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Meet Taylor Haupt of Taylor Haupt Makeup

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Haupt.

Taylor, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My love for makeup began in early high school when my mom took me to a local MAC counter so I could learn how to do my own makeup from a professional. From that moment on I was hooked! From doing friend’s and family’s makeup to doing the makeup for high school plays, I took every opportunity I could to practice my skills.

Five years after that first makeup lesson, I began my own career at MAC Cosmetics where I became a certified and professional makeup artist. Working at MAC gave me the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the best in this industry and I am so grateful for my time there as it allowed me to gain years of experience and training which has helped me become the makeup artist I am today!

A few years later, I knew I didn’t want to work in retail forever so I went back to school to get my degree. After over 7 years of being a full-time makeup artist, I left MAC completely to finish my last few semesters at SDSU. This was when I had the time and opportunity to begin freelancing and got more involved in the world of weddings, bridal beauty and on location makeup services.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not always been a smooth road… Like many young adults, there was a point in my makeup career where I wasn’t 100% sure what I should do. I had doubts about whether or not running my own business as a makeup artist could be a sustainable career and after graduating SDSU, I felt like I “should” get experience in what I went to school for. I began a full-time Sports Marketing job where I was working all week while still doing weddings on the weekends and trying to grow my makeup business on the side. I knew pretty quickly the office life was not for me but I tried to give it time and “get used to it”.

Finally, after a year, I decided I didn’t WANT to get used to it. I knew if I didn’t leave, I would always regret not pursuing my passion and giving my makeup business 100% of my time and effort, so I took a leap of faith and quit.

I am so grateful for that experience because it helped me confirm that I am doing what I should be doing. Running your own business will always have its challenges but I will never regret pursuing a career doing what I love. Now that I am able to give my business my full attention, not only am I so much happier but business has been busier and better than ever!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am an on-location makeup artist who specializes in bridal beauty. My favorite thing to do and what I am known for is a makeup style that can best be described as “natural glam” or “soft glam”. I love enhancing my client’s and bride’s natural beauty and it is so important to me that anyone in my chair not only looks their best but are comfortable and feel their best as well!

One of the things I am most proud of as a company is that most of my business has been referral based. I feel so fortunate that my past clients and brides have enjoyed their experience with me and trust me enough to refer me to their friends and family. A lot of the time, clients are getting their makeup done for important life events so I try to really take the time to connect with them and make sure to provide the best experience I possibly can. I pride myself on being reliable, always early and I am always available to answer whatever questions or concerns my clients might have.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like it is ALWAYS wedding season in San Diego which makes it an amazing city for a business in the beauty industry. Some of my closest friends are in the beauty industry here as well and we are constantly referring to each other for events we can’t do because we are already booked. If someone is just starting out, I would encourage them to connect with their favorite artists, take a lesson and ask for their tips and advice.

Even though I am not always the most consistent on Instagram, I get quite a few of my inquiries because of what I am posting there so that is another tool I would definitely recommend for an artist just starting out. Post as much of your work as you can and reach out to local artists in the industry on there as well!

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Devon Donnahoo Photo, Jarrod J Photo, Honey Photographs

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