Meet a Mom: Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, Liana Reznik of Fancy Shmancy PMU | Chicago North Shore Moms

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? 

I have Two girls! Emily, who is 6 years old, is in rhythmic gymnastic and loves art. Noa, who is 4 years old, is now also into rhythmic gymnastics and loves to sing!

What are one or two things people would be surprised to know about you?

People are surprised to know that I am very shy, and, on the contrary, I was a professional ballroom dancer for 16 years despite that!

Do you have any favorite local stomping grounds to hang with the kids and “date-night” restaurants?

My favorite place to hang out with kids is our favorite restaurant Psistaria Greek Taverna and, of course, at their rhythmic gymnastics competitions. For date nights we like Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink in Chicago.

 

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? 

It is the most rewarding feeling to see the smile on my clients faces when we finish. After a fight with breast cancer and a mastectomy, to have areolas again makes so many feel like a woman again. I also do a lot of scar work.  I had a woman come in for scar camouflage after a very bad accident caused by a drunk driver. I was able to cover it and she said to me after, “Now I don’t have to remember that any longer when I look at myself.” It’s very rewarding to make others feel good about themselves.

 

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?

Don’t be afraid to try, if you don’t try you will never know!  The biggest fear is what make you stronger.  Believe in yourself, love yourself, embrace yourself.
What is the most common question that potential clients ask you? 
I often hear, “Do you think you can help me?”.  Unfortunately I can’t promise results on the spot because each body heals differently and this is a journey we take together, but what I can promise is that I will be with you until the end of this process and will not leave you side. I always have a full consultation before beginning to see if we are a good fit, to be absolutely sure that I can indeed help, rather than make it worse. I will always be honest.

 

 

Rapidfire… Go!

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?

Lash line permanent makeup after 6 weeks before touching up.

 


 

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!

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