Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Alexis Douthitt.
Hi Nicole Alexis, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a makeup artist and hair stylist here in the Los Angeles area. I’ve been in this industry for almost 10 years! I was inspired to come into the industry because of my mom since she too was a makeup artist.
I found her creativity and talents absolutely captivating and knew from an early age I wanted to be just like her.
My senior year of high school there was a program called “R.O.P.” which allowed students to attend a trade school part-time. I got accepted into that program, and while I remained doing my normal high school classes in the early mornings, I would also attend cosmetology from the afternoon until evening and full time on the weekends. Shortly after high school graduation, I obtained my cosmetology license. From there I went on to finish school at MUD (Make-Up Designory) and became a certified makeup artist for film and television, as well as Makeup FXs.
This career has had many ups and downs, and many times I wasn’t sure if I could continue doing it. However, I was incredibly passionate about it and I was certain there was nothing else I wanted to do, accept to be in this industry. Anytime I felt my dreams were bigger than me, my dad would remind me “that no dream was too big if you continue to work hard enough for it.” “You have to keep believing in yourself, and not give up,” would be his and my mom’s constant reminder to me. So, I never gave up. I kept working hard and taking on small jobs or student films to network with people while maintaining my salon job. My biggest lesson during that time was: If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
Today, Some of my career highlights include: working on award shows like the VMA’s, MTV Fandom Awards, & working on commercials for Tic-Tac Gum, as well as television shows like Teen Mom. I stay very busy working in my studio doing hair as well as doing weddings, photoshoots, and working to continue growing my education, business and brand. It’s become one of my greatest joys making my clients look and feel like the best version of themselves.
October is a very thrilling month for me. I get to show my love for SFX Makeup. Every October I challenge myself to push my makeup limits with a variety of sfx skills, such as body painting, sculpting prosthetics, and even wigs. From as early as I can remember, Halloween was an entire production in our home: my mom would create our costume looks, wigs, and come up with a whole makeup concept. Then, when everything came together, everyone’s mind would be blown at our family Halloween party! I thought that was the coolest thing and I aim so share that same excitement via social media. Today, my mom feels proud to say, “she has officially passed the torch!”
Through the continued support from my family, friends and amazing clients, I am so excited to see what the future holds for my business and much like my mom did for me, I hope to inspire others along the way.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, there have been many times when I wasn’t confident that I could make this a full-time career. It actually took nine years before I was able to make it my full-time job.
The past nine years, freelancing as a makeup artist, and hair stylist was only a weekend thing. Keeping work consistent is something I believe every freelancer struggles with at one point in their career.
I maintained a job within different blowdry bars doing hair, and If I got a really good gig, I would call out sick or have to bribe (yes bribe) someone to cover my shift. Sometimes it would be so last minute and It would be really stressful. I couldn’t turn down the great opportunities because they did lead to even bigger jobs! Eventually, because of weddings and my loyal clients, I was able to ditch the 9-5pm job and work for myself. I am forever thankful for that.
Many times I didn’t feel good enough. I wasn’t confident in my craft, and struggled with “imposter syndrome”. I’m sure every artist is their own worst critic. However over time, I became more confident in myself and my work with the help of my family and my makeup teachers.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in boho hair styling and soft natural makeup. I would absolutely say I am known for and sought after for my boho hair styling.
I like to believe that’s what sets me apart from other stylists. I also don’t cut or color hair, which makes me a little different. I focus on hairstyling in its entirety but thrive in chunky braids with soft beachy waves or half-up styles.
It’s an added bonus that I am cross-certified & licensed in both hair and makeup. I know it can be hard for potential clients to find someone who equally does both hair and makeup. Therefore, I feel that sets me apart. Especially during wedding season.
I think my most proud moment would be when I was the department head of makeup for the VMAS back in 2017. My team and I worked on the remote stage for the performance of D.N.C.E. ft. Rod Stewart in Las Vegas. I watched it when it aired on tv with my family, and it brought me to happy tears. I was so proud. That will forever take the cake as one of the “I made it moments.”
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Oh boy, my sister might kill me for this one.
When I was younger, I loved playing with makeup, ha! There were two instances where I asked my younger sister, Brittany if I could do her makeup.
This one time, I had probably been between the age of 8 and 10, and her about 4 or 5. I had promised her I would make her look like barbie so she agreed. I then proceeded to paint her green and made her an alien. When she looked in the mirror, she about screamed. Needless to say, she never trusted me to do her makeup again. That was until another time when I was in makeup school. She managed to let me put a dog nose on her, and she was not very happy about it when she had to take it off. The photo still makes us (maybe just me) laugh to this day. She was and has been a great sport!
Photographers: Tara Rochelle @tararochellephoto Alexa Jaclyn @alexajaclynphotography Gina & Ryan Photography @ginaryanphoto Luisana Rodriguez @luisanarodriguezphoto