Today we’d like to introduce you to Sky Lacey.
Sky, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been an artist – painting, sketching, dancing, playing instruments, and even singing – but tomboyish, so the beauty world was far from me. I didn’t get into the beauty world until between 2010 to about 2012. I worked in an Aveda Institute for awhile and walked in a hair and makeup show, for a student. That day, I learned that you can really create ART with makeup. I saw just how much it could change my perception of ME, and how it made me feel. Before that, I was still a tomboy at heart. I’d put on some mascara and my hair was neat, at best. So, I began to dabble in more makeup. Then, in 2014, life took major tolls on me, my skin began to react terribly to stress, and I broke out in cystic acne all over my face. It made me terribly insecure and sad. I hated how I looked, and for years I tried everything to get rid of it. I became passionate about skin care and makeup, constantly studying product and technique to make it look cleaner, smoother, and more beautiful… so that I would feel more beautiful in it. It took between three to four years, and anesthetics program, for me to find solutions for my skin (which is now clear), but the makeup… baby, the makeup glow-up became so real. In 2015, I got a little bold. I started to tell my skin story, started pushing my creativity, began to photograph my looks, shoot for more challenges, and the power of social media is insane. I was accepted into the ipsyOS platform, I started getting noticed by cosmetic brands, photographers, videographers, other artists, and models, who wanted their makeup done for photo shoots. That’s what took me to the next level of having my work photographed, shown off in publications, and working on bigger productions over the last couple of years, and the opportunities keep getting bigger and more exciting.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely has not been an easy or smooth road. Yes, I’ve spent a lot of time and a lot of money. I switched my whole life and quit my regular job to pursue learning more about skin and makeup technique. I was even turned down from working at Sephora (!), but there was no bigger struggle than gaining confidence in it all. Imagine growing up as a kid who forgot, somewhere along the way, that she has a voice to use and express herself with. It causes one to struggle with confidence and self-love, later in life, and when my skin broke out, it made things 1000 times worse. Those who have and are suffering from skin issues can tell you that it’s damaging to your self-esteem in a way that a lot of people won’t understand. It was a battle to leave my house, or even take photos of my looks, even if my makeup was ON POINT. So, working up the courage to share my battles with my skin was harder than I can explain. It took a long time for me to open up, and I used to beat myself up over how long it’s taken to work up to where I am now. But the bright side of showing your art and sharing your story is that even though some people aren’t going to relate and WILL show hate (especially online), there are people who are going to be inspired and will relate. So, my advice to young women just now starting their journey is to know that you are NEVER alone in your struggle, even when it feels that way. So, keep going, no matter the pace, and never ever compare the timeline of your journey to anyone else’s.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
Based on the feedback I’ve gotten, I’d say I’m mostly known for the amount of sheer creativity that goes into a lot of the looks I’ve done that is actually photographed. I tend to stray away from regular client bookings (weddings, events, etc.) and do mostly editorial work. I tend to lean in the direction of more creative and avant-garde looks – both on myself and clients. You see, makeup is therapeutic for me, and it’s usually how I speak to my following. I fell in love with the artistry behind it and I love it so much that I don’t want it to feel like work. So, when I do move forward on a team project or decide to work with someone, it’s usually because I get to be as creative as I want. That’s probably what I’m most proud of, is that I’m known for the actual artistry behind my looks, and people allow me to be me when expressing myself that way. It’s sometimes strange (and some people won’t like it), but it’s always beautiful to me, and somehow people feel the love and get the messages that I create on my face. That’s all I could ask for. I just want to spread love, positivity, and high vibration through my art.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I very briefly touched on it before, but while I had a really good childhood, there were a lot of things that weren’t nurtured. I wasn’t listened to very much and I was silenced often. As I said before, I forgot that I had a voice. I had to teach myself how to express myself in another way, and I found it in art. I then had to learn to grow and nurture those talents on my own. As time went on, teaching myself became my superpower and it’s how I perfected my skills as an artist, and now as a makeup artist.
- Website: SkyLacey.com (currently under construction)
- Email: SkyLaceyC@gmail.com
- Instagram: @ItsSkyLacey – #MakeupBySkyLacey
- Twitter: @ItsSkyLacey
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3NK3d0WKJMWARv9jdDxh0Q (or just search Sky Lacey in YouTube)
Image w/ Barbie in the hair shot by: EJ Carr