Would you like to be a professional makeup artist, who also offers styling services but don’t know where to start? Get some tips here from Haitian makeup artist Eunice Pierre, owner of Beauty by Bebe, with branches in Miami and Port-au-Prince. The entrepreneur has done the makeup for magazine photo shoots, fashion shows, and for private events.
Kreyolicious: Some people learn about makeup and style from their moms or older sisters. How did this love for makeup and styling come about in you?
That’s is a tough one! I just want to start by saying I have no idea where my passion for the beauty Industry came from really. What I can say is I know that since I was a little child I just love beautiful people I love beautiful skin I love makeup and my mother was not into makeup actually I remember at the age of 12 or 13 my mother bought my eldest sister a makeup kit I cried to play with it but was never given a chance. At that time, I told myself when I get older, I will buy my own makeup and never let her touch them. I will stay hungry just to buy that one lipstick that I can’t live without. I had a passionate love for the beauty Industry, and I couldn’t wait to let it be known to the world.
Kreyolicious: What are some of your favorite products to work with?
The number one brand would have to be Artistry by Amway. But one thing about me I am not married to any company or any brand. This short breakdown of how I purchase make up or use me for a foundation I love using our street because of coverage this year coverage though it is sheer it is also full coverage but it does not look packed on and it comes off more natural. When it comes to eyeshadows I would definitely have to go with MAC products; specifically there lose pigments, I love their dip down to fill-in the eyebrows and also they have the best sculpting cream. Lip colors…definitely NYX Matt Lipsticks, their Matt lipgloss is amazing. I use the Jumbo milk pencil by NYX as a eyeshadow primer also. As far as primers…for the full face prior to applying foundation Givenchy Matt primer is amazing, I have extremely oily skin and it actually helps maintain lasting coverage. For highlighting, I love using banana powder and MAC luster drops.
[The results of Beauty by Bebe’s work on a client. Photo provided by subject.]
Kreyolicious: Some clients like to wear makeup, but are very lazy when it comes to taking care of their skin. What message do you have for those ladies?
Skincare is the key to a gorgeous makeup application. We all get lazy at times and those times are fine, but we must remember this saying; “pour être belle il faut souffrir”, which means to be beautiful, you have to suffer. If you feel as if you’re unable to do a proper cleansing regimen invest in Makeup Remover Wipes. They are quick and easy. You can take a wipe or two to the shower with you and while your water is running to get the right temperature start wiping it off. Keep in mind a healthy skin gives a gorgeous Makeup application. One little regimen that I like to use is [a watermelon cleanse]. After grating a watermelon, take out the juice and apply it on your face. Keep it on for fifteen minutes. Wash off with hot water first and then with cold water. This will give you a fresh and clean feeling. If you want to close open pores, mix watermelon juice with crushed mint leaves. Freeze the mixture, and rub the ice cubes on your skin. This will also have a cooling and soothing effect on your skin. A cup of watermelon pieces can be smashed and applied on the face to tighten the skin. Leave this pack for ten minutes, relax and then rinse. This exfoliates your skin and gives you a natural facelift. You can also choose to exfoliate your skin by combining mashed watermelon pulp with yogurt (if you have an oily skin) or with a banana (if you have a dry skin). To prepare a natural toner, combine the juice of watermelon with honey and apply it on dry skin. For catering to the needs of oily skin, you need to mix a cup of watermelon juice with two tablespoons of witch hazel. Add two spoons of water. Dab it on your face with a cotton ball.
Kreyolicious: Thanks for the tip! When you get approached by a potential client, what’s usually your approach in working with them?
I usually start asking questions that I are related to skincare and make up. I also ask about their preferred brands what do they like about, what they don’t like about their skin and giving them some advice. It take no more the 3 minutes, like that they usually ask for my card and then contact me at a later time for services.
Kreyolicious: What has been the most satisfying thing about being in the beauty industry?
The beautiful people I meet, The impact I have on a client after their makeup is applied. I truly love after I have finished a seminar and the attendees come out with that boost of confidence they needed to give their best.
Kreyolicious: Do you have any counsel for up-and-comers on how to grow their client roster?
Have fun, do it only if you have a passion for it and try not to make it about money. Customers will love you and automatically draw to you. Treat every customer special and make them feel relaxed. The word will get around!
Kreyolicious: What’s next for you?
That’s a big secret! I will be sure to let you know when everything is finalized…
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