BIOGRAPHY – Make-up Journey

Hello fellow make-up lovers!!

For years now I have been wanting my own website to showcase my work as well as post some tips, tricks, and product reviews. I figured blogspot will do for now until I have time to buy my own domain and fully construct/create my own web page. 😛

Name: Tess Lopez
Location: Toronto, Ontario CA
Graduated: The School of Professional Make-up

Experience:

  • Weddings
  • Proms
  • Television
  • Fashion Shows
  • Birthdays
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Lessons


On set for “The Steven and Chris Show” – Weekdays at 2pm on CBC.

I wish I could say I did Steven and Chris’ make-up! lol But, I did do the make-up and touch-ups for some of the audience members on Jan. 10/08 (episode aired on Jan. 15/08).



For those who are interested, here is how I got into make-up:

Long story (i’ll try to make) short…

A few years ago, I took a year off of university and worked full-time. Being in an office environment and living my “daily routined” life (sleep, work, eat, sleep, work eat…), I quickly became bored and needed some excitement in my life; something to break up the routine. I wanted BALANCE.

At the same time, I was going through a difficult time in my life where someone special to me was diagnosed with cancer. Overcoming this battle was very inspirational to me:

Not only should you think about others, you should think about yourself. Do the things you have always dreamed of doing and don’t let anyone get in your way. You only live once and you never know when your life will end. So live every day as if it were your last and live life with no regrets!


It made me realize that I should actually DO the things I am interested in doing, rather than just saying I want to do something and not make any efforts to make it happen.

So I tried to think, “How can I live a happy and meaningful life?”

1. By helping others
2. By teaching others
3. By being creative

Only 2 professions came to mind:

1. Teacher
2. Make-up artist

A teacher, I already thought about since I went to university for Psychology. After two years of university, my interest for being a teacher began to die down.

So to bring some excitement back into my life and to bring out my hidden creativity, I decided to be a make-up artist! I was always interested in the make-over shows on tv and loved the impact the make-up artist made on the clients. Therefore, I decided to go to make-up school while continuing to work full-time. Let me tell you…it was the greatest experience!! I didn’t want to leave class because it didn`t feel like the usual university lecture or class!! The student to teacher ratio was great (9 students per class) and the learning experience was significant!

I had a few people tell me I won`t get anywhere with just being a make-up artist and I started to doubt my decision.

“That job is not stable, you won’t get paid a lot, just be a (fill in any traditional job – nurse, teacher…etc.)….” was what I kept hearing from them.

Thanks to my boyfriend, friends, and family who supported me and believed in me, it pushed me to do what I wanted and what I found would make me grow into a better person.

Let me tell you, the feelings I get from my clients – uplifted spirits and self-confidence – during their time in my make-up chair is breathtaking and gratifying! The enjoyable conversations we have are awesome and it’s unbelievable how much we can learn from each other within that 30 minutes of make-over time! It is a pleasure for me to make their day and I’m glad I am there to help them feel beautiful inside and out!

Make your dreams a reality!


If you have any questions about anything (make-up related of course :P), don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, no question is a stupid question! Someone else reading this might have the same curiousity!

More blog entries to come…
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the useful make-up information to come!
Stay tuned! ;D