I am so excited for this month’s Lash Babe! She is a lash artist who has achieved SO much and can seriously slay some lashes into beautiful works of art. She is also the most down to earth soul I have ever not met. But someday I will get out to Chicago and get some one on one time with this lash master! It’s time to meet one of the G.O.A.T’s (Greatest of all time) of the lash industry…
Location: Deerfield, Illinois
Salon: Lashes By Fotini
Social Media: @lashesbyfotini
Awards: Awarded Best of Deerfield in Eyelash Extensions, 5 consecutive years in a row (2015-2019). My work covered Eyelash magazine in November 2016. I have been privileged to have been quoted in several magazines including: Modern Salon, Eyelash magazine, First Chair to name a few.
Tell me about your lash journey…so far?
I signed up for the Novalash certification course thinking it was going to be a breeze. After all, I’ve always been a patient person and really good with my hands. During the practical part of the class my bubble burst. The realization was that I couldn’t get a single lash extension on to a natural lash to save my life. So, I put an ad on Craigslist looking for models to get free lash extensions. It literally took all day to do a full set and it looked so bad. Eventually after doing about 30 free clients, I realized that clients started wanting to come back for fills! Yay! I started charging half price and in 6 months I was about 60% booked.
Now, almost 5 years later, I am booked 100% 8 months ahead. I have clients coming in from Kansas, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and southern Illinois.
Lashing is life. Is there really any other way to put it? #ilovewhatido
Why is NovaLash your exclusive brand?
I specialize in American Volume lashing and known for applying massive, voluminous sets. I have two favorite products: the Diamond Volume forceps and the High Speed Platinum Bond adhesive.
What other professional roles do you have outside of lashing your guests?
I can’t tell you how many newly certified lash artists contact me and ask for tips and tricks and ask me to critique their work. It’s humbling that someone wants my opinion. So I try to help and guide them as much as I can.
Besides lashing though, I own and oversee 5 beach rentals in Loutraki, Greece. (FB: @stayloutraki)
What are your goals?
I would love to expand my business, I’d like to teach volume lashes or at least a tips and tricks class.
Favorite memory in your career?
My favorite all-time memory has to be when had the opportunity of having my work featured on the cover of
EyeLash magazine. It was really an honor because it was the first time ever for NovaLash to be on the cover. Believe it or not, it was also the first time EyeLash magazine had eyelash extensions on their cover page, and of course it was the first time for me to have my work posted on the cover of a magazine! I had an amazing time!
She really is a MAJOR player in the lash game. And how beautiful is her lash room!? Fotini is someone I love to follow on social media and chat with when we get the time to connect! I cannot say enough positive things about the inspiration she has been. Make sure you are following this Lash Babe if you are not!
Comment below any questions you may have for Fotini and I will try to get some answers!
Let’s stay social about lashes!