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Sponsor Spotlight with Meryll Faulkner from Making Faces Make-Up Studio

Isha Knill - Friday, August 17, 2018

I recently caught up with Meryll Faulkner from Making Faces Make-Up Studio to interview her about her wonderful experiences working in the Make-Up industry.  It was lovely to chat to her and learn more about her varied and distinguished career.  Thanks so much for sharing with us Meryll!  I hope you enjoy reading what an inspiration Meryll is and what lovely insights she has shared to help our business community with their own business journey.  Thriving Women is lucky to be surrounded with such great Sponsors!

I:       Did you just fall into the make-up industry?

M:    I did fall into it.  At the time I was Promotions Manager for Myer and I loved it. Then I was offered a job with a big cosmetic company which was an offer I couldn’t refuse and as I love cosmetics I left Myer and I was the Promotions Manager for this big cosmetic company.

I:       So it was never something you intended to do but you just found that you enjoyed it?

M:    Yes, so I did training and I loved the training.  I liked the creativity of it and so I then moved from being in promotions and marketing to teaching make-up and being a make-up artist but in that role I also did a lot of promotion work too.

I:       Okay so you left school with the intention of going into marketing but instead shifted into a totally different industry?

M:    Yes that’s exactly what happened.

I:       And have you enjoyed the industry? What have you loved about the industry?

M:    I love it – I think I’ll still be doing make-up in the nursing home! What I love about it is that it is forever changing.  There’s so much variety.  It’s about making people feel really good about themselves, I love the confidence that it gives.  I love working with the everyday lady.  I love teaching and I love seeing people develop and bring out their creative skills.

As far as what I do, I love travelling and I’ve travelled and kept updating my skills going away to Paris and New York.  I learnt with the most inspiring young French women and I now use their products.  It’s very diversified and you can learn a lot about yourself.

I:       I think business is really a journey of self-development more than anything else

M:    It is, you don’t realise the skills that you have until you put it to practice and you really test yourself or you work with other people.  As I have gotten older, I love working with other people and developing their skills.  Working in the media, doing television and commercials and I am still doing that, we did a promotion just recently.  That’s always fun but it can be taxing. 

The great thing is that the make-up industry has such variety, you really can pick the parts that you love as well as diversify, which is what I have done by not only teaching and doing make-up but also suppling the products.

I was very lucky to fall into the opportunity to stock such a beautiful world renowned product.

I:       So how did you get that opportunity?

M:    I became friends with a lovely French lady in Melbourne 20 years ago and she asked me to be a distributor and I said yes!

         So, having my school, my team who help me with the make-up and bridal work and the products all link together so it works well.

I:       I believe that so much of business isn’t always about the business plan I think it’s also about seeing opportunity and then working out to bring it all together, wouldn’t you agree?

M:    That’s so true, I believe in that big time!  I probably wouldn’t have had nearly the experiences or done what I have done if I had stayed in my comfort zone.  I wouldn’t have gone to Uluru.  Or been asked to be on the Olympic’s team which was life changing and probably the best time of my life!

I:       Wow, that would have been awesome!

M:    Yes it was, it was euphoric!  I was there with all these amazing people thinking how did I get here!

I:       So being in business 20 years now, what do you think you have learnt the most out of business?

M:    To not to prejudge anyone – never judge how people feel or how they are.  What I do is very personal to the person and how they feel.  I’ve also learnt that people are amazing!  And when one door closes another one really does open.  

I:       I think that’s the thing you should always trust – when one door closes, another one opens.

M:    Yes, it can be a bit nerve wracking, but I think it’s good to always be positive.  I’ve also learnt that make-up is so personal and to trust your gut!

         It’s so important to trust your gut and be open I learn a lot from my students. Even if I am the teacher, everyone has something to bring which makes them so valuable.

         The other thing is to give 100%.  Give 100% at what you do and it will come back to you sixfold. 

Don’t always look for the money, the money will follow if you are good at what you do.

The other thing is value yourself – don’t give away your services.  Value what you do, value your time, value your skill. Which can be difficult at times because people don’t always see putting make-up on as a skill but I have a 2 year Diploma so there is a lot of skill that goes into making people look good!

And keep updating, keep up with it, stay current.

I:       Would you say that it’s not so much follow your passion but I think successful people love what they do and because of this it doesn’t feel like a job would you agree?

M:    Yes totally.  You are always going to have slog in your business and hard times but if you love what you do it does make it a lot easier and you look forward to getting up in the morning.

I:       With the benefit of hindsight is there anything you would have changed?

M:    I don’t know.  I would have loved to spend more time in America in the movie world.  My mentor is part of that world, she did Titanic, Shakesphere in Love – she is terrific, so inspiring and she just did the latest Mama Mia.  She’s older than me! However, sometimes that’s a lonely world too so I chose to get married and have kids.  It can be quite a lonely world in the movie industry, you make people look fantastic but you are the last person they look at!  I think too sometimes in pursuing a career you miss the great things in life which are friends and family so I’m happy with my choices.

The best thing I did was come to Kiama, it’s so beautiful and the people are so lovely!

I:          If you had any advise for anyone getting into business, what would it be?

M:       To research, spend time going and seeing people, do the hard yard, if you can do some work experience.  I know I did work experience.  Do this to see if you really do love it. 

             Go and do it before you commit to it.  Time goes so quickly so use it wisely.

I:          Any advise for people who have been in business for a while?

M:       Yes, continue training, keep updated.  Stay around young people, they inspire you, technology is amazing so get your head around that.  Diversify – be open, never be the expert or prejudge, continue to be surprised and continue to do what you love.

I:          Being a Sponsor of Thriving Women what made you decide to become a Sponsor.

M:       That’s easy – you Isha and Kiama!  I love the way you profile people, it’s not all about trying to get your product over the line, it’s about being inspired by other people and getting to know other people and how they think. You showcase how women are hero’s in so many ways. 

I:          I agree I think women are pretty amazing but they don’t see how amazing they are.

M:       No, they don’t and that’s the lovely thing about Thriving Women.

I:          Thank you Meryll, that’s lovely feedback.  Finally, do you find the industry can be quite challenging, more because of people’s perceptions of beauty and the beauty industry?

M:       Yes, absolutely and what’s change it all is Instagram and Youtube, particularly for younger people.  They watch all this stuff and they think they have to be like this or like that and the answer is that no they don’t.  It’s about embracing what you have got and just find out how you can make the most of what you have got.

             The beauty industry can be so judgemental and so hard on people which makes people become guarded and self-conscious but beauty comes from within.

I:          I think the sad thing is that social media tends to teach us that there is only one beauty but beauty is timeless and I think we need to learn to honour it in that way.

M:       We totally do.  The thing is make-up is for you. If you feel beautiful it makes you feel confident and that’s all that matters.  Make-up is for you. It’s important not to be concerned about what other people think.  If you like make-up wear it - I just love the confidence that make-up can bring – it makes you feel great!

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