Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille A. McKay (Evans).
Camille, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My makeup journey surprisingly came into fruition backwards. If you asked me 10 years ago what I wanted to be it was a hard answer of a Television Producer. It wasn’t until I got my first taste of beauty working for Estée Lauder over 10 years ago I realized my calling. I can recall I was only 5 years old when my teacher busted me out during Circle Time asking me if I had Mascara on. Which I did, and how my mom missed my spidery lashes still puzzles me!
I didn’t last too long behind the counter at first because I was so thirsty for the knowledge of beauty. I found a mentor which I stalked for almost two years prior and she put me on everything, like my fairy Makeup Mother literally. I assisted my first TV show with her working with people like Amber Rose and Kid Capri. The industry was so new at the time to me and Instagram wasn’t even a thing. So I joyfully pride myself in saying I loved makeup before it was cool. I took the time to learn about the greats like Pat McGrath, Sam Fine, and Reggie Wells. People that popularized beauty for the Black Community.
After assisting for some time, I took a stab back into the makeup counter and of course became a MAC Girl. For about 5 years I worked at Fox Hills one of the top counters. I was doing Karli Redd among some other growing reality stars. I was able to meet women that taught me. MAC was my makeup school. So I’m able to say I’m self-taught.
Flash forward to now 9 years into my makeup career, I have had numerous magazine tiers, music videos, and even short films. I obtained my Esthetician license as well because I needed another component to fall in love with too! As of November of 2017, I have my own full service and traveling makeup business full time. I love having a steady clientele that has pushed me and believed in my dreams even when I thought they were small. I’m a mother of two beautiful children and a wife. I stay busy because I’m not even half way to my goal of creating my own Brow Line!
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?
I’m not sure what smooth is this industry. There have been so many droughts. Times where it didn’t seem like this wasn’t for me at all. Frustrated from not being able to take specific jobs or not getting them at all. Not being appreciated or compensated monetarily. To plain just taking trade for print jobs. It’s all about being open and able to learn. Professional but firm. Being able to have a group of other artists that share your sentiments has made things a lot easier as well. I have never hesitated to call a fellow artist to ask their opinion on a gig or even have a gig offered to me. That is actually how I got one my top clients Nichole Lynel. Being transparent has saved me and helped me to flourish in this industry I love so much.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a Beauty Professional. A California Licensed Esthetician, and Makeup Artist. I specialize in Makeup Applications and Waxing. I am most proud of the fact that I finally decided to give up my corporate job as of February this year to fully pursue my business. I would never proclaim to be the best makeup artist. That’s just not in me, but I will say this I offer the most upmost professionalism when you are in my chair. I provide each and every client with a service that allows them to forget I’m a stranger. I treat all my clients the same and like it is their first time with me. I make my schedule so flex for everyone to be able to book. I’m considerate and timely. Having clients from when you know you were reckless at blending and couldn’t do a winged liner to save your life is true loyalty.
What were you like growing up?
I’m a rebel without a cause, period. I’m inquisitive, I’m sensitive, and I’m an open book with no filter. I’m a Gemini and I present anyone in my life with the best of both worlds. I was raised by a single mother and generations of government workers. I’m talking about 401K and retirement plans. So figure I’ve completed college and I’m telling my family I want to be an artist, or what they heard work for free! I grew up lovin and indulging in anything arts. I’m a human juke box and abnormally know so much about television and movies. I was an only child for a while so I had plenty time to imagine and create a fantasy world of Barbie’s and all their beauty. Dress up was always my thing. I adored watching my mother apply her rouge and the way her asymmetric blonde hair laid so perfect. I was the kid to stay up and watch music videos on BET just to see what the artist makeup and clothes looked like. Motherhood however has grounded me and centered me in a way I couldn’t imagine. I think twice about being reckless, I kill a lot of negativity with kindness, and when it really gets tough I bust out in a Missy Elliot “I Can’t Stand the Rain” dance move!
- Basic Makeup Applications $85
- Brazilians $45
- Brows $20
- Address: 5612 W. Manchester Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
- Website: www.camillearianemakeup.com
- Phone: 2133996586
- Email: email@example.com
Amber Diamond for XXL Magazine