We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruby Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruby, can you talk us a bit about why you love what you do?
I love what I do because it makes people happy! Best part is gaining friendship! The services that I do as a Lash Artist and Esthetician on my clients require more than an hour for each, particularly the eyelash extensions which has become very popular and addicting that clients want to come more often. Because I get to see them more often, get to spend more time with them, and the lash services have become an “essential” for them, many of the clients have been coming for years now, some even more than a decade. Relationships build up and they have become not just my clients but my friends and family. I’ve heard stories of their children as they grew up, from grade school to college to graduation. I’ve heard stories of their families. And, they have heard of mine, too. We learned to love one another and becoming concern for one another.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Doing eyelash extensions is an art. It requires the eye of a lash artist to create a look the client will love. The road wasn’t easy. I started in 2005 when it was still unheard of. It just started in the USA in 2004. I used to have a career in corporate for three decades then decided one day to take the risk and become an esthetician. Eyelash extensions was just starting then and when I first saw the demonstration at a convention, I thought to myself that this is so amazing and so meticulous that not everyone can properly do it. It is an acquired skill and requires a lot of patience. I jumped into it and at the end of 2005, I took on my first client. Realizing it is very new and there isn’t any much support to be successful, the first year was such a struggle and full of embarrassment. So I challenged myself and practiced more and more. I also became the first one in the area to offer the Eyelash extensions service. Because of the lack of support from the industry, I became creative in finding little things and improvising them to help make my life easier. Fortunately, I found other struggling lash artists online and we all decided to get together one day. We were all from different states. It was during this small gathering, just a handful of us, where we put our heads together and shared what we have done. Whatever technique and product used now are a result of the first generation lash artists and I’m one of them. I believe without the unselfish sharing of our ideas, eyelash extensions wouldn’t be as huge as it is now.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, children, and family for believing in me and supporting what I love to do.