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Life and Work with Kamielea Waldriff-Torres

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamielea Waldriff-Torres.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kamielea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m a professional makeup artist. Currently employed with MAC COSMETICS for nearly the last 5 years. Prior to MAC, I was an artist for BARE ESCENTUALS for around 2 years. I’m getting ready to take the leap into becoming self-employed and pursuing my passion for makeup artistry through freelancing, which means I’m booking my own clients now! Any occasion from girls nights to weddings to Halloween. I started freelancing a year ago, slowly building clientele and learning the ways in which to perfect my business. Being an artist at MAC has hindered my ability to book and really go all in, because as you could imagine, MAC has taken most of my time, as any MAC artist will tell you! I’ve had a lot of great experiences with MAC and I’ve learned a lot! Not just about blending but myself as well. I’ve had the pleasure of doing MAC industry events in LA and Las Vegas and working with the Charger Girls for their annual calendar and some game days. I’m ready and excited for my new journey of freelancing! Wish me luck!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I stumbled onto my journey as a makeup artist. People always ask how I got my start and me always kind of tell them the same story; I’ve always grown up more of a tomboy and not really into makeup but I’ve always been into art, in lots of different mediums. I love to draw and play with colors, although I’ve never been formally trained. Everything I know I’ve learned through experience, trial and error and more error. I got my start in makeup at Macy’s. I was a lot younger and when I applied for Macy’s online, as most young girls would do when the question asked ‘In what departments are you interested in working’ I clicked Clothes, Shoes, and Cosmetics. At he end of my interview, the lady who interviewed me said: “you look like a cosmetics girl, we will put you there.” Whatever that meant, I don’t even believe I was wearing makeup at the time. And that’s where my journey started, I stumbled onto the Macys cosmetic floor with no clue and no idea that I would end up loving the industry. The cosmetic/makeup artistry world is a really fun one to be apart of and as I’ve said previously I’ve learned a lot and not just about blending. My advice to aspiring makeup artists is to just be open: be open to advise, be open to change and be open to new ideas. Never stop learning, the day you believe you know it all is the day you stop growing. Every artist does things differently and I’ve learned something from every single artist I’ve worked with. Lastly, be true to who you are and to your aesthetic.

Please tell us about Makeup by Kamielea.
I’m a makeup artist. I specialize in customizing makeup applications for all different face shapes and skin tones. I see beauty in all my clients and I do my best to understand their ideas of beauty and help them feel their kind of beautiful. I think what sets me apart is my ability to customize looks. I don’t just stamp the same look on different women, I still have a preferred aesthetic and I believe there are still hints of that in my work. It’s a collaboration between the client and myself. That’s always the fun part.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Some of my most favorite reads are The Alchemist and The Four Agreements. Definitely great reads. The Alchemist reawakened an urge to persist and The Four Agreements is comprised of four life rules, things I think most people learn in their lives but its a good reminder.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 619-201-9937
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  • Instagram: Makeupbykamielea
  • Facebook: Makeupbykamielea

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