JUL 2017

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Page 73 of 100 • july 2017 • [ 71 ] On choosing products to use and retail: We have eight cosmetic lines in the store. I want products that look good, are healthy for the skin, offer impressive colors, and strong shadow palettes and pigments for all skin tones (as a man of color, that's very important to me). I'm all about having the skin look natural—foundation should not look like makeup. At the end of a consultation or session I'll make skincare and facial service recommendations as well. As for brands, there are so many skincare lines that I love, but my favorites include iS Clinical, Skinceuticals and Revision Skincare; for makeup I prefer Kevyn Aucoin and Smashbox. On his rising fame: Well, I ended up in a TV series last year! I thought I was auditioning to be an actual makeup artist but it turned out to be an audition for a makeup artist role on a satirical talk show called 'Daytime Divas' on VH1. The whole cast, including Vanessa Williams and Tichina Arnold, have come to the store for facials, which is awesome. On his greatest challenge: Certainly, when you're a small-business owner, the hardest part is getting your name out there and generating exposure for your brand. Fortunately, our customers are loyal and come back to see us again and again. On his biggest reward: I think the greatest honor is to have people come into the store and be inspired by what I've accomplished. To get to this point—coming from a third-world country and a very poor family—has been a struggle. But by going to school, working hard and staying dedicated to my craft, I've gotten here. It's very rewarding to inspire a young person who might come in and think, 'I'd love to do this someday.' u

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