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Meet Trailblazer Amber Ryce

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Ryce.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amber. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all starts at the tender age of 14, as a competitive dancer and always performing we had to wear stage makeup. I remember disliking the way my mother did it and one day, I just applied the makeup myself, realizing how natural it came. When my creativity and passion joined forces, I realized that I loved everything that came with creating and transforming people through makeup which ultimately lead to me dropping out of college to join beauty school. I always did freelance makeup but wanted to learn and gain more skills and I knew in doing so I’d have to learn from the best; I applied to MAC Cosmetics and got the job. From then on, I grew as an artist learning from the company, my peers and my clients. Fundamentally, building client relation is most important and that opened the door for me to freelance. Through freelancing, I have gained a reputation for being personable and resonating with people and I receive positive recognition on my beauty skills and knowledge.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The journey for anyone is not always an easy one but challenges only make one stronger and even greater teaches growth and humility. It’s your experiences that will set you apart. As I teach my nine-year-old son, when things get hard we always say, “challenge accepted.” So to answer that question, no it hasn’t always been smooth and even currently isn’t. Being a makeup artist in today’s world where one can easily YouTube makeup tutorials or search between thousands of other amazingly talented artists in San Diego, makes finding consistent work hard. The way I navigate through this is to find what sets ME apart from the rest, so one should ask themselves, what sets YOU apart? That’s an easy one for me and I’d have to say, not only do I love creating beauty transformations, making each client look like the best version of themselves but more so making each client FEEL like their best self. This allows me to build relationships and truly touch their soul. What lies within is where one can truly shine and that’s when you are truly at your best; your beauty will only shine through your confidence.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
About my work, I specialize in weddings and special occasions but in addition to that, I do makeovers, one-on-one lessons, group lessons, and I’m in the process of adding semi-permanent brows to my services. With that, I am known for my eyebrow artistry skills and enhancing clients’ natural beauty and being a personable artist. It’s really not about me, rather each individual I get to work WITH. There’s plenty of moments where I don’t feel motivated or inspired, until boom, I have my client sitting in front of me and they either give me the freedom to create or show pictures of desired looks to achieve.

Typically the first few questions I ask my clients are so they open up to me on a personal level and feel comfortable in my space and gain my trust. I learn about their lives and get to know their personality, which opens up creativity and most importantly, inspiration. I’m mostly proud of having my regulars, who trust in my work time and time again. I’m also proud of my diversity in my work, as quoted by MAC Cosmetics for their Mantra “All races, all ages, all sexes”. I pride myself on having the skills to work with all skin types, textures, structural shapes, skin tones with the goal of enhancing one’s natural features and beauty. I then like to take time to share my knowledge to educate my clients based on their faces and provide recommendations on products, tool and tips. I’m excited as I am currently in the process of adding Vegan makeup to my kit. I have much admiration for people who care deeply for what they believe in and want to make a difference for the better.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
As a health and fitness enthusiast, my favorite gear is Nike, and I live by their slogan, “Just Do It”. So my best advice is to do exactly that! If you have the passion and love for whatever you’re pursuing, go for it, whether you have the skills, experience, or knowledge. You have to give yourself the opportunity to start because success doesn’t just come to you. Every time you put yourself off, someone else is going for it. So say YES to right now, and chase your dream because you deserve it.

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