When I started working at Rouge I never realized it would shape my definition of beauty. Over the years, I was the go to girl for makeup. My friends would line up at my college desk before a night out asking if I had time to do their makeup. Some of these girls rarely would ever wear makeup (unlike me) so they would want something very natural. At the time, this meant I would just stick to light colors with no sparkle for eye shadow and that was about it. I wish I knew about the levels of services Rouge NY has to offer, it definitely would have made me a better go-to girl.
While I love beauty, I am a non-makeup artist at this makeup salon. So, I quickly started learning a whole new language. From blending to contouring, my makeup and beauty knowledge quickly changed and re-developed. I never fully understood the importance of wearing makeup to emphasize your own beauty
. I previously used it to hide the stuff I did not like instead of "highlight" things about me that I did like. It took my first few weeks at Rouge to really understand that makeup is an art like any other; it is built around something beautiful.
A “You…Only Better” would’ve been the perfect option for my friends who rarely wore make up but wanted to look like their best self when we were going out. My idea of just using light eye shadow was totally wrong. A “You..Only Better” literally makes you look like, um, you
. Only..Better. Our clients leave looking like their best self. The artist just work with what they already have going for them, and makes it look fresher, more defined. I always picture Beyonce singing "I woke up like this" when the "You...Only Better" client leaves Rouge NY smiling.
My go to style at night was my “somewhat” version of a bold choice. I used way too much products and didn’t realize how one feature can really complete a whole look. If I had taken the time to look in a mirror and pick out what I liked best about myself I could’ve worked with it, not against it. I should not have been treating my face as if it was a stranger. The brushes, products, techniques and your own beauty must work together. That is what Rouge has really taught me.