Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Long.
Hi Marie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
After covid- I began re-evaluating the dental career that I’d spent 10+ years building. I just began feeling very unsettled about whether or not I wanted to remain in the dental field for the rest of my life but was equally unsure about starting a new career at 40. After talking to friend who had been gotten certified in permanent makeup/ cosmetic tattooing — it was like everything started signaling to me that this was something I was made for. I’ve never been a professional makeup artist, but have always been great with makeup for myself as well as helping friends and family for special events.
As soon as I began my training, I felt more and more confident that I was on the right path. With the immense support of family and friends, consistent marketing, and focusing on building lasting relationships with each and every client—Long Live the Brow was born and had had steady growth ever since.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The biggest struggle as a new artist was just finding a place to actually work on clients. I felt like I couldn’t see the amount of clients I wanted until I had my own space. I knew I wanted to work for myself and took the leap and used most of my savings to lease my studio space when the future of my career was still so unsure. It’s still early on – but I can already say it was the best decision I ever made. It doesn’t run itself, however. It takes every day of being consistent with marketing and getting to know potential clients and building relationships with other local businesses to keep things growing. I don’t take breaks. I’m always doing something to work on my business—even if I’m out to dinner and having conversations with people around me. I’m usually more of an introvert and I’ve had to really force myself out of my comfort zone to get to know a lot of different people.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a cosmetic tattoo artist. I specialize in permanent brows right now. Microblading and ombre powder brows are my specialty. A combination of these two techniques called a combo brow has been my most popular service. I’m really proud of the relationships I build with my clients and the education about the service that I provide to them as well as the support needed as clients go through the procedure and healing process.
I’m really proud of the fact that I took a chance—even being 40 years old- with so much uncertainty ahead of me—to try something new. It’s turned out to the best decision. I feel like I was born to do permanent makeup. I love helping women feel beautiful, younger, and just more comfortable in their own skin. I love seeing the reactions of all my clients after a procedure and how excited they are. It’s everything to me.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I want to learn as much as I can in the world of cosmetic tattooing. I plan to expand my service menu with adding items like lip blushing and eyeliner in the coming months. I like to keep up with current trends and continuing education helps keep me ahead of the game when it comes to knowing what people are looking for and what looks will be best for my clients and stand the test of time—instead of quick trends that will fade in a year —and then a client can end up with a look they aren’t happy with. I specialize in natural brows instead of the overdone makeup looks that won’t remain popular over a long period of time.
- Initial Brow Services start at $375
- Website: www.longlivethebrow.com
- Instagram: www.Instagram.com/longlivethebrow
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/longlivethebrow