This week’s Powerful Beauty contribution comes from Jen Meade. Jen works as a freelance makeup artist and writer; and she’s also the mom to two gorgeous, happy girls (one is almost 6 months and the other is 6 years).
Her makeup addictions include high end products, sparkly lipgloss, dramatic eye makeup, and independent beauty companies. Jen loves being a makeup artist because she continuously gets to help women feel beautiful.
I’ve only met Jen online, but as you can see from her Halloween-themed picture, she’s a great gal who likes to have fun with makeup! I originally knew Jen because she’s a fellow blogger of two blogs. The Beauty School Blog, which is a platform to discuss the makeup tips and tricks she’s learned as a makeup artist, along with other fun tidbits. She also reports about nail polish and manicure/pedicure trends on The Nail Ninja.
And now let’s get down to business with Jen’s thoughts on Powerful Beauty…
Hi! I am so excited to participate in the Bionic Beauty series on Powerful Beauty. It’s such an inspiring concept, and rereading all of the posts in the series was truly uplifting. Beauty is everywhere – isn’t that what they say? But it’s true, and Powerful Beauty can be anywhere, too. But I’m not going to talk about how love and art and music and being nice are powerful expressions of beauty, though they are! I want to tell you just a little about the most powerful experiences I’ve had as a makeup artist.
One of the most frequent questions I get as a makeup artist is “do you want to do makeup for magazines and movies?” And yeah, those are definite goals of mine, once my girls are old enough that I can travel (so far there have been no Vogue shoots here in central Virginia). But the best thing about being a makeup artist isn’t about fame or fortune or meeting models or celebs. It’s working with women who, when you’re done, look surprised, happy, and grateful all at the same time. I enjoy working with what magazines somewhat condescendingly refer to as “regular women”!
The most rewarding makeup, though, I do is with women who are overcoming health issues. To teach a woman how to apply natural-looking false eyelashes and sketch on believable eyebrows after cancer has stolen their own is incredibly rewarding. To help a woman brighten her sallow, unhealthy complexion helps not only her, but me, too! To demonstrate how easy it can be to “lift” drooping features after a stroke or after age takes hold – that’s nearly miraculous. To hide flaws, camouflage scars, distract from things that rob a woman of her confidence – there’s nothing better than that. To help a woman feel “normal” when everything in their lives has been tossed around is such a privilege, it makes me nearly speechless. THAT is Powerful Beauty. I love my job!
What do you think of Jen’s experiences as a makeup artist? Personally I wish more magazines, and their online counterparts, embraced the idea of regular women instead of those rail-thin teenagers that model makeup and clothing. I want to see what it looks like on a real person, in a real situation!
Catch up on the rest of the Powerful Beauty features. And remember to check back each Friday for another dose of how to Achieve Powerful Beauty!