Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a 52-year-old mom of 2 amazing kids, who are grown and long gone. I’m an avid gardener and baker, and I love messing around with my Shih Tzu, Feta. I have always had a fascination with form and function. I was an avid artist for many years. I also have a passion for interior design!
Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?
When I was a teen in school, I was not what you would call “cute”. I did try, but I wasn’t the kind to be very girly. It wasn’t until I was older (and after reading countless magazines) that I really became interested in how makeup can transform a blank canvas – without transforming the person inside.
When I decided to enroll, honestly, it stemmed from a desire to take my makeup knowledge to the next level. I also want to be able to educate other mature women who may not have the same kind of knowledge about makeup that I do.
Why did you decide to pursue your makeup certification online, rather than in-person?
When choosing whether to attend school online or in-person, that was a no-brainer. I was already working when I enrolled. I also have a puppy to attend to (as well as a hubby). So, being offered the chance to do schooling online was perfect for me. Plus, who doesn’t want to learn in their pajamas?!
Ultimately, why did you choose to enroll and get your makeup certification with QC Makeup Academy?
After taking a good year to research what was out there, QC Makeup Academy seemed like the logical choice!
They offered me real a makeup certification, and their Master Makeup Artistry Course offers informative videos, a very substantial makeup kit, and all the printed materials I could need. They also have a Virtual Classroom on Facebook where we can help each other. I find this type of lifetime support incredibly valuable. Enrolling with QC is a win-win!
As you’ve mentioned, you are currently taking our Master Makeup Artistry Course. How has your experience in this program been so far?
This course has been incredible! I’ve realized that so many things that I thought were correct (prior to getting training) actually weren’t. The feedback has also been tremendous. I get to move at my own pace, which is great. Not to mention, there is always SO much support in the Virtual Classroom. They’re like a second family to me now.
How useful have the course materials and assignments been, and how valuable has the feedback been from your tutor?
The materials in this course are first-rate, for sure! There is literally TONS of information, and it’s presented in an easy-to-follow way. The videos by Nathan Johnson are super fun to watch. He’s very educational in the way he works. My tutor, Pat Armstrong, always has encouraging things to say. She’s been MOST helpful in her critiquing!
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned so far from your training?
Practice, practice, practice! Also, how to train your eye to look differently at what you previously thought was correct.
You’ve recently joined QCs team of Student Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, what is the #1 thing you want brand new students to know about QC Makeup Academy?
Besides having a ton of fun, the #1 thing is that you will receive a reputable makeup certification while learning at your own pace! With QC, you’re guided by amazing, talented tutors who are there for you for life – even after you graduate!
How has your career as a makeup artist been affected by COVID-19. In what ways have you adjusted to this new normal?
While working on models and bridal parties has been put on hold (we’ve been put back to Stage 2 where I live), I have been working on doing online consultations and also virtual makeovers.
Plus, I will be updating my YouTube soon to include more looks for mature women. I also have a potential wedding next year, if all goes well. So, I’m pretty okay so far!
You’re passionate about shedding light on makeup artistry for mature skin. In your opinion, why is this kind of representation so important?
In the makeup world, I think it’s extremely important to include those of us who are, let’s just say, no longer in our 20s. Just look at all of the stunning mature actresses out there, like Jane Fonda or Helen Mirren!
They all need a makeup artist! After researching, I found that there’s not a whole lot out there that’s really geared towards mature skin (or those of us with mature skin). I also find it very important that someone with a makeup certification be available to their clients for educational purposes as well. We can show mature clients what makes them shine, and that knowledge is power!
What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?
Ultimately, my goal is to work in the TV and film industry. But I’d also like to get a mature makeup line out there that’s easy, beautiful, and doable for anyone – even if they are younger. Mature women need AFFORDABLE products that do what they say. I’m hoping that I can be that person to make this happen!
If you could see into the future, which makeup or beauty trend do you foresee gaining popularity in 2021?
Heading into 2021, I predict – or can hope – that we will be keeping with the fresh, natural, glowing skin and makeup trends. That does not mean we can’t be creative. But I predict there will be looks focused around:
- Soft, glowing skin
- Wide-awake, soft, and beautiful eye looks
- Powdery, soft focus lips
At least, I hope so anyway!
Finally, in your opinion, what is the TRUE secret to success?
Never stop learning, and put the work in.
If you don’t work hard, it won’t happen. You should also love what you do. If you don’t love it then it’s not for you!