Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah DeBoer.
Hannah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved makeup and all things artistic. I grew up in a creative household where my mom was a musician and I loved performing with her. I always loved the way she did her makeup. I would sneak into her bathroom in elementary school and swipe on the darkest blue eyeshadow on my lids and bright pink lipstick on my lips. I have always loved bold colors. When I was in the sixth grade, I began performing in school musicals and plays and that’s where my love of makeup began. While performing throughout high school and college, I was known as the “makeup girl”. I loved being known by that. My junior year of college is where it became a passion and I knew it was going to be more than just a hobby.
I took makeup classes and watched every YouTube video I could to learn the basics of SFX and the details of blending. I wanted to know every detail so I would stay up as late as I could, many times till 5am, and blend until my eyes were sore. My eyes would be so puffy in the morning, but it was worth it because I was doing something that lit a fire in me. Most importantly, I knew makeup was something I could always learn from. Whether it’s enhancing natural beauty or complete full glam transformations, it’s for everyone and so versatile. Everything about it brings me so much joy.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road, but is has a been one where I have enormously grown. My main struggle in this industry is definitely comparison. There were many days, and still are days, where I am comparing myself to everyone, makeup artist or not. I can get very nit-picky about every detail in a certain look I create and talk myself out of posting on Instagram because it’s not as good as the artist who originally created it. As much as I love Instagram, I think it is important to know that all artists started somewhere. Every artist didn’t know how to blend at one point in their life, including celebrity makeup artists. Makeup is a skill that is constantly evolving, and everyone has walked out of their house with incredibly harsh lines. I was one of them.
My body image has also been a lifelong struggle. I have always been a curvy girl, and my body type was not always accepted in this industry. There are so many beautiful people in this industry, and it can be hard to remember your own beauty. I am so grateful that we have evolved within the last few years with body acceptance and image, and that there is more diversity in this industry than ever. As hard as it is to get out of the trap that is self-doubt, I am so grateful for the people in my life who encouraged me to keep creating. I would not change a thing about the struggles because they have made me a stronger person and a stronger artist.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hannahraeebeauty story. Tell us more about the business.
The center of my business has always been making people feel beautiful. Every look I have created has always had my client’s personality shine through as well as adding my own personal flare. I never leave a session unless my client is 100% happy with my work. My clients always come first. I am most proud of building a friend like trust with my clients and their loyalty means the world to me. I am most known for my love of color, but I am sucker for soft glam. *Cue Jonas Brothers*
I specialize in full glam transformations (I can never get enough of glitter), but my favorite part of my business is being a part of weddings. It can be intimidating, but enhancing a brides natural beauty brings me the most joy. To know that a bride is trusting me enough to make them look and feel their best on the best day of their life is amazing to me.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
With the way social media has grown over the years, I believe Instagram will still be a heavy influence in the lives of most artists. Everything nowadays is so easily accessible and I believe that’s a great thing. While I don’t think social media perfect, it has made it easy for anyone to access the world of makeup; the simple parts and the complicated. Watching YouTube videos made it easy for me to learn at my own pace without the pressure of time limits.
I will say as much as I love social media and what it teaches people, I do see a trend of going back to basics. I’m noticing a shift in the industry where everyone is moving past the trend of unnecessary steps and getting to the point of the look they want to achieve. Instagram first started by being all about the intimidating carved out brow and is now evolving into the “your brows but better” era. I believe this shift will make people more confident in their makeup skills, whether they be an artist or just starting out. The world of makeup is for anyone!
- Website: hannahraeebeauty.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @hannahraeebeauty
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhIANnaE2rXrn9v6wFcG5A?view_as=subscriber
Photos: David Harvilla