The truest example that makeup is art and that you should always trust your talents and follow your dreams, Makeup Artist and Model, Ali, is an inspiration.
The self taught MUA started two years ago and has already been featured by Solange. Her is a drool worthy explosion of colour and creativity and provides us with all the inspiration we need to experiment with our look. We chatted to the rising star about art, Solange and staying hydrated.
Where are you from?
Columbus Georgia USA
What do you do?
I am a self-taught editorial makeup artist and model. I strive to showcase to her audience that black people are revolutionary.
What is your typical day like?
I wake up around 10:30 AM, pet my dog, make breakfast, workout, do a makeup look, dress up and have a mini photoshoot, answer emails, and end the day by playing Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch
How did you start your career as a MUA and Beauty Model?
I started two years ago, watching Alissa Ashley and Jackie Aina on Youtube and wanting to recreate their beauty work. But only having products that my mom had in her drawer, which were like 30 years old, and no real understanding of where to begin; I was lost. But I realised something- I am a painter first. I know how to blend paint and I know how to draw. Why not just draw on my face? And I haven’t looked back since.
What has been your greatest achievement in your career so far?
Being a part of Solange’s When I get Home film and album. Though the film of me got damaged, who can say that a well-known celebrity saw their work, loved it so much so that they got contracted out, and worked side by side with that celebrity? I did all that with just 4,000 followers and only being 17.
How do you stay healthy body and mind?
I drink tons and tons of water. I try to drink a gallon a day. I allow myself to be vulnerable, rest when I need to, and don’t hold back when I feel the urge to cry. I mediate, eat my veggies, workout, and talk to the Universe.
What inspires you?
Many things. Like I said, I am an artist first, so I naturally just have makeup ideas that pop into my head. I get inspired by nature, my makeup mutuals on Instagram, and being inspired by hoping and believing in myself.
Who is your beauty muse?
My mum. Being a little girl and watching her put on makeup always had an influence on me. It had an influence on me so much so that at 4 years old I couldn’t leave the house without putting on my mom’s lipstick. Needless to say, I’m her biggest fan.
What advice would you give to other girls and guys looking to get into the creative industry?
Don't be afraid to be you. There is always going to be a “set way” of doing something, but what is the fun of being like everyone else? Make it yours and have fun while being creative.
What are your experiences of diversity in the industry?
As a Black woman, it is rough. I feel like I have to work twice as hard to get half the notoriety that others do. It drives me to push myself and persevere.
Follow Ali on Instagram: @sweetmutuals