Encounter with the young makeup artist Natalie Ruiz, from Keasbey, NJ who shares passion for makeup looks and is currently developing her talent pool by attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion business management.
Natalie can you walk us through your personal story and interest for makeup looks?
I am a first-generation Dominican my parents came to the U.S at a very young age. I speak both Spanish and English, I am also currently attending a fashion school in New York called the Fashion Institute of Technology and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion business management.
Makeup was introduced to me by mom when I was a kid. Since then makeup looks became a passion. My mom would buy me kid’s makeup sets and I would play with the glitters it came with and the glosses. I loved being creative and loved to dress up and put glitter all over my face and thought I owned a whole runway at my house!
At the beginning of high school, I will never wear makeup to school until I met my best friend who put mascara on me. I loved it so much that I told her to bring the same mascara to school every day so I could put it on every morning until I bought my own. That was when my own makeup collection began to grow from foundation, concealer, powder, and more.
Makeup became a passion and helped me define my inner me. When I was stressed out with school or with the passing of my grandpa, it helped me regulate my emotional balance a lot.
By my senior year of high school, I would rock a full face of makeup to school and many of the girls in my class would like it. I got a few girls that wanted a glam from me on graduation day and from there I realized that being a make-up artist could become a career. but it took a lot of hard work to get where I am at and it wasn’t easy.
When I turned 18 I landed my first job at NYX Cosmetics. I can’t thank the people there enough for giving me the opportunity and for teaching so many skills. At NYX I learned how to deal with people and improved my makeup looks and skills on clients. I also pass my certificate for makeup application there.
At that time, I was also freelancing once in a while on the side. After a year and a half of working at NYX and perfecting my skills I left and decided to be a full-time makeup artist while going to college.
I have been self-employed as a makeup artist for over a year now with my own studio at home. I am still learning every day from so many makeup looks and trends happening in the beauty industry.
There have been so many people who have influenced me down this road and supported me. Today, my social media allows me to showcase my own makeup looks I do on my clients and myself. The loyalty of my followers is a great suppport every day.
Makeup looks with Natalie @style.fashion.nat.