Angela Dejun Carter was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. Inspired by her love for fashion, Angela started working in the beauty industry right after high school. Now, 15 years later, she has had the privilege of inspiring thousands of beautiful souls to love themselves inside and out with the help of a little blush & highlighter. Read our interview with the lovely Angela below…
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
I was inspired to start my own makeup artistry business because of the freedom it gave me, which allowed me to create and explore.
Tell us about your business.
My business is all about educating and empowering clients to become their own beauty experts. One of my services is called the “Girlfriend Experience” where you get 3 hours of 1-on-1 shopping time, organizing and applying makeup techniques.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
YES! If you bring two friends to a makeup class, you get $50 off the normal $100 class fee.
My most recent published work can be seen in the November issue of EBONY magazine where I was the makeup artist for Simone Biles.
Where is your business based?
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
First I had to trust myself, then I networked and asked for help.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Networking with past clients and social media, specifically Instagram and Facebook.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
Balancing motherhood and work as well seeking a consistent flow of clients.
How did you overcome these challenges?
Prayer, marketing and networking.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I love checking out social media to get inspired from other artists and entrepreneurs and traveling to reconnect with my creativity.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
My makeup services aren’t about how well I can slay your makeup, instead my focus is on the relationship between the artist and the client. My makeup classes are meant to encourage and inspire.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Have no fear.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Always be willing to accept help and be open to new opportunities.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
Social media and mentors.
What social media outlets do you use? List them below.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
Currently reading “The Law of Power”.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I just have to remain persistent and consistent.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
To book more makeup classes every other week.