Hello friendly faces! It’s that time of the week! We’re back with a new CNSMoms’ Meet a Mom spotlight brought to you in part by Mary Gifford of Gifford Law. This week we meet Liana Reznik, medical makeup artist and owner of a Highland Park clinic Fancy Shmancy PMU, that specializes in cosmetic reconstruction. Liana has a heart of gold and we are so honored to feature this caring mom. Welcome Liana!
Please introduce yourself. Where are you from originally? What city do you live in now? What brought you here?
I’m originally from Israel, from a city by the name of Beer-Sheva. I came to the USA because of love and now I live in Wheeling.
You’re a mom! How many kiddos do you have and how old are they?
What are one or two things people would be surprised to know about you?
Do you have any favorite local stomping grounds to hang with the kids and “date-night” restaurants?
Please introduce Fancy Shmancy PMU. How did you get started in the field of cosmetic tattooing?
Prior to starting this career, 11 years ago I was in the the Israeli army. I decided when leaving that I wanted to become medical tattoo artist to help others. For that I needed to go through the path of medical aesthetics. To save money for my schooling and business I worked after school doing nails as well as with my my partner as a ballroom dancer.
When I came to the USA I didn’t know the language. I was still saving money for permanent makeup/tattoo schooling so worked in a nail salon again, while learning English and saving money for my certification here in the USA. Until 2015 I was just practicing nails, and eventually owned my own nail salon. During that endeavor I focused on hiring women that I could really help, some from abusive relationships, some single mothers. I helped give them a new start. On the side I studied and saved for my career in permanent medical makeup/paramedical tattooing, and here I am! I am still helping women, in a different way at Fancy Schmancy.
What is the most rewarding thing about this endeavor?
Who are your influencers and/or mentors that have helped you get to where you are today and/or continue to inspire you?
There are a lot amazing artists, but the biggest inspiration to me are the cancer survivors.
What advice can you give other mamas out there who are looking to start a new business in the current climate?
Strangest thing in your purse right now: Fake skin with my areolas tattoo on it!
Last book you read: Anne Frank biography
Your binge shows: Shark Tank and Botched
What’s on the horizon for you both personally and professionally?
I don’t know, I’m going day by day! What I do know is that I would like to bring my mother and father here soon. I am single child, and my mother had a stroke, so I would like her here next to me to help take care of her. I enjoy caring for others. Everything else will be as it should be, and I will thank God for that each day.
Thank you Liana. How can we connect with you for more information?
About Our Meet a Mom Sponsor
A very heartfelt thank you to CNSMoms’ Meet a Mom sponsor, Lake Forest mom of three and owner of Gifford Law, a solo Estate Planning Firm (wills and trusts). Mary, we appreciate your support of local moms in our North Shore communities! Learn more about Mary by visiting her Meet a Mom spotlight here!