“I still work in corporate America, so I still have a full time sales job,” said make-up artist Tiffany Nicole Brown while we chatted recently on the phone. Before our interview, I knew Brown was great at wearing many hats. After researching her on the web, I discovered not only is she self-taught, but she’s also a mother and a wife. Learning that she had a full time job on top of her make-up and mommy careers was just too much. Brown is one New Orleans woman that takes multitasking to a whole new level.
Although she has no professional training as a make-up artist, Brown’s resumé is extremely impressive. Last year, she worked at the Essence Festival on a team for My Black is Beautiful—a campaign that embraces women of all ethnicities, not just African Americans. Her work has been featured in a number of publications, including Urban Mainstream Magazine and Sheen Magazine, and she’s worked at New Orleans Fashion Week.
To top it off, Brown is launching her own make-up line called TNB Cosmetics. The collection will debut and by early February and will feature several different palates of eye shadows tailored to all types of women. Our recommendation, as it fits with our theme this month, is the palate made specifically for businesswomen.
“I’m able to do it all because I have such great support,” Brown continued. We chose her out of a pool of about 10 make-up artists for this article because of her versatility and, equally, because we were so impressed with her portfolio, which boasts excellent quality work for women of all ethnicities in all sorts of arenas: weddings, commercial, runway, and every-day.
Brown highly suggests trying a new make-up look for 2013. “Even if it’s just a pop of color, or something like that—a bright pink lip…just something to give yourself a boost of confidence.” She urges women to be bold, even in the workplace.
“Just don’t go overboard,” she stressed. Subtle all-over make-up with just a hint of bold color on the lip or eye is suitable for work, and makes you stand out.
“Women want compliments,” Brown explained, delving into the psyche of her clients. “They want to hear, ‘Girl, you look great today!’ Whether it’s from a man or another woman.”
If you’re looking for compliments, make-up with matte skin, colorful eye shadows, and a classic, thin line of black eyeliner are all up-and-coming trends this year, according to Brown.
“Women, even beautiful women, need that extra boost of confidence every once in a while.” Brown said. So just go with the flow, experiment with different palettes and put on a little color. It might do you some good.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Brown, visit her website.