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Meet Trailblazer Stephanie Keiser

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Keiser.

Stephanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began doing makeup in high school while working part-time at a Day Spa & Salon. The owner noticed that I had a passion for makeup and for people and asked me if I’d like to get my certificate to do bridal makeup so we could offer it as an additional service at the salon and I said “Of course!!!” I did that for the next year until I graduated high school and moved down to San Diego to attend SDSU! While at SDSU I was hired as an artist for Smashbox cosmetics and was sent to artist training at their studios in Los Angeles! That is where I truly fell in love and became all consumed by the art of applying makeup and all things beauty!!! After that, I was hired at Neiman Marcus to work in the cosmetics department and was fortunate enough to be trained on all of the top lines in the industry – Chanel, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, Fresh, La Mer, Amore Pacific and more. I worked there for close to 10 years and then I decided that it was time to take a leap of faith and go out on my own!!! It was then that I decided to add hairstyling and custom airbrush tanning to my menu of specialties!

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 wouldn’t call this an easy journey… becoming an entrepreneur is tough! But if you love what you’re doing then all the hard work and hours spent hustling is all worth it in the long run!!!

My advice is to learn as much as you can about your specific craft/industry. Know what your competition is doing and stay up to date on the latest trends. Always be networking and collaborate on as many projects with as many new talented people as possible! Study the people in your industry who inspire you and don’t be afraid to ask them for input and advice on your work! Most importantly, follow your dreams because you are the only person who can make them a reality!!!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sparkle by Steph – what should we know?
I am a makeup artist, hair stylist and custom airbrush tanologist. I specialize in Natural Glam and that’s what I’m known for. I am most proud of the relationships that I build with my clients and peers in my industry. I love not only making people look fabulous for whatever the occasion is but also the fact that I make them feel fabulous! I love forming relationships with my clients and peers so that by the end of our working relationship we can call each other friends not just someone I worked with or for! I think that is what sets me apart from others, the connection I make is truly important to me!

At the end of the month, I will be a featured artist in the RAW Artists showcase at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego and I am absolutely thrilled about this opportunity to really get my work out there!!!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Girl Code.

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In Her Image Photography, Beginning and End Photography

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