From a very young age, I wanted to pursue a career as a makeup artist. I had big dreams of going to College and learning more about makeup application so that I could eventually open my own makeup salon. However, I didn’t think I had the potential of being successful in this field.
I gave up on my dream pretty quickly and ended up going to McMaster University instead and enrolled in their Business program. After four long years, I completed an Honors Commerce degree with an emphasis in Human Resources. I was fortunate enough to find a job in Recruitment right out of University and I continued to progress in the corporate world. I ended up falling in love with HR and I think the main reason is because my job requires me to interact with so many people on a regular basis.
Although I was achieving success in the corporate world, I still didn’t feel like it was enough. I always wondered what would have happened if I had gone to makeup school? Would I have had my own makeup salon? Would I have been even happier?
After I got married, I realized that it was now-or-never that I pursue my dream of going to makeup school, so I did! I attended The School of Professional Makeup in Toronto and completed a part-time program in which I became a certified Makeup Artist. Let me explain something first to all of you though, applying makeup = not easy!!!
I felt really overwhelmed in that first class I attended, and found everything we were being taught really difficult. The second class was even worse. By the time the third class came around, I was calling my husband on break, whining to him that I wanted to quit. My husband immediately got a stern tone with me and said: “You really want to quit? You have been saying for years you want to do this and now you want to give up”? Which he then ended with “Fine, quit then! But if you quit, your dream ends here. If you continue, your dream lives another day…”
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I hung up the phone feeling pretty upset, but what he said really hit me. He was right! I had been saying for years how I wanted to get into the makeup world. Why was I being a quitter now? Did I think it was going to be easy?
I decided to put all those insecure feelings aside and completed the program. I am so glad I ended up continuing with the program because I learned so many tips and tricks that I still use until today. More importantly, I made my dream a reality, which has opened another door of opportunity in my life.
It definitely didn’t get easier but I worked my butt off! I ended up receiving my certification and I was on cloud 9! Shortly after graduation from makeup school, I received a great freelancing opportunity with a Canadian cosmetics line, Vasanti Cosmetics. I also started getting a few gigs here and there to do makeup application and work at various events. Within a year, I left the Canadian cosmetic line and moved over to Holt Renfrew, where I now freelance for Giorgio Armani & Yves Saint Laurent. It has been an extremely fun & rewarding experience working for such high end makeup lines. I have also been asked to participate in some pretty amazing events with Holt Renfrew, including most recently, one at Blue Mountain!
I am also continuing to build my makeup business by providing makeup application for weddings, parties, photo shoots, and even hosting makeup parties and private tutorials (stay tuned for a blog on makeup parties and tutorials) Also, I still work full time in HR so I’m getting the best of both worlds.
I am so happy I did not give up! If I did, I would not have received all of these amazing opportunities, and most importantly, I would not have been able to pursue my passion. All I can say is that if you are truly passionate about something and have a dream, the only way it’s going to happen is if you take all the small steps that lead to success, no matter what obstacles or fears lie in your path! Just go for it!
Finally, a special thank you to my husband for pushing me to pursue my dream and to all my friends & family for their support in my journey. And as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about makeup, improving your makeup skill, or even how to become a makeup artist. I am here to share my experience and support with all of you!