As for advice he'd give to those just starting out in the industry, he recommends soaking in as much training as possible, as well as adopting a trial-and-error mantra. "Do not be afraid to try things out," he said. "The minute you stop trying, you die." A rather deep statement, no doubt. But as Souleiman so poignantly puts it, even Pablo Picasso used his mistakes to his advantage.
Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in the beauty biz? Well, let's just pretend for a moment. Perhaps you'd like to attend cosmetology school to become a hairstylist, or maybe you've thought about working as a makeup artist for film and television. How very Jillian Dempsey of you.
So tell me this. If you could pick a career in the beauty industry, which one would it be? Or perhaps you already work in the business, so please share your chosen field with us.
I just finished reading an entertaining story about Bobbi Brown's training camp for makeup artists. It's unsurprising to learn that she's a perfectionist who teaches her students to get every detail just so, and yet she comes off as someone who genuinely wants other women to look and feel their best. "Girls with freckles don't need foundation," she explains. (See, I told you!)
The most revealing part of the story comes toward the end, when the reporter has a moment with Brown:
"I am in an industry that makes women feel bad about themselves, absolutely," she says, when I ask her what she thinks of the beauty industry. And yet within the beauty world Brown has gained a reputation for making women feel good about themselves. "I never in a million years thought I would be the person to go to for self-esteem, that was not my intent. But I happen to love beauty, I love the way people look, and I love making women look beautiful," she says.
It's interesting that she's so blunt with her opinion of the beauty industry. I'm curious: Does it make you feel bad about yourself? And if it does, what would you change about it?