Tamaraâ€™s Beauty Touch
Tamara: â€œI'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.â€?
Where Sheâ€™s From: Tamara Delbridge, a beautiful makeup artist, was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. â€œI was fortunate enough to be raised by both parents, who are still married,â€? this Libra tells The Black Star News. â€œI 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.â€?
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. â€œMy 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,â€? she adds.
Tamara attended St. Peters College. â€œBut 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 toÂ say that I have made the right decision,â€? Tamara says. She had entered school as a psychology major but it just didn't keep her interest. â€œI didnâ€™t realize my talent until about eight years later,â€? she continues. â€œThat 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.â€?
Where She's At: â€œI'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 thoughtÂ they could ever be,â€? she adds. â€œI 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.â€?
The hard work and support from family brought rewards. â€œJust three years later I was hired to be the beauty editor of JEWEL magazine,â€? Tamara says. â€œI 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.â€?
Tamaraâ€™s tip for aspiring models and others in the entertainment business. â€œBeauty 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.â€?
So, how does a makeup artist prepare to step out? â€œOne 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.â€?
Tamaraâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œNever give up. People that give up on their dreams are losers in my book.â€?
Tamaraâ€™s Three Favorite Movies: â€œThe bad seed, Coming to America, and American Beauty.â€?
Tamaraâ€™s Three Favorite Books: â€œThe Celestine Prophecy, Blink and The
Courage To Be rich."
The First Three Things Tamara Would Do As President: â€œI 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.â€?
Tamaraâ€™s Favorite Car And Why: â€œA Porsche 911 Carerra. I'm gonna get it one
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