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Meet Matilda Salbazian of Faith, Hope and Lipstick in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matilda Salbazian.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Matilda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I always knew there was something about the power of makeup that really drew me in. I loved just watching my sister apply her makeup…that 80s look too, it was so many colors, in so many ways. I loved it! In my early twenties, I started working for cosmetic brands in various department stores. My love for makeup and making women feel beautiful soon became something I loved and craved to do. I am a self-taught artist, trained by some of the best artists and brands. Through the journey I found my own style and I stuck to it, no matter what crazy trend social media threw at me. I loved seeing a woman’s reaction when she looked at herself in the mirror after my work was done. She still felt like herself, just prettier. It was such a great feeling!

In 2011, I became a mother to a beautiful baby girl named Olivia FAITH and in 2014, I had my second daughter, Aleena HOPE. I was in-love with these two amazing children. Being a mother was and is the most rewarding job but it’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. As some time went on…just like all mothers, I began to feel like I was losing bits and pieces of who I was before I became a mother. These days, all I knew how to do was be mom. My makeup career took a back seat, my social life was neither here nor there. It was 24/7 mom mode. Don’t get it twisted…I LOVE BEING A MOM. I just started to realize that I deserved some me time too and I knew I wasn’t the only mother out there who felt the same way yet felt guilty asking for it.

That is when Faith, Hope & Lipstick was born. It began as a place where mothers like me could visit and watch makeup tips and tricks. A place for inspiration and approval, that it’s ok to take some time each day for yourself. I made some videos and tutorials, posted some products I enjoyed…you know the usual social media stuff. I soon realized that it wasn’t the products and the makeup lessons my followers wanted…it was me in a bathing suit (I’m a curvy gal in the pool with my kids and I couldn’t care less) or a picture that was more raw and real that grabbed their attention. I soon realized that what I was doing wasn’t what I was called to do. I will forever love makeup and I will always be a makeup artist, it will always be my passion.

However, this journey of motherhood has taught me that I need to be a voice for other mothers just like me. To remind them to take care of themselves and to love everything they have to offer. To remind them of just how strong and incredible they are. To love their body and to be kinder to themselves as they embark on this new journey of motherhood. I want to remind mothers that’s it’s ok to take some time on yourself, whether that be a nice workout, some mediation or just a few minutes to dress yourself up in the morning. Self-care and self-love goes a long way…especially as I’m raising two daughters now. I want them to see what I see when they look in the mirror…strong, fierce, beautiful ladies. So, through FHL and my artistry skills, I want to reach out and make women feel more beautiful. Follow me on this journey @faithhopeandlipstick and help me build a stronger more confident group of women and moms.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road. There will always be challenges and obstacles but that’s what makes us better and stronger right? As a makeup artist, I had to stick to what I believed in. Beautiful, flawless makeup that allowed a woman to see herself with a little bit more confidence. This wasn’t always easy thanks to social media, telling you to change the way you look by reshaping your entire face and using apps to alter your body. Instead of teaching these young girls to love themselves, we’ve taught them to hide behind layers of makeup and photo editing apps.

My career as an artist can always get better and busier of course…but I’m happy with where I am. I’ve built a solid reputation for myself as a makeup artist within my community. With FHL, I’ve learned that I’m only human and I have struggles too. I have days where self-care and self-love are lost. I have to remind myself that it’s ok to fall as long as I get back up again. FHL has been therapeutic for me as well as my followers, we’re growing slowly but surely we will get there and when we do, I know FHL will be a voice for moms and young girls all over the world.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Faith, Hope and Lipstick – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Faith, Hope, and Lipstick was created to inspire and motivate mothers who just like have lost themselves to motherhood. It was named after my girls (Olivia FAITH & Aleena HOPE) and of course my love for makeup and the one product that makes us happy, a good lipstick!

I am a self-taught makeup artist for over 15 years now and I specialize in bridal, editorial, makeup lessons, and mommy makeovers. I go wherever my clients need me to go. FHL is a virtual place. It’s a growing community of moms and women just like me who need a reminder every so often…”You are enough. You are amazing. You are beautiful, just the way you are”. I pride myself on helping women feel and look their very best.

What were you like growing up?
I loved watching my sister do her makeup. I would do the same with my mother. For my mother, all she ever needed was a red lipstick. It went with every outfit, every mood. One coat of that red lipstick and she suddenly transformed into this bold, confident lady. I didn’t truly appreciate that till I was much older and allowed to wear a red lip lol. I remember my sister taking a lighter to her eyeliner. To get more of that khôl liner effect. Ahh so 80’s, I love it! Makeup and the art of it always satisfied my soul…still does!

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