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Inspiring Conversations with Kimberly Findlen of The Powder Room

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Findlen.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The beauty industry is so amazing. It literally takes a few people saying something is beautiful to make it true for the masses. I’m no stranger to the latest trends and following what I see in the media. I’ve done it all! However, 15 years into the beauty biz I noticed a big change. Women began to look…the same. Not in the way they did in the early 2000’s -tan with stick-straight hair. They began to literally have the same features as prominent influencers on social media. The standard for beauty had changed from trendy and improving your own look to altering yourself to look like another person. I have two daughters and a son. It’s up to me to be the best role model I can, across the board. I am ultra aware of what I teach them about their inner beauty and how beautiful they are on the outside. I want them to learn that the standards set by other people do not limit their appearance or any other facet of themselves.

Over the years, I worked as an esthetician and did hair and make-up for weddings, but primarily, I was a stay at home mommy. When all of my babies were in school, I was ready for something more. I wanted to have a career in the beauty industry that had the ability to reclaim individual beauty. After having my eyebrows micro bladed, I saw my opportunity. I took a one on one training course and silently committed to genuinely being every woman’s hype girl-not just the ones who looked like A Kardashian. I wanted my children to see, first hand, that you can be beautiful and confident, and smart while being yourself.

To me, permanent cosmetics are an enhancement to your existing look. I take a lot of pride in helping women to look like themselves and knock off a few minutes of their morning makeup routine to look like themselves and feel confident.

If you look through my portfolio, you won’t see photo after photo of what Instagram thinks are the perfect brows. You won’t see a set, artistic style. What you will see are eyebrows that compliment the woman wearing them. Brows that follow her natural shape, her brow bone, her existing hairline. To me, a woman who looks and feels like the best version of herself is perfection and I am thankful to meet so many of these beautiful women.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’m the popular self-help cliche, the only thing standing in my way was myself. It seems so silly to say that, but it’s true. I saw myself as only a mom, only a wife. Anything aside from those two roles, in my mind, was allowed as a hobby, something for fun. If I was successful at anything else, I was less of a mom and wife. Again, all in my own head. I was literally afraid to be successful. The thought of success outside of my family was so uncomfortable and gave me so much anxiety that I shut down the notion before I even started.

This new mindset is still very challenging for me, I’m working on it every day!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I opened The Powder Room with the intent of providing permanent makeup to women who wanted to have their eyebrows micro bladed and lips colored. Before my hands even touched my first client, I realized there was so much more I wanted to do with my “little makeup” business. I wanted to take part in changing the public’s view of what and who is beautiful.

Something that is important to me is the relationships I have with my clients. I refer to them as “my girls” because they are! These women put so much trust into me, and that’s not something I take for granted. I can’t just greet them, tattoo their face, and send them on their way. I need to know my clients. I take a lot of pride in helping my girls to feel comfortable with the service and with me. I put equal importance in individualizing each client’s eyebrows and lips. My style is ever changing in that I can adapt to what the specific woman’s needs and what will complement her individual look and overall goal.

I tell prospective clients that if they’re looking for the ultra perfect, stencil-shaped brows (which some are, and that’s totally great!) that I am not for them. If they want for the most natural-looking eyebrows and lip blush, come visit me, let’s be friends!

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
If I could have any other career, I’d be a hospice nurse. Seems like a sharp contrast to a permanent makeup artist but I live my life for other people and serving others, especially in such a tender and intimate way, is what means the most to me. A few years ago, I decided to work toward that dream, however I quickly realized that a 40 hour week in a nursing program, an hour from my house, put too much stress on myself and my family. I decided to put a pin in it until the time is right. It’s never too late!

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