Hey everyone! I'm so excited for you all to read this blog post. I just had an absolute blast assisting my mentor Candace Corey in doing makeup for the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships. The winners of this event land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
I don't think I've ever been in a place that had so many muscular children. There were eight year olds walking around looking like bodybuilders! I never sat back and thought about how physically fit gymnasts really have to be. I gained a newfound respect for the sport. Of course there were also famous gymnast sightings the whole weekend. I saw Gabby Douglas a few times. My mentor Candace Corey actually did her makeup on one of the event days.
The event was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I've never been there before. From an architectural standpoint I found the city to be very visually stimulating! It had a European feel and it reminded me of Edinburgh, Scotland...an interesting mix of "old" and "new" architecture. I took it upon myself to engage in a walking tour. And I took pictures every chance I got.
Back to the event...my mentor Candace Corey picked a team from all over the country to accompany her on her trip. We were at the Olympic event representing Covergirl cosmetics and doing 5-10 minute makeup makeovers and manicures. Tony from Covergirl (pictured in the top picture and to the right), was our corporate contact. He made sure we had everything we needed to get the event started off right.
Well...there was one big thing we noticed was missing just a few short hours before we opened our doors. There was no foundation or powder for us to use! Well, what else was there for us to do besides speeding to the local Wal-Mart and raiding the Covergirl section? I think Covergirl ended up spending about $600 on Covergirl in the store.
Here I am at my station during a rare down moment :) We were extremely busy during the four days! I ended up servicing somewhere between 150-200 women during the four-day event. We were also giving away products.
I worked with women of all ages, ethnicities and skin types. I answered their questions and had fun giving them advice and handing down what I've learned over the years. I also helped some of them discover what colors would look best on them...I was so shocked at one woman's answer to her favorite lipstick color that I asked her to go home and please throw it away! She laughed but she understood my advice once I applied a more appropriate color to her lips.
I was asked a wide range of questions. One woman asked me why she breaks out every month along her jawline and what to do about it. Another woman asked me why do people get dark circles and puffiness under their eyes. Thankfully I was able to answer both questions and help the women with their issues. After a few days I ended up getting "referrals" and some women came and found me based off their friend's recommendation.
My strongest personal gifts have always been related to serving others. I see makeup artistry as a special service to others in helping them realize their beauty and look and feel their personal best. It made me feel like a million bucks to help the women discover themselves in a whole new light. I also shared and demonstrated simple makeup techniques to help them improve or create their daily makeup routine.
Our whole team worked like crazy those four days. But trust me, we also had a lot of fun! I rarely (like solar eclipse rare) get to see even a handful of these ladies in person. So it was really cool to hang out with them for a few days :)
One of the best parts about the trip was spending time with my mentor Candace Corey. I met her about a year and a half ago and I warned her that she wouldn't be able to get rid of me. I have kept my promise lol. There are some people in life that you will be blessed to meet from to time that help your life be better just by virtue of you being connected to them and learning from their example. Candace Corey is one of those people for me. Just being around her and watching her work and talk business is one of the best learning experiences that I could ask for as a makeup artist.
She is genuinely interested in my success as a makeup artist and my well being as a human being. She regularly gives me the perfect balance of constructive criticism and advice and praise to keep me moving in the right direction. It is more than I expected when I originally connected with her and I'll always be grateful for it.