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Conversations with the Inspiring Summer Darling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Summer Darling.

Summer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started out in makeup as a 12-year-old watching her mother apply liquid eyeliner. I was so mesmerized, I needed to achieve what she was achieving with that liner! That liner gave her confidence! At 13, I was doing my friend’s makeup for parties and grew to do makeup on social media. Aside from the occasional posts, I began working for Sephora at 20 years old and I’ve been with the company since then. I’ve taught other artists and I continue to help mold new artists. I’ve also continued on social media and with freelancing as well as bringing opportunities, I could’ve never dreamt of. My goal is to grow and spread enthusiasm for the art of makeup in any way that I can and I will never stop.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think taking a role as a makeup artist… there’s no one specific path you will go down. Everyone has a different story tailored to them and yours may not be as hard or as easy as mine.

For me, I had pressure to become something big and better. Makeup wasn’t a real or respected job when I started out and my family didn’t take it too well when I had expressed my career goal. I was also not allowed to wear makeup. I had to constantly hide what I did have and eventually, I stopped caring and rebelled. Nothing was going to stop me. Even my own parents. I had found myself constantly standing up for myself and proving to people that makeup is a real job and it IS an ART!

Aside from that, this is a very competitive industry with many layers and you must have confidence in your self and your work. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you do, accept it and work your butt off to prove them wrong. Believe in yourself or nobody else will. The art will speak for itself.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a self-taught makeup artist who started the minute she could regardless of her restrictions and limitations.

I’ve had the great opportunity to teach other artists, daily clients and anyone willing to know about makeup!

As a makeup artist, I am most proud of my raw artistry. I’ve spent the last 12 years teaching and spreading ways client by client, artist by artist perfecting the craft to achieve amazing looks without needing any type of light or filter. I take the most pride in producing quality work 100 percent of the way with no shortcuts like photoshop.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Honestly, I meditate.

I read and I listen to podcasts occasionally, but I’d say, my biggest resource was going within myself.

I’ve followed the work of artists like Lora Arellano and Priscilla Ono to name drop a couple and other artists that just inspire me daily.

If I could recommend one book to artists, it would be “face paint” by Lisa Eldridge!

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