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Life & Work with Queen Pharao

Today we’d like to introduce you to Queen Pharao.

Hi Queen, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started my makeup services and cosmetic line, Slain Makeup LLC, in 2019, but the passion I have for makeup didn’t start there. Growing up in a small town, watching my mother take on the world by starting her own business while being a single mother. She would say, “Beauty is one thing, but having beauty and brains is dangerous.” I loved watching her do her makeup in the morning before going to her office. I felt like there was power inside that makeup, especially once she finished with that signature red lip. Once she left out, I would quickly go to the bathroom and try to imitate everything she had just done; right then and there, I fell in love with the feeling. After a long run with my mother’s successful business, I watched it all decline right before me. She was a fighter and didn’t let that destroy her even when the times got hard. I know I have that blood inside of me that keeps me going. I moved to Central Florida with my sister at a young age, which I would claim today as my hometown. I graduated high school and received several scholarships for different colleges, but I decided to attend a local college first before going out of state.

During that time of college, I remember being a year and a half in, I started to feel depressed. I felt like I was lying to myself about who I wanted to be; I felt like I was doing what everyone else wanted me to do and living everyone else dreams but my own. So one day, I decided to drop out. My family was so upset, but my sister stood right by my side, respecting my decision. She told me, “Ok, now that you’re home, you can’t just sit here all day and do nothing.” So I got a job as a barista inside of mall to support myself. Right across from my job, there were makeup counters, where women would come inside and get their makeup done. I would watch them for hours, even taking down some technique. When the women from those counters would come over to order coffee, I would ask so many questions about makeup like “how to match the skin, what are the top lip colors, and the best techniques.” I know those women were tired of me. Shortly after, I would practice my makeup skills and ask friends to practice them. I would take pictures to learn and grow on techniques I could improve on. Over time, my friends would tell other people that I offered makeup services because I was shy about doing makeup for so long. I always felt I needed to improve when others saw my work differently. I finally took a step out and started to do other makeup, and it went better than I ever thought. The business was great, but I still felt like I could expand and do better.

One day my sister and I decided to sell everything we had and move to Los Angeles to start a new life and develop our business. The first year of moving to Los Angeles was the hardest, and I learned so many lessons, I wasn’t going out that easy. Once I finally got a rhythm of the city, I met new clients and had chances to work with some of the most incredible people. I started my first cosmetic line that offers vegan lipgloss. This product doesn’t just enhance your makeup, but it also helps moisturize the lip, with coconut oil being one of the critical elements. If someone told me three years ago that I would be where I’m at today, I would probably they’re lying. I want to inspire all young women worldwide who have dreams, and they feel like they have to stick to the routine of life. No, you don’t. Just take a chance on yourself at least one time in your life doing what you want to do, not what others think you should do. Write it down in a journal and believe in what you can do or become. So even if it fails or becomes a success, how would you know if you never try?

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?
The year of living in LA was tough getting adjusted to the new weather and the system of how LA works, but once adjusted and learning lessons, it got easier definitely humbles you.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I feel like California has its pros and cons, but the pros outweigh the cons. Taken instance THE FOOD! I love some good soul food from being from the south, I love Dulan’s, it reminded me of a good southern meal.


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