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Meet West Hollywood Makeup Artist: Lyndrel Palm

Today we’d like to introduce you to the super talented Lyndrel Palm.

Lyndrel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I first found my interest in becoming a makeup artist 7 years ago in San Diego, CA, through a friend who was modeling at the time. I always had a passion for this art and she noticed it. With me being an amateur photographer and her a model, we decided one day that we would shoot different makeup looks to help me create my first portfolio. I spent 3 months prepping for a visit to MAC Cosmetics and with that portfolio and my resume finally set out to show them who I was. Sadly, I didn’t hear back from them for a solid 5 months. I ended up working as a sales rep in a surf shop, for the time being, practicing my makeup skills outside of work. I also was working on my BA degree in Visual Arts at UC San Diego.

I freelanced as much as I could doing weddings, fashion shows for KUSI, the local news channel, and just practicing in general. Finally, one day, I got a call from the hiring manager for MAC in San Diego county to set up an interview. I interviewed with my own model and twenty other potential artists. Luckily, I received a call back the following day and that’s when my career with MAC officially started. I then worked for MAC for the next 3 1/2 years before making the move to Los Angeles after graduation. Once I moved, everything changed. There were so many opportunities and so much movement, I soaked it all up. It’s been two years since I’ve been in LA, and since then I have worked on so many great projects and with so many great people. Things like the Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show on Melrose Place; working events such as the West Hollywood Design District Glamour Beauty Event; being chosen to work at IMATS LA; working with magazines such as Conejo Magazine based out of Chile; working on music videos with artists such as Juliet Simms; and many more, collaborating with fellow artists.

Currently, I work at MAC Pro on Melrose where I have been so lucky to work alongside such talented artists and with many actors, actresses, and singers.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not. Working in a world that can sometimes be very vain, there have been numerous times where you come home questioning your skills and abilities as an artist. It’s a constant struggle with your self-esteem. More times than not, you wonder if you are good enough. When in reality, it’s not because you aren’t good enough, it’s because your style doesn’t fit the job. This career is very artistic, and each artist has their own kind of flare. The best you can do is to always practice and become well-rounded in all fields of makeup and styles.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
My plan is to continue working with MAC Cosmetics but to also continue my career freelancing as well. I’m working towards a makeup career in film and tv and in the next 5-10 years, I’m hoping that I can make myself established in that industry.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
The biggest challenge that I have faced thus far, is probably moving cities. Coming to a place where I didn’t know anyone, or know any of the hot spots, it was difficult trying to get my name out there. The transition itself of moving away from my family and friends was the toughest part. I felt so alone and lost. I can say that in the first year of moving, I worked so hard to make a name for myself. And today, it’s such a great feeling to be able to walk into a job or a store and there are people who know me.

Let’s change gears – is there any advice you’d like to give?
Don’t give up. It’s a very long road, but you can’t lose motivation. There will be times where you just want to throw your hands in the air and walk away, but stick it out. Remember why you’re doing this. If it’s for money, you’re in the wrong field. It should be fuel by your passion want to share your talent, to be creative, and to build relationships with other amazing artists. It’s a crazy crazy world and makeup isn’t just a product you put on someone’s face, it’s a way of transformation; a way you can change someone’s perspective of themselves. With makeup, you can show someone a whole new world. I hope that anyone that pursues this career just remembers why they wanted to start doing makeup in the first place. If you can do that and can keep pushing yourself, there’s no telling what you can accomplish.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 619.206.4645
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  • Instagram: @makeupbylyndie


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