Meet Sarah Marcotte.
Now that you know her name, let's talk about what makes this makeup artist a true beauty, inside as well as out, and a total Blogworthy Babe.
Charlotte's Little Web: You were a full-time teacher before you fully committed your career to makeup and skincare. What inspired the change of heart?
Sarah: During my fifth year of teaching elementary school I realized that I wanted to be in an occupation that was more artistic and expressive. I also I loved doing friends makeup and seeing how beautiful they felt afterwards. To make someone feel their best is the most amazing thing.
Charlotte's Little Web: That must be an amazing feeling! Are there any moments in your career that you are particularly proud of?
Sarah: A couple of years ago I got the chance to work on set with a world-renowned photographer, Clay Blackmore. His work was published in a high fashion magazine and my name was accredited on the photos. It made me feel like a true professional at that point. It's so neat to see your name in print for the work you are proud of.
Also, making the move to Salon Chic and becoming self-employed was a huge milestone for me. It is the best decision I have ever made. I love having the freedom of being my own boss.
Charlotte's Little Web: Independent woman! I like it. Beyonce would be proud. So are there any brands you are particularly loving or can't live without? Help a sister out.
Sarah: Honestly, my makeup kit consists of so many different brands of makeup! I do favorMakeup Forever because it has such a high pigment in it's colors and lasts the longest on the skin. I also love Too Faced, NARS and MAC.
As for skincare my regimen is PCA. Their products are so great and highly concentrated, so you only need a little and it goes a long way.
Charlotte's Little Web: And the one you can't live without?
Sarah: Too faced "better than sex" mascara! It is my absolute fave. It will change your world.
Charlotte's Little Web: Better than sex? Consider it already in my next Sephora shopping basket. So, what styles do you love creating for your clients or on yourself?
Sarah: I love a natural toned eye and bold lip. Very classic. Winged liner, done right of course, never goes out of style. I love the pin-up style era of makeup.
On myself, I love a natural eye and bold lip. I use a lot of browns and coppers to make my green eye color stand out. And you will never catch me without a red or hot pink lipstick on.
Charlotte's Little Web: And you wear it well! Katy Perry, eat your heart out.
Charlotte's Little Web: On a skincare note, what are the most common questions you get from your clients?
Sarah: I get a lot of questions about waxing and the pain level of waxing. I always let my clients know that I use the most sensitive , hypoallergenic , stripless wax on the market. I also try my best to always make my clients feel completely comfortable with me and walk them through every step of the process.
Charlotte's Little Web: Well, coming from someone who you gave their first ever Brazilian to, you do a great job of keeping the atmoshpere comfortable and the client informed. (Yep, she took my Brazilian virginity...& I played hard to get!)
So, what about makeup questions? How can clients reach you for those?
Sarah: Best way to reach me for those is on my Facebook business page Makeup by Marcotte.
Charlotte's Little Web: Let's throw it back for a second. How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?
Sarah: I think I was allowed to have simple eyeshadow and mascara in 8th grade.
Charlotte's Little Web: Do you remember what your favorite piece of makeup was?
Sarah: Lip smackers, of course! I had every flavor imaginable!!
Charlotte's Little Web: Me too! So, now that you are all grown up, what would your best makeup advice be for teenagers?
Sarah: Less is more! You have your whole life to get glammed up so take it easy right now. I see so many young girls wanting to do the bold eyes and contouring. Experimenting at home is fun and creative, so keep doing that! But my advice would be to keep it at home until you are a little older.
Charlotte's Little Web: I couldn't agree more! My mom used to hide my eyeliner from me... and I wish I hadn't found it until I was 18! A fresh face looks best on young girls. I wish they could learn to appreciate it more!
So, if you were going to highlight just one feature, which is most important in your opinion?
Sarah: I'm a huge believer in making people's eyes stand out. Eyes are the windows to the soul, right ? I think that every persons eyes, no matter what shape, can be turned into a sultry or even just a clean and simple look.
Also, eyebrows are SO important. If you don't fill yours in with even just a little bit of powder , then you should start. They are the frame of your face , the coverings to your beautiful windows... they are crucial! I'm not talking drawn on fake looking brows, but something like brow powder that is simple and helps them stand out is key to your makeup look.
Charlotte's Little Web: Truth! There are some very, umm, interesting brows out there. I wish more women understood the importance of getting them professionally done!
Now, let's talk about wedding makeup. You do a lot! How do you gain the trust of so many brides on their BIG day?
Sarah: I always do a trial with the bride long before their wedding day. This run through consists of us talking about the look they are wanting to achieve , what the most important features on their pretty faces are that they are wanting show off, as well as what features they would prefer to be more "hidden". After the trial, they are able to wear the makeup all day and take pictures of it to see what they love and the things they may also not love and want changed for the big day.
I always let my clients know that I want them to be completely honest with me and tell me anything they want changed. I am working for them. I want them to be the happiest they can be.
Charlotte's Little Web: Well, it sounds like they have all been in very professional hands! Once you have finished their makeup for the wedding, what is your advice to the bride to maintain the look throughout the night?
Sarah: Oil absorbing blotting sheets are going to be your best friend on your wedding day! The airbrush foundation that I use lasts all day and night. So a little blot for any oil will be all they need to do to maintain their flawless skin.
Charlotte's Little Web: You can tell that you are in love with what you do. I love the passion! What other artists inspire your work?
Sarah: I have learned so much from watching other artists work. Anytime I see someone else's work I get inspired in some way. Whether it be a famous makeup artist or the girls I work with at the salon. There is always constant growth and learning to be done. I love work by makeup artists like Julie Hewett and Pat McGrath. Also, my makeup instructor Corrina Bertram is a huge inspiration to me.
Charlotte's Little Web: And what about you. Why do you love makeup?
Sarah: It makes me feel beautiful to have makeup on and I am a true believer that first impressions are key. No one wants to use a makeup artist or aesthetician that doesn't have good makeup on or great skincare habits. The biggest reason I love makeup is that it is FUN!
Charlotte's Little Web: I agree! If you're not having fun with your makeup, you're not doing it right.
Now, what would be your one piece of helpful beauty advice to girls and women reading this?
Sarah: Always use a primer on your face and an eyeshadow primer on your lids. It helps your makeup stay on all day. And never forget to wash your face at night. Healthy skin is the first part of having a great makeup look!
1. What's your lucky number? 23. Everytime I look at a digital clock it always seems to end in 23, so it just became my favorite number.
2. What is your guilty pleasure? Chips and salsa and margaritas. And maybe some bad reality tv every now and then.
3. What makes you feel sexy? Being healthy. Working out, eating as clean as possible & always having a good red or pink lipstick on.
4. If you could switch lives with someone for a day (alive, deceased, or fictional), who would it be and why? Marilyn Monroe. Yes, I know, she had her ups and downs and a hard life. But I love how gorgeous she was and how she exuded confidence and beauty and sexiness. I would love to see how it felt to have the entire world admiring you.
5. It's 12 o'clock on a Friday night, where are you? Probably in bed fast asleep. This girl's Friday nights aren't very exciting anymore. And I like to be well-rested for wedding makeup on Saturday mornings.
6. What book, movie title, or television series best describes your love life? Serendipity. It means "pleasant surprise" and my boyfriend and I reconnected after going to high school together 17 years ago.
7. What #hashtag, or social media slang, drives you crazy? Bae! I can't stand it. I mean , why not just add one more syllable and say baby.
8. Do you have a particular superstition that you still follow? Knocking on wood. I do it all of the time.
9. If you had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, what would it look like? Probably some comfy leggings, a cute top and some boots. Although I would burn up in Arizona for most of the year, it seems to be what I feel best in. And I could still get some yoga done in those leggings as well!
10. Dog Collector or Cat Lady? Dogs most definitely ! I only have one right now but would have more if I didn't have such a busy schedule.
11. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Neither. I'm just a plain mustard girl.
12. Penthouse in the city or farmhouse in the middle of nowhere? 5 years ago I would have said the penthouse in the city. I grew up on a farm and would most definitely love to raise my kids that same way on day. I do love the city but I am a farmgirl at my roots.
13. It's your last meal. What's on your plate? Cafe Zamoras bean burrito, some of my grandpas mashed potatoes, peanut butter and my boyfriend's homemade espresso icecream. And a really good margarita.