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Conversations with the Inspiring Carolina Rodriguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolina Rodriguez.

Carolina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My love of makeup started when I was about eight years old. I remember always getting into my mom’s makeup bags because she had about 7 or 8 and just being amazed by all the colors and products she had. My mom is a huge reason why I love makeup as much as I do. I would always watch her put makeup on in the car and very distinctly remember the rhythm she would stroke her blush on with, funny enough I put it on the exact same way as her.

I remember specifically staying up late (even on school nights) to try to master liquid eyeliner granted it always ended up on the whites of my eyes v. my eyelids also, mind you I was ten at this point. I can’t even tell you how many times I got yelled at for being in 6th grade and wearing makeup to school.

Fast forward, I graduated high school and went to college, and I knew that’s not where I had to be. It took me a long time to get to LA, but it was the best decision I ever made. I came to Los Angeles to attend Cinema Makeup School. It completely changed my life in a way I can’t even begin to express. The people, jobs, and opportunities that arose where endless and that would have never happened if it wasn’t for me taking the plunge to move across the country.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been the furthest from a smooth road. I’ve had so many potholes in my path it’s ridiculous. It’s varied from battling my inner demons, eating disorders, being told you’re not good enough by professionals in the industry, and a death in my family.

My advice to women or anyone for that matter since in my field not only are women killing the game but men too would be if you’re giving it your all and you know it, that’s more than good enough. Don’t ever let anyone professional or not let you feel like you’re not good enough because EVERYONE starts somewhere. If you need to have a moment and cry go to the nearest bathroom or private place and cry but once you’re done make sure to tell yourself that you’re doing what you’re doing because you love it and you yourself know you’re trying, and there’s only room for improvement for the next time.

What should we know about your work? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a freelance makeup artist. I mainly focus on beauty makeup, i.e. weddings, special events, and photo shoots. Every makeup artist has their one thing that separates them from other artists whether it be flawless skin, brows, or shadow. My thing and something I’m always known for is my work with winged eyeliner and my blending. I love anything abstract and Avant-garde.

Something a lot of people fail to realize is how intimate being a makeup artist can be. Women come to me bare faced revealing some of their biggest insecurities, and it’s my job to be as supportive as I can be and give them that moment of happiness of feeling comfortable in their own skin whether that be a full face or glam or a supernatural look.

Makeup is truly a remarkable thing, and I’m so happy I found it in the way I did because it’s my self-expression.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think women have a bigger advantage then what’s let on.. we have a voice that is waiting to be heard. There is no specific opportunity well positioned for women because they are all well positioned for them. The world needs to realize that women are equal to men and men are equal to women. As I said earlier, men are killing the makeup game and destroying social stigma as well as women who are major CEOs for massive companies. So to answer your question, it’s all equal.

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