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Meet Nancy Jones of Makeup by Nancy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Jones.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve had a passion for makeup as long as I can remember! When I was younger I used to put on my mom’s makeup like most little girls do. Then as I got older I loved creating different looks for myself and soon my friends started asking me to do the same for them. My mom is an artist so I’m sure I inherited the artistic gene from her.

Doing makeup was more of a hobby at that time, though. I attended SDSU and got my bachelors degree but I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as my career once I finished school. In 2004, while shopping at MAC, one of the managers approached me about applying for a position because she thought I did my own makeup well. I was nervous but thought it would be fun, so I applied and got the job. This is where my abilities really blossomed. I was so inspired by the other artists I worked with and I learned so many tips and tricks from them. It was the best experience because I got so much practice doing makeup on people of different ages and ethnicities. Best of all I got to play with makeup all day!

Once I had the experience I needed, I started doing more freelance work, which eventually led to doing weddings. Then I was hooked! I started my own business as a makeup artist and have been loving it ever since. I even expanded my career by becoming a licensed aesthetician, because good skincare is the foundation for every great makeup look.

Now that my husband and I have two children, I also have the flexibility to spend more time with them. It gives me the best of both worlds because I get to have two jobs that I love, being a makeup artist and being a mom. My daughter and I even make videos for my Instagram page. She tells me she wants to be a makeup artist when she grows up! I’m pretty sure she has the artistic gene too. I get to show my children that they can follow their dreams and be successful. It’s been rewarding on so many levels. I used to say my dream was to do makeup for a living and now I am living that dream.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think being a business owner is ever a smooth road but I’ve been fortunate so far. I’ve learned to ask questions and listen not only to what the client is saying but what they’re not saying. Sometimes clients aren’t sure what they want and you have to help them figure it out. Understanding the client’s needs is now my specialty.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Makeup by Nancy – what should we know?
I am a makeup artist who has experience in all areas of makeup from weddings and special events, to film and television. I love it all. I thrive on making my clients look, and more importantly feel their best! What sets me apart is that I can create a wide range of makeup looks from natural to dramatic.

I’m proud to have the ability to cater to everyone and create that perfect flawless look for them. What also sets me apart is my years of experience in the industry. I know what type of makeup works for each situation, how things look in person, what will photograph well and what looks good on film.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that excellent customer service is the foundation of every successful business. I want each person who sits in my chair to feel relaxed, pampered and beautiful. Their satisfaction has made me successful. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wonderful clients.

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Image Credit:
Erika Greene Photography, All Good Things Photography, True Photography, France Photographers, Joey Fandel Photography

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