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Meet Ady Sanchez-Macarty of Makeup by Ady in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ady Sanchez-Macarty.

Ady, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was always doing my best friends hair and makeup as a kid. I would tweeze everyone’s eyebrows at lunch in high school and do my friends hair and makeup for winter formal. It always felt natural and second nature. After graduating high school, I found myself overcomplicating what it is that I thought I was meant to be doing.

I started at FIDM and that didn’t feel right. Then, I got my real estate license and did that for a number of years while still juggling makeup on the side and trying to build a portfolio. At that point, I was getting closer to what I liked, making my own schedule and being my own boss! Eventually I made the move to LA where I got my first TV show (Fashion Star on NBC) and also admitted I wanted to sing. Both of those things scared me so, so, so much though! Deep down, I wanted to live my life as an artist. I wanted a life where I could create constantly and get paid for it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? There has been some ups AND downs, most definitely! Transitioning out of jobs along the way has been a tough one. There were actually a couple points in my life where I had to start over, my divorce being one of them. I’m lucky enough to have very loving and supportive parents. Starting over wasn’t so bad with them on my team. However, it was a huge eye opener to always be very honest with myself. Not everyone is as lucky as I was to have a support system. I wasn’t about to let those lessons go in vain. I believe if you lie to yourself about what makes you happy you will eventually find yourself at square one, learning the same lessons over and over again. We’re here on this earth to grow, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I knew the hard times were just growing pains. So, there I went, on my mission to be honest with myself and to learn to fall in love with myself in a way I never had before.

Please tell us about Makeup by Ady.
I’ve done all sorts of work in the beauty industry like writing my E-book, “Making it in Makeup”.

I felt like when I needed guidance the most, it was the hardest to find. That’s why I wrote the book. I poured out everything I’ve learned the hard way in my makeup career so far.

I really like talking so being in front of the camera is super fun for me. I loved my spokesperson work and teaching jobs. Hosting the pink carpet at BeautyCon was another perfect mixture of what comes naturally to me. I can’t believe I hesitated in moving to LA! It has all the elements to curate a career that will continue to fulfill me as I evolve.

These days my business consists of a lot of TV work. I seem to have attracted a beautiful clientele of likeminded women as well and clients in general that bring much more than just business to my life.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Follow your bliss and honor yourself. Everything else is noise.

The most important lesson I’ve learned is listen to your heart. Someone once told me, “Your head will tell you every reason why not to do something but your heart will never lie to you.” That resonated so much with me. When I focus my energy back to what feels natural to me, I feel the happiest. I was not happy in an office. I was not happy in a commission only job that wasn’t creative. There were lessons I had to learn by living them and practicing the art of listening to what I truly want.

Also, the lessons I’ve learned have mostly been through “negative leverage”. I’m putting “negative leverage” in air quotes because, to me, it’s not negative or bad rather. Feeling fed up with your current situation is such a powerful state to be in. It’s sometimes the leverage you need to make a change.

The more I realize my emotions and life experiences are my teachers, the more I align myself with the life I want. Makeup and music are my passions, my babies and they fulfill me now but if there is anything I’ve learned is that life is an infinite well of possibilities and I’m so excited to have no idea what’s ahead.

Here are two of my music videos:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
From top to bottom:

Personal Photo taken by Gustavo Turner

Editorial Photos by:
Model: Alexa Alex Times Lacza
Styled by Alyssa Chrencik
Hair by Dawn Marie Carter

Lips series by:
Model: @c0neja

My EP cover shot by:

Random work photo of Jessica Vohs, and I. Jess is one of my best friends in the universe who I get to work with all of the time because she does wardrobe. That’s us on set for a commercial.

Photos taken by Herbert Collins for a “Black Lives Matter” demonstration I put together in Hollywood

Behind the scenes of Betsey Johnson getting a touch up.

India-Haylee Alex Barton shot by @Devi
Hair: Veronica Glass @veeglass
Wardrobe: @prince.andru

Gary Lyons
Model: Rechele Schank

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