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Conversations with the Inspiring Kayla Clinton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Clinton.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kayla. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always loved makeup. Ever since I was a little girl, I would watch in a trance as my mother applied cosmetics to her face – a bit of eyeshadow here, some rouge there, and mascara or lashes to top it all off. I was obsessed with the way it could transform a person into a more confident individual and I wanted that for myself. At the age of 12 years old, I would sneak my mother’s products into my school bag and apply them in the bathroom at school. The way I felt was magical. It was almost as if I was a whole new person. This new found assurance in myself was something I radiated for all to see, and I wanted everyone, and I mean everyone, to feel as good as I felt. This mindset carried on with me through my high school years. I knew I had to create a change in the beauty industry to fulfill my purpose in life. Fast forward to present day, I am a student at FIDM studying Beauty Marketing and Product Development. Though this major focuses more on the product development and operational procedures of designing cosmetics, I know that the skills I have gained will allow me to empower people by creating products that are accessible to all and encourage everyone to be their own beautiful and authentic selves.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to success is never smooth. I am nowhere near to where I want to be, but even getting to this point was difficult. Being told “no” is a hard thing to hear. It doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough, it just means it’s not the place you need to be yet or at all. I have been turned down from jobs, schools, internships, and other positions that I believed were perfect for me at the time. Hindsight, I know now if I had accepted any of them I would have gotten to where I am now at a much slower pace. My advice to any woman wanting to move forward or “level up” in life is to be flexible. If things don’t end up your way, keep your head high and look for more opportunities to come. Life changes when your perspective changes. Stay positive and know that what is for you is already yours. Continue to work hard, and you’ll see how far you’ll go.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I am a working freelance makeup artist, studying the corporate side of beauty so that I can be holistically trained and well rounded. I got my start when I was 12 years old applying makeup to myself solely, and advancing to the faces of my friends and family at the age of 16. Initially, I wasn’t very good, but I made it a point to practice on anyone that would allow me to, so I could master my craft. Truthfully, my skills have become more refined since I moved to LA. I have been able to work on many beautiful and unique faces, which has improved my attention to detail, my application time, and my ability to color coordinate effectively. My proudest moment working as an MUA is doing makeup for nine models (including myself) and being featured in Picton Magazine last year. I was in disbelief when we were selected as one of their features for the month of November, and am forever grateful to my friend Kiera for choosing me to be her makeup artist for the shoot.

I was in disbelief when we were selected as one of their features for the month of November, and am forever grateful to my friend Kiera for choosing me to be her makeup artist for the shoot. I believe my personality is what truly sets me apart from many MUAs in this industry. There are so many unique, proficient, and talented people in the beauty world, but it often takes more than talent to get ahead. I have been told I can make anyone feel good about themselves. Not only with my make-up brushes but with my loving, compassionate, caring, and kind heart. I feel it is important to always be nice and courteous to people because we’re all human and deserve to be treated as such. Though I am not perfect, I do try my best to make everyone that I’m around feel important when we first meet, happy during their appointment with me, and beautiful once I’m done. I try to consistently radiate positive energy in all areas of my life, which is what allows me to stand out amongst the crowd.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Work hard, constantly stay positive, and be kind to everyone. In life, what you say and what you do can positively or negatively affect you. If you remain positive and are kind to all those you encounter, you will continually move forward. Be sure to work hard as well, so that anyone in your presence bares witness to your greatness. Even if you do not end up working with that one particular individual, they will have nothing but positive things to share about you and your work.


  • Full Face Make Up Application- $70
  • Concentrated Application- $35-$60
  • Add Lashes- $5
  • Traveling Fee- $1/mile

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Image Credit:
Kiera Nyree Davis, Grace Boyer

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