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Rising Stars: Meet Rachel Andersen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Andersen.

Hi Rachel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
When I was in high school, YouTube beauty gurus, like Jaclyn Hill and Manny MUA, were at their height of popularity. I first looked them up to learn how to do my own makeup and soon learned that I was actually pretty good at it. So right after high school, I enrolled in beauty school and received my cosmetology license. I started working in a salon, where I realized that salon life wasn’t for me. I had heard of a makeup school near me called Faces Etc of Minnesota and decided to try it out. I fell in love. It was the greatest program I had ever participated in. I immediately started working on anything I could get my hands on, film, fashion shows, photoshoots and personal clients. Shortly after, I started teaching at my alma mater, where my love for makeup artistry grew exponentially. After two years of working in the Minneapolis area, I decided to move to Los Angeles to further my craft. Since moving, I have worked on incredible projects, such as music videos and films and working for Lipsticknick at Pout Beauty Bar.

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?
It has not been a smooth road. At the very beginning, I was only doing hair in a salon, and I did not find that fulfilling at all. Then shortly after starting my career, I moved to LA and had to navigate a whole new set of struggles, such as getting my foot in the door and meeting new people and finding somewhere to live and getting paying jobs and things like that. But I also see those as the building blocks of the artist I am now. I learned so much about myself and what it takes to really make it and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Makeup and Hair Artist, I specialize in narrative film work and personal glam. I am known for my creativity and my no fear approach to any and all makeup looks. I am most proud of my growth over the past year and finding what I am really good and passionate about over quarantine. I think what sets me apart from others is my effective communication as well as the time and energy I put into researching odds and ends to better do my job.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
For work, I highly recommend a planner and a notebook. It’s old school and kinda obvious, but I feel like I have so many balls in the air that it is easier to have it all written down in my notes app, google calendar, and a paper calendar and note pad.

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