Today we’d like to introduce you to Trina Vigil.
Trina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was about 8 years old I had a teenage cousin with a big room full of clothes and makeup. When she would leave my sister and I would go in there and layer on every piece of clothing and pack on the makeup. We would play pretend and it was the epitome of our pretend games. My aunts would always ask how the heck we were able to get out lipstick and eyeliner on perfectly since we had such young hands. My love for makeup began at that young age. I was always doing friends makeup in junior high and high school I even started doing updos for friends. After I graduated high school I wanted to go to beauty school but my dad did not allow it so I went on to have a family and not until I was about 24 I took a makeup workshop at Fred Segal Beauty in Santa Monica. From there I did not really have any confidence in myself nor did I have any guidance. Back then I barely knew how to use email. There was no internet shopping. I ordered my first kryolan concealer kit from a catalog. When my kids were in school full time and my job got real slow at the docks, I signed up for cosmetology school. It wasn’t until after getting my license that I decided I wanted to build a makeup kit and maybe get a few clients which would be a cherry on top. I struggled a lot everyday with self-esteem. I never thought I was good enough to promote myself so I would get my clients strictly from referrals. I am glad I went down that road because I was able to build my confidence and get the best clientele I could ever ask for. Now when someone asks me if I can do a certain look, I tell them,”if you have two eyes and a mouth I can do it!”
Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the hardest struggle for me was self-esteem. I never thought my art was good enough. I would focus on my weakness and not my strengths. Now when I think about it, I chuckle because it is only makeup. I just worry too much. I have another job which is pretty dangerous so makeup is more of a creative outlet for me. I would love to improve my art with classes but with two teenagers, I can do that later in life. It is never too late to learn new things.
Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
Well first off, the beauty industry has really blown up over the last five years with the popularity of Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube, etc. With the overload of ideas, inspiration, and networking of the internet, the bar is set high to look flawless and produce flawless looks for our clients. Trends are set on the internet for everyone of all ages to see. I think it is so much easier for clients to look on Pinterest or Instagram and say, “this is what I want”, instead of flipping through numerous magazines. Clients are able to flip through artists’ work and pick and choose someone they feel comfortable with. I like being mobile while doing hairstyling and I notice a lot more mobile hairstylists and makeup artists. I feel like that will grow in the future. I also think the product overload on Instagram and Pinterest has changed a lot of the population into becoming part of the booming Beauty Enthusiast.
What has been the primary challenge you’ve faced?
One of my biggest challenges is trying to make a business of what I do. I am so passionate about my work and I absolutely love making women look in the mirror and glow with pleasure. There are times when I have a client going through some hard times and they kind of slump in my chair and when I am done with them, their posture changes and their face just lights up and I feel like that is payment for my work. I am not a business woman I just love what I do but that doesn’t pay for my makeup kit or the bills.
What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
Yes, I do have advice. My daughter is 16 and helps me a lot with clients. She is starting to have her own clients and this is what I shared with her. Before practicing, learn how to sanitize all products and keep your tools clean. Practice on different faces. Use family members all ages, male and female, as it will help with learning to work with different textures. Do not spend tons of money buying the most expensive products unless you have money to blow. Buy what is on sale and mix products instead of buying them all. Don’t look at makeup artists’ kits and beat yourself up to have all the best products. Kits are expensive and take time to build. There is no need to have everything in the beginning, just do research and buy what works. When I went to my first makeup workshop I had two babies and my kit was so cheap, I had to werk it.
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Photography by Stacey Shipp, Robert Buhl and Monica Jasmine. Models Diana Godin, Monica Jasmine, Melissa Luna Mars, Sierra Galvez