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Meet Makeup Artist Jessica MacArthur

Today we’d like to introduce you to the lovely Jessica MacArthur.

Jessica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After a series of jobs that I hated, I decided to finally follow my passion. So, I went to MKC Beauty Academy of Hollywood. Immediately I felt like I had finally found my place in life. I started out doing a lot of test shoots trying to network with photographers. This eventually led me to Daeida Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to classic stars and recording artists. Which led me to some of my favorite clientele such as Phyllis Diller. Meanwhile, I needed a steady income so I applied to an open casting for M.A.C. Cosmetics and was hired for a new store. I will forever be grateful to M.A.C. because that’s where I was inspired by other artists. Each customer was so different and as an artist, I dealt with many different facial shapes, features, and skin tones. It was very, very educational.

In 2012 I decided to freelance for M.A.C. while I focused on the Bridal Industry. An industry that again, offered new challenges but felt very rewarding. Right now, I am currently trying to build my clientele and continuing to focus on the Bridal industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. I continue to try and think of new marketing strategies. When I graduated Makeup School in 2007, Social Media wasn’t as popular or even around. Now, with all of the Social Media outlets the competition for being a Makeup Artist is extremely high. Also, in the past, I got stuck in a routine. Especially working in retail. The customers started to ask for the same look over and over. As an artist, you need to push yourself and feel inspired. So, I’m constantly trying to remain grateful and keep my passion for makeup ignited.

What are some of the influences that have played the biggest role in your journey so far?
There hasn’t been just one person that has played a role, but many experiences. When I worked for Daeida Magazine, I met some extraordinary people that inspired me. I knew that without my path of makeup I would have never met Cloris Leachman, Leslie Ann Warren or Patti Page. There was another time that I worked on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion because a friend of mine had hired me for her event company. I feel like all these steps and turns in my life has led me to really unique experiences. If I had chosen to ignore my calling towards makeup I wouldn’t be where I am now.

Do you have a favorite type of client or project?
I personally love photo shoots, however, I also love the wedding industry. Lately, my makeup career has been steering towards bridal. Most of my bookings are bridal. I would love to combine my two loves and do an awesome bridal photo shoot!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
Honestly, sometimes I wonder if I should have also learned how to style hair. But, my true passion was makeup. I stayed true to who I was and for that I’m thankful. I’ve met some amazing people through makeup and despite the highs and lows of this industry, I’ve grown as an artist and a business person. So, no, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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