Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time Out Thursday - Makeup Mania

Pink Heart Society regular, Stefanie London, is talking about her passion for makeup.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to creative pursuits. Writing, dancing, colouring and art all played a role in my life from childhood right through to today. 

Despite studying a bachelors degree in Business (which is possibly the least creative thing I could have studied) I earned my money as a makeup artist in my early twenties.

But makeup wasn’t just a job for me. It was a way of life, and not in the sense that I felt the need to doll myself up before leaving the house. More, it was a form of self-expression. A way to allow myself to play different characters, to highlight different parts of myself and to experiment and grow.

While studying my degree (and working at least twenty-five to thirty hours a week) I also put myself through a certificate in makeup artistry. It was a point of pride, for me, because I saved up and paid for it myself and I carved out time in my stupidly busy schedule because it was something I felt passionate about.

Those skills have stayed with me over the years and have seen me spend time working in the industry, blogging and filming videos about makeup application, helping me to assist others in growing their confidence with beauty products. I’ve taught people how to apply makeup, I’ve worked with brides on their big days, and I’ve seen the glow of people who struggle with confidence finally feeling beautiful. Sometimes, for the first time.

For me, makeup isn’t a corrective thing. It’s about enhancing the beauty that people already have inside them and helping them to embrace who they are, to express themselves.

For anyone who follows me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen plenty of my makeup looks. Even though I’m no longer a working makeup artist I still love pulling out my brushes and seeing what looks I can create. I ask myself, which version of me do I want to be today?

Recently, a fellow author and friend asked me to do something I haven't done in a long time. Taryn Leigh Taylor wrote a book with a makeup artist heroine who has a YouTube channel. Since she knows that I also makeup YouTube videos and that I used to make videos about makeup, she asked if I'd like to recreate one of the looks from her story.

I felt VERY rusty in front of the camera for this! It's one thing to play around putting makeup on in the privacy of my own bathroom, but another to do it for the world to see. But I'm happy she asked me, because it was such a great way for me to show my passion outside of talking about romance novels.

In case you wanted to see it (and hear my Aussie accent! haha) here's the video:

How do you feel about makeup?  Are you a makeup aficionado like Stefanie?  Join the discussion in the comments!

Stefanie London's next book is out September 28th! Pretend It's Love is book #2 in the Behind The Bar series.

Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there…and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.

Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect—and her dream—good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.

Luckily for her, the owner’s brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend…

You can find out more about Stefanie London and her books by checking out her website. She loves keeping in touch with her readers via her newsletter and sharing writing tips via her YouTube channel.

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