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Rising Stars: Meet Kirenia McClain

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began with a dream. Thinking of what can I be and what can I become. Starting off at a young age admiring my mother’s creative side. Seeing how with a stroke of her styling scissors, she would transform a women and a man. To a person that can take on the world. I knew right then that I wanted to help in a creative way myself. Growing up in the 80’s, it was an era of glam and expression. Beauty was my life. I was fascinated with makeup. What girl wasn’t in her teenage years. My fascination became more of a passion. I began creating different looks on myself. Practicing as much as I can to perfect each look. Watching for hours MTV videos and looking at Vogue magazine. Admiring each model’s makeup and absorbing every bit of detail. Setting the stage as a makeup artist. Back then, it was all word of mouth on how you would book your clients. Referrals was key to obtaining a reputable business. Being an entrepreneur, I wanted to build a better business for my clients.

So I decided to further my education and become a certified makeup artist. Enrolling at Victoria Duke Academy of Glam in Davie, FL. There I gained so many different techniques and learned how to perfect my skills. It was a makeup milestone for me. I believe that this was the push that I needed to grow my business. I will forever be grateful to all my instructors who took the time to educate and inspire me to reach for the top and never give up. I took my business to the next level. I began professionally creating my portfolio. As well as officially registering the business and networking my brand. All the steps taken to grow and build a successful business. I can’t say that is was easy to attain but I can truly say that I tried my best each and everyday. Clients are #1 to me. I wouldn’t only give them a service I created an experience for them. Through the years, I’ve had the pleasure to work and collaborate with several photographers. Learning from each one there distinctive style. I’m a true believer that every person you meet has a purpose in your life to help you build that path to success. Today I’m thankful to be able to wake up everyday and love what I do. Living my passion and continue to build by makeup brand.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. Like every other business, you have your ups and downs. Sometimes you have to struggle to appreciate what you build. Being in the creative field, you will experience harsh critics. Some that will help you grow as an individual.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a Certified Makeup Artist. Dedicated to making you look and feel amazing. Makeup is more than just colors and palettes to me. It’s a chance to help you step outside of your everyday comfort and into something wonderful. My makeup is for any occasion, from Avant-Garde makeup to family portraits. But what sets me apart is a very special technique I learned. Underwater Makeup this specific makeup is all water-proof. This particular makeup has become very popular with my Maternity Clients, Brides and Quincieneras. Underwater pictures are amazing and when you have the perfect makeup that stays in place, it becomes breathtaking.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I believe that if you don’t take any risks in life your not living. Risks are what keeps you alive and motivated to succeed. Later on, you wouldn’t what to look back and say, “what if.”

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Stars and Strobes Photography Zady V Photography

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