Staten Island is home to a true pioneer in the cosmetic industry. Barbara Strafella, owner and operator of I Wakeup With Makeup spa, has been in the cosmetic field since 1986. You name it, Barbara can do it. She is a NYS Licensed Cosmetologist & Esthetician, a Certified laser technician, medical tattoo artist, medical esthetician, make up artist, a reiki master and lymphatic drainage educator.
Her holistic training, education, and experience in various specialties allows her to provide services like no other. Customization is key to Barbara’s amazing work, as she creates personalized treatments for all of her clients. Barbara explains, “Everyone is unique and deserves exclusive and specialized treatments.” She truly puts time, diligence, and extensive care into treating all of her clients. Her specialties include permanent makeup and nonsurgical facelifts. Barbara’s passion and professionalism translates into her work, as she has a loyal client base that she has been serving at I Wake Up With Makeup since she opened the spa in 1998.
Alongside cosmetology, philanthropy is a big part of Barbara Strafella’s life. Being a Staten Islander since 1964, she feels a strong sense of responsibility to give back to her community. Barbara has served on the board of the American Cancer Society & the host of multiple fundraisers. In 2009, she was the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope award in recognition for all of her hard work and dedication to the organization. She also has a therapy dog, GiGi, a teacup poodle that makes visits to comfort those in need.
Barbara’s devotion to her clients and to her community is merged into all the work
she does as a business owner/operator and as a Staten Island resident.