Looking back at it now I did the right thing for me for sure. I jumped right in because that’s the only way to do it. I continued to work on my skills until I felt comfortable enough to be able to go out and book appointments with real time clients. I also paired myself with a working bridal makeup artist, Nella from GetNellaFyd, and I worked as her second. I already had my son at the time. Matthew was about 1 when I really started taking it serious, but it was all the more difficult to find time to work at Starbucks, be a mother and start on the artistry path. I started looking into shows like The Makeup Show and IMATS, worked to get the credentials to get into the shows and went to all the seminars I could make the time for.
I never went to cosmetology school, I realized through friends that schools mostly focused on hair and I was better off finding focus classes either at the shows or with individual makeup artists. The most important thing I learned was to never stop learning. I used the internet, read up on color theory, and practiced techniques on friends. I quickly learned that complexion was the most important thing, the money is in the beauty and basics. At least when you start. It would be hard to branch out and start out trying to get work like Val Garland.