Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Leigh.
Madison, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From a young age, I knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry. When I was fifteen, I had my first on-set experience and after learning from the makeup artists there I was absolutely hooked! I started doing makeup design for all of my school’s productions and after high school, I went straight to makeup school at MakeUp Designory (MUD) in Burbank. After graduating from their Master Program, I started working in print and film and was nominated for my work in the 168 film festival in 2016. From there, I worked with various cosmetic brands like Stila and Laura Mercier, and landed at Too Faced Cosmetics where I work today! I also have a booming bridal clientele in Orange County and love being a part of such special days. Through networking and taking risks, I’ve made incredible connections that have led to my work being published, nominated, etc. I love educating and also get to speak at community events, encouraging young artists to invest in their passions! While there are still many goals that I want to accomplish, I love that I am in a career that allows me to meet new people, help them feel their best and embrace my creativity along the way.
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?
This industry is definitely a competitive one. While I have had many people help me get where I am today, I had to fight for my success and go out of my comfort zone! Especially in my early years in retail, I learned to take criticism gracefully and fight for myself, while also getting thicker skin in some instances. If you’re just starting out I would say invest in your education, whatever that looks like and give yourself grace! Success isn’t something that happens overnight and we need to always be learning. Fight for yourself, take risks and remember why you started.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Madison Leigh Makeup story. Tell us more about the business.
The thing that sets me most apart is the experience that I bring to my bridal clients. While the makeup is definitely the center of the service, I also am extremely intentional about creating an atmosphere that is calm and comfortable, not chaotic or impatient! My brides are my number one priority and I strive to help them feel beautiful in every way when I am doing their makeup. I also come overly prepared! I want to help as much as I can, and this includes bringing miscellaneous items like straws, scissors and safety pins in case of emergency. I don’t just bring a beauty service, I bring a gorgeous, wedding-worthy experience.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Specifically, in the beauty industry, makeup “influencers” have totally changed the game and made it a bit more challenging for clients to see who the true professionals are. There are so many people that call themselves “makeup artists” and charge next to nothing when they have no real experience or education, which takes away from those of us that have invested years into our craft! There is always room for newbies and growth, but these individuals take away from the industry because they set low expectations for all of us!
- You get what you pay for! When someone is charging you less than $75, consider what that allows them to afford in products, sanitation, education, etc.
- Website: MadisonLeighMakeup.com
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