Makeup and hair is a talent that does not come easy to everyone. I can do a simple ponytail and french braid, but that is where my skills end. Same goes for makeup, I know the basics. This is why girls like me love to get my hair and makeup done for special events, because I’ll never be able to create the look myself. Not to mention, who doesn’t love getting pampered?
This next Girl Boss has really made a name for herself over the past ten years as a hair stylist and makeup artist in New York. She is a freelancer with her own business and specializes in Bridal along with beauty, production, fashion, events, and editorial. She also happens to be the talented makeup artist I hired for my own wedding, and let me tell you, her work was beautiful. So let’s meet this talented and creative Girl Boss, Sarah Salvioli!
Tell me more about YOU, the dedicated and hardworking Girl Boss behind the business.
My name is Sarah Salvioli, I am a loving Wife and a Mom of three. I have been working in this industry as a freelancer, Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist for 11 years.
I have have been my own Boss for the past 6 years! Devoting my services as, Beauty By Sarah Salvioli, to my Brides. I specialize in Bridal along with beauty, production, fashion, events, & editorial. Providing versatile styles for all occasions, skin tones, skin types, and ethnicities. I graduated from the Carsten Aveda Institute in New York City in 2010 therefore I am a licensed cosmetologist. I am proudly a self taught makeup artist. I have a passion for everything beauty and I thrive on the confidence I am able to provide my clients.
Tell us more about your business and how you became a Girl Boss.
I have been told that I have always been very artistic & creative since I was a little girl. I was always coloring and creating things with my hands. I remember at a young age the feeling of making something for someone else and the overwhelming feeling of joy that would give me making someone else happy.
A prominent memory that I have as a child is ripping out editorial pictures from magazines and sitting in front of my mirror for hours trying to copy the newest Hair & Makeup trends. Not all were successful but I always kept practicing.
Growing up in New York City I was given a great education. I was surrounded by culture & diversity. I got to experience so many different forms of art, such as, shows, museums, parks & galleries. It was such a creative experience for a young creative brain to develop. Knowing the talents that I had at hand I went to Collage to pursue a Fine Arts Degree at SVU in Manhattan. Only to find myself wondering if this truly was the right path for me. I found myself wanting more, so I started an education at Carsten Aveda Institute in Manhattan to get my cosmetology degree. I instantly found the thirst for wanting more. The fantastic environment and the drive of the fellow artists around me was so motivating. I put in long hours & hard work to be at the top of my class but surly the best part of every day was seeing the instant gratification on a clients face. This is when I knew I had found where I belong.
To this day, I am always exploring a higher education. Education is key for me to provide an ever evolving art. I am always seeking new classes, trying new things, and always stay up to date on new trends. I have four certified master classes under my belt, two of which are Makeup By Mario master class’s, Color Pop Cosmetics taught by Priscilla Distasio, & a fabulous hair master class by Send Ceka. I am also enhancing my Hair & Makeup kit on a monthly bases!
My love for Hair & Makeup is not solely based on expressing my creativity but by doing something that I have a passion for. It is by far the most fulfilling career I could have chosen, due to the positive impact I give to other people. The most rewarding aspect of my career is the fact that I help build the confidence in women that they deserve to display from the inside out. It is the best feeling in the world doing what you love & not having to work a day in your life!
What does it mean to you to be a #GIRLBOSS?
Being a girl boss is such a rewarding thing to say or even hear out loud. What an honor it is to not only be my own boss but a woman at that! I am constantly one to support other fellow women. Whether they are already successful or they are a start up business. Its important to remember we all start somewhere and we have room to constantly grow, not matter what stage in business you are in, you can always learn more. Support is the best thing we can offer as fellow woman! I love reaching out and collaborating with other girl boss businesses. Not only is it important to support each others businesses but we are able to enhance and highlight each others by reaching more people in our local communities & social media. We need each other. Even though some of us may be in “competing businesses” I believe we need to not look at each other as direct competition but as community.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in being a business owner?
The challenges of being a girl boss. There are allot of options out there. Why choose mine? I ask myself this all the time because I too have been in your shoes too, selecting vendors for weddings & events. I do believe this also gives me a better understanding of what my clientele is looking for. What makes me and my services stand above the rest? I am able to provide both Pro Hair & Pro Makeup services. I value my Brides & their vision of themselves on their wedding day.
Providing nothing less than excellent service from start to finish. I am working constantly to better my craft, my social media, my business platforms, my website, & my kits. It can definitely be stressful at times. Since I am a stay at home mom my number one priority are my kids but my baby for sure is the pride I have in my business. On my “me time” I get back to emails, brides, & work on new content. The most stressful part is always pushing myself to be the best me because at the end of the day I am what drives my business along with being the face of it.
What advice would you give to aspiring Girl Bosses?
My advice to any woman who is looking to start their own venture. DO IT! Whether you start out big or small. Put yourself out there. My Mom told me this growing up that has really stuck with me when I find myself being vulnerable. “What is the worst they can say, No? You wont know unless you try.” Its so true! As people we are afraid of rejection. Of course it is natural for people to have opinions on their likes and needs. But if you are true to yourself, your work, your craft. You will find the right group of people who will constantly support you and your endeavors. So keep your head up & don’t let the no’s get you down.