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Life & Work with Rachel Quinto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Quinto.

Hi Rachel, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I took a leap of faith and decided to take a chance on me. I turned an interest into a hobby; a hobby into an obsession; an obsession into an idea, and today I have my own microblading studio in San Diego. I am thrilled to share my journey as I have built my business from the ground up. I am dedicated to continuously learning to perfect my craft and inspired to cross paths with like-minded people along the way.

Alright, 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?
There will always be obstacles whenever you venture out and try something new. If everything went smoothly where would the fun be in that? Opening a microblading studio during a pandemic was challenging, of course. Getting anything done in a timely fashion felt impossible – shipments were delayed, permitting offices were closed, processing times were extended. At a time when I had a million questions, no one was on the other end to answer them fast enough. I became very resourceful. I reached out to friends and family to provide any insight about starting my own business. I even reached out to complete strangers in the industry hoping they were willing to share their knowledge. We live in a world where people are more connected than ever through social media. You would be surprised with how helpful and supportive others can be if you just reach out.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in natural looking eyebrow enhancement for men and women through a process known as microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique in which a tool made up of several fine needles is used to create hairlike strokes on the eyebrow area. The purpose is to make eyebrows look fuller and balanced while framing the face and following the natural brow pattern.

Although microblading has been around for over 25 years, the art is continually evolving. There are always new patterns, techniques, tools, and pigments that are constantly being developed. My specialty is a process called Microshading which combines the technique of adding natural hairstrokes and shading to add more definition to the brow area.

I take pride in my work and strive to always stay up to date in my craft. I am continually learning the newest techniques and trends to provide my clients with the safest and best experience. I am passionate about having the ability to transform a person’s appearance through their eyebrows, but also to make them feel beautiful and confident every day.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I didn’t start off my career in the beauty industry. My background is in real estate. I started my career leasing apartments and selling residential single family homes. From there, I got into the commercial real estate and sold office space to small business owners and enterprise clients. I have 11 years of sales and marketing experience which helped prepare me for starting my business. Once I decided WHAT I wanted to do, there was no stopping me.

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