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Conversations with the Inspiring Dominique Rogers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Rogers.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dominique. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started doing my makeup when I was about 16. To be frank, my insecurities lead me to use makeup. However, as I matured and figured out who I am, makeup actually helped me embrace my natural face and focus on the beauty within my being.

Eventually, my perspective changed and I stopped viewing makeup as a mask but rather viewed my face as a canvas. I became makeup and makeup became me and I use my social media to share that with others.

Has it been a smooth road?
My dream is to influence people of all backgrounds to embrace their beauty and unleash their creativity. Even with good intentions, I’ve faced a lot of push back but I’m grateful for it.

The most common struggle is dealing with negative comments and those with negative intentions. However, the most difficult bump to get over is self-doubt. I’m still learning to brave those bumps along the road but I am in fact enjoying the ride; it makes me strong and keeps me humble.

My advice to other women, especially young women is to believe in the gift you’ve been given and own it. There will be bullies and a lot of bumps along this journey but I encourage you to brace yourself and hold on tight. Never give up on your dream but most importantly, yourself. Nurture your mind and show the world what you’re made of.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a makeup enthusiast/beauty influencer. I post creative makeup and video tutorials. I am most proud of not giving up on my dream and staying true to myself.

I believe what sets me apart is my transparency. Beauty influencers are seen as confident as super models but never tell the story of how they got there. Although my privacy is precious, being open and honest with my audience is what makes me happy; it makes this real.

This is more than makeup. My makeup is art. My art is my emotions. My emotions are my truth. By sharing my truth, I hope to inspire those to embrace their truth and share those experiences. That is what connects us all.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Listen to your gut. There is a huge difference in “this is where I need to be” and “this is where I belong.” It will be tough but the tougher it is, the closer you are. Stay positive, stay focused and you will get to where you belong.

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