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Conversations with the Inspiring Angelica Navarro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Navarro.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Angelica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Honestly, I was just as young girl who was beauty obsessed always watching a youtube video and practicing on my friends in high school. I always had a love for makeup and back then my biggest dream was to become a “MAC girl.” I remember my first trip to MAC so vividly, it was like a movie scene. The girls were gorgeous and friendly and all of their makeup was flawless! All while they were swatching products on me, which at the time I had no idea what to do with, but I was hooked. Everyone was just so friendly and passionate about their jobs and literally had me in a trance, I can even remember the smell of the store – Turquatic filled the air for all my true MAC artists that know what I mean. I remember that day was the day that I knew I became determined to be one of them so badly, I’m even still friends with the girl that sold me my first lipstick!
As I grew up, I became a young mother at the age of 20 and settled for a standard nine to five to take care of my son, but still hustled and did makeup on the side. Never did I ever really have the confidence to go after my dream in full. To keep it all the way real, the drive to pursue makeup and make my dream a reality came from my mom. My parents divorced when I was young and as far back as I can remember, my mom was always ambitious and independent. She worked her self so hard, working multiple jobs at a time and sacrificed so much of herself for my siblings and I. I just became determined to show her that I would do it different to be able to take care of my kids and her one day. I just want to show her everything she did for me would pay off.

Anyways, I was super young in one of my college classes, miserable and hating every minute of it, so I walked out mid-lecture and un-enrolled entirely, I went straight home and put in an application for my first makeup job that same day. I started at Sephora, then I worked up the courage to apply at MAC and instantly knew I made the right choice with my life. After about a year and a half with the company, I was expecting a baby girl and at that time, I decided to pursue my own business with makeup and officially start Angelica Glo Beauty. I loved working at MAC, but with retail or working for anyone else, you lose the ability to own your time because you’re required to clock in and out on someone else’s schedule. So, I took the leap into becoming a freelance artist and business owner, I owned my own time and life again to be able to pursue my passion and spend time with my family as much as I wanted, it was hands down the best choice I have ever made.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Girl, no way! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Quitting school full time and then my full-time manager position, which was actually very well respected by my family, all to go after my passion. Let me tell you, both of my parents were not happy with me. As the hype of being a free agent cooled down, I panicked. I had two kids to care for and I was pursuing makeup of all things and I remember I kept saying to myself, “what did you do?!” However, I made a lot of connections in the industry to help fill up my schedule. Wedding season treated me really well and kept me extremely busy, however, I went through a slow season for the first time and I was struggling. Financially, physically, emotionally, all of it became very real mentally that I started to doubt myself. In addition to the lack of bookings, the industry is very competitive and I was constantly seeing other very talented artist’s work and success and it made me very self-conscious of my own.
That’s what I would say is the biggest tip of advice I could give anyone, everyone has a slow season or a weakness, but that is never a reason to doubt yourself. You HAVE to believe in yourself even when nobody is hyping you and continue to put yourself out there and just grind it out, even if you fall on your face because everyone does, some are just better at hiding it. Never ever let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or that you won’t make it because chances are, it’s envy that they aren’t going after their passion like you are. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, be open-minded and dedicate time to your craft. It’s a marathon, not a race. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. Block out the noise and put in the work that will get you where you want to be tomorrow, next month or next year.

What should we know about Angelica Glo Beauty? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am actually currently in school for esthetics and graduate in less than a month, so I offer all types of services now! I provide all things beauty – facials, eyelash extensions, waxing, light hair styling, but my true love will always be with makeup. Love every angle of makeup and the different versions of the industry. I dabble in runway and editorial, film and commercial, but my favorite is bridal. I love bridal because I love the fact that my clients choose me to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives, they appreciate the glam in such a meaningful way. I would say I’m most known for my ability to be versatile and diverse. I do my best to make sure my clients are a wide spread of ages, skin tones, and face shapes. I also really take pride in the quality of work and attention to detail. I won’t ever let anyone leave my chair without them feeling their very best and ready to slay for any event.

As a brand, I’m most proud of not only making my clients feel beautiful but really developing long-lasting relationships with them and any other stylists that are apart of my team. I genuinely want everyone around me to win and be successful, so whether it’s bringing their skin back to life, slaying them for their special event or simply giving them the confidence to crush their dreams, I’m here for all of it. My brand is all about bringing out the glow, both inner and outer.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I would say self-confidence can be a barrier in this industry. I’ve had so many different artists/stylists message me and ask me how I made the leap to go full freelance and most of them have explained to me how they’re too nervous to fail which keeps them locked in the position they’re in. It kills me because I just want everyone to go after their dreams and reach their full potential, but I understand everyone takes it at their own pace. Also, this industry is so overly saturated, plus social media can make it intimidating. What I will say is this, you are your own worst enemy. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, get the best of you and keep you from living the life you have always dreamed for yourself. If you want it, dedicate yourself, sacrifice and go get it. I can’t guarantee it will be easy, but I can guarantee it will be worth it.

Pricing:

  • Facials starting at $65+
  • Makeup starting at $75+
  • Eyelash Extensions starting at $100+

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Image Credit:
Jenni Summer Photography, Mercedes Lenz Photography, Dani Cowan Photography, Vinnie W Photography, Taylor Davenport Photography

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