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The Evolution of MELOMAKEUP

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AS you may notice, it has been a serious minute since I’ve been featuring my beauty game here.

I once vowed to no more tutorials, and that’s not because I don’t think they’re fun or useful, it is because I couldn’t find the authenticity behind it. As the makeup game changed, my feelings towards the industry did too. Let me explain…

Beauty runs in my blood. Makeup is my art. When I have a brush in hand, the world literally stops. Time doesn’t exist. My mind body connection is so powerful, I zone out and create. The reason I got into this world, in the first place was to empower women. You see, when I glam a client up, my goal is to make you feel incredible. Something different and really let you see yourself, and how perfect you are. Makeup is an art – to create and to enhance. This has not changed for me.

But I was trying to find the right direction and how to express my genuine passion and continue to build my skillset – in a way that can be me. I think at some point we realize we are all creators and artists of life, finding out spark is the journey. As I’ve grown up in beauty, (as you know I started as an infant in the industry); for me to serve my clients as an artist, I had to really look at who I am. As much as there is something incredibly fun and satisfying watching a contour, bake, lash application – I tried to find my true voice in beauty. Working for various brands, and the rise of InstGLAM makeup – I couldn’t help but feeling a bit discouraged when a client wanted to try her fave youtuber’s highlighter only walking away feeling worse because it ‘enhanced’ her “wrinkles”. I want to be clear – you can rock glitter head-to-toe, there is ABSOLUTELY NO rules in beauty, as it’s an expression. But there is where I had to learn what makeup and beauty aspects were genuine to me. There are trends that I am not drawn to, much like fashion. NOTHING is right or wrong, it’s only what we place meaning to. So back to client’s like mentioned above, I felt I just couldn’t serve properly until I figured out myself. If I touch your face with a brush, I want it to feel magical – so you can see your big beautiful eyes, or incredible cheekbones – not to walk away feeling unsure about makeup altogether. I learned through asking these clients, why do you want to try this? Most answers included “I don’t know, my daughter told me I need it…”; “I want to look beautiful”; “I want to look like THAT!”…. it wasn’t clear exactly, but I can tell you coming from the days of Bobbi Brown – when women used to come to me, they were focused on themselves. “Can you make my eyes pop?”; “Can you enhance my lips?”. I felt we shifted from looking at ourselves for beauty to looking at the outer world for it. (And BTW disclaimer: This is MY experience. And I am not putting blame on anyone or anything for this shift I experienced, as with technological growth – it’s inevitable. We have always been bombarded with ‘beauty standards’.) 

Like asking my clients, I had to ask myself – what do I really want do with my art and skillset?

I am a teacher. This is truth. My gift of speech is something I am grateful for. When I am educating and connecting with women, I really can’t explain to you – that it is my most comforting place. It’s almost as if, it’s not me speaking, or teaching. It’s like the higher part of me is somehow finding a way to convey what my clients want to learn – and in a language they speak.

I have grown so much. And through discovery, I even left beauty for a bit. Only to find myself back here, realizing it’s in my DNA. But through this adventure, and understanding this remarkable connection and standstill in time/space comes from that mind & body connection = which leads me to my soul purpose. My soul has guided me to other adventures too…for instance did you know I was a love coach

Relationships – as a teacher, as an artist with a client requires the same things as my coaching business. Authenticity. I need to be able to grow and understand myself and why I do what I do in order to serve my clients in both avenues. I’ve learned to take care of my body after having a severe health scare in my 20s. I practice mindfulness so I can hear what my inner being needs and when I need to get lost in time and space, I jump on my yoga mat.

The evolution for me, is understanding the beauty is forever – like love. And makeup is a meditative for me like yoga.

This is why – I’m creating in new ways. Not just contour and lashes, but ingredients that help fuel inner beauty, energy and radiance. I love makeup. I love yoga. I feel the most beautiful when I have a brush in hand, or I’m on the mat.

I love people, and connection. This is why I choose to help serve others in learning how to master love, their true nature. And like with makeup, I teach people how to express their creative fire, enhancing and loving their features.

I will continue to evolve, and I know now, more than ever…I cannot leave this life of beauty. It’s who I am.

In conclusion, beauty is eternal and makeup is an art. Create whatever feels GOOD to you. Start by looking at what you LOVE in yourself and embrace that. Passion always fuels confidence.

XO MEL

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