Please tell us how you began your career in the makeup/beauty world and how you have gone onto to work with some influential people.
When I was little, I would get in trouble for making kids in my neighborhood over when we would play dress up. I would cut someone’s bangs or something similar but I was always drawn to the idea of transformation, it fascinates me.
I was always had an obsessed with skin and at one point I thought about becoming a dermatologist. During high school I went to cosmetology / esthetician school and straight after high school, I worked in a dermatologist’s office, and I learned a lot while working there about skin; what it need and how it reacts to things
My mom went to high school with Eugena Weston who owns Senna Cosmetics, and I began assisting her. I just remember my mom telling me stories about how she would be making lipsticks in her garage, and I just thought that was the coolest thing.
I just knew what I wanted to do from the time I was a kid, and I worked my ass off. I did things that made me uncomfortable, I put myself out there, I called people, I did jobs that I didn’t want to do, I’d miss out on fun things to go to work. I would’ve done anything.
You have to be good, you have to be professional, you have to know how to communicate, know what your client wants, work well with other people. It’s a very service industry type job, and you have to keep that in mind. It’s not about you; it’s about the client. You can’t do every job for the “money”, I think people get really hung up on that when they’re starting out. I’m not advocating that people be taken advantage of, but the most amazing job or client isn’t just going to fall into your lap, you have to earn that, and sometimes starting out, you might be going to a job where you’re not making a lot of money, but make the most of it with the other people you’re working with and the experience you’re gaining. It sounds so trite and cliché, but it is true, you never know who you’re going to meet or run into that will have a bigger effect in your life later on and vice versa. Be open to the possibility of something happening, and sometimes that doesn’t always look the way you thought it would or imagined.
What do you feel has been your biggest professional achievement?
That is hard. I guess working with such amazing woman and other people in my industry that I’ve looked up to, people that I’ve admired long before working with them. I’m a California girl, I grew up here, so Gwen Stefani – of course, I love Salma Hayek - I always thought she was so stunning, and Jen (Jennifer Lopez) are you kidding me?! I was a huge fan of hers, for sure! Initially I was even nervous working with her, it’s “JLO”. So to be able to call these woman clients, and to get the opportunity to work with them, it’s a surreal part of the job. I’m very lucky. I love the woman I get to work with, they’re the best.
What keeps you inspired in your work?
Honestly, I just love what I do so much, I never wanted to do anything else, ever. Even as a little girl, I told everyone I was going to be a makeup artist. I don’t think anyone knew what I was talking about – but that was my dream. This is my dream. Yes, sometimes it’s hard, and there are things that are completely not “glamorous” or fun because in the end, it is an actual job, but there are so many things that I don’t take for granted because I will never forget what it was like coming up, that in itself keeps me inspired! I also get to work with such beautiful and talented woman. THEY are inspiring. Not to mention the people I get to work alongside: hairstylists, photographers, stylists – Seeing people who are so incredible and talented at what they do, is a very cool experience to be around. Also, I owe a lot of credit to my dad. His work ethic was always so inspiring and is still today, he’s amazing. Growing up, my attendance record probably looked flawless because there were no sick days taken by my brother and I – We worked hard, and I’m so grateful for that now, and that ability to push through. He just instilled a lot of morals and values in us, that I think you HAVE to have, especially today.
What does strength mean to you?
Strength to me, means standing up for what you believe in, even if it isn’t popular, even if people don’t understand it. To trust yourself and your gut enough to do what you feel is best. Handling bad situations that come your way, and not saying, “nevermind, that’s too hard” or quitting, but instead - facing it, dealing with it, walking through the fire, and coming out on the other end a better and more graceful version of yourself. Not letting things break you or crumble you, instead, finding the strength to stay focused. Strength can sometimes be a feeling that washes over you or it can be something inside of you, but sometimes it’s a choice, and it can be a hard choice to make. What’s easier is just easier, and with great risk comes great rewards, and you have to find the strength within yourself to move forward and continue on. Whether it’s a breakup with a significant other, maybe getting someone toxic out of your life, putting in the extra hours at work, switching jobs, moving to a new place, the strength to wash your face before bed…... Strength is required in all of the things we do everyday, and I don’t think we’re aware of it, until we’re forced into a position to realize that. Strength is a powerful tool that you can use to get you where you need to be. You can BE and GIVE strength to another person – when you experience that sort of “strength” transferred from another person, it’s not only powerful, but it’s inspiring.
How does a typical day look?
Wake up. Emails. Instagram. Skincare regime. Workout. Eat. Phone calls. Shower. Phone calls. Drive. Work. Work. Work. Work. Eat something at work. Instagram. Phone calls. Emails. Drive. Bath. Skincare. Regime. TV. Emails. Instagram. Sleep.
All of those things and not necessarily in that order, sometimes it’s switched around, but that is seriously a typical day.
What do you do to unwind?
I love baths, I love them! Taking a bath at night before bed is like going to church. It’s something I do almost nightly.
I love watching BRAVO shows. Any of that good type of “bad” reality TV, yes, I like. It just takes your mind off of things, and it’s just a nice easy way to unwind and meditate almost. Does that count as meditation?
I also love candles. I collect them. I like to light as many as possible, I don’t even care if the scents mix, it just sets such a relaxing and cozy mood, it can really change the energy in a room, and I completely believe in all of that stuff.
Working out, 100% is a great way for me to unwind. It’s something that I have to really make extra special time for, because my schedule is different every single day, and sometimes it can involve a lot of travel, but when I’m working out, I’m just naturally unwound throughout the day even long after a workout.
Sometimes just going to the beach or being by the ocean, I always find that really calming and comforting.
What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
I love Mexican food a lot! Guacamole and chips and salsa – I love. I love fish and seafood, especially sushi. I love Thai and indian food too! I know I’ve named more than 3, and that they’re not necessarily healthy, but I’m eating really clean right now, so I’m fantasizing a little bit!
What would you like to do more of?
TIME and pasta!
What does wellness mean to you?
Taking real and genuine good care of yourself, and being honest about that. Wellness isn’t about perfection or extravagance; it’s about doing good things every day inside and out that lend to your over-all state. There’s something about it that’s very pure and simple to me about it too, like the core of something.
Can you tell me 3 women who you admire
There are so many woman I could choose from, I know so many amazing woman. My mom, my grandmother, and I can’t pick just one, but all of the woman I get to work with, for so many different reasons. I really do know a lot of admirable woman.