With makeup not only a viable career but also a means for creative expression, it’s no wonder that more and more people are taking diving head first into the beauty space. More and more women and men are working to set themselves apart via social media, meaning there’s an influx of new up-and-coming makeup artists and influencers who don’t get the recognition they deserve.
Which is why here at Make a Thing of Beauty, I’m working to give these talented creators a platform to let us get to know them.
Today, we get to know Olivia Hernandez (also known as olivia__makeup), a recent high school graduate that’s making waves with her gorgeous looks:
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When and why did you start expressing yourself through makeup?
I started creating with makeup towards the end of my junior year. My parents were going through a divorce and I felt very stressed because of it. To cope with everything going on, I turned to makeup. I started putting together colorful creations every night to help ease my stress and anxiety. When I started my page, I mainly used it as a diary or journal of my progress. I never would have thought it would turn into a true passion of mine.
How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration for my looks from other makeup artists, wallpapers/images online, or even just look at patterns.
What’s your dream destination?
I’ve always wanted to venture out and travel to Europe to experience new things.
Which brands have your favorite eyeshadow palettes?
My favorite eyeshadows are definitely COLORFUL. As you can tell neutral looks are not my forté haha so most of my favorite palettes are from Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop, Ace Beautē, Coloured Raine and Oowie Beauty.
Any advice for someone who wants to make a makeup career (whether IRL or on social media)?
My biggest tip i could give for someone looking to start a makeup page would be: start it for the right reasons. If you have an actual passion for makeup and want to do it for yourself and to inspire others then you will be successful. If you start it with the hopes of just making money and getting sent free makeup, you definitely won’t go far. You have to have a passion and drive for it.
What do you do for fun other than create beautiful looks?
Besides doing makeup I love singing. I don’t think I’m any good at singing, haha but I absolutely love singing my favorite songs and recording myself sing. Fun fact: I used to want to audition for singing competitions but never did.
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