Tell us about what do you do for work in the makeup industry? I was recently employed at Sephora as a Colour Consultant which was amazing! I really enjoyed that job because it gave me the opportunity to work on all skin types, tones, and textures, which of course only increased my knowledge in working with the general public as a makeup artist. Right now I am freelancing and pursing my YouTube and social media presence.
What inspired you to get into makeup artistry? Funny enough, I didn’t realize I wanted to become a Makeup Artist until my mid 20s. I was going to school to become a nurse and half way through the program I knew it wasn’t the right fit for me so I dropped out. I did a little bit of soul searching and wanted to pursue something that I knew I always liked, which was makeup. Anytime me and my girlfriends would go out, I’d always be the one designated to do everyone’s makeup…and I LOVED it, so figured why not at least give it a shot. I am so happy that I did ^_^
With a huge presence on social media, especially on YouTube and Instagram, do you have any advice for other makeup artists wanting to use social media to further their careers? Social media has really taken the world by storm over the past few years. It’s truly amazing that anyone can turn something that they’re passionate about into a career through such platforms. My biggest advice is to not get caught up in the numbers (of followers) and know that it is something that you have to be committed to and consistent with. If you post once or twice a month, the chances of you growing a following are not that great as opposed to posting a set number of days in a week or what have you. Also, don’t compare yourselves to other artists. When I find myself doing this (yes I’m guilty of it lol) I easily become discouraged. Everyone has their own quirks and talents so just keep focused on developing yours. As time passes, you will begin to see your own progress and it’s a beautiful thing ^_^
Which of your YouTube makeup looks is your favorite? I think my favorite video would have to be my 2015 recap because it shows all the work I put into this past year and all the styles of makeup I enjoy doing. Also not gonna lie but I may have shed a tear or two after editing the whole thing haha. To see all the hard work and commitment I’ve made in one video makes me want to keep going and never stop!
Name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without. Bite Agave Lip Mask (Godsend for my lips right now) Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (Girls gotta have brows..ladies amirite?) A good sheer to medium coverage foundation/BB cream (Evening out the skin tone is a must…not super picky with the brand)
Why did you choose to attend JCI’s Makeup Artistry program? Honestly, I went with my gut and first impression when I chose where to attend. I had done some research between all the institutions that offer Makeup Artistry and JCI instantly grabbed my attention and I had a really good feeling about it straight away. After I got the chance to tour the school, I knew 100% that it was where I wanted to be. Everyone was so kind and supportive of me being there and the teachers really know what they are talking about. YOU GUYS ROCK!! ^_^
Do you have any favorite moment(s) while attending JCI? My class was an amazing group of girls and we all got along so well, so getting to know them were some of my favorite memories. I also loved having the opportunity to volunteer for events held outside of the school … if you have the chance, please do it!! You learn so much that way and get to network within the makeup community.
Are there any projects from you that we can look forward to in the next year? I am planning to collaborate a lot more within the makeup community and hopefully will get a chance to work with some big names. I’d love to eventually collaborate with some makeup companies. And as always, you can expect to see another 31 days of Halloween on YouTube and Instagram. I plan to create more cinematic plot lines/aesthetic to each character this time around so it should be pretty exciting.
What advice do you have for JCI students and new graduates wanting to succeed in the makeup industry? Be ready to work hard for what it is you want. If you are truly passionate about becoming successful in the makeup industry, then you have to commit to it. There will be times where you feel like giving up but those are the days you have to push yourself to keep going. Become your own biggest fan. Be apologetically expressive and true to you who really are. There is only one of you in this world and each and every one of you has a special talent that separates you from the rest. When you discover what it is that sets you apart from everyone else, hold on it, nurture it and build on it. Within that lies your key to success and true happiness.
The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.
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