How Danessa Myricks “Accidentally” Became a Makeup Artist, Photographer, and Brand Owner

How Danessa Myricks "Accidentally" Became a Makeup Artist, Photographer, and Brand Owner

Allure: It’s attention-grabbing you thought you had arrived as a result of trying again it should really feel such as you “arrived” at only one step on what can be a big journey.

Myricks: It’s so surreal, I am unable to even course of it typically. If folks solely knew the entire issues.

Allure: How would you describe your make-up aesthetic?

Myricks: It’s modified a lot through the years. I feel it is like this for everybody: When you begin in an business, you attempt to determine who folks suppose are the very best. Then you simply aspire to be that individual. Back once I began, it was all about Sam Fine and Kevyn Aucoin, and so I used to be like, “I need to do makeup like that.” 

Clearly, I did not to start with, however that was my aspiration. And so I did make-up a lot heavier. Back then, it was about making it look flawless with the make-up, and there was no retouching actually that was occurring again then. So it was like, “I need to look flawless out the gate.”

One of the issues that actually stood out to me about their work was that you simply felt one thing while you checked out their completed work. It moved you emotionally. That was my aspiration. I did not need to simply put make-up on folks. I needed folks to really feel the work. Because that is what makes it totally different, and that is at all times been what has pushed me in my artistry and within the improvement of my model through the years. If they don’t seem to be feeling it, it is not adequate.

As I grew within the business and as I used to be uncovered to extra, my model and my aesthetic have type of advanced over time. And now I’m actually about full-on freedom. There’s no proper or unsuitable. I would like folks to do what they really feel like doing, however make it really feel easy, make it actually characterize who they’re.

Allure: When did you notice that you simply wanted to begin your model?

Myricks: I did improvement for many different manufacturers. I feel one of many ones that I’m most happy with is with Benefit Cosmetics as a director of product innovation. I developed their [Editor note: iconic] forehead assortment, which launched in 2016. And after that, I used to be like, “This is great. This is a really wonderful experience.” But in my expertise, not simply with them, however with the entire manufacturers that I consulted for, there at all times gave the impression to be a restrict as to what I might create. I used to be at all times creating for any person else’s imaginative and prescient. 

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