"Why makeup? You can do something better; people choose makeup because it's easy. It;s definitely not a career, it's a hobby; you can't make a living doing that.
A statement I've heard to often, from people that didn't believe in my craft or respect the art.
I chose beauty not only because it is one of my strongest passions, but it's the connection I have with it and its ability to transform and bring out something beautiful in women.
You, see, makeup saved my life. From being bullied in school, to verbally and physically abused at home, to being molested; as you can imagine, I became very depressed and suicidal. However, playing with all the pretty colours and textures of makeup, gave me a break from my abusive reality. It also gave me a sense of confidence I lacked so deeply within myself.
Like many relationships, we had our ups and downs. Makeup became a crutch I depended on to constantly feel good about myself. Let me explain, there is nothing wrong with makeup boosting your confidence and making you feel great about yourself, it should; however, there came a time in my life when I depended on it a little bit too much, it became a burden and something I couldn't leave the house without, ever. Makeup became a mask I hid behind to hide my insecurities and self-hate.
Back in high school, I wore this epic foundation; I mean everyone raved about it. I've never seen makeup perform so well, it left my skin looking fresh and cool literally all day; as if I just applied it.
However, it was too good to be true, this fabulous foundation made me look great, but it also damaged my skin horribly. After wearing it for a couple of months, I noticed I started getting severe discolouration; I looked like a leapard, with the amount of dark spots I had on my face. It was at that point, I knew I had to do something; I knew I had to give up makeup for awhile and take care of my skin. The thought of going to school bare faced was like a nightmare, I cried for days over it and not just because I couldn't wear makeup, but because it also felt like a relief.
I knew at that moment, I had to work on loving myself, for who I am and the way I look; I had to learn how to embrace and appreciate my natural God given beauty. With the encouragement of my best friends, facing reality and some self-care, I began to heal internally. This was no easy task as its been an ongoing journey to complete self-love and self-acceptance. That being said I had a whole new love and appreciation for beauty; makeup was no longer a burden, but a tool, I used to enhance my features and not a mask to completely hide my natural beauty. With my new respect and relationship with makeup, my passion grew even stronger.
I started researching and testing all sorts of products, ingredients, colours, formulas, etc. I knew I was on the right path to a career in makeup.
My passion for makeup was so much more than just the application of it; I wanted to help other women and show them that when used correctly, makeup can heal and be a great source of self care.
Remember when I told you a few paragraphs up, that beauty was just one of my passions? Well, I also have a love for hair styling, beauty products (obviously), teaching, writing and counselling women; (hence why social work would of been my second career choice).
I was able to take all of my passions and combine them into a rewarding career. My career grew from just makeup application to also providing hair and skin care services, teaching women how to master their makeup with makeup lessons, writing informational blog articles on beauty and lifestyle, creating beauty and lifestyle videos, developing my own makeup and skin care line called Nicole Webster Essentials and coaching women, leading them to an inner and outer beauty transformation using self-care tools; in order to look good, feel good about themselves, rediscover their confidence and own their worth. To become the woman they truly desire to be and live a beautiful life.
So as you can see, I wanted to create a sisterhood that focused on beauty both inside and outside; connecting, sharing and just being your best self. The past ten years of working in the beauty industry has taught me a lot and brought such amazing women and opportunities into my life. The best part of what I do is seeing the change and happiness that these women gain. Women that felt like they've lost themselves, women that thought age got the best of them, women who couldn't see their own beauty, women who lacked confidence, women who didn't love their body, women who constantly put themselves down, women who had no clue on how to wear makeup, women who put themselves last, women who lacked self-care and so many more.
I look forward to continuing my purpose on this earth, helping to transform the lives of many more women and sharing my story/journey along the way.
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