Hi Mauria, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Approximately twelve to fourteen years ago, I’d mapped out a plan to be an esthetician who owned a salon/spa solely taking care of men and women’s skin by providing facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and the like. However, while attending school before obtaining my esthetics license, I worked for two prominent cosmetic companies during which time I began obtaining quite a number of inquiries/requests for doing makeup for a myriad of events such as weddings which practically redirected my entire plan and trajectory for all I thought my career would look like. I obtained my esthetics license for both Tennessee and Florida, and once the clientele began to overlap with working in cosmetic retail, through faith and the INCOMPARABLE support from my parents, I ventured out on my own and have been doing so ever since. It was during that time of working and attending school that I took more notice of the gargantuan disconnect that exists with the beauty industry in its entirety, not just esthetics, and black women, black women with dark complexions, in particular. This observation deeply compelled me to be more involved in this industry to attempt to bring a much-needed change to what I’d been noticing since my teenage years back in the 90’s. Though I am always more than thrilled to provide on location makeup services for anyone of any complexion, I have made it a point to specialize in catering to clients with beautiful, dark complexions. Far too often I am inundated with loads of stories from women and men who’ve been displeased or even outright disrespected due to something as minuscule as their skin being dark while attempting to receive services in this industry. I’ve made it my niche, and quite frankly, it’s where I’ll always focus my attention. I’m in this industry to serve and uplift the ones who look like me!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Nothing worth having will ever be simplistic. That said, it has been far from a smooth road; it’s been anything but. One thing in particular I used to struggle with terribly was setting fees and completely undercutting myself in the process, which would most times end up costing me tons more in the long haul. Thankfully, I’ve let go of all the inhibitions and mental blocks that were in the way of the type of clientele I desired to maintain. Sometimes, it’s as simple as getting out of your own way.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a licensed esthetician and makeup artist who provides on location makeup services for the following: editorial, bridal, production (film/tv). In the near future I will have cosmetics as well as a simple line of botanical skincare that is not gender specific; that’s right men, you can use it too! As previously mentioned in another part of this interview, I offer makeup services to all men and women, but I specialize in makeup/male grooming for those with dark complexions. I am most proud of my work ethic and ability to work professionally in all settings regardless of what I’m presented. I’ve been told by so many that I’ve had the pleasure of having in my chair that I’m extremely accommodating, and I pride myself in that! I truly make all attempts to go above and beyond for my clients, never doing just the bare minimum and personalizing their experience is what sets me apart.
What does success mean to you?
Having inner peace and a TRUE sense of self is success in my opinion. Success won’t ever be measured in tangibility for me, but knowing who and what you and your purpose for being here at this moment in time are, all while being completely unscathed by outside forces due to that obtained solidity of self is TRULY success!
- Email: Mauria@elizabethmae.net
- Website: Elizabethmae.net
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mauriasmith/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mauria.smith1
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