Today we’d like to introduce you to Lani Fischer.
Lani, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had always loved fashion and I grew up in an Aveda salon owned by my mom. I just didn’t realize what I wanted to do until my sophomore year of college when I felt like I wasn’t really where I was supposed to be and I was doing all my soccer teammates makeup before we would go out. So, I left college and moved to Colorado to go to the Aveda Institute Denver for Cosmetology. While I was in school, I took every opportunity I could to learn more about makeup and editorial makeup. I applied and went to Edwin Neal, I did Massif Fashion Week, I ask to assist Brad Van Dyke (the Institute’s director and amazing makeup artist), and I also entered In the Edwin Neal Competition. I also began working at Zandi K Hair & Skin Studio while I was in school and still work there now.
After several months of being on the floor as a hairstylist, Stina and insanely good esthetician I work with asked me if I would consider switching over to being an esthetician. She thought it made sense for how much I loved doing Makeup and cared about skin care. So, I decided to switch over and I love it! And while working in the salon, I continued to also do makeup outside the salon and Go to New York Fashion again and again under Aveda, as well as doing four more seasons of Massif Fashion Week here in Denver and doing editorial photoshoots with new photographers and local designers. I also got the amazing opportunity to do makeup for Ricardo Dinis, Aveda’s Global Cutting Director, at the Denver Aveda Jam. He loved my work and said he would love to have me to make up for him again and said maybe he would even try to get me into Aveda Congress. I remember telling him well by and immediately faceted my mom crying because a Global Director thought I was good enough to be working backstage at Congress. So, fast forward about a year later, I one of my bosses Nicki Wenz, who is a well Known Aveda Makeup Professional, also believed I had the talent to be working backstage and gave me her spot to work backstage to do makeup ALONGSIDE AVEDAS GLOBAL TEAM. It was insane and I felt so overwhelmed at first because I was the youngest there and I had the least amount of credentials, but I knew I deserved to be there. And after it was done everyone was telling me how amazing it was that I got to do that and how people wait years to be a part of that and all I could think was “yeah, that was amazing but now I have so much to do to prove I deserve to come back.” So now, I am working towards becoming an Aveda Makeup Professional while I also am Building in the salon, and still doing freelance makeup outside the salon.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not always been a smooth road. I was told I wasn’t a naturally talented makeup artist and should stick to doing hair, I had to work two jobs and try to create a portfolio at the same time, and I have been turned down for opportunities I would’ve loved. My advice for other women and young women is to persevering these challenges, especially when know you can do it and even when you don’t. You have to believe in yourself and the work you’re doing and keep pushing even when you feel completely drained. And I still have moments that are hard, but I know if I keep working hard and creating beautiful work, then good things will come my way. I mean I just tried out to audition for Aveda’s North American Artistic Team and I didn’t get picked and that hurt. But I know I’ll have another shot and maybe that just means there’s something better coming for me. I even had one of our global directors message me saying they honestly love my work and to stay positive. So, I know there are other people out there who know I’m talented enough too. When you believe in yourself, others will too.
What should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
So, in the salon, I specialize in brows, facials, lash lifts, 20-minute Brazilians, and makeup. Definitely, when people have questions about Aveda makeup, I know people are normally running around to find me. I also love working with people on growing their brows out if it’s still a possibility and trying to make it as easy of a process as possible. I also love performing, because I used to struggle with bad skin going up, and getting facials when I was younger made a huge difference in my skin and how I took care of it over the years. I am proud that I can give people amazing results and products that are good for them and the environment. And I think what also sets me apart is how I am always trying to have a real human connection with all my guests.
As a freelance make up artist, I specialize in Editorial, Runway, and Special event makeup. And am growing my specialty in special effects makeup. And I definitely feel like most people know me for creating a beautiful complexion and my creativity when it comes to making a look. I feel like what also sets me apart is that I really do care about whoever is in my chair that I’m working on. I want to make sure the model or whoever it maybe feels happy and comfortable. I never want someone to feel like they won’t look as good as someone else. I want this industry to feel/be as inclusive as possible.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Don’t stop. Starting your career is a lot of work, it’s not always easy and you will feel overwhelmed. But you can’t stop because when you achieve your goals, all of that hard work you put in will be so worth it. You are going to have to work your ass off, but when you do you feel that much more deserving of what you get. And then when you don’t get something you worked for you know one, you deserved it, two there must be something down the road coming even better because you deserve it. And know it’s okay to feel weak sometimes, but know you’re strong and whatever hardships you face when you start out, you will overcome them when you genuinely love what you do and put your heart and soul into your work.
- Brow Wax $21
- Brow Wax & Tint $40
- Brazilian $60
- Zandi K Signature Facial $70
- Lash Lift & Tint $94
- Makeup Application (in salon) $75
- Free Lance Makeup Pricing depends on a number of looks/time
- Address: Zandi K Hair & Skin Studio
572 Inca St. Denver, CO
- Website: https://www.zandiksalon.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lanifischer.hmua
Institute Style cover- Photographer JJ Constantino, Model Emily Zerr, Purple photo- Photographer Caroline Miller, model Jessi Kalambayi with Donna Baldwin Agency, Headshot- Kevin Alexander