“When are you going to get a real job?”Look at that uncle’s daughter, she works at an office, and you do people’s makeup?!” “”What is the beauty industry?!” “I wish you would find a better job!”
The first time I decided to apply for a job at a makeup store (name concealed due to employment contract) was during September of 2014. Back then, I didn’t wear makeup; the most I would do is line my eyes with some kohl and some mascara. I owned one foundation, one eyeshadow palette, and a mascara. I rarely bought high-end makeup… hell, the only thing that I owned was the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (thanks, dad!).
In retrospect, it’s kind of shocking that I went into two different interviews for a job in the beauty industry without makeup (yes, I know, what an idiot).
After the first round of interviews at two different stores, considering that my only previous experience consisted of working at a convenience store, I didn’t think I’d get a call from either. However, two days later, I found out that my current boss actually called the other store to personally cancel my second interview because she wanted to hire me instead.
As I previously stated, I had no experience with makeup (I didn’t even fill in my brows… YIKES!).
On one of my first days at the job, I was asked to go to “training” for a brand; training is where a representative from a brand comes in to teach you the what’s, the why’s and how’s of their products, old and new. The rep filled in my brows in a “natural” way, and I remember walking around for the rest of my shift just staring at my brows. It was amazing to see how something so little as filling in brows made my confidence soar.
Soon, I started learning how to use different brushes and techniques to apply products and which products would suit certain skin types and which wouldn’t.
It was exciting to learn all about this new world, but it came with a few set-backs as well.
Working at a high volume store is incredibly tiring and draining at times. I’ve had one too many bad clients which ended in my having to walk to the backroom to calm myself down or had angry clients that just made me feel bad.
I’ve even had to hide in the bathroom to cry because I was so angry at the situation.
These situations included a client just not understanding that I couldn’t help them, a manager not supporting my decision, or something as petty as not getting a certain training.
It isn’t always easy, but in the end, it’s always been worth it.
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Another indirect effect that this job has had on me is body confidence.
Two years ago, I wasn’t too happy with my body; it’s a disproportionate pear-shaped body with a huge waist-to-hip ratio.
In other words, I have a huge bum paired with a smaller waist – and I hated it. I hated how I looked when I wore baggy clothes, when I wore fitted clothes, when I wore hoodies, when I wore long shirts. I basically hated how disproportionately big my bum was. It was at my workplace where one of the girls commented on my bum and said it was nice. It was a weird change. I was a little surprised.
Over time, the world and media have accepted larger bums, but what really changed my perspective was the people I worked with. They helped me see that my body was beautiful… is beautiful. They made me realize that it’s okay to have a different body shape than most advertisements. It’s okay to wear high-waist pants because others don’t fit around your petite waist.
It’s okay to love your body despite what the media says, just like it’s okay to love your bare skin despite all the world glorifying cake faces.
Fast forward two years later to present day, and I haven’t worked at a more entertaining, educating and positive workplace in my life.
My parents have always thought of it as a part-time gig, but when I spoke to them about it being a serious career path, I got nothing more than negative comments about how I should find a more realistic occupation.
But I’ve stood by what I believed. I believe in making a woman feel more beautiful every day. I believe in making a girl who feels insecure about her acne breakouts more confident. I believe in being able to make a man feel comfortable about his love for makeup. I believe in encouraging a boy towards his dream of being a beautiful makeup artist.
I believe in making every single human being feel beautiful.
And it doesn’t always have to be makeup – it could be a skincare routine that would fit your 14-hour busy day or a fragrance that will let you make an entrance with a bang. I have always believed in giving my honest, unbiased opinions given to my clients based on what they need and want.
Working at a makeup store helped me to be inspired and to inspire people to be who they truly are.
Yes, there are quite a few negatives that come with the job, I might not always be positive, inspired, or joyful. But a few comments never tend to affect my love for my job and my clients. A makeup store might seem too overwhelming for an everyday person, a busy mom, or a new dad, but the employees always work hard to make sure that their clients are happy and feel confident about themselves. It might not always seem like it, but as an artist, I can assure you that we’re there, we’re always there.
This is what we hold true to us, we take pride in making sure you’re okay with what you see in the mirror.
It’s more than just a job. It’s a passion.