Once a month, starting this month, I will be highlighting some of the talents and small businesses in my community that might interest my readers on topics relevant to fashion, beauty, style and well-being. So here goes my first talent spotlight. Since we are now in the month of June, where big events such as prom, graduations, and weddings often take place, I figured that it would be perfect to do a spotlight on a hair and makeup artist. Yes, that one person who can make you the most beautiful girl in the world on that very important day. No pressure at all huh?
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing a very talented and beautiful young lady by the name of Sherilyn Yi. Sherilyn started a new venture this year with her own hair and makeup business. After graduating makeup school in Los Angeles, she has worked in a vast range of specialties, including editorial work, fashion shows, weddings, and other special occasions, ultimately demonstrating her versatility as a top makeup artist in Southern California.
Sherilyn has always dreamed of doing makeup and hair to inspire, communicate, and accentuate the innate beauty within every woman. She has experience working with women of various skin tones and ethnicities, and believes that every woman should embrace the way she is created. With this in mind, she works to complement the skin tone, features, and complexion unique to every woman to enhance her natural beauty. She is always in with new trending fashions, not only seeking inspiration but also seeking to inspire. She currently provides services in both the Los Angeles and Orange County area, so if you are in search of a good makeup artist for your special day, she is the one to go to.
We grabbed a cup of coffee on a Wednesday night and I did a short but sweet interview with Sherilyn and I hope my readers will find it quite insightful.
Me: Sherry, tell me what inspired you to become a hair and makeup artist?
Sherry: I have 2 sisters, so growing up it was like having 2 real life-sized barbies to play dress up with. Then later in high school, I began doing my sisters and friends’ hair and makeup for dances. So you can say I had a lot of practice! But I think what really was the deciding factor to do hair and makeup was when I saw how happy it made girls looking at themselves after a little makeover. I’m not a believer with the fact that every girl should wear makeup, but I do think wearing the right amount with the right application, once in a while for special events, dates, etc. is something every girl enjoys. So I just wanted to be able to share that with other girls, and show that you don’t have to wear layers and layers of makeup, but just learn what looks can enhance the already God-given natural beauty in each individual.
Me: What was the most challenging thing you had to overcome in your career?
Sherry: I have to say, like starting any business, branching off to start my own company for hair and makeup has been pretty challenging, yet very exciting. So I guess it is still a process that I am in, since it has been fairly recent with the launch of my own business. But I am definitely looking forward to it!
Me: What is your makeup style?
Sherry: I like to be versatile, and change-up things, but no matter what look I’m going for, I really try to keep things still looking natural. I get inspirations looking at some celebrities’ makeup for awards, and of course the legendary Pat Mcgrath who is the master of creating versatile looks. Whether it’s a smokey eye, winged eyeliner, or a subtle summery look, I always like it to still look natural. I believe makeup should be a tool used to enhance your best features, not to bury them under heavy cosmetics. I love shimmery eye shadows and foundations that leave the skin looking dewy. Keeping the makeup youthful and fresh, is usually the look I aim towards for my clients.
Me: What do you think sets you apart from other hair and makeup artists?
Sherry: I’ve seen a lot of hair and makeup artists around the area and at department stores, and I feel that most of them overdo things. Not to bash on anybody’s work, but I do feel like a lot of LA artists, take things to the extreme and pack on way too much makeup and hairspray. I definitely think there is a fine line to giving someone a makeover or just packing on layers of makeup. I’ve spent a lot of time practicing and honing down the skill to give someone a makeover, yet still looking like themselves.
Me: Can you give our readers a good makeup or styling tip? We want a good one, almost trade-secret status.
Sherry: I wish I could show them to you guys right now, but I’ll give an easy one where I don’t have to demonstrate. Since it is summer, sometimes its just way too hot to be wearing a lot of makeup, so I like to get a shimmery brown cream eye shadow and starting from the outer corner of the eye, just line the lower lash line with an angled brush stopping midway. Then I finish the rest of the outlining with a lighter champagne color all the way to the inner corner of the eye. It looks great whether you have subtle eye shadow on the top of your lids or a smokey eye. It helps to really make your eyes POP!
Me: You have great skin! Do you have any skin-care tips for our readers?
Sherry: Aww thank you! This subject is definitely one I can go on about for hours since I’ve had tons of trouble with my skin growing up. I have to say I’ve spent tons of money in the past trying to get rid of acne and scars, but as I got older, I really realized the most effective ways to do that is being conscious about what you eat and drink, and following some simple rules. Couple of the simple rules that you must follow are first: SUNBLOCK! Whether its sunny or not, you need to be protecting your skin by wearing sunblock! It makes a world of a difference, and it will definitely be your skin’s lifesaver. Neutrogena has a really great and affordable one called [amazon_link id="B000EPA4GQ" target="_blank" ]Ultra Sheer Sunblock[/amazon_link] with SPF 50 or 70.
Secondly, I know you probably heard this a lot, but it is repeated over and over because it is super essential! Water water water! I don’t want to be a hypocrite, so I have to admit it is something I tend forget to drink enormous amounts of as well, but when I do, I can noticeably see a change in my complexion. It really helps to keep your skin looking hydrated and moisturized. So try to stay away from soda, caffine, and junk foods. We can do it girls! Lastly, never ever sleep without washing your makeup off. Even if you are taking a nap, if you can take it off, please do! No matter how tired or how late it is you have to make sure to wash all your makeup off before you sleep to let your pores breathe! No excuse ladies!
Me: What is the best makeup or hair styling product that you cannot live without and would like to recommend to our readers?
Sherry: It is absolutely my mascara! I am in love with the [amazon_link id="B002ZTVMDI" target="_blank" ]Maybelline Colossal Mascara[/amazon_link] (yellow tube). That thing works magic on my lashes! I get a lot of people asking me what mascara I use and it’s because they really make my lashes look fuller without looking clumpy! The coolest thing about this mascara is that I don’t even need to curl my lashes. I just put the mascara and it lifts it up without an eyelash curler!
As for a hair styling product, I would definitely have to say I need my thermal protector spray. Whenever I use it before I curl, straighten, or blow dry my hair, I can see a significant difference on the texture of my hair. It makes my hair feel softer and look smoother! Currently I am using [amazon_link id="B00620RTWY" target="_blank" ]Chi’s Iron Guard Protection Spray[/amazon_link], and I love it! Another great thing about this product, is that it actually lasts for a long time, so it definitely is worth the money! Just spray it from about your ears down, especially the ends of your hair, and it will do the job of both protecting your hair and making it look healthy!
At the end of our interview, I urged Sherry to make some youtube videos, whether it be makeup tutorials or her singing (she is a also a great musician btw), so hopefully we will be seeing her videos soon on youtube or her website/blog. I will definitely update you guys when she does.
Check out Sherilyn’s website www.sherilynyi.com to see more of her work, her blog and her contact info. Don’t forget to like her page on facebook too! Also, if you mention IOBeauty, Sherry will kindly offer an exclusive 10% discount on your first makeup and hair booking.