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Meet Jessie Yarborough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Yarborough.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a North Carolina raised girl who always dreamed of California. I packed up my bags at 18 with no money, no car, barely a makeup kit, a one-way ticket, and incredibly high hopes. It’s as corny as it is true. After going through a lot of hardships at a young age, I decided to take control and create the life I wanted. My whole life I wanted to be a makeup artist, I started in taking it seriously in high school helping out with school plays and doing any photoshoot or being apart of any small budget student project people would let me. I skipped my senior prom to do makeup for a music video, once I started, I could not be stopped. I was in love and determined to make makeup artistry my career. I have now been in LA for 5 1/2 years and have created a career I love, but am still writing the story. It has barely begun in my eyes.

Please tell us about your work.
I am a makeup artist. I help to make people feel beautiful, create aesthetics in music videos, and films and pull together a whole red carpet look with a perfect red lip or a perfect glow. I love to enhance natural beauty and am a pretty light-handed makeup artist. I never want to hide what makes someone who they are, I always hope to make someone leaving my chair feeling the most beautiful because of the makeup, but also hoping I was able to bring out and make them aware and enhance what naturally makes them beautiful.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
At the beginning of my career even though I had dropped everything to move across the country and believed in myself so deeply, I still allowed myself to let me create realistic dreams. I settled and focused and put a lot of energy into parts of makeup I didn’t even enjoy like special effects. I think it allowed me to learn my passion for red carpet and photo, and that I wanted to pursue that part of makeup so I don’t regret it but I wish I had put more energy into creating the career I wanted. I also would encourage people to just do it, to dive right in, and take chances, reach out to artists you admire, and start creating the network of people you want to create with. You won’t lose anything by reaching out.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can view my work on my website, or my Instagram @makeupbyjessiex. Liking, following, and supporting my Instagram is always helpful. Hiring me for my services also always helps and is super supportive, haha. Can I say that? Too blunt?

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                                            Image Credit:
Karen Marie Co, BrainStorm Babe Photography, Meredith Morris Photography

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