Tamara’s Beauty Touch

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Tamara: “I'll never forget the instance when a photographer told me to throw my makeup away and choose a different career. I almost listened to him. My sister Dee who is my best friend and my mother encouraged me to keep at it. I'm glad that I did.�

 

Where She’s From: Tamara Delbridge, a beautiful makeup artist, was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. “I was fortunate enough to be raised by both parents, who are still married,� this Libra tells The Black Star News. “I grew up in a large two family house that my grandparents owned and lived in as well. My home was filled with creative, talented and smart people. I was influenced by my aunt, uncles, mom dad and grandparents in different ways.�

Uncle Gregory was a talented artist who could paint the Sistine chapel if you requested it of him, Tamara says while auntie was the college grad. “My mom opted to stay at home to raise her three children while my dad worked. That being said I would have to say that my mother is the smartest woman that I have ever known. My mom encouraged me to follow my dreams and to face any obstacles that presented itself head on,� she adds.


Tamara attended St. Peters College. “But just like the great Kanye West I have to say that I'm a college dropout. I was very disappointed in myself for not attaining my degree but 15 years later I have to  say that I have made the right decision,� Tamara says. She had entered school as a psychology major but it just didn't keep her interest. “I didn’t realize my talent until about eight years later,� she continues. “That was a long hard journey but I know that I'm doing what God has blessed me to do. I am only five years into my career which makes me a freshman.�


Where She's At: “I've always aspired to make an impact on the youth. I would like my artistry to inspire young Black women to be more than they thought  they could ever be,� she adds. “I have faced many challenges as a Black female makeup artist. This field is highly competitive and often times cruel. I'll never forget the instance when a photographer told me to throw my makeup away and choose a different career. I almost listened to him. My sister Dee who is my best friend and my mother encouraged me to keep at it. I'm glad that I did.�

The hard work and support from family brought rewards. “Just three years later I was hired to be the beauty editor of JEWEL magazine,� Tamara says. “I have to say that I was most proud of my first big job. I was the key makeup artist of a Coca Cola commercial that featured Angie Stone, Amel Larrieux, Music Soulchild and the Roots. That was my
second year as a pro artist.�

Tamara’s tip for aspiring models and others in the entertainment business. “Beauty is only important because it makes people pay attention. But brains are more important because you have to keep them interested and keep them listening.�

So, how does a makeup artist prepare to step out? “One of my favorite products is from a company called Benefit. It's a highlighter called High Beam. It does the trick when you want to have a beautiful glowing complexion.�


Tamara’s Words Of Wisdom:
“Never give up. People that give up on their dreams are losers in my book.�
Tamara’s Three Favorite Movies: “The bad seed, Coming to America, and American Beauty.�
Tamara’s Three Favorite Books: “The Celestine Prophecy, Blink and The
Courage To Be rich."
The First Three Things Tamara Would Do As President: “I would make sure that everyone in America had great healthcare, I would eliminate the five day work week, and
public college education would be free.�

Tamara’s Favorite Car And Why: “A Porsche 911 Carerra. I'm gonna get it one
day.�

 

To find out more about Tamara and her work please visit www.myspace.com/tamaradelbridge or contact her via tcdbeauty@us1mag.com


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