Passion-Driven and Refreshed Beginnings with Vanessa from J'Adore Tes Cils
Vanessa Llamas is a Lash Artist, Educator, and Owner of J’Adore Tes Cils. With over 5 years of experience under her belt, specializing in lash lifts, classic, and volume lash extensions, it's surreal to think none of this would be possible if she hadn't volunteered as a lash model for a mutual friend. Something that started off as a favour quickly developed into an interest for the craft. Just like her clientele, she was hooked! From there, with a referral from her lash artist, Vanessa booked her first raining session. Before she knew it, she was booking clients faster than imagined.
“It was an easy decision for me as I’ve always been interested in all things beauty,” says Vanessa. “Makeup and aesthetician school wasn’t an option for me back then, so it was a great fit whilst I was in nursing school. It gave me the flexibility I needed.”
A Life-Changing Career
Growing up, Vanessa was raised to believe that a good job was one that required a degree and pays a decent salary. No one ever told her how important it was to choose a career that you’d be happy doing for the rest of your life. As they say, how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. It was when she decided to pursue a career in the lash industry, that she realized the importance of love and passion.
“No matter what degree you have, how much money you make, or where you end up working, it’s all comes down to contentment and happiness.“
Vanessa was originally pursuing a nursing career, but took a leap of faith and headed in the opposite direction. “I was doing lashes during my last 2 years of nursing school. During my last year, the CEO of a high profile lash company had asked me to work alongside them,” she says. “This was a once in a lifetime offer that I couldn’t refuse. I decided to postpone the acceptance for my degree to pursue a career path that had no promises for me.” Vanessa did end up completing and receiving her nursing license during her time with Sugarlash PRO, but her nursing career remains passive.
Times have changed drastically. Vanessa explains that nowadays, you can choose a career and succeed as long as you love it. It’s not all about getting a degree, chasing a paycheque, or trying to live up to your parent’s expectations anymore. “You have to put your heart into it and just really enjoy your career,” she says. “It’s not all about the money, which I know is what your parents are usually worried about!”
Day in the Life
A typical workday for Vanessa is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (yes, 12-hour days, who else can relate?). She spends a lot of her time focused on practices that build and grow her lashing business. 20% of her day is dedicated to answering emails, text messages, direct messages, and Facebook messages. Most of her messages are usually inquiries and bookings as she's one of the unique few who doesn’t use an online booking system. She appreciates and loves being able to maintain a personalized and intimate interaction with each of her clients.
60% of Vanessa’s day is allocated to lashing. This is when she can put her magic to work and make each individual feel radiant. With the rest of her day, she is dedicated to cleaning her workspace to maintain the highest levels of sterilization and creating content for her social media profiles. “But really, who ceases all things work-related even if it’s past business hours?” says Vanessa.
Passion for the Craft
Vanessa emphasizes the importance of having the passion and dedication for lashing. Lash artists should do it because of how captivating the art of lashing is. It should fulfill and push you to empower others, whether that’s with your clients or students. “As cheesy as it sounds, it really takes passion for the craft, dedication, and perseverance to make it through the hard work,” says Vanessa. “You need to have the desire to grow both personally and professionally.”
“I think it’s just a matter of growth and realizing that we can want and do more.”
As with any career, there will always be highs and lows. They say never judge an individual based on their Instagram, even if their Instagram is full of gorgeous . . lash porn . . perfection. For Vanessa, her greatest weakness is self-doubt and insecurity. Even though her self-confidence has improved over the years, there are many times when she does question her abilities. There was a point where she felt like the surrounding competition was drowning her and standing out was difficult.
It was the community and having faith in herself that got Vanessa through the difficult times. “What’s amazing about our community is that you have a tight-knit group of lash artists who really just lifts your spirits when you need them,” she says. “They are there to remind you that the world is big enough for us all and that there are enough clients for everyone. This friendly competition should just push you to be better.”
Vanessa is constantly working to improve and revamp her craftsmanship with refined techniques, mastering a detail-oriented eye, and raising the standards one lash at a time. To learn more about her business, check her out on Instagram!