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Meet Trailblazer Dawnmarie Grano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dawnmarie Grano.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dawnmarie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was mesmerized watching my mom do her makeup. She would put everything out on the kitchen table and her makeup mirror. I loved watching her. When I was little, I would go with her to her weekly hair appointments. I knew at an early age that I was going to be in the beauty biz! All my dolls were my clients, I gave them all makeover!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worthwhile is easy. It’s hard to stay focused and positive all the time. The minute I let go of fear and concentrated on my strengths there were a shift and business is stronger and building every day. Advice I would give to anyone starting out never stops learning. Keep fresh and focused. You also have to surround yourself with positive people.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about I beauty to go – what should we know?
I am known for natural pretty looks Makeup is always changing. Trends repeat but always with a new twist. Makeup now is two categories. Real makeup and Instagram makeup. I get pictures all the time that are heavily filtered and or way too much makeup for real life. My clients are coming to me because they feel confident and pretty. I think when you get your makeup done by me or any artist you want someone to say you look great, pretty, beautiful… not your makeup looks great.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Keep taking classes, meet other artists and events and see their work in person. Nowadays, pictures do lie…

Contact Info:

  • Address: I beauty to go makeup studio
    27 S. Northwest Hwy.
    Studio 8
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
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  • Phone: 773-590-5167
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  • Instagram: @ibeautytogo
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  • Twitter: @ibeautytogo

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