Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I carve about a four hour period of time to meet the client at the appointed place that I feel is appropriate for their age and where they are in life and we start shopping!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When I speak to someone seeking make up advice I like to do a 10-15 min. intake to get an idea of what timeframe the person would require - some women want a quick fix - others want a revamp of their cosmetic wardrobe.
My advice when you're shopping a 'stylist' in the arena of makeup/cosmetics is COMMUNICATION - all good relationships begin with this precept!
What is the IDEAL outcome of hiring me - more make up - less make up - re-vamp your current make up ?
My goal is to help you achieve YOUR goal - for me, someone who has vitiligo, a skin pigment condition, I searched high and low for someone who knew what 'pigment load' was...in short - the higher the pigment load in a cosmetic product the richer the coverage. My skin is mottled, which means there is a patch of normal colored skin next to a depigmented/no melanin skin patch - so - having a good coverage means alot to me. I finally found 2 products that are not super heavy to hide my imperfections...but it took YEARS! I can entirely cut out the process by bringing you or meeting you at a cosmetic supermarket like Ulta or JC Penney's Sephora so it cuts out the time aspect!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were my own customer I would want somebody very enthusiastic that threw out tons of suggestions; things that I wouldn't even know to ask when it comes to wardrobing your cosmetic wardrobe and your clothing wardrobe!!
I treat you like you're my niece, my sister, my mother, my aunt, my grandmother, my friend, my neighbor, my mentor my colleague etc
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I love what I do and it shows - having worked with all lines from Borghese, Lancome, Mac to Nars and Smashbox I know the good the bad and the ugly truth about the quality of make up and what the best quality is for the best cost for what you require for YOUR face!
Some lips need the best lip liner - some eyes require the moistest powder based on the skin on their lids - I help clients choose the quality and price of the make up they choose depending on their age, stage or financial situation...
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love the unique way each new face presents a fresh canvas for me to work with...and the trust my clients impart as I play a part in how they show the world the best they have to offer..
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How can I cover the dark circles beneath their eyes - my reply is best shown in person - but goes like this: I cover my eyes, which have a mild to moderate shadow beneath them (depending on allergy season) and ask the prospective client shopping for concealer "do I have dark circles under my eyes'' the answer is generally, NO, and I show them and they're shocked to see I do not do much to 'hide' them - I do not go overboard to 'cover' imperfections...I love to emphasize what features are GORGEOUS - everyone I have applied make up on has a GREAT feature - playing that up makes me inordinately happy - covering flaws...not so much - but ultimately I teach anyone who asks - the concealer ONLY goes on the darkest part of the under eye - NO WHERE else - and is feathered into the facemakeup with a make up brush - voila - dark circles GONE!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite story was dealing with a personal coach that said she wanted to update her wardrobe but didn't like shopping and wanted to work on a shoestring budget. I told her to bring $50 to spend and to follow me after a networking meeting. I brought her into Goodwill, she walked out with 6 pieces and look like an amazing woman with a gorgeous look!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. There are classic items to buy and there are fun and frivolous items to buy, what people don't realize is when to spend real money on the items that matter. I will share those tidbits of 20 plus years with you.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I've been working in corporate America for 15 years, started my own business 5 years ago and have maintained the most fun part time job that ultimately may land me in a new profession, only time and God will tell
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A young lady came to me (young to me is under 25) and asked for a complete make over - when we were done - she purchased 2 items from the store where we agreed to meet, found out and was delighted to know that the small case of make up she already had provided tons of great use but she just did not know what to do with it. After 45 minutes of trying on several things at Sephora, she realized she had most of the items I suggested and when we returned to her car she opened up her cosmetic bag of 'tricks and/or treats' as I like to call it...she showed me that she did, indeed purchase a lot of the fun and trendy items suggested to her by a previous cosmetic salesperson but did not know practical ways to apply it quickly and effortlessly...the things she purchased was smokey topaz pencil and dark blue pencil - both amazing colors to enchance hazel eyes depending on the situation!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I pay attention to trends and I apply real life to all situations!!
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My last project was outfittng a mother of 4 in her late fifties who is a housekeeper and works for Publix and I have pictures and testimonials that are forthcoming!!
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing system is not complicated but I am going to give some pricing scenarios to demonstrate the need for my services:
1) you have purchased over 100.00 of make up products and do not use more than 30% of them
solution: I show you how to create an inexpensive way to separate the 'looks' in a way that will allow you to keep close to you that which you love and easily find that which are simply 'glitz and gloss' and used occassionally
2)you have one question that you'd like answered about creating a signature look for work or evening
solution: in 2 elaborate sessions both lasting less than 30 min I show you both - day /nite looks
3)you want to purchase more make up, but don't know where to shop or what to buy
solution: in 1 visit to either your favorite department store or one that I recommend we find 2 looks and generally spend under $100.00 on the bill for these items
The answer to the 3 situations above all cost the client one visit fee of $45.00
I have more elaborate scenarios such as a visit to the store then back to the clients home or studio where they're being photographed for a headshot, prom pic, sweet 16, quinceanera or pre-wedding shot - those visits have ranged from $45-125.00 I am very reasonable and work with ALL budgets - even pro-bono work if I know in advance the situation!
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Patience is a virtue of which I have much and I tell every person I work with shop with your eyes not for a size!! Even if you think it might not be for you, try it!
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Are you open to suggestions and ready to take the plunge and try out new things?