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Meet Trailblazer Ariel Garrett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Garrett.

Ariel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started working at Disneyland as a face painter and henna artist. I had always had an interest in art and drawing and was excited to integrate it into something I could do for a living. I fell in love with the transformation of the kids and adults that would light up when they saw their new art on their face. My favorite time of year was Halloween at Disneyland, we were able to paint things a little more challenging, like monsters and skulls. This sparked my interest in special effects makeup. From there, I went to school at Ruby’s Makeup Academy for beauty and later special effects makeup.

Halloween became my busiest season, where I had the opportunity to blend makeup and face-painting. Creating everything from sugar skulls to zombies and everything in between. Since then, I have been able to work alongside one of my inspirations Alana Rose, an awesome special effects artist. I have also been able to do some work for film reels, fashion shows and recently have been licensed in cosmetology. I continue to work on my craft saying yes to every opportunity that I can and most recently by becoming a freelance artist for MAC cosmetics.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There’s a saying anything worth having never comes easy, and that saying has never been truer in my journey.

One of the struggles that I have had are clients that don’t understand my pricing. Every artist faces this. People are always looking for the best deal. Sometimes you can work with them and sometimes you have to walk away. When this happens, my advice to my fellow artists is to know your worth and the hard work and time you’ve put into honing your craft.

Starting out as an artist is difficult, but I keep working on it. Building a portfolio, make business cards and saying yes to every opportunity. You will get there.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about It’s All A Rouge – what should we know?
Like I’ve mentioned before, I am a Los Angeles based beauty and special effects makeup artist. I also dabble a little bit in hair and updo styling. I am most known for my sugar skulls and theatrical avant garde makeup. As a brand and a service provider, I pride myself on being able to breathe life into my client’s makeup goals, be it glam or gore. I really listen to what the client wants and what their big picture is and do my best to bring their look to life.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, my parents have always encouraged me to pursue my goals in whatever I wanted to be. Putting me in classes and lessons of whatever passion I had that month. As I got older, my dream job went from every kid’s dream of being a Vet to being an artist. I didn’t know how, but I knew that I was going to make it happen. In high school, I kept that dream alive taking a drawing class and later taking on the challenge of AP Art. That search for challenges continued onto college where I enrolled in oil painting. I never knew that one day, I would change my canvas from paper to the human form. I don’t think I would be the makeup artist I am today without the classes and instructors that have guided me along the way.

Pricing:

  • (Sugar) Skull Makeup (full face) $100
  • (Sugar) Skull makeup (half face) $75
  • Avant-garde makeup $95
  • Special event makeup $75

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