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Life & Work with Kori Hayne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kori Hayne.

Hi Kori, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Hi! my name is Kori! Thank you so much for having me, Well, I began testing skincare products in middle school and practiced makeup on my friends/family in 2014. I did makeup for my first wedding in 2014 and I was only supposed to do the bridesmaids but the Bride liked my work so much she had me do her makeup that day! I was working retail and got approached to begin working for Urban Decay Cosmetics inside Macy’s and after working there for 2 yrs, I transitioned into working for a bridal salon where I did in studio makeup appointments and weddings. In this time I decided I wanted to go to esthetician school too– I struggled with as my acne beginning in 6th grade. I got my esthetician license in 2015. I knew amazing makeup started with good skincare. I then went on to join a bridal hair and makeup team in Orange County whom I did countless weddings with while I was doing facials at Massage Envy Spa during the week. From here, I moved by myself to WA state where I worked for another bridal/hair salon doing facials and makeup and then went on to work for MAC Cosmetics at their Pro store and again on the weekends I worked with another amazing bridal team and worked weddings almost every weekend all over WA. it was such an amazing adventure! I moved back to CA 2 years later and worked for a medical spa in San Clemente full time and still continued doing makeup on the side on my own now. In Dec. 2022 I left the medspa I was working at full time and began pursuing my freelance makeup biz full time. I am so passionate about makeup and making other women feel more confident with the power of makeup.I now also offer hairstyling + makeup. In the near future I hope to open a space where I can provide facials, makeup, and hair for brides.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Yes but also NO! lol. I have felt so lucky with how my journey has played out so far although I have definitely hit some bumps in the road. I feel so fortunate to have gotten my first makeup job at Urban Decay inside Macy’s. That job really was fate and I gained amazing hands on experience with women and sometimes men of all ages/sexes/races. I truly feel like if you are working a job you were born to do- opportunities come your way naturally. Don’t get me wrong you do have to work hard still though! I’d say some of the biggest challenges I have faced are comparison with other artists. I have learned that your unique talent is what makes you YOU and that’s what clients want. One thing I had a hard time with quite a bit was talking to my clients as I was doing their makeup.I would see other artists who were so talkative with their clients and I would be so focused and quiet. I wanted to talk with them more and make them feel comfortable but I had to concentrate! I would worry my client didn’t like me because I wasn’t a good conversationalist. But I learned that I don’t have to be like that. I can just be myself and do amazing makeup. That’s what counts! If I sense a client might be uncomfortable with my quietness, I just let them know now I am sorry if I’m a little quiet right now, I’m just trying to focus. This is how I do my best work!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Thank you so much! This is an honor! My specialty is definitely is in Bridal Makeup and Hair for Weddings. My favorite style of makeup that I do is Soft Glam, it’s natural looking and pretty! I also do hair + makeup for all occassions whether it’s engagement shoots, maternity shoots, budoir photos, 1:1 makeup lessons, pagaents, or fashion/beauty work. I am a licensed Esthetician with a specialty of treating acne clients. I’m skilled in a variety of facials like dermaplaning, diamond glow, and hydrafacials. I also do brow and lash tinting. I am not providing facials at the moment, but I will keep you updated when I do start offerring them again! (Stay tuned through my Instagram @glowingwithkori).

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I highly recommend putting yourself out there! Go get that facial from that esthetician you admire on Instagram. Go get your makeup done by that artist you look up to. Listen, learn, and share your passion. This has helped me in so many ways and surrounds you with like-minded people who love what you love.

Research the best schools and ask others where they went and their experiences. Don’t rush into any spot and look at all your options.

Don’t overthink it and just go for it!

You don’t need to have everything to start.

Every appointment, and every wedding is a learning opportunity to be an even better artist/esthetician.

Listen to your clients.

ALWAYS keep your pro makeup kit &/or your esti room clean.

I could go on and on but I will stop there!

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Image Credits:

Gabi Adams – gabiadamsphoto.com (Business Portraits) Jordan King Allen – @jkavisuals on Instagram

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