|Special thank you to Michelle for doing this feature for me. She is a true makeup artist and posts some beautiful looks on her page. if you have a chance go check out her page and show her some love. https://www.facebook.com/CharmingClayAndMakeupByMeeko?fref=ts|
My name is Michelle Ledezma. I am 27 years old and I am from Texas. My facebook beauty page is CharmingClayAndMakeupByMeeko...Meeko is my nickname. I also make Youtube makeup tutorials on my Youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/mrsledezma1985.
My first memory of makeup was my grandmas red lipstick. I didn't start using makeup until I was a teenager. I liked all the different makeup styles I saw in magazines but I didn't have a clue on how to make my makeup look that good.My routine back then was simple. It consisted of face powder, lip gloss, one neutral colored eyeshadow just on the lids, and mascara. My routine now involves lots of color and products. I use any color you can think of!
I started getting serious about makeup last year. In April of 2012, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. My life changed overnight. I had to quit my job as a nurse for 6 years because of complications from this disease and medication side effects. I went from working full time to becoming a stay at home wife and mother. Even simple everyday tasks became hard. I was falling apart both mentally and physically. One day while lying in bed feeling sorry for myself, I decided to watch some Youtube videos to cheer me up. After watching a few funny videos, I came across a makeup tutorial video. Being curious I decided to watch it. The lovely woman in the video was very polite and very good at applying her makeup! I was impressed and started going thru her channel watching some more of her videos. I learned that she was very ill too, and sometimes you could see her hands shake from her medications. Even feeling sick, she still continued with her tutorial. At the end, she encouraged her viewers not to give in to their sickness. We can still fix ourselves up despite how we feel.
Her words really hit home with me and gave me hope. I had to find my inner strength again! That day, I created my channel and my page and I have her to thank for that. Keeping up with both of these keeps my mind off my pain. She is and will always be my favorite MUA(we dont call ourselves MUAs, just everyday girls next door). She goes by Makeup440Plus. Her videos are my inspiration for the looks I do now. She showed me not to be afraid to use color and try different looks...I especially love how she just "wings it" sometimes! I learned ALOT of my techniques from her.
I've tried lots of different brands of makeup, but my favorite would have to be from an Indie company called Pop Rox Cosmetics. The company is owned and operated by a male, which makes it that much more awesome! The colors of the pigments are gorgeous and vivid and a little goes a long way. They last all day and the prices are affordable. He can even make you a custom color if you request it! And he is always asking for customer input and is always willing to answer all questions. I especially love the neon colors!
My favorite look I've done so far would have to be my Pink Lemonade inspired look. I had never used pink and yellow eyeshadow together, but it came out great! The glitter added that extra feminine touch. I was proud of myself for pulling this look off, especially since I felt really sick that day. The end result made me feel like a million bucks.
My advice to anyone who wants to start their own beauty page is to always be yourself. You will learn as you go and you don't have to be a pro. Put yourself out there! And remember, you can't satisfy everyone. As long as you are happy, that's all that truly matters.