Today we’d like to introduce you to Gladyse (GLADICEMUA) Guegue-Perez.
Hi Gladice (GLADICEMUA), can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born & raised in the Philippines. When I was growing up, I didn’t really know what or who I wanted to be, but I knew one thing… I love anything related to art. I hated drawing, and I was bad at it. I wanted to be creative in a different way and that’s how I got into beauty, specifically makeup. When I was in high school & college, I thought I wanted to be a journalist, a news anchor, until I saw my mom get into hair styling and beauty and that industry intrigued me and she became my top influencer. I remember I would use red Lipstick to create a look:Eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, anything that would work to create a look.
In 2011, we had to migrate to the USA to live for good and I was unsure what I wanna do. When I’m still trying to figure out what I wanna do, I started working in a Manufacturing Production company to have employment and income. So I continued to work there and suddenly I talked to my mom and told her I want to pursue the beauty industry and be a Professional Makeup Artist. She was very supportive about it so we started looking for a makeup school, and we found L Makeup Institute. I took the course and got my certification in 2015.
I was working and going to school at the same time. Work during the day, school during night. It was more than 12 hrs of work and school. After graduating I applied for a second job related to makeup like Macys and Kiko Milano to get experience and clientele. On top of that, I got into social media doing tutorials, videos and tagging brands under my makeup looks and at that moment brands were reposting my posts & pictures, featuring me on their site, and that’s how my following and clientele grew on Instagram. In 2018, I got a permanent position at Inglot Cosmetics and left my 7-year employer to be in the Beauty industry for good.
Working at Inglot was all I wanted at first. I was full-time, part-time and freelance for over three years, so much back and forth. I wanted more than just working for a company selling products and doing makeovers at the store. I wanted to be a part of the Vegas beauty community. A lot of people pushed me to do freelance full time because they believe that I have built a clientele and can get clients on my own. So after Pandemic, I became a full-time Freelance Makeup Artist.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
To be completely honest with you, it has not been smooth at all. I was lost in the beginning. Switching jobs was scary enough because I have financial responsibilities. I was risking everything so I can follow my dreams because without these experiences, how do we learn and be successful? I’m grateful I had my family who supported me, especially my mom. I pursued the career I wanted, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I also have the best supporting husband who helped and been with me throughout this journey since before I started makeup. The more experiences and challenges I get, the more eager I am to work. As I learn every single day, I’m grateful and can humbly tell you I make a living, turning my passion into a career is more important than just paying bills. I worked really hard to get where I am today. I realized that doing what you really love is very important to go through your day. Making money is just a bonus.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a traveling Professional Makeup Artist based in Las Vegas for over seven years and I specialize in Bridal, Photoshoots and Glowy looking Makeup! I always believe that one of the most exquisite expressions of art is makeup and as a makeup artist, I have always learned from my client’s one universal rule: Us women want to look fresh, flawless, and beautiful.
I am most focused on Bridal Makeup and one of the bridal works I’ve done has been featured in Rock N Roll Bride Magazine. Weddings are one of my favorites. It’s so fun and dreamy and I love being part of someone’s day, especially when they share their stories and how they met their partners.
One of my signatures is a Głowy neutral look, brushed brows and blushed cheeks. I also offer Destination Makeup Appointments, especially Weddings. My clients have flown me out to different states and my next goal is to travel to different countries to do Makeup and classes.
I also love doing creative photoshoots. Editorial and Boudoir Makeup shoot. I have done models, influencers, pageants and a couple of celebrities here in Vegas and I’ve worked on high-end clients who work or attend the Grammys, Billboard Awards, Latin Awards, UFC and Boxing events.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
In this industry, learning never stops. I feel like I’m still lacking and I want to do more. It never stops and you become addicted to it. For all the hardships I’ve been through I am successful in my own way and I want to be more successful as time passes by. I define success as creating and working really hard to get where you want to be in life. Some people wake up successful, but for me, you have to go through struggle, obstacles, complications, and hardships to be able to call yourself fully successful.
- $250 Bridal Makeup + Travel fee & Mini touch-up kit
- $165-$200 for Individuals or Groups (Bridal)
- $200 for any Events excludes Weddings
Photographers: Thais Viera Photography, Julz Media, Roodi Zuhair Films, Ashleysaraphoto Hairstylists: Megdelacruzhair, Hairmajessty, hairstylist_natalie, Stylesbysuzy Models/Clients: Katie Irene, Acasamayor, Jreysoul, Priyaasimmi, Michellemassis, Katinaalexandria.