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Life & Work with Ashlyn Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlyn Williams.

Hi Ashlyn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Well, my business all started with a love for makeup ever since I was a little girl. I always would watch my grandmother do her makeup, I would play in her makeup all the time. She even told me when we would hit a Store back in the day that had makeup. I would run right to that area. I couldn’t resist it. From there, my love for makeup and beauty grew. I then would eventually get into social media as a teenager and discovered YouTube. That’s where it took off for me. I watched YouTube Literally all day everyday. I would practice on myself and my family all the time. My passion eventually grew into me wanting to make this into a career. So I begin going to different classes and educating myself about my craft. I did that until I was comfortable enough to take clients.

Makeup was always just my side hustle.

I’ve always had a 9to5 job, but due to Covid-19 I lost my corporate office job, and it was like God telling me this is your time to show me if you would really pursue this wholeheartedly. So I did, and I am. It’s been hard but so liberating.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has not been easy by far I’m in my early thirties. So makeup back when I started was not as booming and popular as it is now. And honestly, I felt true artist who really had a love for the craft was slowly being swallowed up by “beauty influencers”. I definitely felt the market was over-saturated, and maybe this just isn’t for me. I’ve been doing this since high school. So literally a decade, and I wasn’t really seeing growth like I wanted to.

I struggled with being able to buy product for my kit, having a kit, etc.

It definitely hasn’t been easy. Nothing is really a smooth road right. I mean and nothing comes easy thats worth it in the end.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a self-taught makeup artist who specializes in enhancing the natural beauty. I like to also go by the Motto “Touching Souls One Paint Brush At A Time”.

I am known for giving you a flawless, natural yet glammed looked. That can be worn anywhere. I have had clients who message me and tell me that their husbands who dislike makeup. Was in love with my beat. OKKK that speaks volumes. Most Men can’t stand makeup.

I am proud of my growth. In my field makeup is forever evolving and it so beautiful. I will forever be a student. This gift/ talent that I was given.

I don’t take lightly.

What sets me apart is that right there, I am set apart. I was made and created for such a time as this. To heal and inspire with not only my hands but through speaking. Every time a woman sits in my chair.

I get to do ministry. And thats the ultimate goal.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I would say always go for someone who is open to mentor and who is in your field or line of work killing it. Even if you’re only allowed to sit under them 1hr out of the day everyday go for it.

Never think that thats not enough. Any knowledge is better than none. Look for people who already in your village as well if you can that does what you do, and wouldn’t mind helping you. Also, be open-minded and willing to take constructive criticism.

Pricing:

  • Full Glam $100 & Up
  • Basic Beats $85 & Up
  • PhotoShoots $150 $ Up
  • Bridal Glam $150 & Up

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