Meet Farzana, founder of THE GLOW UP STUDIO.
“My purpose as an aesthetician is to make everyone feel that beauty isn’t just what you see on the outside. I want to remove conventional beauty standards & allow my clients to recreate their own beauty ideals.
My mission is to give people more confidence by enhancing their natural beauty, because beauty and self care is for everyone!”
– Farzana Masud
The Glow Up Studio (formerly lash beauty brow) was founded by Farzana Masud in 2017. This is her story…
The art of threading is a rite of passage for most young Asian girls. My first ever experience in threading was in early 2004 and eyebrows rapidly became a passion of mine. I loved how you could transform someone’s look with a good eyebrow shape. The eyebrows frame the face and just one wrong hair removed can be the difference between the brow looking fabulous to just okay!
I have always been a very creative person, having worked in luxury fashion in all areas – from the front of house to the head office. This gave me a deep insight into high end beauty brands and the way they operate. It also allowed me to build great rapport with people from all backgrounds and gain an understanding of premium and high end customer service.
I loved working in this industry, however as soon as my colleagues discovered I could thread, I found myself spending all of my lunchtimes with staff members, threading and shaping their brows! I quickly realised that this was my true passion. I decided to follow my love for eyebrows and turn it into a career and a business. I started my journey by undertaking a microblading course and then followed on by obtaining two more advanced course qualifications to really enhance my skills. I also added lashes to my skill set and they are now a big part of my business. I qualified with one of the biggest lash companies in the world – Tatti Lashes (for classic lashes/ hybrid lashes) and Lash Perfect (russian volume lashes). This enables me to offer my clients a full feel good package that can truly transform their look and enhance their natural beauty.
I started my career with just one client, working from a tiny little bedroom and have grown it into a thriving local business, where I see an average of 50 clients a month and counting! I have also progressed onto providing training courses for students looking to start a new career in beauty or add to their current skills. This came to fruition naturally, as a lot of my clients and audience on Instagram would request to come in for workshop days so they could learn more about what I do (check out The Glow Up Academy here!).
In 2019, The Glow Up Studio moved to our new home at New Church Street salon in Manchester City Centre. I’m so excited to expand my services to a whole new area of clientele and have some amazing things in store for the rest of the year…watch this space!