Lilly Rivera

Dec 22, 11 Lilly Rivera

City you live in:
New York City, NY.

Occupation and why?
I am a Licensed Esthetician, Certified Airbrush Makeup Artist and Founder of BridalGal Multicultural Beauty in New York City. Why? It is very rewarding for me to share the knowledge I have accumulated throughout my 30 years of experience and working in the beauty industry with men and women helping them look their best, improving the way they look and feel about their appearance. Especially when dealing with skin problem conditions.

A regular day consists of?
My day is jam packed with client appointments where I perform corrective skin treatments for clients of various ethnic and cultural background. Many of my clients are individuals with problem skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, acne and rosacea.  I customize skin programs and perform skin resurfacing treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, spa facials and other rejuvenation and skin resurfacing services.

In addition, I  also consult with brides and organize a regimen and plan of action to improve the condition of their skin and beauty (makeup, styling, skin care etc) for their special day. Whatever time I have left is spent researching the latest technologies and makeup trends to stay ahead of the curve, and keep in constant contact with my clients following up after their skin treatments.

How do you define success?
Success is seeing the results and manifestation of the focus and hard work put into the business or project I am working on. I feel successful when I can look at a project and say: WOW! I did this! At first I wasn’t sure what I was getting into I just did it. Once I made the decision to move forward everything started to fall into place.

I look at my life and think about my thriving businesses, amazing team of pro-artists, the supportive people that surround me and my loving family. Having found a way to balance it all, I feel so fortunate and that it has finally come to materialize.

What has been your biggest challenge?
To stop being a procrastinator.  That was huge for me.  But starting a business is high maintenance, procrastination or doing it mañana has no place in any business. Mañana somebody else is already ahead of you.  The biggest challenge is actually balancing it all. A personal life mixed with professional goals is a tough act to balance. I am fortunate that my family understands my passion for work and I am grateful I have their support.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Be who you are. Never give up. Stay on top of your game. You will attract those who resonate to the beat of your CONGA! Never think you can’t do it, ‘cause you can!

Network. Network. Network. Be watchful of your industry and other related businesses. Know your contemporaries.  They may need your help someday or you theirs.

The universe is a very generous place.  Think, act and focus and you will set the wheels in motion to receive what you want.

What’s on your bucket list?
I would kill for a really good 8hr sleep.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I have diversity in my culture, Black, White and Indian. I love it!

How do you get your Latin fix?
Café con Leche Latin style, DOUBLE DOSE!

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
All of the above and body language too.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
I really don’t have a favorite one, but Cabana comes to mind really easy.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
You are going to hate me or love me for this:  Sophia Vergara, I was always critical of my Spanglish and my accent, but Sophia’s character lets it all hang loose.   It’s hard to think in Spanish and talk in English, you know?

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
“Don’t worry, you’ll get married, SOMEDAY” I was picky and it paid off.

Favorite home remedy:
Honey, lemon con RON!

Favorite Quote
“You are always more beautiful than you think you are.

Career Highlights
When I opened my very first little retail store in New Jersey right after graduating from esthetics school and using my very own cash register to make my first sale. That was a WOW moment for me.

1. Lic. Esthetician and Makeup Artistry NYS
2. Certified in Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion and skin resurfacing.
3. Obtained Certification in Airbrush Makeup camouflage and beauty editorial,
4. Manager at Skin Care Salon, Bloomingdales, NYC
5. Manager at MAC Cosmetics, Bendel and Bloomingdales in NYC
6. National Spokes person for Beauty Brands of Unilever Multicultural Beauty.
7. Spokes Person for Bristol Myers, Beauty Brands, Clairol Caribbean
8. Beauty Consultant for Multi Cultural clients of ethnic diversity.

♦ Founder, creative director of BridalGal. With over 25 years of experience in the beauty, fashion and cosmetics business.

♦ Professional and certified makeup artist specializing in editorial, print, beauty, celebrity image and camouflage/coverup of scars and tattoos with airbrush makeup for high def technology.

♦ Lic. esthetician specializing in ethnic and multicultural skin, advanced skin therapies for problematic skin conditions. Certified in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, advanced skin therapies.

♦ National spokesperson for various beauty and cosmetic brands featured in media, tv, radio and live presentations.

♦ Creator of Beauty on the Go. Leading an Elite Pro Team of beauty specialists organizing beauty events to help professional women learn how to maximize their beauty in just minutes.
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  1. Yesi /

    What a great story! Way to Lilly!

  2. Yesi /

    Meant to say Way to GO Lilly!

  3. Lilly Rivera /

    Thank you. It’s true. Glad you liked the piece.


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