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Life & Work with Ivory Scott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivory Scott.

Hi Ivory, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always been infatuated with the beauty industry and the idea of being able to make myself over, so in Highschool, I decided to enroll in the Cosmetology Program. The idea of graduating Highschool with my Cosmetology License and being able to go right into the work field doing what I love to do made perfect sense to me.

So, after 2 years and over 2000 hrs of learning the Theory as well as the Practical, we went to State Board and I passed and received my Cosmetology License. I went straight from High School to working in a Barber Shop in Downtown Sumter. I was hoping to learn all the tricks of the trade and build my clientele, but that seemed to be easier said than done for a new stylist such as myself.

I put Cosmetology behind me for a while and after having my daughter’s in 2007 I decided to go back to college to become a multi-skilled Medical Assistant. I worked a lot of different jobs over the next 9 years all the while never forgetting my true passion for working in the beauty industry. During that time I picked up a liking for doing my makeup, and surprisingly was really good at it. Good enough to the point that I decided to start taking clients in 2016.

I studied my new passion and invested time, and effort into it because I saw the potential of what it could be. It was a rough start, with a lot of setbacks and tears but also lessons learned, countless amounts of physical, mental, and emotional support from my family and friends, along with consistent growth, the idea of IdolEyez Artistry became a reality.

Being in love with what I do and able to express myself in true Artist form, just like Jean-Michel Basquiat with his paint and brushes, I too create art with makeup and blank canvases.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been easy by far, but I would say it’s definitely been worth it. This may sound cliché, but I just never stopped believing in myself; even when it got hard and I started to doubt and question my own abilities. Sometimes it’s hard to remain true to you and your vision when other people cant see it, but it’s crucial. You have to be your own biggest fan!  Also, stepping out of my comfort zone was major. Because, my success wasn’t behind the invisible walls of comfort that I built up for myself. I use to be a bit reserved, like the sit back and observe type, but doing Makeup has really helped me to branch out, and be seen and have my artistic voice heard. And just never stop being teachable. No matter how much you know and how good you think you are, there’s always something new you can learn. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it definitely makes improvement!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a Freelance Makeup Artist. I specialize in Bridal Makeup, Photoshoots, as well as Sci-Fi and Special Effects makeup. I’m known for having in-depth knowledge of shade ranges when it comes to my craft. That’s a major plus as a makeup artist.  Being able to sit anybody of any completion in my chair and perfectly do their makeup and not miss is really something to be proud of. I would say what sets me apart from others that do what I do is the fact that my heart is really in this. I LOVE IT! This is my passion, my happy place. It’s just a feeling I get when I see someone’s confidence bloom in a matter of an hour just sitting in my chair. It really makes me feel good, that I can make people really feel beautiful.

Also there’s not a lot of people that tend to branch over to the Sci-Fi and Special Effects side of makeup, but I love it! Being able to transform yourself into just about anything is kind of crazy, but in a good way. Mixing the special effects with the Glamorous side is really next level. Doing Sci-Fi makeup for a horror movie would be a dream come true honestly!

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I follow a lot of Professional Self taught Makeup Artist such as Kevin Luong, Beats By Deb, Bestie Gang, and Beats by Courtney just to name a few. It amazes me that a lot of them started out just like me and have accomplished so much! I watch lots of makeup lives and tutorials on different platforms like Facebook and TikTok also, because you never know what tip or trick you can learn from someone who isn’t famous.

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