I'm so excited to share a piece of home with you all on the blog today! Today's businesswoman feature is D'Amber Shannon, owner of Enhance Beauty (here's her Instagram). She's an amazing makeup artist and someone who has inspired me to work harder to monetize my own interests. We both hail from Forsyth, GA (the CITY, not the county...), which has a reputation that would fit well into any Mona Scott, Love & Hip Hop type show. I decided to chat with D'Amber about what keeps her moving forward when others around her want her to be stagnant.
OM: Tell us a bit about yourself.
DS: My name is D’Amber Shannon. I have been actively involved in the beauty & cosmetic field for the past 2 years. Aside from practicing makeup, I am a full-time mom, wife, and have a full-time job at GEICO. I have been married for 2 years, but I have been with my husband, for 11 years! My nine year old, Caiden keeps my busy outside of work when I’m not doing makeup.
OM: How did you decide on a name?
DS: I actually posted a status on Facebook, asking friends and family what they thought the name should be. Enhance Beauty is really what stood out and stuck with me!
OM: What motivated you to take the leap to do makeup seriously as a profession?
DS: I wanted to try and help women find and acknowledge the beauty within themselves that they already possessed. My first time doing a full face makeover for a client, I felt great about it. I thought my work looked awesome!
"I’ve learned that if you lose track of what you are aiming for, the failure is bound to follow you."
OM: How have you seen your skills in makeup artistry grow since the first time you set out to do it?
DS: I’ve seen big improvements in my skills over these past two years. When I first started doing makeup I thought I was doing a great job, but looking back now, I can see the growth in what I’ve done recently. From the way I used to blend eye shadows and apply foundation to being able to arch and fill-in eyebrows.
OM: Where we come from, it seems as though some people find joy in others' failure. How do you combat that mentality and stay focused?
DS: Living in the town that I live in, people LOVE to see failure instead of success in life. The way I handle the negative and continue to stay successful is by staying self-motivated. I’ve learned that if you lose track of what you are aiming for, the failure is bound to follow you.
OM: On a deeper level than income, what does owning your own business provide you with that the typical 9-to-5 doesn't?
DM: Owning my own business, allows me to be flexible with my hours, allowing me to spend more time with my family.
Head to her Instagram to see more amazing makeup artistry, and a special thanks again to D'Amber for taking time out of her schedule to share!