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Conversations with Meghan Mizell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meghan Mizell.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
What’s funny is I grew up in a very conservative household so makeup was never really something that I wore until my early 20s. And I actually ended up going to school for opera and got my bachelors in classical voice. I performed and taught voice lessons for a number of years but it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. I was open to discovering something else I’d like to do and had always been naturally artistic so I started to play with makeup. I noticed I was picking it up fairly quickly and started posting videos online. I did anywhere from making tutorials or just little lip application videos. At this time, I was working for Sephora and suddenly my videos started getting re-posted by very large makeup accounts. This made my Instagram account grow quite quickly and I gained more recognition as an artist. That happened about seven years ago I’ve been riding the wave ever since. Even after all these years, I still absolutely love it. I feel very lucky to not just have one passion but to have been blessed with two. Now I’m a traveling, multi-published makeup artist who’s had the opportunity to serve celebrity, high-end clientele. I live to be on set, creatively collaborate with photographers, and for the transformation of before and after. I have also taken the time to learn and understand how to work with all skin tones. This is something that was very important to me early on in my career to be able to work on any race or skin tone. It makes me feel more accomplished for myself as an artist and also for the clients I have the pleasure of glamming.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I would say the biggest struggle about being a makeup artist or any artist for that matter is that you have to be your biggest advocate. Whether it’s friends or family, typically people will try to steer you away from being an artist and instead find a “safer” job like being in the medical field or working for a corporation. For the majority of my career, I did not have a lot of outward support from my family until I started to get published and gain more recognition. So the belief that you have in yourself and your vision has to be completely unwavering. It’s an inner strength and a special ability to have that perseverance within yourself, and what you are determined to accomplish. If you truly believe that you have a special talent then it is worth it to show up for yourself every single day.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
There are many types of makeup artists who specialize in certain types of looks whether it’s more special effects or editorial however I would say my niche is more of a complete glow-up. And I say this in the sense of I am able to make someone look like the most beautiful, absolute best version of themselves. One of my talents is I’m able to just look at someone and know exactly what colors I need to use on their skin tone, the exact product I need to make their brows look more lifted, make their lips look fuller, make their nose look slimmer, etc. catering to the highest beauty standard if you will. A lot of times when you are hired to work on set, you work with models you’ve never seen before. You don’t know what their skin tone is if they are oily or dry if their brows are groomed if they have any skin sensitivities… Being able to think and perform at your highest level on a moment’s notice, is something I thrive off and a challenge I always look forward to. When I’ve completed a look on a client and their reaction that they’ve never felt as beautiful as they did in that moment, is the biggest reward for me. It is why they continue to use me for years after and why I’m requested to work in other states as well. It’s my top priority to provide the highest standard of makeup application possible so they have that feeling every single time.

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Jinette Flores Diamond Geiger Darnell P McCoy

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