Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Farah.
Hi Danielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
About 8 months ago, someone asked me what I was good at and told me I shouldn’t stop until I reach a goal that would allow me to use that talent for good. Here I am 8 months later, completing makeup looks for people all over Jacksonville (and beyond). I wouldn’t say that it all started 8 months ago though.
I have been doing makeup for most of my life. I think I received my first lip kit when I was six years old. Young, I know… and please don’t ask me for any photos of my work from when I was young. They are all borderline horrific (lol). Once I was in high school, I started taking makeup more seriously. I found myself constantly pushing the boundaries of what others expect makeup to look like. Some looks were good, others were not but it made me the artist I am today which is all I can really ask for. My friends would ask me to do their makeup for different occasions during high school and my answer was always “YES!” I found it very satisfying to create for others a makeup looks that they cannot create for themselves. It has taken me an insane amount of time to get to the point I am at today and I am definitely still learning how to perfect certain looks, but if I’ve learned anything from my experience as a makeup artist, it’s that I will never get bored by makeup.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Reality first hit me when I started working for a company named Studio Bride Artistry about six months ago. Ever since I started working with them, I started sending photos of my work over the years. I would send these photos and lead with “whatever critique you have, please do not hold back”. I think there was a time when I said to my friends and mentors “If your critique doesn’t make me cry, I don’t want it”. They definitely took that statement to heart and tore apart every piece of my look. Shoutout Paige, Gypsy, and Kayla. I attribute my success to y’all. It can definitely be defeating at first to know that you aren’t as great of an artist as you originally thought, but I’m sure most entrepreneurs would say that they also had a lot of growing to do.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup. I am most proud of my smokey eye and neutral glam looks. I believe my drive, enthusiasm, and passion sets me apart from others. When you do something for a long time, it can start to feel mundane, but I have never had a moment during my time as an artist were I did not enjoy creating a new look. I also love the people I work for and with. The people make my job all the better.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Be careful with YouTube tutorials. They seem to help at first but they can sometimes provide techniques that aren’t the best or most efficient.
More importantly, know that doing makeup is not silly. Doing makeup is truly an art and not everyone can do it. Take pride in knowing that you are getting to where you want to be. Never apologize for having a passion for something that others might not have the same passion for or fully understand.
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