional sugaring gurus. This includes sugaring manufacturers, educators, and professional sugarists. Jamie is now a brand neutral, freelance educator for several manufacturers, representative of Sugaring Source.
For fun, Jamie has a hobby of dancing, attending dance festivals and congresses whenever she can. Other playtime includes traveling anywhere there is a beach and rum!
My name is Dalia Wagley and I am a Licensed Esthetician and Manicurist. I have been in this industry for over sixteen years and continue to find this work exciting and rewarding. I currently own businesses in this field and appreciate the hard work it takes to manage a successful business and a home life. I am the proud Mom of a sassy beautiful toddler who is the joy of my life.
Over the last sixteen years, I have developed a passion for hair removal and skin care. After attending cosmetology school, I opened my first Spa at the age of 22. Hair removal and skin care management have been one of my primary areas of focus to find the best hair removal method possible and refine the techniques used. As I have developed this expert knowledge, I found that the best way to share with other esthetic professionals this effective and gentle way of hair removal was to become an educator and consultant. I have been an Esthetics educator and consultant for the last twelve years. I find immense value and satisfaction in teaching others and certainly enjoy sharing my knowledge through social media platforms.
I consider my passion for esthetics as an investment in my client’s health that can last a lifetime. I take my work seriously and have spent countless hours working and collaborating with scientists and chemists to develop a gentle and effective ingrown hair serum, soaps, and other body products for my clientele. Hair removal and skincare are about using the best products and the right techniques. I take pride in keeping current with the latest trends in skincare and certainly product knowledge. It is essential that I invest in my knowledge so that I am able to provide exceptional care to all the clients I serve as well as the students I teach.I am super excited to be a judge in the sugaring category and look forward to growing the sugaring category. I am eager to see what the contestants will present during the competition. I know that contestants have put in a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment in preparing for this opportunity. Let us all make this competition as sweet as sugar!
Meet our Sponsor Jarratt Haviland aka @keko.botanicals
As owner of Sugar and Bronze, Jarratt Haviland operates her own business in addition to teaching master classes on sugar hair removal both in-house and at conferences around the world. She has served as the International Director of Education for Ke Kō Botanicals for two years and purchased the company in 2021. She supports many local charitable organizations and philanthropic events, including BUST Breast Cancer.
PASSION AND PURPOSE: “Making an impact starts in your own circle,” she says. “Teaching our children how to treat others by embodying kindness and generosity, teaching our employees that every person who walks through the door is the Queen or the King and should be treated as such, making sure people know they matter … that’s where it all begins. Every big wave starts with a small ripple.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY: “Jarratt is one of the hardest working women I know! She runs an amazing business while balancing her life of being a wife and mom so well. She has such passion for what she does and as a boss, her generosity to her employees is admirable. I’m proud to call her a friend.” — Rachel Eggie, friend
FAVORITE Thing to do: “Watch my kids do something they love. From soccer, to silks, to swim, I love their confidence and joy when they’re engaged in something something they’re passionate about.”
With nearly 20 years of experience in the treatment room, Rasheedah has established herself within the beauty industry as a Skin Therapist, Master Sugarist and Cosmetic Formulator. She is the CEO and Founder of Naturals’Republic® and CaribbeanCandy® Professional Sugaring, a manufacturer and supplier of body sugaring products. Her San Francisco Bay Area salon has been named “Best in the Bay” East of the Bridge by SF Magazine and “Best Sugaring Salon 2022” by Oakland Magazine and is undoubtedly a client favorite of Bay Area residents. During its inception stages, Rasheedah envisioned CaribbeanCandy® Professional Body Sugaring to be more than just the manufacturer and supplier of sugar paste, or even simply an educational resource. She envisioned it to be a catalyst that amplifies the careers of other tenacious beauty professionals. Through the launch of the CaribbeanCandy® Professional Body Sugaring Academy in Oakland, CA, she offers training/certification, employment opportunities, and business coaching to the community through her apprenticeship program.
Her philanthropic deeds in the form of tuition matches and scholarships to her Sugaring Academy also provide an opportunity to give back, which remains a core component of her business model. Both of her brands, CaribbeanCandy® Professional Sugaring and Naturals’Republic®, can be found in treatment rooms across the country and distributed throughout select Caribbean islands.
Today, Rasheedah travels throughout the U.S. and internationally along with her team of certified educators to facilitate hands-on training for Day Spas, Salons, Cosmetology Schools and licensed beauty professionals who wish to learn the art of body sugaring.
With a continual pursuit of knowledge and passion for natural skin treatments and all things sugaring, she moves forth as a forever student, Educator and Mentor to many.
Louise Jackson, Thee Brown Sugar Sugarista™️, is the owner and CEO of Studio L by Louise, home of Luxury Sugaring (the hand ball method) and Exclusive Gentlemen’s Facials and Beard Treatments. She is also the creator and CEO of Studio L Sweet Mat treatment bed covers, which are perfect for waxing, sugaring, lash applications and more. Sweet Mats are truly an estheticians best friend! Louise is known for her trademark uniform business dresses and brings passion as well as informative and technique driven social media content to her followers. Louise is also double certified in sugaring, and she trains other sugarists at Studio L Sugaring Academy.
Monique Waters is a rising star in the Southern Florida business scene largely because of her irreverence for convention. Her intellectual curiosity combined with her strong work ethic as a forever student has set the stage for professional success in the business realm. Her company, WU Aesthetics has emerged as a pioneer in the beauty industry. Under Monique’s leadership, this enterprise brings breakthrough advanced aesthetic trainings and products to the market. Monique’s creativity is the driving force behind WU Aesthetics’ popular ingrown hair serum, Restore Serum, her luxury film wax Emerald Gold and industry-best pre and post wax oils. A self-starter in every sense of the word, she takes pride in serving the local Stuart community, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy. Whether you are looking for aesthetic treatments or interested in establishing a mutually beneficial connection with a rising business star in Southern Florida, you will enjoy the time you spend with Monique.
I have been a licensed esthetician for 11 years, and specialize in waxing. I only use hard wax. I offer Brazilian wax training classes, Vagacial and Fanny Facial classes via Zoom. I have spent a lot of time and research into creating my Vagacial Protocol, and have helped a lot of estheticians learn a new service with confidence and excitement.I am also the creator of Glitter Wax Creations, which are specialty glitter blends safe to add to any wax type or brand to make the waxing experience much more fun for the waxer and clients.
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Tanya Sanders-Kelker is a wife, mother and Boss! She is the beauty entrepreneurs’ profit andgrowth strategist, CEO of Body Party Wax & Beauty Studios, Intimate Skincare productdeveloper, Well sought after esthetic trainer, Managing partner of Profit and Growth Accountingand Business Strategy firm, Beauty and business Podcast Producer and host, Speaker,Member of Facebook Leaders Network, brand manager, licensed esthetician and experiencecurator.
As a prominent waxing esthetician Tanya’s focus has been and remains on the integrity,respect, and importance of intimate area skincare and proper waxing techniques received andprovided during Brazilian and bikini waxes provided for both men and women which promptedher Studio, classes, training center and trademarked products.Tanya has been a full time entrepreneur for well over a decade and has dedicated heraccounting, business and beauty career to helping other professionals transition their mindsetsand businesses to go from pros to CEOs and obtaining the freedom they desire and deserve;through developing business strategies for increased profits and business growth that includesystems, tools and implementation of teams.Tanya’s unique approach to business has earned her recognition as “BAE” The BeautyAccountant for All Beauty Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs.Having helped so many entrepreneurs start and/or rebuild their businesses in both service andbeauty industries, during the summer of 2017 Tanya set out to follow a hidden passion ofbringing non-traditional beauty spa services to the Metro Jackson, MS area through her DaySpa Body Party Wax and Beauty Studios. She has been able to take the concept of this beautystudio to open and begin operations within 90 days. Her blueprint is cause for the studio to havewon several awards and recognition for its achievements; one being able to go from 0 clients tohalf a million dollars in revenue in two years.To inquire about Tanya Sanders-Kelker to speak or facilitate a workshop at your event pleaseEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jena Mehlberg is the proud owner of Catalyst Salon located in the popular Central Florida, Mills 50 district area. At the young age of 19 Jena discovered her love of the beauty industry. Starting her business in 2009 as a mobile Spray Tanning and Brazilian Waxing company. Jena has grown her business form mobile, to salon renter, to salon owner Jena has been able to grow her business tremendously. Along the way Jena realized that there was such a lack of business education in the industry, and went on to graduate college with a bachelors in business management.
In 2020 in response to the devastation COVID brought onto the beauty industry,Jena launched Catalyst Beauty Group where she has united her love of business and beauty to teach beauty professionals how to run their own six figure beauty businesses .
In the future Jena plans on opening a beauty school for women and men of all backgrounds, teaching them all the skills needed to successfully create their own beauty businesses.
Abigail Ottley-Cumberbatch is a Licensed Esthetician, she is the owner and founder ofEsthetician University and Abbeauté Studio & Spa located in New York. Abigail is an awardwinning spa Instructor, she also serves as a chapter leader for Spa Boss Tribe.Abigail is a certified mentor for a nonprofit organization, which assist small business owners tostartup and grow their business .Abigail is widely known for her elite spa coaching programs that help start up and establishedspa businesses to elevate their business.Abigail's goal is to help spa professionals create multiple streams of income so that they willnever have a shortage of cash flow and passive income . She offer Esthetician's and spaprofessionals unique opportunities.Abigail is Married and has two beautiful children, so creating generational wealth is high priorityto her .Abigailottley@abbeauteatudio.comEsthetician.University
Jaclyn Peresetsky founded Skin Perfect Spas in 2007, Colore Me Perfect in 2010 and Skin Perfect Academy in 2019. She is an accomplished color expert, makeup and permanent makeup artist, master esthetician, author, and speaker. She is certified as a national micropigmentation instructor to certify professionals who would like to learn the craft of permanent makeup and microblading. She mentors and coaches’ estheticians and cosmetologists all over the country in advanced esthetics, eyelash treatments and color theory. She recently developed an online advanced esthetic bootcamp training program to raise the bar of esthetic training. Jaclyn is featured on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 in Columbus, Ohio and Spectrum News.She is a keynote speaker and delivers live trainings for spa and color industry professionals at national conferences like the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa and Spa and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference. Jaclyn has been featured in Capital Style magazine, Business First, Columbus CEO, Buckeye Magazine, The Drenda Show, iVillage.com, Leaf TV.com, SheKnows.com and many other beauty blogs.She is the owner of Colore Me Perfect Cosmetics, Skin Perfect spas in Columbus, Ohio and Naples, Florida and Skin Perfect Academy.Jaclyn is the author of the book, Discover the Power of YOUR Colors, showing you how to transform your life through color. Jaclyn is available for keynotes, workshops, media interviews, and color consultations: Email email@example.com or call 239-262-5110
I’m the CEO of the hair and beauty directory, head trainer and owner of SIrens beauty training academy and owner of Sirens hair and beauty salon.With 26 years experience in the industry and 15 years teaching I’ve gained a wealth of experience that earned me 15 lash trophies and over 30 industry and business awards, including BABTAC Lash specialist of the year British lash artist of the year Lash factor on trend winner British life long achievement award2 x finalist for beauty therapist of the year Currently finalist for professional beauty’s educator of the year
I’m multi trained in lash extensions, having trained with some of the industry’s best trainers.
Merissa began her career in 2006 when she graduated from Cosmetology school as a Nail Technician. She always had an artistic talent and loved the world of beauty and thought this was a great way to start out in the industry.Before graduating school she landed an amazing position at the prestigious Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. At her time working at red door spa, she worked with many different technicians from around the world that allowed her to perfect her craft and learn many different techniques. There she learned the importance of detail and how important the spa industry was with so many things it had to offer.
Merissa’s talent did not go unnoticed. Soon after gaining experience in her field she was offered a teaching position at her former alma mater, she was now teaching students where she once first started her career and could not be happier. She was able to do something she loved while helping others achieve their goals.
Merissa did not stop there. While working at a cosmetology school and working in a spa part of her time, she decided to continue her education and enroll in esthetician school. She fell in love with the world of waxing and wanted to learn all there was to learn about skincare. Once she completed esthetician school, it was not far after she was able to offer a variety of services to her clients and students. She was now able to educate and share her experiences in the field of nails and skincare while showing students how versatile the beauty industry is .
Anyone that has ever met Merissa can tell she has a passion for the industry and loves to share her knowledge with others. She is always eager to mentor other professionals and share her experiences. You will always find her staying on top of the latest trends while learning the beauty industries top services and techniques. This is what led her to Elleebana and she fell in love with lash lifting. She was so excited to offer this new service to her clients and they could not believe how great the results were. Seeing how impressed her clients were with the product, it was then she pursued her career as an Elleebana Certified Educator in 2016.
With all that Merissa has to offer the beauty industry it only made sense for the next chapter in her career. In 2020 she decided she wanted to do more for beauty professionals and opened Face & Body Institute of New England. Face & Body Institute of New England is a beauty school located in Connecticut, offering advanced education for professionals. It will feature hands on education for a variety of services and will retail supplies to licensed beauty professionals. The beauty industry is full of amazing opportunities and a school was a perfect platform for Merissa to share all her knowlege with others everywhere.
Merissa currently resides in Connecticut where she was born and raised. She continues to educate others while traveling around the United States and educating at spa trade shows, while still offering hands on education. She loves spending her spare time with her family and two amazing children.
I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. I graduated from Denver School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics Skincare program and received my esthetician license in 2017. Lashes were something I knew nothing about going into beauty school but was introduced to them soon after graduating when I was at my first salon. I have been certified in lash lifts since the beginning of 2017 and it has remained the majority of services I provide. Later on, after working for several companies and gaining valuable experiences, I decided to make the jump and open my own beauty studio in Lone Tree, Colorado. After a successful year and a half of operating my own business I moved to Arizona and realized how much I miss doing lashes! So here I am, I opened my new mobile lash lift business in AZ. I still go back to Colorado to work on my regular client’s lashes and skin.
Lash lifts have boosted my confidence immensely and helping others to see their own inner beauty through lashes is truly amazing. I absolutely love what I do and strive to be better at my craft every single day.
After two decades of studying the art of beauty therapy, lashes, brows, cosmetic chemistry and personal care formulation, Otto Mitter and his team at Elleebana currently produce and supply lash & brow enhancement ranges and education programs to distributors and salon professionals in over 60 countries across the globe.
Otto’s dedication to education has seen him as a guest speaker and educator at the world’s most prestigious beauty and lash events, learn from the world’s best lash masters and is a regular judge at leading global beauty & lash competitions.
Over the last few years Otto has been recognised in the industry from his peers by being presented with some of the most sought-after industry awards:
2017 Educator of the Year at the ABIA’s – Australian Beauty Industry Awards.
2018 Educator of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2019 Product Integrity Award at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2020 Lash Brand of the Year – Lash Open Australia.
2020 Innovative Product of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists.
2021 Finalist, Educator of the Year –– Australian Beauty Industry Awards
2022 Finalist, Runner up 2nd Place – Best Speaker – Artistic Fur Awards
2022 Finalist, Artistic Fur Awards categories – Best Judge and Best Brand
2022 Winner of Readers Choice Award at ASCP Awards – USA
Otto has a passion for continuing education, working with leaders in the industry and dedicating his time to help up and coming beauty therapists, lash artists and educators develop their profiles and careers.
Marcy has been an esthetician for 20+ years. She has worked in many settings including doctors offices, resort & destination spas, cruise ship spas, wellness centers, day spas & med spas. She has been lead esthetician and a spa director in several cities/ states around the USA & the UK. She has been instructing esthetics (skin care, waxing, and spray tanning for 10+ years). She has also worked as a sales representative, account manager, and educator for clinical skin care lines, waxing lines, and spray tanning lines, and currently in partnership with 4 advanced skin care education academies throughout the USA. Marcy currently owns and operates skin clinics in Cleveland Ohio and Orlando Florida. She teaches and speaks at conventions; her most current was The Skin Games in Jacksonville in February 2022 where she was also an expert panel judge. She also owns and operates her own advanced education company, Go Bare Aesthetics, along with a professional distribution company for Eon MD skin care (exclusive distributor) and natural waxing products and supplies. Some of the companies she has worked for include; Canyon Ranch Living, The Venetian Spa, Marriott Relache Spas, Cunard, The Queen Mary 2 Spa Club at sea, Massage Envy, the Palms South Beach Aveda Spa, Environ skin care, Eon MD skin care, Norvell Tanning, Beauty Image, South Seas Skin Care, Eminence, True U Education (now Aesthetics Exposed), Inkology Academy, and Relax N Wax. In her spare time Marcy enjoys performing music and entertainment !
Kileigh grew up around women who were in the beauty industry and were so inspiring to her. As she grew older into her teenage years, she started to picture herself as a beauty professional as well. When Kileigh graduated high school she worked as a Receptionist at a Luxury Spa in Tacoma, WA. She fell in love being in the atmosphere of the spa. While working here she learned how to do Spray Tan’s and did makeup applications for clients from time to time. Two years later in 2014 Kileigh graduated her Esthetics Program top in her class from The Bellus Academy in San Diego, CA. She moved to Las Vegas after graduating and started working at Sephora.
She elevated the store’s skincare knowledge in so many ways being a licensed professional as well as being passionate about education. She worked with Perricone MD, Clarisonic and Control Corrective Skin Care as a freelance artist and all of these different brands instilled the importance of education and she knew that long term she wanted to be an educator. In 2016 Kileigh then began working for one of the busiest and well-respected Lash Lounges in the Vegas area and received an amazing foundation of knowledge of Classic and Volume lash extensions. Kileigh moved back home to Tacoma, WA to be closer to her family and work for a popular waxing studio that was expanding where she branded their lash extension line exclusive for the salons use. For more flexibility and time with her family she started her own business in 2018 specializing in lash extensions, lash lifts, brow shaping and body waxing. It was around that time she discovered Elleebana and fell in love with the brand. Fast forward to 2022 Kileigh is the Master Trainer at the USA Headquarters Office, and is so excited to see her passion for education grow further in this important role and inspiring many others along the way. She teaches courses in Lash Lifts, Lash & Brow Lamination, Brow Henna and Lash Extensions.
Erica Roybal is the owner of a top-performing aesthetics clinic in Denver, Colorado. Her clinic was started in 2017 with permanent makeup as the specialty. She is the creator of the famous, I Woke Up This Way, permanent makeup treatment. With several requests from newer artists, in 2019 she started a permanent makeup academy that is state approved and regulated. She is the lead instructor at Permanent Makeup Aesthetics Academy where she teaches and certifies permanent makeup artists. Erica is the author of The Permanent Makeup Bible. In addition to writing her book, she actively makes youtube content on her channel, Erica Roybal, to showcase education tips and videos for others. She is gladly one of the producers and judges in The Skin Games competition for the permanent makeup categories.
Erica received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University in 2014. While pursuing her degree she had the opportunity to work as a lab scientist for several years. This allowed her to acquire the skills necessary to be exact, precise, and understand skin from a histological standpoint. Erica thrives in an environment where she can express herself artistically. Erica’s inspiration for starting a career in aesthetics bloomed from witnessing European-style permanent makeup while she was interning and traveling abroad. Being in the beauty industry has allowed her to develop as an individual, a professional, and an artist. Erica is inspired to pursue a career in aesthetics because for her- Aesthetics is giving confidence that lasts.
Marta is originally from Poland, she has lived in the United States for about 13 years.
Who is Kristina Melnicenco? Kristina Melnicenco is the PMU industry’s top educator, leading artists to success! Founder of 5 Star Academy based in Dallas Texas USA, Ohana Uniforms creator, product developer in KMBeauty.us, StarLine pigment line creator, and co-founder of SPCC pmu conference.
How it started? Kristina Melncicenco’s journey started in 2009 when techniques were so heavy looking when classes were not detailed and in-depth, and when there was no such thing as pmu community. And these are the reasons why Kristina wanted to make a difference.
Why Kristina does it? As an educator, Kristina ensures that her students get a very detailed and deep understanding by sharing years of experience and doing it with her heart. Kristina specializes in machine work as a firm believer that less is more and that soft natural techniques are the future. Kristina created her FoxyBrows, FoxyLiner, and LushLips Techniques that are now the standard of natural results.
Achievements – Kristina is a highly sought-after conference keynote speaker across the world, presented her techniques at numerous conferences APMAC Australia, World PMU conference Milano Italy, IPCS Show Miami, VegasPMU Conference, PMUCon just to name a few.
Kristina inspires permanent makeup industry audiences everywhere, she captures your heart with her ability to relate to those with multiple years of experience in the industry, and still be touchable to those who are just getting started. A genuinely caring person inside and out, Kristina enjoys sharing her expertise with anyone who has a passion to learn.
Naomi Saphire was born in South Africa where she finished top of her class in a 2,5 year Advanced Aesthetics program.After placing 1st & 2nd place in the South African National Nail Championship, she accepted a position on a Luxury Cruise Line where she traveled the world.
She met her husband on a Halloween Cruise on the Queen Mary 2 and consequently settled down with him in Los Angeles where their 3 daughters were born. In pursuit of greener pastures, the Saphire’s relocated to Wake Forest, North Carolina where they found all the green their hearts desired!
Naomi owns & operates Glam Shack & Inkology Permanent Cosmetic Academy in Wake Forest where she has had the pleasure of touching lives & transforming faces since 2017.
Andrea is a Denver resident and Colorado native, has been an esthetician and laser technician for 12 years, and after getting her own eyebrows microbladed in 2017, she knew she had to spread the brow love! She enrolled in PMU school at the end of 2017 and has been doing it since! Starting as a side hustle from her main medispa managing position, when Covid hit, she knew it was time to make a change for herself and go out on her own. She has been solely self-employed by her permanent makeup business in Denver since 2020, has recently expanded, and does business coaching for other PMU artists throughout the world! Through the coaching, she’s able to assist PMU artists who are just getting started in the industry to those that are wanting to start a training course and beyond. “There’s no better feeling than being in an industry that gives people an immediate confidence boost
Co-founder of PMU Women of Color
Welcome to Mystique Brows Academy!
With over two decades in the beauty industry, I am a 4x certified Permanent Makeup Master Artist providing the best ombre brow and nano brow technique. I have received training by world-renowned experts in the permanent makeup (PMU) industry.
Jenny Lind has a vast experience serving clients of all skin tones and is passionate about educating artists of all levels of expertise, as well as continuously perfecting her craft.
Karla has been in the health and beauty industry for almost 20 years. For fifteen years she was co-owner of an award-winning, internationally published salon and frequently featured in “Ask the Expert” columns of various magazines. While hair is what led her into the beauty industry, her passion for permanent makeup and skincare led her to found Microblading Bay Area. She is an educator, LPC, PMU artist and aesthetic nurse whose passion is in skin and hair rejuvenation. A firm believer that learning never stops, Karla is always seeking to expand and improve her knowledge while also helping others expand their skill set.
Kate Shaughnessy became an esthetician back in 2003 after her battle with cystic acne grade 3. ” The way you look isn’t everything but it does change how you feel about yourself.” Her skin was so bad that while working at Lancome as a counter manager a customer asked if she had been in a fire. ” I knew at that moment I wanted to figure out why my skin was doing what it was doing and help others who had the same problems.”
Once finishing esthetic school she was working at a day spa when she was approached to learn lash extentions. ” I still remember the conversation. My manager said they are coming out with something called lash extensions. Do you want to learn? Everyone thought I was crazy and thought that no one would pay money to have fake hair attached to their eyes.” Kate was 6 months pregnant with her firstborn while she learned lash extentions.
Fast-forward 15 years, Kate was recruited to be a national trainer for multiple training companies, including the world’s leading lash company. While training for a lash company, Microblading entered the scene. ” That was it, I knew I had to go learn. It was like Alice and the rabbit hole. I just kept learning and never stopped.
I have been told I am a learner. Curiosity is one of my values. I want to know why things work the way they do.” After being a trainer for multiple companies, Kate launched her own program in Indiana. She has also spoken on multiple national stages in the industry speaking from the enneagram and how it affects how you lead a team but also with clients, she speaks on team based pay which is how her salon is run and how to show up as a leader not as a boss.
Her favorite topic to speak on at stages, as well as businesses, is called dreaming backwards. ” I believe we were fed a lie that we were going to make all this money right out of school or taking that big course… but for what? We work crazy hours, miss our kids events and important life things. For what? What if we change how we do this. What if we decide this is the life we want and then go back from there.” Her approach to this will leave you connected with pieces of your heart you forgot were there. She has been featured in multiple magazines including the NYC Journal. When she is not leading her team of women at Lash & Brow Design Co. you will find her working with Burn survivors, women with cleft palates, the local children’s hospital and the local food bank.
She is a busy mom of 4 little girls and believes that we only have one life to live, so you better live it to your fullest. ” I believe you need to figure out why God put you on this earth and then step all the way into it. I believe I was put here to speak into people’s lives and help them figure out their Why. You figure that out, the rest will start to fall into place.”