Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I perform skin evaluations as part of my initial consultation. If necessary, I will make a recommendation for skin care regimen to improve skin texture, color, etc. I then complete the evaluation and apply makeup (I use airbrush technique) and apply lashes if requested.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. My most recent jobs are 2 weddings and 2 reunion events; 25 people in all. One of the wedding was 13 women. Although the bride was late, I started early with the bridesmaids and stayed on task. The bride and her maids and mother were very pleased with their makeup. I completed the job in 4 and a half hours. I also applied make for 2 class reunions. All were very pleased with their makeup. One of my clients had sun damaged skin. I have many years of Dermatology as a histotechnologist (processing skin cancer tissue) as well as a skin care consultant. That being said, I was able to break down her damaged skin. I recommended products and my client was extremely happy and has since ordered additional items of that particular skin care line.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. My advice is to make sure the makeup artist you choose can answer all of your questions without swaying away from what you are asking. This usually means the "artist" may not have the experience that he or she might portray. Also, ask several questions about skin care. A good artist will have skin care experience and will choose to treat or advise of skin condition to prepare improve the skin complexion if necessary. Makeup artistry is like canvas. The nicer the canvas, the better the color sets and the outcome is beautiful.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Not all makeup artists have the extensive background such as I. I spent several working at the university of Arizona skin cancer research center in Tucson, AZ. There, I was a histotechnologist and processed skin tissue. Most of which were unique and unusual, some were malignant. I also assisted in hundreds of skin cancer surgical cases. The experience and knowledge allows me to identify and sometimes recommend treatments to clients. Several times I have identified skin cancers on clients and referred them to a Dermatologist to have it treated. Those clients were very appreciative that I was able to identify their problem. I have and exceptional skin care background that is very valuable to my clients.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I really enjoy what I do because many women are very self conscience of their skin and overall appearance. I am sometime confided in by my clients so I listen and let them vent their issues. I am a shoulder if they need it. Many women have such confidence issues that are deeper than their skin. It's easy for some women to just talk about things because I am unbiased. Also, I am able to make corrections to their skin and give women their confidence back. That alone is priceless. I make them feel beautiful and happy; I give them guidance to apply their makeup on their own. It gives me great pleasure to help another woman with their beauty inside and out.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I absolutely do.
A client was referred to me by a mutual friend. She was getting married and had terrible skin. She didn't want to have a big wedding because she felt ugly and didn't want to disappoint her family. I sat with this client for hours and talked to her about many personal things. I convinced her to trust me and she would not be disappointed. Luckily, she had 18 months before her wedding so I had plenty of time to work on her skin. I gave her samples of a skin care product I dispense. I gave her step by step instructions on what to do and when. I kept in contact with her week by week. My client was overjoyed with the results and was very thankful for the time and knowledge I put into her skin. In the end her skin was like satin and her makeup application was like canvas. She was very happy with her appearance on her special day. I am thrilled to help another woman with confidence issues. And when people are skeptical, I really enjoy showing them that I am real and I can help them in so many ways.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I would like for customers to know that makeup astistry isn't just about makeup, It is about what is below the skin and the importance of correction to make one beautiful on her special day. Also, to continue maintaining the skin regimen. Several of my clients are regulars for their skin care needs. I feel it is so important to fix the problem areas of the skin first. I will not apply makeup to someone who refuses to correct their skin if it is severely damaged by the sun. I am very professional, confident, and knowledgeable. My clients will have beautiful skin and will have been educated on how to continue with it. I am always available to my clients for assistance when needed.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. My mother was always skin conscience so she always told my sisters and I to always protect out skin. She gave us oil of olay as teens and told us to we were to use it until we were old enough to make our own skin care choices. From then on I was curious about skin. I got a job in a Dermatology office at age 18 and have worked in the field ever since. I was a model in my teens and early adult years so my beautiful skin paid off. I am very thankful for good genes and great parenting by my mother for her looking out for my skin.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I have to say my greatest strengths are knowledge, confidence, and customer service. Because I have been in the field for more than 2 decades, I have the experience, and knowledge to answer all questions honestly and with total confidence. I have either seen it with my own eyes or have reviewed a study in that regard. I have skills in identifying problematic skin and can give potential clients the facts about what is best for their skin condition.