Blink Beauty is owned and operated by Gloria Fuentes, a licensed Esthetician and Instructor of esthetics. Gloria has been an esthetician for nine years and has worked among Austin’s spa and salon elite. She interned and worked under master Esthetician Marisa Hernandez for two years. Until Marisa’s passing in February 2012, her skills and expertise in skin care were sought after by many estheticians. Gloria was extremely fortunate to be one of the few who worked side by side with Marsia for many years. After working with Marisa at her skin care spa and selling her skincare line Gloria went on to work at the beautiful urban retreat, Mecca Spa and Gym for over two years. She then opened her first business Fresh Esthetics in 2004. Gloria co-owned Fresh esthetics for three years. While operating Fresh Esthetics she also taught esthetics at Avenue Five Institute. Additionally Gloria was also a wax specialist at Brazilia Waxing Spa for two years.
Blink Beauty was established in May of 2009 by Gloria Fuentes. Gloria originally operated her lash business out of Frou Frou Salon. Gloria’s lash business grew so rapidly that after just one year she needed to move into her own space. Blink Beauty now has its own storefront located in the center of downtown East Austin. Gloria now has the opportunity to use her many years of training in skin care and in the field of esthetics to provide an array of beauty services. While lash extensions are still the emphasis at Blink Beauty, Gloria is dedicated to continuing to expand her knowledge and education in services that complement the lashes.
Brooke moved to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas. After graduating with a psychology degree, her interests turned towards esthetics and she pursued a career as an esthetician. Brooke graduated from Avenue Five Institute in 2012, gaining certifications in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Rhonda Allison skin care and as a lash stylist. She is now a co-owner of Blink Beauty Too, Blink’s Central Austin location and a Master lash stylist. Brooke is passionate about emphasizing a custom and personalized look for each of her clients when doing lashes, as well as keeping up with new lash trends and styles. “The fact that my clients leave my salon feeling more beautiful than they already are, is what I love most about my job and why I continue in this profession.”
Ashley was born and raised in Texas, and she’s been in the beauty industry for 13 years doing hair, makeup, and eyelash extensions. Before starting at Blink, she worked at MAC for 9 years in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and New York, where she participated in New York Fashion Week doing hair and makeup for runway and photoshoots. When she’s not glamming out the lashes of Austin, Ashley loves making people feel beautiful, live music, dogs, and being outdoors.
Tara is originally from Cleveland, but she lived 11 years in NYC, where she split her time between performing with her band & in musical theater and working in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, nail technician, & eventually the GM of the flagship location of tenoverten, a nontoxic nail salon and nail care brand. When she was asked to go Texas to open their first salon outside of New York, she jumped at the chance, and loved Austin so much that once that salon was all set, she decided to stay and find a new opportunity – enter Blink Beauty, and ever since, it’s been love at first lash!
Delaney has 8 years’ experience in all facets of cosmetology. She originally went to school at Avenue Five Institute in Austin, and she has always sought out new and exciting adventures in the beauty industry, from specializing in weddings with the Keep Austin Gorgeous team to high fashion music videos in Melbourne, Australia. She loves bringing a little bit of glamour to everyday living with blowouts, makeup, and lash extensions at Blink. You may have also seen her around Austin collaborating with Charm School Vintage, Method Hair, CoCo Coquette, Blake Films, and all the other lovely folks who refuse to live a life without a glitter lining!