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(Last Updated On: October 12, 2013)

Local teen makes makeup artistry dreams come true

By Andrea Henderson

Primas Washington, 17, was not one of those teenagers who had to sneak and put on makeup in the school restroom or on the school bus.  Suffering from a condition called Rosacea that caused her cheeks to become red, while the rest of her face was pale, her mother suggested she begin wearing makeup in the eighth grade to even out her skin tone.  Having the skin condition was not all bad for Washington.  It allowed her to wear makeup at an early age and to fall in love with the artistic side of makeup and cosmetics.

In 2012, Washington became fascinated with watching how-to makeup videos on YouTube. Perfecting her own makeup techniques, she was inspired to upload her own how-to makeup videos on YouTube, and within a year’s time, had posted 40 videos online and accumulated over a thousand subscribers.  It was her love for brightly colored makeup and eyebrow shaping tutorials that attracted subscribers to her page.

Applying makeup not only brings Washington to a calming place, it will soon become the recent Marshall High School graduate’s livelihood.

The talented young makeup artist caught up with Empower Magazine and dished on her inspirations, the latest summer beauty trends, and her future plans.

How did you get your start in doing makeup?

The first face I ever practiced on was my little sister’s.  I watched videos online on how to apply makeup and I went forward from there.  I would wear crazy colors and glitter on my face anywhere I went, and I would get random people asking me who did my makeup and I would tell them I did it.  Of course the next question was how did I do it.  I knew starting my YouTube channel would be a great tutorial lesson for those who needed extra help with applying makeup.

So doing makeup is no longer a hobby for you, you are making it a career?

Yes, once I graduate in June, I will begin classes to become a licensed esthetician at the Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics in Stafford.  Within 6 months I will be a licensed esthetician.

What are your goals with being a makeup artist?

After I get my esthetician license, I plan on attending a four-year college and obtaining a business degree so that I can open my own salon in the future.  My salon will focus on skin care and beauty; however, hairstylists, nail technicians and other employees that focus on beauty will be employed as well.

Have clients sought you out to do their makeup for special occasions?

For the month of May I was booked every weekend.  I did about five clients every Saturday.  Some clients were graduating, going to prom or going to graduation parties.  I traveled from one side of Houston to the other.

How much do you charge?

Since I am not a professional, I charge $25 for a full face and if I have to travel I add $10-$20 depending on how far the location is for gas.

What are your favorite products to use?

1. Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

2. Mac Studio Finish Concealer

3. BH Day and Night Cosmetic palettes

4. Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express mascara

5. Mac RiRi Woo lipstick

Who are your favorite makeup artists?

Tatiana Ward, her YouTube channel is BeatFaceHoney, and also I love to watch TymeTheInfamous on YouTube.

Some women wear a full face of makeup everyday in and out of the sun.  What do you suggest for those women who are conscious of keeping their skin intact when they wear lots of makeup?

If you wear makeup everyday, make sure you wash your face every night and exfoliate, because makeup clogs the pores.  I take my makeup off with baby wipes and wash my face with Neutrogena face wash, and I moisturize my face with Cetaphil moisturizer.

What are your favorite summer beauty trends?

I’m a bright person.  I love bright colors and glitter.

Name three makeup items that a woman should always carry with them?

1. Face powder to blot your face throughout the day if your skin gets oily.

2. Lip gloss or lipstick so that you can re-apply if necessary.

3. Wipes to refresh your face if you need to.

What is the number one beauty no-no that you notice daily?

Thick black eyebrows.  Nobody should ever use black eyeliner to draw on eyebrows.  You can use the darkest brown but just not black.

What do you love most about being a makeup artist? Any challenges?

I love making the world beautiful one face at a time.  I hate not having enough time to do everyone’s makeup.  I feel bad if I have to tell a client no.

How do you stay current on the trends and your craft?

I am constantly on the Internet.  I keep up with MAC online newsletters, and I look in Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue Magazine for the latest beauty trends.

Many women nowadays are always in a hurry, what are some makeup tips you can give to the working woman who has only about five minutes to spare when it comes to applying makeup?

Just purchase a good concealer, mascara and bronzer.  Those three products will give you what you need everyday.

What sets you apart from other young makeup artists?

I’m a good mixture between bold and natural glam.  Other artists apply too much makeup and they make people look fake.

For those who are looking into being a makeup artist, what kind of advice would you give them?

Be confident and don’t doubt yourself.

Where else can we see your work?

My name is PrimasJewell on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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