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Meet Isabel Valencia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabel Valencia.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always been fascinated with makeup application and makeup as an art form. As a child growing up in Sonora, Mexico, I used to play with my mother’s makeup and I would apply it to my sister Marisol for fun.

I was inspired by beautiful Mexican actresses such as Thalia Sodi and Ximena Navarrete (Miss Universe 2010). They were beautiful and glamorous, I wanted to capture their looks.

I moved to San Diego CA, where I earned my citizenship, and I learned makeup at Bellus Academy under instructor Michelle Sandoval, who had tons of knowledge and experience in the industry. She was my greatest inspiration, and she always encouraged to work at my craft and to never turn down a job!

The lessons I learned from her will always help me in a shoot or show.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The struggles I’ve come across in the industry are much like everyone else’s starting out. I am a mother and it was hard having to balance my life and my goals, as I tried to gain a foothold in the industry. Industry-wise, there’s a lot of competition and Living in San Diego there weren’t as many opportunities to do shows or films like there was in Los Angeles. I also had a full-time job, so I had trouble finding the time and the energy to work a show or do someone’s makeup. On my days off, I would use the chance to do those things and gain experience and market my skills. Social Media helped me advertise my brand as well.

MU by Isabel Valencia – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a freelance makeup artist who specializes in natural looks and glowing skin, with subtle accents.

I do special occasions, bridal, airbrush, mature, print, film, stage and special fx.

I work with neutral colors, shading to preserve the real looks of the client, and enhance their natural beauty. I work very well with others, and my personality and willingness to learn new things, helps me evolve as a makeup artist.

I’m most proud of the fact that clients respond well to my work and enjoy my looks for them. At the end of the day, it’s their beauty that shines through in my art. That is always my goal.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me in not defined by money or power, it’s by the legacy you leave behind in life. It’s about earning respect from your peers while staying true to yourself. I will never compromise my beliefs, and I will always be someone in the industry who is honest and trustworthy. I’m confident in my skills, and I feel that a positive attitude is extremely important in this industry. I’m also thankful for support from my family, friends, clients, models, hairstylists, photographers, event planners, and designers.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 619 823 7613
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @isabelvalencia0
  • Facebook: Isabel Valencia

Image Credit:
Photography: 656photography, Joseph M. Mustin, Jeff B. Esquire, Chelsea Evenstar, Trudy Moylan Photography. Designer: Veteran Couture Hairstylist: Janette Cruz Models: Milynn Sarley, Mercedez Young, Jena Miliani Masero, Fae Lalune, Hanna Datskevich.

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