What prompted you to become a Make-up Maven?
laughs, You’re mess [smiles]. It’s a crazy story. My dream was to become a singer, I was in a group, then went solo. While working on my demo I used to model on the side. I gave a fashion and talent show and the MUA [Makeup Agent] called out.
I went to RITE AID bought some black radiance makeup. I had no clue what I was going to do with it [laughs]. I painted everyone’s face for the show that night. I received a phone like a week of 2 after that asking me to do makeup for hair magazine. I worked with the magazine, But I still wasn’t trying to make makeup a career.
I was then asked to do make up for a fashion show with women that were recovering addicts. I’ll never forget, this one lady looked at me after I did her makeup and said…
“Oh my god, I never felt to beautiful about myself and I want to get clean and live right.”
That touched me so deep that I then told myself this is what god has called me to do so here I am [smiles].
When you’re working with clients and you have trouble matching their skin tones and keeping their makeup looking natural. What would you recommend? Is there a particular type of foundation or other medium that is more versatile to even out a global skin tone that might be out there for them to try?
I really never had a problem matching any of my clients YET! [laughs] , I’m a fan of MAC cosmetics. I use MAC studio fix fluid, it’s a medium to full coverage. You can build with it and it keeps the skin looking natural and sometimes it gives the skin a dewy effect.
For the Divas on the go, what bare minimum essentials would you suggest she keep with her at all times to take her ‘Work Look” too a fierce “Night Out” beat ensemble?
Humm, that’s a good question, for myself because I’m always on the go, I love MAC Fix plus. I keep MAC pro lash to add a pop to my eye lashes for a night out. As well as Black Liquid eye liner, you don’t need an expensive liquid liner; The cheap ones works just fine. The final touch would be a shade of lipstick that compliments ones skin tone. With all these essentials you’re ready to take your work look to a fierce night on the town!
I must say GOD is good… My work comes from word of mouth and I swear I have t he best Clients [smiles].
What is the toughest part of your job?
Being away from my fiancé and family. It does gets tough some times, when I have to work with someone who has bad skin. For that current moment in time It makes me hate what I do. But, the show must go on!
Your career has the stereotype of catering to “Diva” clients. Do you find this to be the case? Any specifics you’d like to share?
I’m a Diva myself [laughs], I love all of my clients, that’s all I’m going to say about that [laughs].
What advice would you give to an aspiring Makeup Maven?
I would tell them to work work work, Get your name out there, Build relationships with photographers , models and local artists.
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