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Meet Brianna Alassondra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Alassondra.

Brianna, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, I found makeup back in 2009 while I was in college. I am from Detroit, MI and I went off to college in Atlanta, GA at Clark University. I was a Biology Major and you would’ve never been able to tell me that instead of pursuing my dream of becoming a Veterinarian, I would become a professional makeup artist and eventually a Licensed Cosmetologist. It started out as something I did because I wasn’t as interested or enthused about college as I thought I’d be, so I’d sit in my room and watch tons of YouTube videos and I learned how to do my own makeup.

Then of course I’d go on to be swindled into doing my friends and their friends, and eventually I was given the title “makeup artist”, it chose me, I didn’t choose it. Eventually, I would move home to Detroit and work and learn the business under my mentor, Rashida “The Glam Doctor” Williams. After working under her for a year I took my talents back to Atlanta, GA where I eventually began working for MAC Cosmetics all while growing a pretty hefty clientele as well as gaining celebrity clients, working alongside the creme de la creme of Atlanta makeup artist community. The artists I was able to meet during my time and even after MAC are still literally some of my biggest influences for my artistry and personal growth. I feel like even from just being able to keep up with each other through social media, it still pushes all of us to be greater, work harder and cheer each other on during the process.

I’ve have been granted the opportunity to land clients from all different walks of life. From my everyday women who I absolutely adore and have even built relationships outside the makeup chair to industry trailblazers. From being able to work The Makeup Show with AJ Crimson, Bronner Brothers with Danessa Myricks, to being of personal assistance during IMATS Atlanta with Derrick Rutlegde, and traveling around the country and the world with clients, makeup has brought me tons of highs but I can’t mention the highs without the lows.

Being a makeup artist, I had to have a major hustle. This is not for the faint of heart. You have to be determined. You have to have BIG FAITH and you have to be so sure that this is what you want because this will surely take you on a ride that the school of life you have been enrolled in could’ve never prepared you for. You have to be ready and willing to sacrifice. Being a makeup artist isn’t only about the glitz and glam. You become a therapist, a confidant, your space becomes for some clients a safe space. You have to be ready for all different kinds of energy exchanges. All while remaining on the top of your game. I had to do this as an introvert and fight through major anxiety and depression, trust me, it hasn’t always been the smoothest ride. There have been times, I didn’t have 2 pennies to rub together and just wanted to give up. I’ve had my “noodle diets”, I’ve had a car repossessed, I’ve had to give up an apartment, I’ve had utilities cut off. I’ve been through my share of lows and did this while still showing up with a brave face, giving my absolute all and you would never know the weight that I was carrying. I knew that God had a bigger plan for me and I just had to keep being faithful and remain focused. Being able to do makeup would bring me joy and make me happy, it would pull me out of my rut.

No matter what was or wasn’t in my account or how bad I was going through it at home, knowing that every dollar that was coming in had a bill’s name on it. I never gave up, I never let it discourage me. It only made me go even harder. I’ve been able to do the unimaginable, things I couldn’t see for myself before, I’m doing now and I have makeup and the clients and that rally around me and believe in me to thank for that. I now live in Los Angeles, CA and how I even got here was mind-blowing. On Friday January 3rd, 2020 around 6pm I got a call for a job that was set to start on January 6th at 9:30am. The gag is that I was living in Detroit, and the job was in Downtown Los Angeles. Hmm, how was I going to do that. Well, I took the job in LA (they didn’t know that I wasn’t exactly local), in my mind they didn’t know that as long as I showed up on Monday at 9:30am. I told my mom I had to leave, she helped me pack my bags and by 7am Saturday I was on the road. I had only told a couple of people that I was leaving and I drove 33 hours to my cousin’s place in Sherman Oaks, CA where I would stay while I worked on set. It all happened so fast, the move, working, meeting new people, I felt like the life I was living wasn’t even mine.

I frequently had panic attacks because the change was so sudden, I didn’t even have time to process what I had done. I literally quit my job and moved to California literally within the blink of an eye. It was definitely probably the biggest leap of faith that I’ve ever taken in my life, let alone my career. I told you that makeup has literally done for me things that I could’ve never imagined. The opportunities are endless. Now, I’m here in LA during one of the craziest times in America, in a new city, not working, but I have my faith and like every other time, I’ll be just fine. I’ve always had family and friends that have cheered me on, congratulated on my wins, talked me through the losses, never judged me and complimented me on how big my faith is and how I trust myself to make such big moves so often. My family and friend make sure that I’m covered, they pray for me and that’s all I’ll ever ask of them on this journey. I’ve always trusted God with everything that I do and every decision that I make. My prayer has always been to order my steps and if I stray lead me back to you. Keep my eyes focused on everything that is for me but is of you.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a makeup artist, what brings me the most joy is being able to create effortless, timeless yet still glamorous beauty looks for my clients. Even looking back at how my work has evolved over the past ten years, the look has pretty much encompassed the same natural elements. The evolution and growth of my artistry has been so beautiful to watch.

My work speaks to the women who often just need a reminder that makeup can be worn whenever and however you see fit. I have women of all ages and races who look to me for beauty advice and because of this, I’ve made sure that the work that I put out and what I intentionally create is something that is for every woman. My goal is to make sure that women FEEL as beautiful as they LOOK.

I pray to always remain a champion of womanhood personified through beauty and excellence and I will continue to pay it forward as others have so graciously done for me as a respected beauty authority and resource.

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.” – Rumi.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is the freedom to be able do what you love without limits. To be able to overcome obstacles, to beat the odds, to be free. Success is saying YES to yourself. Success is letting faith lead you. Success is being able to not only say “God, I trust you” but to believe it with your whole being and without doubt. Success is knowing that faith and fear cannot coexist. Success is trusting yourself and trusting God.

The most important characteristics that are most essential to your success is simple, have faith, be faithful, trust and know God, remain humble, know that it is not you but is God. Learn to be quiet and be still. Listen more than you speak. Always be willing to learn, you won’t always be the teacher. Pray and be specific. Make room for all that you are asking for, declutter. Be okay with sacrifice.

Know that it was already written.

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Image Credit:
photographer – Q11 studio, dbeltonmedia

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