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Meet Anaïs Gornail

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anaïs Gornail.

Anaïs, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started lashing early 2018. Before I got into lashing I studied nursing at FAU and West Coast University. I always knew I wanted to work for myself and decided at a young age the medical field was going to be for me. I loved the idea of how much money could be made being a doctor, having your own office, and I loved the human body. It wasn’t until college and deep into my student loans that I realized it just wasn’t for me anymore. I always knew I was going to work for myself but wasn’t sure how. The beauty industry always interested me but family and people I looked up to didn’t consider it a “real” or “stable” job. I was so wrapped up in thinking “what if” and what my family would think of me.

Shortly after I left school, I got into makeup. I loved to do it on myself but was scared and thought of how expensive it could be to build a kit with products I loved to use on others. This is before I looked at it as an investment. I remember scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of lash extensions but the set didn’t look like just any old set of lashes I’d seen before. That moment is when I thought, “If I learned to do that I’d probably be good at it.” If you know me, I like everything done right. If I’m creating it, it needs to be perfect.

After my personal lash horror stories and shopping around for a lash tech who could give me what I wanted, I found my trainer. I took her classic lash extension course and immediately fell in love with the artistry. I learned a lot from her course and got the hang of it pretty quickly. I was not perfect and had a lot of practicing to do to become better but I did well on my first day considering I had never held lash tweezers or knew anything about lashes previously. I began to take clients right away. Six months later, I went back to take my volume lash course. The volume technique was nothing like learning the classic technique. I felt it was much harder and it took way longer for the muscles in my hands to understand what needs to be done to create the “perfect fan”.

During the time that I was training and taking clients, I also had a full time job at a marketing company in Downtown Miami working from 9 am-5 pm. I would drive an hour and a half to and from work every day and take lash clients at 6:45 pm on work days and anytime on the weekends. I wanted to build my business and work for myself.

I eventually got to a point where I wasn’t really happy at work and I was turning down lash clients to show up to a job I didn’t love. After a lot of thinking and intense emotions, I decided to quit my job and lash full time. This was by far the best decision I have made to date, after choosing to take a lash training course. I took the extra time to also start beauty school and recently finished my program. I am a Licensed Esthetician and Lash Artist. This November marks one year of me working for myself. Every day, I am focused on growing my business and providing the best lash service and experience I can for my clients and students.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think anyone who has built or is building a business can say it was a smooth road. Everyone, whether they’re business owners or not has their struggles so no it has not been a smooth road but it could have been worse. During this journey, you learn a lot about your family and your friends. You learn who believes in you, who supports you, who understands your vision and your dreams. Sometimes the people you expect to be supportive aren’t and you have to take it upon yourself to be motivated, inspired and dedicated every day no matter what.

Another challenge is the fact that I do everything on my own. Think about someone opening up an office and who they have to hire for their office to run smoothly. Typically you would need a receptionist, an accountant, a marketing team for scheduling content and ads, office manager to find and stock product. I could probably keep going but the point is I’m the person who does all of those other tasks for my own business on top of lashing throughout the day. Eventually I will hire people for those tasks as I grow but for now, I’m handling everything on my own.

Please tell us about your business.
I am known for and specialize in individual eyelash extensions. I also provide other services like facials and waxing and will add to my service menu this year. I am most proud of how much the business has grown in the amount of time its been open. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love for a living.

I believe that my passion for my artistry and desire to provide my clients and students with the best service is what sets us apart from most people. A lot of people come into this industry for the money that can be made and realize it’s not as glamorous or as easy as it may look. I came into the industry because I loved the art and I love to make other people feel good about themselves. When you come from a genuine place, it shows in your artistry, in your customer service, and all aspects of your business.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I was born and raised here so I have loved our city my whole life. I just love our lifestyle, our community, and all the beauty in our city. Whether it’s the people, the real estate, the beaches, or the art you can always find something beautiful in Miami no matter where you are. If you know me, you know I love to try all the new food spots and I always revisit my favorites. Miami is home to tons of good eats and I can find Cuban food almost anywhere!

The only thing about Miami that does drive me crazy is the traffic but I think we can all relate.

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