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Life & Work with Ever Mack

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ever Mack.

Hi Ever, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Whenever I have to explain who I am, I feel a bit like Hannah Montana. I say that because there are two very different and simultaneously authentic versions of who I am: Political Ever and Makeup Artist Ever.

I was born and (mostly) raised in New York. My whole family lives there to this day. I said mostly because I spent a significant part of my childhood living in Barbados which gave me a unique worldview from an early age but we’ll talk about that later. Anyways, as a kid, I was always doing something creative from making those duct tape flowers to being in the school theatre program. I loved to sing, dance, all of that. At some point when I reached high school, I started to feel like I needed to be more pragmatic in my interests. That shift coincided with a sobering realization of how messed up the world really was. Living in Barbados taught me a lot about my privilege but growing older and learning that a lot of the things we were taught in school were the “conquerors” version of history and not a balanced truth radicalized me. I went from being the performing arts kid to the social justice kid. And so by the end of high school, I was the Senior Class President, President of the Black Culture Club, Member of Youth Court and a Youth Advisor for my State Senator. When it was time for me to go off to college, I majored in Political Science and thought I was going to go to Law School right after.

I was fortunate enough to go to the Illustrious Howard University which gave me the space to start to figure out who I was outside of my family and everything I had known growing up. That’s where I realized how much I loved makeup artistry. I had been doing makeup “on the side” since 8th grade. I had had an unfortunate eyebrow waxing experience which first introduced me to makeup and after having to fill them in everyday and finally figuring out how to not look like the Groucho Marx; I’d have friends ask me to play on their faces. It turned into an organic love for doing makeup but at the time, I never considered it a viable career. When I got to college, I was checking all of the “boxes” but felt utterly unfulfilled. Some friends wanted to audition for a modeling org and although I wasn’t really interested in modeling, they were taking applications for makeup artists. I was able to do makeup on a range of skin tones, types and textures. It was the best practice I could have asked for. I ended up doing makeup for Springfest and Homecoming which were huge to-do’s at Howard. Homecoming was sponsored by MCM and the Dapper Dan Gucci collection when I did it, I was only 18! I think that experience showed me that I’m not only good at what I do but I feel a level of fulfillment in it. I love being able to help people see the beauty in themselves.

I graduated school this past May after I earned my degree in Political Science in three years. After it was all said and done, I had served as the Vice President of the Howard University College Democrats, Finance Staffer for the Howard University Student Association and as a Member of the Ethics Committee and Review Board for the DC College Democrats. I was the Public Policy intern for Ms. Angela Rye and her political advocacy firm, Impact Strategies LLC. I also served as the Political Fellow for Emerge America. To this day, advocacy remains at the core of my interests.

My college experience coincided with the pandemic and so I was only able to be on campus for about 1 ½ years. Being remote meant I lost what I had imagined my college experience was going to be and instead was able to reimagine my life as well as my business. I had a few people I knew in Los Angeles and started traveling back and forth for gigs. I made some awesome connections and working relationships which led to me getting published for the first time as well as doing my first movie. After graduating and building my portfolio, I made the leap and moved to LA. I’m still working in politics remotely and have been fortunate enough to land a position with an amazing org which allows me the flexibility to continue to scale my business as a makeup artist. At 20 years old, I now have my own studio and am accepting new clients!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve definitely had my struggles along the way but I do believe that I’ve been blessed to have been able to learn and grow from every obstacle I’ve faced. Personality-wise, I’ve always been really ambitious. Regardless of what it is I did, I always wanted to do my best which more often than not to me meant to be “the” best. As a result, I’ve typically been really good at maintaining an optimistic mindset. And yet, ironically enough, if I had to point out one main struggle for me, it’s been self-doubt. As I continue to grow, I recognize that the biggest struggle any entrepreneur faces is self-doubt. It took a lot for me to realize that moments of self-doubt are normal, especially when you choose a path that no one else can see. I hold myself to a really high standard and I’ve had to learn to be more gentle with myself. I’ve also realized that being optimistic in school and in the real world are two very different things. In school, life is more or less planned out for you and as an adult, you do the planning. It’s imperative that you give yourself space to make mistakes and learn from them because how else can we improve.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a 20-year-old published Make Up Artist and New York native. I’ve been refining my skills as a MUA for over eight years. I’ve been blessed to have developed my own loyal clientele and a resume that includes everything from weddings to NYFW. My love for beauty is overshadowed by my love for making individuals feel good about themselves and this is my goal each and every time she meets with a client.

I specialize in makeup for women of color which I’m really proud of because we are the least catered to in a field in which we are the backbone. Most of my work reflects this. Some of my career highlights include working NYFW 2020 and 2021, Roots 2019 Fashion Show, being published in Vulkan Magazine, and having my portfolio featured for Format.com! My first film, Eunetta, will be debuting soon and I am really excited for that as well.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that nothing is impossible. For as played out or cliche as that might sound it really is the truth. It’s the most empowering thing when you embrace it. Had you told me a year ago today where I’d be and what I’d be doing, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. When I look back at where I was, it really is crazy how fast things can change. It took me a while to appreciate how much power I really have to change my circumstances and that, inversely if I feel I’m coming up short, it’s my responsibility to reevaluate my actions and processes. Embracing the idea that my fate is in my hands and letting go of the mentality that life happens to me has really changed my life for the better.

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Cindy G. Romero GL Askew Seneca Williams Graphiking Photography

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