Sable Desireè | Freelance Makeup Artist + Master Makeup Instructor
One word to sum up this lady? T-A-L-E-N-T. I first met Sable through a shoot I did years ago, and we clicked at once and she’s been my go-to MUA (that’s Makeup Artist) ever since. She’s done everything from bridal to special effects and is also one of the easiest people I’ve worked with. Winner winner. So let’s do it. Your Saturday edition of Watch Her Hustle is here: WHH and Sable Desireè.
Poppyseed: Thanks for chatting with us today Sable! Now, I know you do a LOT. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the many facets of your career?
Sable Desireè: Hello!!! Thank you so much for having me! I'm Sable Desireè of Faces by Sable Desireè and the CEO of SD Lashes. Currently I reside in Seattle, WA. I'm also a freelance makeup artist, licensed esthetician, and makeup educator at Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology.
PS: I’ve known you for a few years not, but still EVERY time it amazes me how much you so and how talented you are. Seriously! Ok, proud friend rant over. Let’s get some history: Did you always want to be a MUA? Give us a bit of a history
SD: I've always been a creative person, but makeup isn't what I thought I would have made a career of. If things would have gone like I imagined I'd be a lawyer somewhere out in the world. However, 4 to 5 years ago, I had done what I thought was my makeup. Some simple foundation, a little bit of eye color, mascara, and some lip color. A friend of mine made the comment that I was cute, but I did not have eyebrows. I was bothered and went home to watch youtube videos and practice. I'd sit my mom down and practice brows on her. At the time I did not know I was becoming obsessed with the actual art of makeup. From teaching myself, and watching YouTube videos, I knew that there were things about this that I was missing. So I ended up going to makeup school. I learned all aspects of makeup from special fx, bridal, stage, airbrush and so much more. There I found my passion for photography makeup.
PS: Love that story. Such a great mix of utilizing different forms of education. How to do you like teaching and being a freelance artist?
SD: Freelancing is amazing! I literally don't work everyday, I create. I left corporate America to live my dreams and it was the best choice that I have made. Doing what you love and getting paid for it is one of my life's many joys! I've made so many amazing connections and friends through my freelance work. I remember the first shoot we did together and we didn't even meet in person until later another opportunity came up in the summer. Before Poppyseed! You made a dress from an army parachute! I believe it had a cape too! One of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen! I believe we had several pieces from you for that shoot, but to date that dress is one I will always remember.
Teaching is the most uplifting things that I do. There is nothing better than inspiring new talent and sharing my passion with other passionate individuals. Mentoring them throughout their careers, and assisting with job/career placement. It challenges me to think outside of the box and my learning style as well as it keeps me inspired creatively.
PS: Awe! That was a great shoot! I loved the way the photos turned out and am so glad we connected. Ok, so I nearly cried when this happened, but you recently moved to Texas and then back. What was that like and why did you decide to come back?
SD: Moving to Dallas was such a change for me. A culture shock as well. Coming from the Pacific Northwest where it often rains and most people don't walk around with a full glam face of makeup, to the south where the sun shines so many more days than it rains. People truly wear full faces of makeup, and they are really into how they look was really nice. For me, being so far away from my family and clientele was extremely hard. I decided to come home because Seattle is where my business, family, and school home is. I was still teaching in Dallas as a makeup instructor, but in the ended decided to come back.
PS: Well, this is one woman who is VERY glad you came back! Ok. What about advice for others wanting to break into the industry as a MUA?
SD: Go after your dreams, seek continuous training and get educated so you can make it a business! Nothing is more liberating than being your own boss doing what you love most! Also, there is enough work and clientele in this recession proof industry. Hone your skills and again never stop learning.
PS: Love it. What about those of us doing our own makeup? What's your #1 tip for our readers doing their makeup at home?
SD: The best foundation for a flawless application is having a great skin care routine.
PS: *Goes and puts on sunscreen* Noted! What's the craziest shoot you've done?
SD: The shoot that I did with Squiggles the Snake, Model Anita Mwiruki, and photographer Sennia Kyle. Nothing crazy really happened, but both Anita and I were scared of Squiggles.
PS: Those pictures still give me goosebumps, and not just because of the snake! We’re pretty into empowering others around here. Who has empowered you the most to dream big and follow your passion?
SD: There are quite a few people in my life that have empowered me to dream big. Not only do I come from a family of very strong women, my best friends and support system is composed of lady bosses of different elements. Creatively my grandmother has empowered me the most. Growing up watching her make anything from clothes, porcelain dolls, crocheting, and knitting (even now). I've seen that you can make anything you put in your mind. My best friend Mia is one of the greatest business women and hairdresser out there. I have been seeing her hustle and grow since we were 16 years old. This is also a person who I share my business plans and dreams with. She pushes me to be the best version of myself artistically and business wise. Especially in the beauty industry. My mom however is the one who has instilled if I can see it I can achieve and have it. Not only has she always taken care of our family, been the backbone for my sister and I, she is the hardest working business woman I know. Most definitely the reason why I am a workaholic. Not only that, she is someone who keeps me grounded, humble, and focused. I also want to mention the amazing women I have worked with and met in this industry. You guys have all given me inspirations and hope for the success of my passion. Seeing you guys work through the crazy entrepreneur life while being moms, wives, daughters, and whatever else you deal with day to day yet still letting nothing keep you from your dreams. It's such a blessing in itself to even say I know you.
PS: Babe! That was so touching. Thank you for your honesty and open heart. I’m so glad to see you thriving and doing your craft with such passion and excellence. And there you have it, guys! To keep up with Sable and see more gorgeous photos of her work be sure to follow her on Instagram: @sabledesiree. And if you’re looking for a MUA for a shoot, or simply want to treat yo self on date night, you can book by emailing Sable at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again, my dear! You are a master and I’m so grateful to have worked with you. Until next time! #WatchHerHustleWithPoppyseed