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Conversations with the Inspiring Marie Alvarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Alvarez.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started cosmo school back in 2011 right when I graduated from high school. I attended Paul Mitchell in Alhambra. I got my cosmo license after trying 2 or 3 times. I wanted to just walk away and not continue with it. But I went thru it and finally passed. I started doing makeup since 2013. I started off assisting at a hair salon then I got a job at a photography studio doing hair & makeup. I was doing hair and makeup for an oncoming fitness tv show. One thing I was nervous about was makeup. I didn’t feel good enough I felt like I could have done a better job. But the pictures would come out good. So, that made me happy! I stopped working there then went to a restaurant and was there for about 3 years. I applied at Blushington in West Hollywood a year and a half ago. I felt like I could have had more knowledge about makeup before applying but I went for it. I got hired on the spot! A couple months passed by and I was getting a couple bad reviews, so they decided to put me in training AGAIN! Which I was mad about but I told myself and I continue to tell me myself I can be better so why not! After that week of training, I was getting the request left and right. I became a senior artist after that. I would take an hour to an hour and a half on a client, now, I take 30-45 min on a client! I’ve got to work with such amazing people and meet amazing people! When you find something you love, it won’t feel like work! So now, here we are, a year and a half later and I got promoted to assistant manager in Brentwood one of our new stores! I’m so happy, I have a good team to help manage! I’m that girl who would always doubt herself even if I people would always tell me I’m very talented. I’ve grown so much as a person and my artistry has grown that I don’t doubt myself anymore. I know I got this, I know I can be the best of the best. Believe in yourself!!! Hard work pays off!

When you find something you love to do, stick with it! Not everyone is lucky enough to do what they love!!! Prove yourself wrong with other! Be that shining star! Love all your supporters because if it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be where you are at!!! They are the ones that give you that extra push, thank them all the time! Another thing DON’T give up, believe in yourself and everyone will too! ❤️ Let your haters be your motivation!

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?
It has not been a smooth ride! It was a lot of tears!!! It was a lot of putting myself down. I thought no one believed in me because I was the last one to believe in myself. But I’m glad I had the most amazing supporters that pushed me to be my best! They picked me up when I was going to give up.

Some advice I give is don’t be afraid to ask for advice. There is always room for growth! Follow your dreams! Be happy, keep learning, don’t let others bring you down & know your worth!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Blushington story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a makeup artist. I have been doing makeup since 2013. I can do anything from the no makeup, makeup look to bridal to dramatic. I would say, I’m known for the eye makeup I do.

As far as where I work which is Blushington in Brentwood, we are known as “feeling pretty is priceless”

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Go for it! Believe in yourself. You will change as a person but in a good way! People will hate you and people will support you. Let the ones who hate on you lift you up and motivate you! They will be your #1 motivation. Don’t be afraid to go out get it! Make it fun! Love what you do. Do what you love! The more you put yourself, the more people will notice you!

I’ve probably done more than 250 people’s makeup this past year and a half.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 626-692-3577
  • Email: mua.mva@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Mua.mva


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