I am very excited to feature a truly amazing woman for the February edition of our Leading Ladies Series. Shawnte` Smith opened Beauty Lounge in 2012 after building up a huge following while being employed by a local high end department store. They are now the official eye brow sponsor of the Miss Colorado USA, Miss Colorado Teen, Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA pageants.
Shawnte` and her team of artists are experts of their industry and take pride in their craft, and ability to be among the best of the best.
Shawnte`, tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I am the owner of Beauty Lounge, a high-end specialty spa in Lone Tree, CO. We specialize in Eyebrow shaping, Eyelash extensions, Makeup, and Facials. We have been open for 5 years and we are currently expanding. I have over 12 years experience in the spa and skincare industry. I began my tenure as a licensed esthetician for Aveda, as well as a make-up artist for Hard Candy, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and Duwop. My real passion is in Eyebrow shaping.
I was trained by Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2005 and then worked as an eyebrow specialist at Nordstrom Park meadows for over 6 years. I built up an amazing clientele and opened Beauty Lounge in 2012. I currently still shape eyebrows and do about 20-30 clients a day!
I 'm also obsessed with skin care, I launched my very own skin care line in October 2016 after working with a chemist/naturopath here in Denver who help me develop a natural, toxic-free, nutritional skincare line. My courage has always come from my mother and grandmother who have always taught me that I could achieve anything I wanted and to never take no for an answer. The hours are very long but I have found it is not work if you love what you do. At the end of the day it really only comes down to 2 basic traits; you have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve anything. Lastly, I have found if you surround yourself with honest, trustworthy, positive people a positive outlook is the byproduct.
Describe yourself in three words:
Compassionate, Optimistic, Loyal
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Growing Beauty Lounge from 2 employees to 11 and starting my Shawnte` Smith Skin Care line.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to work with kids in an outreach program.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Work/Life balance is very important to me. I work very long days, but on my days off I try to enjoy everything life has to offer. I also leave an hour early every Wednesday night so my husband and I can have a date night.
What websites do you visit every day?
Amazon (I always need something)
Social Media (IG, FB, ect)
The Daily Skimm (so I know whats going on in the world)
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I absolute love to try new food in Denver. Brunch is my favorite meal so I am loving Gozo on Broadway right now. I also love Denver Central Market where you can eat, drink, get coffee, indulge in Ice cream, and do your shopping all in one place!
For a night out on the town we love The Rack House Pub in RINO. They have amazing food and are the home of Bierstadt Lager Brewery & C Squared Ciders.
What is your goal for retirement?
My retirement goal would be to travel the world with my incredible husband.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Do something you are very passionate about. Start small, then grow slow and steady. Relationships are the most important thing in business so be kind to everyone.
Any final comments?
If you want it, work for it.
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah