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Meet Trailblazer Lianna Gem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lianna Gem.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started working at a skin care counter at Macy’s when I was 18. Now at 29, I am working for Too Faced Cosmetics as a freelance makeup artist and I freelance on the side for me as well doing photo shoots, video shoots, etc. I put a lot of hard work and sweat into where I am today. It’s all about networking and working hard and loving what you do. Hard work and consistency always pays off! I cannot see myself in any other field and I am grateful to be doing what I love for a living.

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?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. There is so much competition in the beauty world and it can get overwhelming. You have to remember that you are one in a million and no one is you and you have to keep working hard and networking and not giving up and it will all magically fall into place! Always be happy for other people’s success, always be kind and humble and keep to yourself and work work work!

We’d love to hear more about Glam by Lianna Gem.
As a freelance artist for Too Faced, I visit many Sephora and Ulta stores all over Los Angeles. I train, build relationships, make sales goals and assist/work events! As for when I have time for myself, I do makeup for photo shoots, video shoots and lots of makeup and hair styling for weddings, prom, etc. I am proud to be where I am because I am a self-taught makeup artist who got picked on in school for choosing my field, but I made it and am so happy that I never gave up! What sets me apart from others is my kindness and hungriness for success. Yes, I want to succeed and be the best but if someone else is more successful than me at the moment it motivates me rather than it making me angry, it makes me want to work harder.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I always remember my mother telling me that “Women can do anything men can do. Don’t ever rely on a man for your future or your money, get out there and take over the world doing what you love.” My mom plays a big role in my success.

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Lauren Brown Photography, Underground Visual

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