Some people know what they want to do from the very beginning. It’s ingrained in them as though it was branded on their soul. That’s Ashlee Ann. This professional makeup artist has been doing hair and makeup professionally for eleven years now. She started her passion for beauty products as a small child and would sneak lipstick from her mother’s vanity to wear to school. The worst day of her childhood was when she was caught by her catholic school teacher for wearing red hot lipstick and her mother moved the makeup up high and out of reach.
Ashlee Ann followed her dreams by attending Aveda Institute in Detroit, Michigan. She began her career by doing on-location hair and makeup for weddings and started with two girlfriends working for her. Before she knew it, business was booming and she had 20 hired stylists and would do 200 weddings a year!
In 2015, Ashlee Ann started looking into moving herself and her business to a warmer climate. Her interest narrowed to both Los Angeles and Miami. She started traveling back and forth to get a feel for the industry in the areas. In mid July, she was on a flight back to Michigan after working in St. Petersburg, when she realized she was already starting to feel sick about leaving. She loved the beach resorts such as Don Cesar and the beauty of the Tampa Bay area. That’s when she knew, she had to listen to her heart. By September of that year, she had moved to Florida.
Once she was settled, Ashlee Ann started networking by walking into boutiques and stores. She made many connections and booked makeup services for commercials for companies like Outback, Carrabba’s, and Happy Feet. She started working in the pageant world and booked jobs with Ms International. She also began working with brand ambassadors for multiple products. Her weddings were booked out a year. One of her weddings was recently featured on Borrowed and Blues website. Her calendar was full, business was booming, and she knew she made the right choice with this transition to Florida.
In addition to all that, Ashlee Ann has her own blog featuring her favorite skin care products and long wear lipwear. She also goes shopping with her clients to help them purchase the right products for them. She feels strongly that not every product in your makeup bag has to be high-end and she enjoys helping her clients know where to spurge and where to save. She has found that some people prefer the ease of going online for makeup tips and although she offers classes and will work one-on-one, she also is working on creating a channel of online tutorials, via YouTube, to help those who prefer that method.
With her broadening success, Ashlee Ann has started looking at locations for studio space. She is looking in downtown St Petersburg area. Although she always gives her clients a “celebrity experience”, and she happily travels internationally, this will allow another option for her local clients.
Ashlee Ann has found her niche and made a home, not only in the industry, but here in Florida. She recently moved to the beach and became, as she puts it, a “beach bum” immediately. She is all about the glitz and glam, loves the color hot pink, and anything that sparkles (not surprisingly, since her personality sparkles as well).
You can find Ashlee Ann’s great tips and advice, see her portfolio, as well as set up bookings in multiple locations on the web. Ashlee Ann prides herself on being versatile and flexible to suit her unique client’s needs. She is on Facebook as Ashlee Ann Hair and Makeup Artist @beautybyashleeann. Her Instagram is @ashleeEann or phone 813-382-4802.
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