As a child I watched my grandmother and three of my aunts wear makeup religiously. I constantly got into trouble for playing in their makeup. So many beautiful bottles of perfume, lotion, and potions. I would get excited to go shopping and watch them try on products and smell perfumes. I loved every minute of it. So many things to see, touch, smell, and smear. I loved makeup from that moment on.
As a young lady I would play with lipstick and eyeliner and once again get fussed at or punished for messing up my face. So as I got through high school and junior prom came around it was time for me to do a little something to my face. My eldest aunt saw my dilemma and was only to eager to help. Her makeup was always gorgeous and she did it everyday no matter what or how she felt. I wanted to be that girl.
For months we practiced as I mastered each skill one at a time. First was skincare because great makeup starts with great skin. That hasn’t changed throughout the years. Next was brows. I learned how to tweeze them and then came the eyebrow shapers. We mastered that one together. Then came blush and lipstick. Within a few weeks I was ready to tie it all together. Last was eyeshadow. I wondered why but now I know. It is the hardest to master. It takes a lot of time and patience. You have to really be careful to use eyeshadow to compliment your eyes or you’ll look like a clown.
Prom night came and I was confident enough to do my own makeup. I was so proud and my pictures were just gorgeous. This experience for me was more than just makeup. It was a lesson in confidence and patience. It was the most rewarding experience ever. The range of emotion I felt was like no other and the time spent with my aunt as she painstakingly taught me each step was unforgettable.
She is the reason that I became a makeup artist and a Youtuber.
I want to teach others just like she taught me so they can be as confident as I am now. Not just about their makeup but about themselves. That was the most valuable lesson I learned. Makeup for me isn’t about hiding flaws or looking like a living barbie. It’s a testament to the person that I have become today through the journey of learning and growing. I hope that one day I can touch the lives of women in a way that increases their self confidence and helps them to grow and flourish the way I have.
Each learning process is different for everyone. I’m just grateful that someone took the time to teach me. I didn’t just learn about makeup, I learned about myself and what I could accomplish.