Today we’d like to introduce you to Barbara Gillespie.
Hi Barbara, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14 and spent months in the hospital paralyzed, waiting to die. Although I eventually recovered, the experience of making peace with death at a young age changed me. After I got better I decided life was short . . . and I didn’t want to waste another second! The life of leisure and partying my peers in Peru enjoyed wasn’t for me, so I focused my efforts on becoming a professional makeup artist.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Personally, I’m an immigrant still learning your language and culture. Professionally, I am a full-time makeup artist and female entrepreneur. I do wedding makeup, natural makeup, colorful makeup, special effects or costume makeup, and makeup lessons. My specialties include weddings, colorful/stage makeup, and portrait makeup for situations like prom and corporate shoots.
What sets me apart from others? Dedication to my work, punctuality, and ethics. I’m finding my work ethic sets me apart from me competitors as a number of my bookings are the result of other makeup artists who cancel or don’t show. All of my pricing is up-front on my website. I show up early and stay late. I may not be the cheapest game in town, yet I provide top-notch, hassle-free services for all my clients. I go out of my way to be the very best, dedicating a full day each week to learning the latest techniques to stay on top of my game.
I’m proud to be using only the best products and to have a professional studio. I am also proud of the path that I have followed to become the person I am today, both professionally talking and personally. In six short years, I’ve gone from paralyzed and dying in a Peruvian hospital to a successful makeup artist in Colorado.
Outside of work, I enjoy going to Water World with my husband (we have season passes), eating at new restaurants, hiking, cooking, and camping. We have a six-month old Goldendoodle named Chewbacca. Also, my husband and I are planning to start a family next year if things continue on their current path.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Makeup with Barbie is much more than just makeup, it’s an entire experience! I provide a safe space to share in a makeup experience like no other! My goal is to bring out the youth in us all. Makeup with Barbie comes with the experience of being with me, a lovely 20 years old girl who loves to see everyone happy. They can hire me (Barbie) from any place in the world. We travel wherever you are. You can visit our website for bookings www.makeupwithbarbie.com
I’m also seeking models to create content for my portfolio. Nothing boring here; we’ll have fun creating musical Tik Toks and Instagram Reels in addition to photos and videos. I like to showcase the makeup transition with style! Afterward, I’ll tag you from my high-profile social media accounts. If you’d like to become a model, please contact me with a couple of photos by email, Barbie@makeupwithbarbie.com or by text 719-653-4274. Thanks in advance loves ~ Barbie
- $120 – Natural makeup session
- $160 – Colorful/Stage makeup
- $200 – “Your place, Your choice” makeup
- $1,200 – Day Fee (on set)
- FREE – Wedding Makeup Trial
- Website: www.makeupwithbarbie.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeup.with.barbie/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeupwithbarbie/
Personal photo (with white background) – Yumefarfan_photo (insta) First photo – Gonzalo Espinoza Second photo – Alejandra Cuevas Third photo – Adrian Zuniga Fourth photo – Madison Covas