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Meet Heather McLaughlin of Heather McLaughlin Makeup Artistry in Medford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather McLaughlin.

Heather, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved applying makeup to myself but never thought that I would make a career out of it. While attending college right out of high school I started working at a salon part-time as a receptionist.

One day while I was working, there were a group of high school girls in getting their hair done for prom and many of them asked if the salon offered makeup services. All of the stylists were busy doing hair and could not accommodate the girls who wanted their makeup done. The owner of the salon asked if I wanted to apply some makeup to the high school girls and it was that moment that sparked the beginning of a rewarding career in makeup artistry. The girls ended up loving their makeup and many of them continued to book me to do their prom makeup year after year. Soon I attended makeup classes so I could officially offer makeup services in the salon.

From that point on, my love for makeup and making people feel good about themselves grew tremendously. I love making a tired mom feel a little glamorous or spending the morning with a bride to help her get ready for one of the biggest moments of her life. To me, yes this job helps me provide for my family but it is so much more than that. Being a makeup artist is one of the most rewarding experiences because it allows you to create a relationship with a person where your craft can give them the confidence to take on the day.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every adventure has some bumps in the road but all good things are worth fighting. My career as a makeup artist is no exception. There are always the difficult clients that you will never make happy. At the end of the day I try not to take it too personally, but I’ll admit it does at times test my confidence and make me question whether or not I am in the right career. Another recent challenge has been the introduction of beauty gurus on social media. With their makeup application tutorials there has been a substantial increase in the amount of young women and men joining the makeup artistry field. With the increase of makeup artists in the surrounding area, competition is at an all-time high and you really need to find ways to set yourself apart from the rest.

Please tell us about Heather McLaughlin Makeup Artistry.
For 7 years I performed makeup services strictly out of a salon. Heather McLaughlin Makeup Artistry came to fruition in 2013 when I ventured out on my own after the birth of my daughter. I specialize in all makeup services including but not limited to: bridal makeup, prom makeup, photo shoots and any other special events. I am mainly known for bridal makeup. I have done countless weddings over the years and can remember every single bride. Doing makeup for a bride on her special day is truly something remarkable. Brides trust you to make them feel beautiful and confident on one of the most important days of their lives and that in itself is what makes this job so rewarding.

My proudest moments are when I see the reactions of family and friends once the bride steps into her dress to complete her look. It feels good to know I had some small part in getting her ready for one the biggest moments of her life. I would say that my nurturing and grateful approach to makeup is what sets me apart from others. I am a mom first and foremost and that instills a nurturing quality in me that carries over to my work. I always want my client to feel their absolute best and I take the time to make them feel that way. I am also very grateful to have been given the opportunity to do what I love and I know that shows through my work. I work hard and count every job as a blessing–I’m truly thankful for all of my clients.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I really wouldn’t want to start over, because I have worked really hard to get where I am. Every bump in the road has been a lesson learned. Over the years I have become a little stronger in the sense that I stand my ground when I believe something isn’t right. In this business it is easy to get taken advantage of and people have no problem running you over to get to the top. That is just the business, and I try to understand it but it is hard not to have your feelings hurt along the way. It’s hard to have trust in people in this field because at the end of the day everyone is just trying to make it. So maybe that is what I would have done differently if I were to start over–follow my instincts when I feel something isn’t right and not let myself be taken advantage of.


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