Hi DareShawn, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. My father was 19, and my mother was 15 when I was born. My mother, who was a full-time cosmetologist, raised my two younger sisters and me on her own. When I completed middle school, my mom decided to move us to Orlando. Starting high school in a new city was quite terrifying in the beginning, but I was able to adjust quickly. After graduating high school, I attended Florida Atlantic University for two semesters and decided that it wasn’t for me. When I dropped out of school, I discovered that I had a gift in Makeup Artistry when several people kept complimenting me on my own makeup. I took a chance and began practicing on family and friends. Needless to say, one word-of-mouth led to the next and here I am 10 years later, still doing what I love!
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Not! It’s still not a “smooth road,” but the struggles always seem to lead to the way things are supposed to be. Struggles along the way: (1) The very beginning was super tough, trying to convince my family that I could be successful doing makeup. They didn’t see it because they had never heard of anyone who makes a living off of “doing makeup” (2) Attracting my ideal client was a challenge because my brand wasn’t speaking their language. I finally figured it out after many trials. (3) Becoming a new wife and mommy became extremely challenging because I couldn’t seem to find the time to work on my business (4) It is always a challenge to remain consistent and relevant In the social media world (5) Outsourcing and building my dream team is a challenge I’m currently facing as My schedule becomes busier.
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 Professional Makeup Artist. I specialize in helping women look and feel extra gorgeous! I am most known for my signature “natural glam” looks that work well for any skin tone, skin type, age, and personality! I am most proud of how much my artistry and my brand has improved + expanded over the years. What sets me apart from others is the experience that I give each and every client that sits in my chair. EyeDareU Makeup truly is “Where U will Become the More Gorgeous U.”
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was very shy and reserved. I always loved art and music. I could sit in my room for hours drawing, coloring, and blasting music on my speaker box. It was my escape from the real world.
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Photo cred: EyeDareU Makeup Artistry, Josephine C Photography, Orlando Media Group