We have the pleasure of speaking to professional makeup artist Kenetia Lee. Kenetia wears many hats including that of author, personal coach, and speaker with over ten years of experience. Her focus within that time has been to help women transform themselves from the inside out, and to inspire them to tap into their brilliance. See what’s on her mind below….
Hi Kenetia, and thank you for spending some time with SM. You’ve uniquely branded yourself as a “beauty activist”. Can you let us know what that entails? I advocate for people to feel good about themselves from the inside out. Because everyone deserves to feel beautiful.
For our readers looking to pursue a career as a makeup artist, especially one to the stars, can you share three key pieces of advice that will lend to their success on this path? What are some pitfalls to avoid?
1. Practice your craft as often as possible (best place to do this is at a makeup counter). You want to feel prepared when you get your first celebrity in your makeup chair.
2. Be personable, but don’t talk too much. Being interested in others will take you far.
3. Let other people know who you want to work with. Treat everyone on set with respect, you never know who will be hiring you next. Also, don’t gossip, EVER! People need to know that you can be trusted.
Yes, gossip is a big no no, the fashion and beauty industry is a very small community. I admit I am a bit makeup challenged, in fact I rarely wear it. Do you have any advice for us girls who are low maintenance but don’t want to walk the streets looking like they just rolled out of bed? What are some must-haves to include in our make-up rotation? Buy a tinted moisturizer, mascara and either a lip gloss or lip stain that you love. Lip stain you can double as cheek color if you want to add a little more color to face.
Your book Fearless Beauty, helps women tap into their real beauty to find self-acceptance. How were you able to carve out a niche among the countless self-help books out there? What’s different about this message? I was able to carve out a niche by staying true to my experience and tell my story, which is how I believe anyone can stand apart in any industry. My message doesn’t focus on what we can do with our outer appearance to gain love and acceptance of our appearance, but how healing our past through forgiveness will actual help us to perceive our image in a favorable way.
How did you overcome fear to reach your goals? I don’t think you ever overcome fear. Fear comes and goes. Recognizing fear when it comes up is the only way I am able to continue to reach my goals. Thank you for the opportunity to share!!!
And thank you Kenetia for sharing your insights with us. Special thanks to Hannah for facilitating our interview.