We had the good fortune of connecting with Simaia Makeup and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simaia, what are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about helping others feel the best they can about themselves. I love to see the smile on other’s faces when they feel good about who they are, whether it is on the inside or out. Self Confidence is very important and a lot of people suffer to gain it in their lifetime. Gaining self confidence is a journey, even for me, and I would love to help as many people I can along their personal journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is that I use my gifts for rehabilitative therapy and to bring awareness to mental health and social issues communities deal with daily. Music is also a big influence for my makeup looks as well since I am also a musician. I got to where I am by trial and error. I started practicing makeup after watching some of my favorite beauty influencers YouTube videos. Influencers such as Makeupd0ll, MakeupShayla, Chrisspy, Sonjdra Deluxe, and Desi Perkins were the ones who sparked my interest in becoming a makeup artist/enthusiast. I started posting in Instagram and saw that I was gaining a following and that my friends and family were paying more attention. Once I felt I had enough knowledge to help others, I stepped out on faith and started doing my makeup live on Facebook. I would answer my followers questions and give them tips. After a while, I started doing makeup on others and practiced my craft of being a makeup artist. It took a year for me to get to where I was comfortable enough to start my business, Simaia Makeup, where I offered makeup services for others. Now, I have not only built clientele, but I have done multiple weddings, dance teams, and NY Fashion Week. It was not easy getting where I am today and I still have a LONG way to go, but every trial was worth it. I battle with mental health issues myself and anxiety would always hinder me taking that next step. I was only able to overcome the issues I faced with God, my family, friends, and supporters by my side. They were always there reminding me of the gifts I had and encouraging me to persevere. I have learned to believe in myself, even when I feel insecure. I have learned even though makeup artistry is a craft I love doing, that some of the job is not fun, but necessary to do what you need to be professional about your business. With that being said, I have also made it a point to continue learning about the business side of the industry, for both influencing and makeup artistry. Even with learning all of those things, the biggest lesson I have learned is that people will only take your business as serious as you do and to charge what you are worth no matter what! The right people will book you for services or view your content. That’s all that matters! I want people to know that my brand is purely to help others with the gifts God has given me. A talent is wasted if it is not used to make the world a better place. I have struggled during my journey of becoming who I am; mentally, physically, and emotionally. But I kept God first and He sent some amazing people in my life to help me along the way that I will forever be thankful for.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
In my opinion, Deep Ellum, The Arts District, and Klyde Warren Park are some of the most fun and interesting places in Dallas with exciting people and things to do. Deep Ellum has a lot of live music spot I love to attend. The Arts District is an artistic and aesthetic area by itself, not to mention it has a lot of businesses and museums that allow you to experience a variety of art and historical information about Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is fun, especially when Dallas has great weather. There are normally festivals and events held there for public entertainment. Food trucks also surround the park with different foods you can choose from to eat while you are there. One of my favorite food places to eat at for brunch is Jonathon’s Oak Cliff. They have the best chicken and waffles in Dallas, in my opinion. So I guess I would take my best friend to all of these places to show them a good time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my Mother, Pamela Barnett. She has always believed in me and pushed me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. When I first started my journey as an influencer, she didn’t even understand what it consisted of, why people would be interested in seeing me do makeup, or my vision for the craft at all. Even so, she still supported and invested in me without hesitation. Now that I have gained a somewhat of a following and projects have started coming together, she understands what my vision is. She continues to support and invest in me and I am so grateful for her.
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