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Meet Lyrica Wafer of Makeup By Lyrie in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyrica Wafer.

Lyrica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Before I was interested in Makeup, I became part of an Acting Agency where I did work on many sets as a background dancer and background actress on Television Shows like 7th Heaven and big movie productions like Tears of the Sun starring Bruce Willis. I ran track in high school and was also in the advanced acapella choir known as the “Chamber Singers.”

After high school, I was accepted to California State University Fullerton I pursued more into dancing and brushing up on my technique in tap, jazz, modern, ballet, lyrical and soon double majored in English. I love writing poetry and have even had some published through Maya Angelou’s publishing company and many more in New York. After college, I got into makeup and modeling and was more interested in the entertainment industry and fascinated at how everything worked.

I found that makeup was my passion and my creativity showed through my work and work ethics. I became a Freelance Makeup Artist, certified twice through Geisha Studios with Celebrity make-up artist and mentor Jason Sanchez. I took my first gig as a freelance Makeup Artist back in 2009 for a model needing headshots for her portfolio. I then realized I wanted to do this forever. I love that makeup and fashion is a forever growing business.

In this industry, there is no right or wrong way to do anything. Trends are forever growing. I learn something new everyday. I teach myself something new everyday. I continue to grow in this business as it continues to expand into another generation.

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?
If anyone says it was a smooth road, they are lying! I believe I am where I am today because of the many adversities that I’ve had to face, not only being a female but a black female. Some of the struggles has been maybe not getting the job/part or gig because of the color of my skin.

Being told to my face my works sucks and I’ll never get anywhere in the industry to being literally stopped in the middle of a makeup application with a celebrity client for them to call another makeup artist right in front of me. I thought my career was done, did I want to give up? Yes. Did I? No!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
First, I am a celebrity makeup artist and specialize in print, film, and tv to bridal makeup! I’m known for my eyeshadow looks, bold lip choices and use of color.

Makeup By Lyrie was established back in 2010 and has stuck with me since then accomplishing doing makeup for RnB Recording Artist Adina Howard, Cecelia Valencia of Power 106, Tamar Braxton and James Wright Chanel to Vivica A Fox and a slew of amazing models in the industry.

I also have a clothing line called Makeup Gang Apparel which is a line dedicated to of course my aspiring and established Makeup Artist and also geared to entrepreneurship.

Everyone associates the word “Gang” as a negative so I wanted to show that being a part of something can be positive, even when you were born and raised in Compton, CA.

Lastly, I am the founder and owner of MUA Brunch LA, an event that I put on once a year for Makeup Artists and entrepreneurs in the industry to come together network and collab with each other. Its a catered brunch along with vendors to shop from and the proceeds go to a local LA Charity.

This year’s event on April 14th, 2019, proceeds will go to Maria’s Closet, a non-profit organization who helps less fortunate teen girls attend their prom by gifting them a dress for their special day.

What were you like growing up?
Actually, growing up in school I was really shy and stayed to myself until I stepped on stage then I showed out. I was always the “black sheep” or always the black girl that performed and was always kind of the outcast because I hung out with a different crowd — not knowing that I just wanted to be accepted by everyone.

Now when it came to being at home, of course, I was more comfortable, I was always in front of the home camera, loved taking pictures, always smiled the biggest showing all my teeth lol. I always wanted to put on talent shows and sing for my family when we had get-togethers.

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