TémiMarie is a Makeup artist in Toronto that I was so pleased to be a part of #The”E”project. She has been in the business for quite some time and overcame all the ups and downs that were thrown her way. Her positive vibes and alluring personality allows her to connect with her clients on a deeper level. Her ultimate goal is to make others happy and to feel beautiful; she has definitely achieved that in more ways than one. Temi recently created an event called "HERday" that is about teaching women to be fearless, empower one another and accept their beautiful flaws and all. To know more about HERday a link will be provided at the end of the interview.
What do you do?
I am a makeup artist, a beauty connoisseur.
How did you start?
I honestly started wearing crazy eye colours in high school, and people really liked it. Metallic purple and blue were my favourite eye colours. Today I know you’re supposed to wear a full face along with the crazy eye looks so everything balances out, but then I always wore crazy eye colours and I blended it out so well that people always complimented me on it. As for starting in the industry, my uncle who I was super close with actually passed away the summer I began doing makeup. He was the one who encouraged me to go and do it, and make it into a profession. He provided me with the funds for my first makeup kit. He died from cancer that summer and left me a request to “follow my dreams and goals” in this industry.
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
Honestly I’ve seen how most women treat makeup. Some make it seem like it is a necessity that they cannot do without, and then there are others who uses it as a tool. I would like to have makeup work in a way that it only empowers women, if you feel good when you put a little bit of makeup on then do it, don’t make it as if you are trying to hide certain features. The features we probably don’t like are what make us so unique, so play those features up. That’s what really inspired me to get into makeup, to help people play up those features that they don’t feel confident about. Chances are those are probably their most beautiful features.
Is there anyone in your field that you look up to?
Pat McGrath, I really love Pat McGrath! She is one of the top makeup artists in the world, she does mostly runway & editorial makeup. She’s just so super cool and chill. She works with super models on a daily basis back-to-back. She doesn’t play it up much, her work is super natural. If you see her on the street she’s just like any other person. She doesn’t walk around with a full face on a daily basis. It’s all about your work, if your work shows what you do; you don’t necessarily have to paint your face every day to let someone know “hey! I’m a makeup artist”. She’s just super cool and down to earth.
Do you or did you have a mentor?
Yes my mentor was and still is Jessica Carter. She was the key makeup artist for “Degrassi”. She’s just an amazing being, my spiritual mentor in a way as well.
Do you recommend a mentor?
Yes! It’s always good to find someone in the industry that your in, especially if your self taught you just find who is the best in the industry and reach out to them. You will be able to find out if they can teach you things, point you in the right direction, and let you know what you need to know to succeed. It’s always easy to go for someone that has experience already and to get their advice.
Where do you see yourself/your business within the next 5-10years?
In the next five to ten years for sure I will have a roster of celebrity clients, that’s the goal. Then I’m looking forward to working with one of the best celebrities that are really down to earth, humanitarians as well. My dream client is Chrissy Tiegan, John legends wife. She’s gorgeous, down to earth, and funny. She would be the dream client for me.
Looking back did you ever fathom you would be doing what you are now?
No, I sit down even until today, and me and my friends talk and I’m like wow I’ve really accomplished a lot. I’m someone who is a over achiever, I like to work really hard but I never really take time aside to appreciate how far I’ve come, and see how much I’ve accomplished. I never would have thought my life would be in this direction at all.
What advice would you give to an aspiring makeup artist?
Try not to follow the rules, do things your way because originality is always going to get you far. Especially in such a competitive field and being in cities like Toronto, New York, L.A, and Miami. It’s very competitive, just be original. There are so many makeup artists, and Youtube gurus that can inspire you a bit, but the main thing is to be original because that’s the only way you are going to stand out.
Do you regret any mistakes you made or have they made you who you are now?
I am one of those people who don’t like to regret things, because at one point in my life I wanted to do it so why would I beat myself up about it and loose sleep over something and regret it. I felt like I burnt a certain sort of bridges, but it’s not necessarily you burnt a bridge if it was going to collapse to start with. I just learn from everything and keep it moving.
Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because it makes people happy. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a battered women’s shelter, and just a simple thing of doing makeup for a woman who has been through so much in her life. From being in a abusive relationship, or she’s not so confident in herself, to put a smile on her face and make her feel beautiful for just one second, that makes me feel like I have power and I can actually make someone happy. That’s everyone’s dream right, world peace, to make people happy.
Who is your motivation to keep going?
My motivation to keep going would definitely be my mom. My mom and I are really, really super close but because of distance we’ve been separated for so long. Seeing how she worked her but off in her industry, and still working hard until today, it keeps me motivated because she works hard and keeps going. She has always inspired me to do what I want to do even if it doesn’t agree by her standards, she still allows me to be myself and do what I want to do.
What is the one thing you cannot leave the house with minus your cell phone?
Well I’m such a spiritual kind of like nerd in a way that I can’t leave the house without my healing stones, I have a pouch that I put my stones in and they go everywhere with me.