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Meet Champaine Ivy of CalypsoBeauty in Los Angeles and Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Champaine Ivy.

Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I remember noticing makeup for the first time on a magazine cover featuring Aaliyah. This was around the time she released her “Try Again” video; She had a Smokey eye that was to die for, and as eager as I was to go and smear heavy black makeup on my face, my mom wouldn’t dare let me wear it at the age of 13. For me, Aaliyah was so cool, because she was this sweet girl, but with an edgy something that was beautiful and yet still so natural.

Growing up I loved watching my mom and grandma get dressed up to go model in fashion shows. I’ve always admired how beautiful they were. By 21, I was fully in love with all things beauty, but expressed my creativity through canvas art and pottery. At the age of 26, I decided to take a leap of faith, quit my day job at Lady’s Footlocker, and become an Assistant Manager/ artist at MAC. Landing that position was not only a dream job, but it provided me with many of the fundamental tools I still carry with me today! During my time with MAC, I was exposed to a few professional artists who had gotten their starts the same way I had. Each encouraged me to pursue a career beyond the counter. Just the idea of this, and the opportunity to empower beauties everywhere was a no brainer for me. So in 2013, I shifted my focus towards the entertainment and e-commerce industry. Up until this point, no other career had afforded me the space to be creative, impactful, and happy at the same time! Though I have always had a creative spirit, I was sure that this was where my heart belonged. In the same breath, it didn’t take long to realize that entering this level of artistry would be a totally different ball game. But with any new game, you must first learn the rules, perfect the skills, and study the players that came before you. This is exactly what I did! I applied what I picked up previously, and taught myself everything else. I guess you can say I made makeup my new course of study. Every step I took from then on was a step towards mastering the art of makeup.

After 10 years, one thing has remained constant. I still encounter clients that have shared the times an artist wasn’t able to identify their complexion. So I created “CalypsoBeauty”! The brand specializes in gorgeous clean looks. They can be found on the likes of Elise Neal, Ester Dean, Dave Hollister, Nick Grant, and models like @Lil_ann, and Joy Green. I’m humbled to have my work be featured in over 20 publications; some of which include Teen Vogue, E! and Galore Magazine. My looks have been featured on the red carpet for movies like the mega hit, Pitch Perfect 3, movie posters for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the May 2018 cover of Lumiere Magazine. In addition to nods from celebs like Kelly Rowland, Nikki Minaj and Sevyn Streeter, CalypsoBeauty is quietly becoming a brand worth discussing. CalypsoBeauty, services the Los Angeles, and OC areas as well as internationally for your destination beauty needs.

When I think about how I got here, I believe “The Secret”, Whitney, hard work, and Ester has a great deal to do with it. Having “laser focus” as Whitney would say is how I’ve seen growth in my career. But creating vision boards, meditating, and being grateful are most unexpected wins. Which became some of my proudest moments I’ve had to date.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It wasn’t always champagne and strawberries! Being self-taught meant there was no one holding my hand. No one showing me how to master looks or giving me product knowledge and tips and tricks. I had to figure it out on my own. Networking, getting brands to notice you, and landing paying gigs were definitely hurtles I had to overcome. There’s a reason you’re called a struggling artist in the beginning. Keeping my seat full wasn’t easy, often it was inconsistency that would push me to wanting to quit and pursue a normal job. Learning the business, was tough. Luckily, my family kept pushing me to keep going no matter what I knew or didn’t. I worked so hard to let myself let quitting be what stops me.

Living in 2018 as a freelance celebrity artist means being met with the era of Instagram! The market is saturated so as a new artist it could seem intimidating but, I’ve learned there’s enough glitter to go around!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the CalypsoBeauty story. Tell us more about the business.
CalypsoBeauty is all about my artistry, photography and brand content creation. My role has many hats including being a partner. Whitney’s role in CalypsoBeauty is Photography & Management. Together we create a unique experience that allows us to produce amazing content for your promotional, branding, and social media needs. My body of work consist of heavy melanin rich content with a vogue editorial feel. Attention to details is what helps showcase my artistry skills for perfecting skin, enhancing eyes and highlighting the most gorgeous features your face already has.

My clients often tell me I make them look how they feel on the inside… just beautiful!”

This sets me apart, because I’m not afraid to take risks. Being fearless and chartering into unknown territory is how I landed my first movie poster with Johnny Depp. Creating bold looks mixed with subtle components is where my artistry thrives.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
When it comes to luck I’m not sure how much it plays apart in my life. I figure myself to be more blessed than lucky.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Models @asmakamara @Joy Green, @lili_ann @nyadhuor
Photographer @walkerwhitneyphotos and @jassiou and @Dopeitsdonn @jayfeomthegram

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