1) What brought you to your industry?
I was 10 years old and my parents wouldn’t allow me to wear makeup until I was 13. I looked at my parents and said, mark my words...one day I will wear makeup and I will pile it on. Hah. To this day my parents joke that I kept my word and took it a step further because I became a makeup artist.
I guess makeup has always been a passion of mine. I was discovered backstage at my agencies’ fashion show. Our makeup artist hadn’t shown up and I grabbed my little makeup kit and did the models makeup. That’s whenever my agent realized I had a natural talent. Soon I was interning with my agencies fashion photographer and doing makeup for the models on-set. Then I interned with our makeup artist at the agency and that’s what started me off in the business. At 16 I hung around the MAC counters talking to the artists, watching what they were doing. I was there almost every day. I couldn’t get enough. That’s when the manager of MAC asked me if I would like to just help out around the counter. She called it my internship. I did that till I was 18 and could get on board with MAC. At 18 I became a freelancer with MAC Cosmetics and continued makeup
2) Were there any people/persons/situations that inspired you to where you are now?
I still remember it so well, Constantine a brilliant MAC artist was at our counter teaching us techniques. As I saw him use his brush and stroke the face to create such dimensions, contours, and effortless art I was inspired. I asked him why he loved what he did. He just looked at me and said, makeup is makeup, but using makeup as a tool to bring out someone’s inner beauty is all that matters. Seeing someone glow when they look in the mirror, or a cancer patient feeling beautiful; that’s what makes my job not a job but a passion.
3) What is your favorite part? Least Favorite?
My favorite part is the personal interaction with my clients. Makeup is more than just applying makeup. Whenever I have a client, its my job to make them feel like the best version of themselves. They are allowing me to see all their “flaws” or so they think. It’s truly a moment for my client to let their guard down and trust that I will create a masterpiece so they can be ease of mind. During the makeup application it can be a therapy session for my client. They open up to tell me their deepest concerns, or insecurities and it allows me to speak life into them while teaching them how to bring out their inner beauty. It’s hard to find a least favorite part about makeup artistry, I love every aspect of it. I love learning new techniques, exploring new products that hit the market and training others to apply similar techniques to achieve desirable results.
4) What is something you feel people should know about what you do that they might not know?
Well, my job is an educator. I am applying makeup for them to use the same techniques to achieve it at home. I understand how daunting it can be to try out a “SMOKEY EYE” I mean the name in itself can be scary….or how to shape eyebrows. My job is to make my clients life easier and help them achieve everyday looks to more elaborate looks. I have the canvas and I build and sculpt. Every person that I apply makeup on is more than just another client. It’s a relationship. I am learning about their everyday life, their routines, and even further their worries and concerns. If they are stressed, I can help them use products that might help reduce the reaction from being stressed….breakouts, etc. My goal is people and using makeup to help them is just an added benefit.
5) What do you wish someone would have told you when you started?
That even when you think you are prepared…..over prepare. There have been so many times where I thought I had all the equipment I needed, brushes, spatulas, sanitizer, prosthetics, etc. But I have been caught in a few situations where even though I had my check list of necessary items, I needed more. I was helping my church out for the Christmas production and I thought I was doing makeup just for 5 singers. Well, it turned into 5 singers, plus 4 men to add on hair and contouring and defining. Luckily, I was prepared for that….Here is what I was not prepared for. After the first run through, everything looked great. The first service went off with a hit on Saturday night. Well, for the Sunday morning service I arrived extra early and noticed that the lights were all out in the whole building. I met up with the talent and we all sat in the backroom waiting for the generator to kick on. Soon we got a call, the lights wouldn’t be back on until about 30 minutes before the service. So, I had only one option….do try to do 5 peoples makeup plus 4 men in 30 minutes….or use flashlights and try to do the makeup the best I could…. So I got a group together had them hold up flashlights over the first singer and started my work. Soon after an hour and a half of applying makeup, everyone was show ready…. That was one of my most exciting, scary and challenging experiences I have had so far.
6) Please add website, social media etc
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