Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Valarie MUA Patterson, the M.U.A of the moment !!!

Let’s meet a Make-up Maverick….

She entered the beauty scene as a teenager working in a local salon in Brooklyn while still in high school.
Step by step, client by client Valerie Patterson walked in her God given authority all the way to the top, finally becoming one of Atlanta’s sought after M.U.A.

As the owner of her own beauty salon, GLAM Makeup -n- Hair Studios, and her long list of celebrity clients Valerie Patterson has set her self apart from your average make-up artist. She is serious about her faith in God, supportive of her family and is 'bout her business! She makes "making it " look so easy that I had to catch up with her to find out the secrets to her success!

How did your love for make-up start ?
"I worked in a salon in Brooklyn, doing hair after school. I never took make-up seriously . I took it for a joke. I did not know you could make money from it."

After moving to Atlanta Valerie worked under the watchful eye of her pastor’s wife who is also a celebrity make-up artist. Patterson's intense internship gave her hands-on training in the make-up field. This vital training shaped her as a professional, boosted her confidence and prepared her to go after her dreams!
" My four year internship was the hardest years of my life but I learned and it was a great experience."

"I realized I was just playing and having fun. I got serious."

What is the secret to being a successful mommy and M.U.A?
"I am blessed to be able to do what I am passionate about. I have a wonderful husband who is my backbone and  a great support system," admits the busy full time mother who has recently enlisted a nanny to help out with her daughters.
" I can't be there all the time, neither can my busy husband. You want some one who is going to be there to truly care for your kids as you would. It's important."

Please tell us about some of your gigs.
"I love working on movie sets because that brings financial stability. I love fashion shoots because I can get really creative."

Who are some memorable faces that you have made beautiful?
"I have worked with Terry McMillan, Stevie Wonder, T.I., B.O.B, Dallas Jones, Orlando Austin, Chante' Moore to name a few and I recently worked behind the scenes at the Soul Train Music Awards."

Valerie shares that her journey to success wasn't easy.
"This is a business! You gotta be humble and patient. Your dealing with many types of people and personalities. Most times, the bigger the bank account, the bigger the ego. It's not easy. I have had to walk off the set, go to my car, cry it out, suck it up then go back on the set."

Have you had any embarrassing moments, career bloopers or bad experiences that we can learn from?"The air brush machine," she sighs, then laughs.” I was so excited about my machine that I wanted to use it badly. I had a A-list client with very high standards. I wanted to impress her. Well, I didn't know I had the pressure up too high on the machine. Airbrushing makes the face look good, but it can also bring out the flaws and the face can look chalky and show every line. I was not used to it and was just learning. There was no way to camouflage the mess I made on her face; the make up was like paint. I took it all off and started from the beginning. I learned that you have to go with what you know! "

You are doing your thing! Despite the up and downs you have risen to the top and now your one of Atlanta's top make-up artist. Can you offer a few words of advise to those on the come-up ?
"Don’t' look at the now. Look to the future. It's your long term goals that will help you get through this industry."

Well beauty queens, there you have it from the make-up star herself. She has become a success in the beauty industry and continues to help pave the way for others to follow.

If you are in the Atlanta area and seeking fly hair and fly face, or you need M.U.A services for a shoot or event please get at Valerie Patterson.

You can find her at :
GLAM Makeup n Hair Studios in Tucker, GA.  or link her online through Face book .