Today we’d like to introduce you to Anaiya Chiles.
Hi Anaiya, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was 13 years old me and my mom went to the mall and I was approached by a M.A.C consultant. She asked me if I wore makeup and my mom blurted out, ” No!, she’s too young”. Immediately, I thought to myself all the young girls my age who were able to wear makeup and how I wasn’t allowed too. From that day, I used to take my mom’s makeup which was M.A.C concealer, compact powder, mini eyeshadow palette, four-piece brush set, mascara and lip liners/glosses. I would lock myself in the bathroom every Thursday from 7:30 pm till about nine, while she was at choir rehearsal. I did that constantly for three years until I had a mentor and she exposed me to the freelance makeup artist lifestyle. Between the ages of 17 to 19, I was traveling to photoshoots and weddings as an assistant with my mentor, making extra money. It was great!. Then eventually, I didn’t wanna do it anymore and gave up for about a year and half, I just was not focused anymore. I got a new job at the top of the year 2020 working in a call center and working there everyday really pushed me to want more outta life. So everyday, I would write notes to myself manifesting a better life for myself. Shortly after makeup started to align again, which made me become intentional about what I wanted for myself as an artist. Since then, I have been going my hardest with makeup more than ever. I am currently a full-time Makeup Artist here in Los Angeles.
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?
Unfortunately building anything from the ground up is not a smooth road. The biggest challenges that I face is staying consistent, even when no one shows up. It’s hard because it makes you question everything you are doing. For example, when I lost my job I saw makeup as an opportunity to fully pursue my dreams. I knew going into it wasn’t going to be easy. On the other hand, I did not know that I was going to question myself and the passion that was given to me. When I don’t have clients, I question myself and think, “am I good enough”, “is this really for me”, “ am I making a mistake”. And so much more. The saying is, “You are your own worst critic”. So everyday I wrestle with knowing I’m good enough and standing firm in that everyday, whether I have clients or not.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am currently a full-time Make-Up Artist. As a makeup artist that specializes in full glam natural looks. I am known for creating smooth, natural & glam finishes. Majority of the clients that I service don’t wear makeup and some have horrible experiences. I am most proud of how everyday I strive to be better than I was before. I believe that what sets me apart from others is creating a safe space to allow women, men and all people to feel their greatest self. That pushes me as an artist to constantly push my creativity and technique every SINGLE day.
How do you define success?
I define success as executing all goals that I have set for myself. When I am aiming to accomplish something and I execute it, I believe in that moment I was successful. Every goal that is accomplished is putting me in the correct direction of where I want my business.
- * Full Face – $75. Everything included &Strip Lashes
- Full Face w/rhinestones – $95. Everything included& Strip Lashes
- Full Face w/Bottom Lashes – $80. Everything Included & Strip Lashes
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