Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
With editorial photoshoots coming to an end, everyone at CLUTCH is feeling confident and excited about putting together our current issue. The photoshoots were all successful, and the directors concepts all got the attention necessary to help them shine through. A key player in these photoshoots was local makeup artist, Allison. She worked on every shoot to make sure the makeup fit with all the looks, and proved to everyone at CLUTCH how versatile she is in her abilities to work with men and women alike. After all the madness came to a close, we got a chance to ask her about some of her favorite beauty tips, and get some insight on where she learned about and built a passion for makeup and beauty.
Christie (C): When did you start noticing you had a passion for makeup?
Allison (A): Probably my junior year of high school. I wasn't really into my studies so I would watch YouTube videos on makeup. I started watching these girls just sitting in their rooms, and applying makeup on their face, they looked like completely different people. I thought it was so cool how foundation, concealer, or penciling in your eyebrows could enhance your natural beauty. It all just started to stick with me and I got obsessed honestly.
C: So you would say that YouTube is a good frame of reference for people trying to learn more about doing their makeup?
A: Absolutely. You can find a video explaining any beauty technique you want to learn.
C: If you had to name 3 favorite beauty products, what would they be?
A: L'Oréal Telescopic Carbon black mascara, I swear by that. Also, my eyebrow pencil from Anastasia in soft brown. Any lightweight foundation is a must, with a good bronzer, I use L'Oréal True Match.
C: Do you have any celebrities who embody your favorite make up style?
A: Kim Kardashian, by far. I know it’s cliché, the Kardashian’s and all, but their makeup never displeases me. It’s always on point. When I look for ideas, I’m always looking at them. They have a lot of different looks and it always turns out flawless.
C: What would be your dream career within the beauty or entertainment industry?
A: I would love to obviously start my own makeup line and build my own brand. I would want to be the only ambassador for my company. To start with Sephora and just move up to even more high end stores from there with my products.
C: What else do you like to do when you’re not doing makeup or obsessing over makeup on YouTube?
A: I love to hangout with my friends, obviously. I like to cook, I’m Italian so I like to try and recreate my families dishes. I think cooking is a way to be creative and is really fun.
C: Why did you move up to Tallahassee?
A: Well I fell in love with the campus. I was ready to get away from my hometown, and all my friends were here so that was a plus. Then I just knew that Tallahassee and Florida State would be the place to pursue my career in beauty and arts. I could just feel that there would be good opportunity here.
C: What is your signature fragrance that makes you feel like a power woman?
A: Oh jeez, it’s definitely the Jimmy Choo. The original Jimmy Choo perfume in the purple bottle. That’s my go to. It’s just such a sexy smell, it’s definitely my favorite.
C: What are your favorite clothing stores to shop at or brands to buy?
A: I love Forever 21, and I know that may sound weird, but even though they’re cheap I always get quality. I really like BeBe, and I shop at Aldo for shoes.
C: If you could give your #1 beauty tip, what would it be?
A: Blend the foundation, BRING IT DOWN TO THE NECK. That’s all I have to say. You never want to be wearing a mask.
You can get to know more about Allison and her beauty tricks by checking out her YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/AlwaysAllison95. For FSU students or residents of Tallahassee, She offers makeup services for every occasion and can be contacted at (941)-567-9477
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