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My Makeup Counter

Hey gorgeous girls and guys! Thanks for dropping by.... I know some of us know each other in real life and some others are just joining the tribe, so you may not know much about me yet. I wanted to share a little bit about why I'm starting a beauty blog when there are so many other successful beauty blogs already out there.

When faced with the question "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" most people offer an answer a list of predictable things- money, travel, career, house, kids. All are laudable but often, frankly, tell little about the person or the goal. Generally intended to foster a sense of purpose, people struggle to build a framework of a plan through which their vision may become reality. Plans require focus, commitment, and plain old hard-work.

To understand where I plan to be, I must first at least reflect on where I've come from and where I am. A makeup artist is more than just being paid to slap paint on someone. It's divining the true need of a client by first listening and then adding color to their life. For over 10 years, I've served women from all walks of life. Through the use of some makeup and a strong measure of compassion, I've helped the old seem younger and the young become more confident.

I already do what some dream to become. Brides come to me hoping to look great on their wedding day. We meet weeks or months in advance so I can share advice- like adding an extra hour to the wedding day schedule for a buffer, adding extra travel time between venues, packing crackers for a nervous stomach. Within my small office, I often wipe tears from an anxious bride while revealing the beautiful woman she already is. What she desperately needs is a bit of support to confidently face one of the most important days of her life. Hair and makeup help her look pretty but add in a dose of confidence and she becomes gorgeous. Some days I've had to step in and carry a train down the aisle when the bridesmaid fell ill. I've re-curled tendrils on humid days. I've laced dresses, put on socks and shoes, helped assemble cakes, done for bags of ice, and so much more. Customer service doesn't stop at the lipstick application.

Other women have a much broader need. They learned about makeup from their mom or a friends. Both meant well but generally lead to less than special results. In the span of an evening class, we wipe away years of misinformation and neglect. With a bit of guidance, ladies, and a few men, may choose the face they want the world to see. Their confidence comes not from the makeup they wear but from the simple pleasure that they applied it themselves and have enough understanding to repeat that process again and again and again. Only when someone says "oh yeah, I get it", is my job complete.

Where do I see myself in 10 years? I will continue to do what I already do- serve. Brides will have a better wedding and better pictures, women will have a bit more confidence, inspired people will learn to be confident in their exceptional gifts, and children with terminal illnesses will know what it feels like to be best friends with a princess. As long as I continue to give each day every thing I can, continue to learn and grow, and make a difference in the community, then that is a life well lived!

So that's my mission, but how do I do all that (and where does this blog fit in, right?) I'm a professional makeup artist. I love to do high glamour makeup for special events like weddings, pageants, fashion shows, pictures, and proms. I also offer private instruction and makeup classes to teach people to do their own makeup. I am the founder and co-owner of a group called Storybook Wichita: Characters for a Cause (find us on facebook and stay tuned for more info about that). This past year though, I started to struggle with my own health and felt like I needed a backup plan, so I decided to go back to school for cosmetology. I'm learning to cut, color, and style hair. I also got certified in lash extensions!

Pretty Anyway is a product of my adventures of "hair school" and balancing my makeup business. I can't book as many classes or appointments as I used to and many of my friends want to hear all the stories or tips during the week. So to keep up with all those requests, I decided to start Pretty Anyway- friends can tune in for the journey; new friends can get freebie tips, tricks, and learn from a pro as I go.

Thanks for making it to the end. ;) Make sure to subscribe for updates, send me your questions for future topics, and if you live in the Wichita KS, I'm always looking for models! Models get free and discounted services depending what I need!

Just remember: Take care of yourself and be you.


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The best makeup is a smile, laughter, and a little confidence...but some eyeshadow is a nice boost too- especially for pictures! @extramilemagic

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