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Meet Janiea Ruscio of Lashed by Janiea in Westminster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janiea Ruscio.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Janiea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been in the beauty industry for about five years. I started managing hair salons, then worked my way into special occasion makeup. I specialize in bridal makeup but participate in photo shoots, fashion shows, etc. I’ve been the Makeup Lead for the Paper Fashion Show for three years.

I decided quickly after managing salons that my passion was becoming an esthetician so that I could expand my knowledge and really push myself to become the best I could be! After finishing school and getting my own eyelash extensions for about a year, I decided to take a class on it. I instantly fell in LOVE with the process. I loved how precise the whole process was. It’s an art. It’s such an accomplishment seeing peoples confidence boost just by having eyelashes! My passion and goal as an artist is to make people feel the most confident they can. I strive to expand my knowledge and skills in every aspect as an esti to continue to help anyone around me.

I decided after five years of working in salons, I wanted to venture out on my own and create a business for myself. That’s where Lashed by Janiea started. It’s been about two years and I am completely in awe of how far true hard work and good support can take you. I wouldn’t have such a successful small business if it weren’t for all the clients and friends that referred me! I’m so very blessed and thankful for how far my little business has come, I’m even more excited to see how far I can push myself to progress in the next two years!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
With everything comes challenges. I have had so many doubts about being good enough or different than other artists. I would constantly worry about having “steady” income/clients to keep me afloat, but the truth is- if you’re passionate, the people will follow. I hear time and time again that you really can tell if someone loves their job and it’s true that it shows through your work.

I’ve become a little less worried about the realities and focused my attention on being the best artist I can for the people that choose to come see me. I’ve never been one to make impulse decisions, I’ve always tried to make the most realistic financial choices but the saying is true- “you gotta spend money to make money!” That is the most accurate way to describe it! I’ve invested so much time and money into my business and it’s paid off in every way possible!

Lashed by Janiea – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in bridal makeup, from there I would say lashes are definitely my passion! I love everything about giving someone a full glam. The perfect makeup application with the perfect lashes! Most people first think of me as an MUA because I have done that the longest. Classic and volume lashes are my most recent obsession. Volume lashes are my newest and true love. I get so excited when I get to do a fresh set on someone!

I would say my ability to create as subtle or dramatic of a look sets me apart. I have been challenging myself for years to be able to bring peoples expectations to life. I have so many young, ambitious clients who want all the glam and glitz and I also have a much much more mature set of women who want something natural and noticeable. I really do pride myself in being able to create your dream look and value all my clients feedback each time. I make the adjustments needed until my dolls are happy as ever!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
As corny as it sounds, every day I feel even more proud than the previous day. As far as events go, this year 2019 Paper Fashion Show was definitely a proud evening! So much hard work goes into fashion shows and we were recognized in so many magazines including Forbes!


  • Volume Fullsets are $230.00
  • Classic Fullsets are $150.00
  • Makeup $75.oo full glam including strip lashes

Contact Info:

  • Website: Instagram: @lashed_byjaniea
  • Phone: 7202565910
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @lashed_byjaniea

Image Credit:
Melanie Watson Photography

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