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Currently, operating as a freelance Makeup Artist with a degree in Cosmetology. Knowledgeable in cosmetic application techniques, and able to tailor looks suitable to my client’s request. I have an outgoing personality, making my clients feel comfortable and at ease. My client base covers, brides, proms, sweet 16s, dancers, blue-collar workers, moms, children and those looking for a little glamour for the day. I had a true love for the beauty industry and determined to make a mark. My motto is…“Let me enhance the beauty we all hold inside, for the world to see,” and that is what I’m aiming for.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Janell. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
My name is Janell Davis, Boston MA native. Known for my bubbly personality and infectious laugh. Currently, working as a freelance Makeup Artist. My client base is very diverse including, brides, prom/sweet 16 girls, blue-collar workers, dancers, moms, and those looking for a day of glam. I love what I do, and striving to continue to build my brand.
Janell, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist?
My passion in life is to make people look and feel beautiful, one brush stroke at a time. My beauty career started out as a cosmetologist which I still love, but I found way more gratification in makeup application. Getting the opportunity to enhance someone I found to be a true pleasure and an honor. I aspire to showcase my talent for the world to see.
Who is your inspiration in life Janell? How do you keep inspired?
Honestly, there are many people who inspire me from other up-and-coming and established MUAs, to my friends and family. But if I had to pick one, it would be my husband whose my biggest supporter. He's the one who encouraged me to put my work on social media, be a hustler (which I'm still working on LOL), and to believe in the talent God gave me.
We all make mistakes Janell; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Make-up Artist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
There was no one particular time, but when I first started out, I wish I was more prepared to market myself. I remember getting makeup opportunities and not having business cards or portfolio for people to check out my work. In this industry to be successful, I found out very quickly that marketing yourself is key to building clientele.
Janell, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Make-up Artist, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I try to access each job I receive accordingly. For example, if I have a bridal party of 8, I know that time is of the essence so in order deliver quality work I will either need an assistant or enough time to execute all in a timely fashion. These are all things I discuss in my makeup consults, which I've experienced is a key component to delivering quality service.
Please tell us Janell, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist?
I was hired to do makeup for a dance team that consisted of 14 people. I believe I had roughly 3.5 hours to complete every one. I remember saying to myself "J, how can you do everyone in this amount of time?" Quickly, I said one look for everyone - focus on the eyes. I set-up in the corner of the dressing room and went to work. I was laser-focused that day. Gave myself a time limit of 15 minutes for each person and I did it. I was so proud of myself that day. It was a challenge, and I couldn't feel my feet after, but I did it.
Janell, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Some of my clients are people that don't wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis so that heavy makeup application can be way too much at first glance. With that, I remember this one bride that wanted a very glamorous makeup look. I explained to her that since she doesn't where a lot of makeup, although the look is gorgeous - the look she picked may be too much, especially on her wedding day. To show her what I meant, in her bridal makeup consult I did the look she desired and then I did a more settle version of the same look, she automatically went with the more settle look because she looked like herself. She thanked me for taking the time to show her options.
Janell, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Make-up Artist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The proudest professional accomplishment for me is when I recreated a makeup look by a well known international artist, and he liked my photo and said he loved it. My heart skipped a beat that day.
Janell, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The year 2018, I started "Transformation Tuesday" recreations. On my Facebook, I post fun looks that I come across and have friends and family vote on a look they want me to see. The look with the highest votes, I recreate on Tuesday. This has become the highlight of my week. It tests my skills and allows me to interact with people which is always fun.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?*
Hustle! And don't be afraid to put yourself out there because you never know whose admiring you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
My dream is to one day work behind the scenes as an MUA for a runway show or beauty/fashion inspired show such as Project Runway (Love that shows LOL!!!). I would love the hustle and bustle. I also would love to collaborate with photographers as an MUA for an editorial piece. Pretty much anything fashion and beauty related where an MUA is needed. I'm very versatile.
Me: Janell Davis