What’s My Why: How and Why I Became an Inclusive Makeup Artist to Empower Women

As a female entrepreneur and professional makeup artist, I often get asked how I came to be in my current position in the industry. A lot of people assume I’ve always wanted to be a makeup artist. In truth, I’ve only held this title for seven years – and if you can believe it, I didn’t always know this was what I wanted to do with my life!

When I was trying to navigate my eventual career path, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on as an adult. I knew I’d always been creative. Growing up, I did a lot of oil painting, and I was interested in psychology, understanding behaviors, and helping people deal with difficult life situations. And that’s exactly where I started: 

Pursuing my interests…

…which just happened to be related to what I do now as an inclusive makeup artist specializing in bridal and editorial work.

My point is that you’ll never know where you might end up. But if you listen to those whispers and tugs at your heart – those passions and interests – your purpose will reveal itself to you. From there, your career will unfold with hard work and time. In this post, I will give you applicable insight into how I turned my passions and purpose into my career, and how you can do the same!

Work Hard, Have Fun, and Go with the Flow

For some, discovering your career passions are a big “ah-ha” moment; but for me, the decision to become a makeup artist just kind of happened! It certainly didn’t occur overnight, but once I discovered my love for the medium, I just went with the flow. I loved that it gave me freedom, that every day was different from the last, and that I could stretch my creative muscles through my work. I also loved seeing my creativity shine through in magazines and on TV, which quickly manifested my ambition for success. To see the results of my time, effort, and energy gave me an incredibly rewarding feeling of recognition. As my business continued to grow, I was able to build a diverse network meeting people from all over the world. Unexpectedly, my job has gifted me an open mind and a life full of adventure.

Use Your Experience Wisely

As you pursue a career, whether in makeup or elsewhere, it is so important to use your experience wisely. This is not just limited to your line of work. There are skills you can use cross-functionally all the time if you look for the opportunities.

In many ways, my education in art and psychology translated very easily into makeup. My career in makeup just “happened” after taking 24 credits a semester for over a year. After such an exhaustive workload, I decided I wanted to do something fun. At the time, makeup seemed just the thing because it was something I had always wanted to do.

After doing some research, I came across a good makeup school. After taking my first class, I knew instantly that this is what I wanted to do professionally. Again, I followed my interest and it did not lead me astray.

Find Your Purpose

If you’re struggling to find your dream career, it may help to readjust your focus towards finding your purpose. Before you can find your “what,” it’s important to find your “why.”

Personally, I love making people feel comfortable in their skin. I love enhancing their features and showing them that they don’t need to cover themselves in layers of makeup to be beautiful. 

When you feel good, you do good. You act with confidence, and you feel empowered.

I love this aspect of my work, and I want to be known as the artist that makes people feel enhanced and inspired to be the best versions of themselves. No matter what line of work you’re in, providing support or community for your clients is vital. I strive to be known for giving that to my clients and being their biggest cheerleader!

Outside of makeup, I hope to encourage others to find and create their own success through discipline, hard work, and consistency. Quality of work is so crucial to my profession. It is the only way to be successful.

Find Synergy and Make Connections

As you reflect on your past experiences and focus on your purpose, you’ll notice that everything starts to come together for you. Through this journey, you will slowly but surely move towards a more solidified career goal. There are many different paths your career may lead you down, especially as you continue to gather more skills and experience. Some expected, some unexpected – but all part of the process.

For myself, I was working in the fashion and entertainment industry for years. I realized that my knowledge of the red carpet, television, photography, and video could easily translate into bridal makeup. Just like celebrities, brides need to look great in a variety of settings and media, all on the same day and at the same time. I entered the bridal industry because one of my clients was getting married and asked me to help her with her big day. I agreed, and there I met someone from a magazine who hired me to do their cover. From there, bridal designers started to hire me to do their campaigns. Every client I’ve worked with since I’ve met through previous projects. I’ve been very fortunate, but it hasn’t been all luck! It’s also been about cultivating those connections, working hard, and continuing to impress with top-of-the-line artistry.

I always have a lot of fun no matter what type of bride I work with, whether they are an Editorial or a Real Bride. For example:

Editorial Bride: An editorial shoot is a controlled environment. You may have ten or more people on set making a model look great in bridal gowns. There are people checking lights and holding reflectors. There’s also a photographer getting your best angle, a stylist making sure your dress is always perfect and well-fitted. Don’t forget makeup and hair professionals constantly adjusting every single strand perfectly. There’s a fleet of people all working towards flawlessness. It’s a complicated ecosystem. With everyone is there doing their job, the model doesn’t really worry about how she looks. 

Real Bride: A real bride is someone who hires you for makeup artistry for their own special day. You get to help make someone’s moment in time perfect and treat them to a great experience. There are real emotions and excitement tied in with that. I feel an incredibly real sense of meaning and purpose with these clients!

I love both of these types of projects. They each come with their own sets of expectations and emotions, so one thing is for sure: it never gets old!

Take Action

If you want to get into makeup artistry, there are several pieces of advice I have to offer.

First, you’ve got to love it! I personally do if you haven’t figured that out by now (: While it is such an awesome feeling to do something you love, it is also a lot of work and requires real commitment. You should be sure you want to pursue this line of work before jumping in feet first. A great way to get your feet wet is to reach out to an artist you admire and ask to work as their assistant. This is a great way to build experience and gain a realistic perspective of what would be expected of you.

Next, always be professional and kind. While this is an extremely fun job, it’s still a job. Maintaining a sense of professionalism with employers, clients, or other crew members on a set is the best way to build your career; and to be honest, you won’t get far otherwise.

Then, start building a good kit with quality products. This is SO important! Hygiene is also crucial. Not only will this help you avoid problems with clients, but it will also ensure that your products and brushes last for a long time.

Finally, my biggest piece of advice is this: just do it!

Often, we talk about what we want to do for so long that we never actually do it. We can spend years dreaming, and never doing. Not to completely rip off Nike, but JUST DO IT! Take action! Go for it! Life waits for no one, so don’t wait until you are good at it or an expert. Start now!

Know that I am cheering for you every step of the way. If this is an industry that you want to get into, you have my full support! It’s an extremely rewarding job, and I’ve loved it all of it – the challenges, the successes, the long day, and the adventure.

Want to know more about me and my journey? Visit my About Page to learn more. 

April 19, 2021

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March 7, 2017

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Award season has begun and this time I had so much fun getting my talented client Nazanin Boniadi red carpet ready for the SAG Awards this last Saturday.
She is doing such an incredible job in Homeland

Makeup by KC Witkamp
Hair by Mariella Hosseini

March 3, 2017

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Welcome to image alignment! The best way to demonstrate the ebb and flow of the various image positioning options is to nestle them snuggly among an ocean of words. Grab a paddle and let’s get started.

On the topic of alignment, it should be noted that users can choose from the options of NoneLeftRight, and Center. In addition, they also get the options of ThumbnailMediumLarge & Fullsize.

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The image above happens to be centered.

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As you can see the should be some space above, below, and to the right of the image. The text should not be creeping on the image. Creeping is just not right. Images need breathing room too. Let them speak like you words. Let them do their jobs without any hassle from the text. In about one more sentence here, we’ll see that the text moves from the right of the image down below the image in seamless transition. Again, letting the do it’s thang. Mission accomplished!

And now for a massively large image. It also has no alignment.

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The image above, though 1200px wide, should not overflow the content area. It should remain contained with no visible disruption to the flow of content.

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And now we’re going to shift things to the right align. Again, there should be plenty of room above, below, and to the left of the image. Just look at him there… Hey guy! Way to rock that right side. I don’t care what the left aligned image says, you look great. Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.

In just a bit here, you should see the text start to wrap below the right aligned image and settle in nicely. There should still be plenty of room and everything should be sitting pretty. Yeah… Just like that. It never felt so good to be right.

And just when you thought we were done, we’re going to do them all over again with captions!

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The image above happens to be centered. The caption also has a link in it, just to see if it does anything funky.

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Itty-bitty caption.

The rest of this paragraph is filler for the sake of seeing the text wrap around the 150×150 image, which is left aligned

As you can see the should be some space above, below, and to the right of the image. The text should not be creeping on the image. Creeping is just not right. Images need breathing room too. Let them speak like you words. Let them do their jobs without any hassle from the text. In about one more sentence here, we’ll see that the text moves from the right of the image down below the image in seamless transition. Again, letting the do it’s thang. Mission accomplished!

And now for a massively large image. It also has no alignment.

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The image above, though 1200px wide, should not overflow the content area. It should remain contained with no visible disruption to the flow of content.

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And now we’re going to shift things to the right align. Again, there should be plenty of room above, below, and to the left of the image. Just look at him there… Hey guy! Way to rock that right side. I don’t care what the left aligned image says, you look great. Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.

In just a bit here, you should see the text start to wrap below the right aligned image and settle in nicely. There should still be plenty of room and everything should be sitting pretty. Yeah… Just like that. It never felt so good to be right.

And that’s a wrap, yo! You survived the tumultuous waters of alignment. Image alignment achievement unlocked!

January 10, 2013

Markup: Text Alignment

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This is a paragraph. It should not have any alignment of any kind. It should just flow like you would normally expect. Nothing fancy. Just straight up text, free flowing, with love. Completely neutral and not picking a side or sitting on the fence. It just is. It just freaking is. It likes where it is. It does not feel compelled to pick a side. Leave him be. It will just be better that way. Trust me.

Left Align

This is a paragraph. It is left aligned. Because of this, it is a bit more liberal in it’s views. It’s favorite color is green. Left align tends to be more eco-friendly, but it provides no concrete evidence that it really is. Even though it likes share the wealth evenly, it leaves the equal distribution up to justified alignment.

Center Align

This is a paragraph. It is center aligned. Center is, but nature, a fence sitter. A flip flopper. It has a difficult time making up its mind. It wants to pick a side. Really, it does. It has the best intentions, but it tends to complicate matters more than help. The best you can do is try to win it over and hope for the best. I hear center align does take bribes.

Right Align

This is a paragraph. It is right aligned. It is a bit more conservative in it’s views. It’s prefers to not be told what to do or how to do it. Right align totally owns a slew of guns and loves to head to the range for some practice. Which is cool and all. I mean, it’s a pretty good shot from at least four or five football fields away. Dead on. So boss.

Justify Align

This is a paragraph. It is justify aligned. It gets really mad when people associate it with Justin Timberlake. Typically, justified is pretty straight laced. It likes everything to be in it’s place and not all cattywampus like the rest of the aligns. I am not saying that makes it better than the rest of the aligns, but it does tend to put off more of an elitist attitude.

January 9, 2013

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