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Rising Stars: Meet Rochelle Kalkan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rochelle Kalkan.  

Hi Rochelle, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I got started back in 2020, it was during the pandemic I started doing some self-reflection on what I wanted to do with my life and what truly makes me happy, and that has always been beauty and fashion. From a young age, I have always had a talent for knowing what looks good and I have always loved sharing that talent with people and bringing out their beauty, and helping them express themselves through makeup and fashion. So, I decided to really go for it and make it my career. 

Alright, 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?
It has not been a smooth road. When my daughter’s father kicked me out, I only had $20 to my name. I quickly had to get myself together all while adjusting to my new life of being a single mom at 25. I moved into a 2-bedroom apartment that had 8 people living there. I worked 15, sometimes 18 hours a day leaving my daughter with my mom (whom up into this point I spent every second with since I was a stay-at-home mom), and I moved me and my family to Temecula where I felt we could have a better life. Unfortunately, Temecula is where things got even harder; I convinced my mom to move with me to help me with my daughter and so that she could care for my grandma in a healthier environment, but shortly after moving my grandma got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she passed away that same year leaving my family shattered and broken. My mom fell into a deep depression after this leaving me to have to hold everything together with minimal help. Those were some of my toughest, darkest times, and I really didn’t know if would make it through until I moved into a new place and started my first business 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a makeup and permanent makeup artist; I am most known for my attention to detail whether it be a full face of makeup for a photo shoot or doing a tattoo on someone’s eyebrows I listen to my clients and make sure my sessions are collaborative. I am also known for my color correcting technique so taking someone that has darker lips, naturally neutralizing and lightening them up so they can then have the lipstick color they want. A lot of artists are unaware on how to do this and end up damaging people’s lips. Being a woman of color, I understand how important that people know and understand our skin and what colors and products to use on our skin to produce the best results. I am most proud of being able to help men and women look and feel their best. There’s things we’re all insecure about, and it’s nice to be able to help people overcome some of those insecurities by enhancing their beauty. What sets me apart from others is I care about all my clients and will go above and beyond to ensure their happiness. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I learned both of my businesses are essential in their own ways. One being obviously more important than the other but still essential none the less lol. I also learned the importance of your circle tribe what kind of people you have around you, and always keeping your mental health as a priority. 


  • Tatoo brows $450
  • Tattoo lips 550
  • Tattoo eyeliner $500
  • Full face w lashes $150
  • Simple makeup w/o lashes $100

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Nikena Allen
Kristy Randolph

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