Patchie Valerio is the founder of her company Microblading & Modern Ink LLC where she performs beauty services such as microblading and other semi-permanent makeup procedures. She worked in Sephora as a senior artist before venturing to become her own boss. We decided to interview this empowering woman on what beauty means to her and her journey on being her own boss.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means expressing your own individuality. It’s a form of self-expression and it doesn’t matter how as long as you feel 100% yourself and confident.
Who/What inspires you?
Everyone inspires me. People who start opening their own businesses and take control of their own lives inspire me. It’s hard opening a business! I am also inspired by my own business – I get to work during my own time and do art everyday.
What’s your story on how you opened your own business?
I started freelancing in 2011 and doing makeup for brides and proms. I then became a senior artist in Sephora (the height of my career) and started thinking about what I wanted to do next. I knew that a main goal of mine was to be able to do something I loved while controlling my own schedule at the same time. My mom introduced me to microblading and everything else happened so fast. My girlfriend guided me to get my tattoo license and now (about a year later) she is my business partner. It took a lot of sacrifice – I was working 7 days a week doing brows at 7am and then working at Sephora from 2-11pm. Today, I’m able to say that I can control my own time, do what I love, with who I love.
What advice do you have for people struggling with finding their definition of beauty?
Beauty is never cookie-cutter. It’s individual. This might sound weird but enjoy the struggle! Enjoy the struggle of not knowing and the process of you finding your own definition of beauty. It’s honestly the best part and it’s so rewarding when you finally find it.
What advice do you have for people who want to grow their own business/chase their dreams?
Growing a business takes A LOT of sacrifice. If you’re scared, you’re on the right path. Research the field that you want to be in and do it for the right reasons. Do things NOW because whatever you do today impacts the future. Another trick is to condition yourself to always think out of the box.
If you’d like to check out Pat’s work, you can find her on instagram @browsbypatchie.
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