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Meet Trailblazer Lark Mervine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lark Mervine.

Lark, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been practicing the art of makeup ever since my mother told me I was allowed to wear mascara in the sixth grade. I’d never really considered it a career option until 2013 when I reunited with one of my best friends from high school. At the time, she was working at MAC while going to cosmetology school and told me how in love with it she was. To say we had an obsession with makeup back in high school would be an understatement. Any chance we got to play with her mother’s makeup collection, we did. So, in 2013, I decided to follow my childhood obsession and give the world of cosmetics a whirl. I started practicing on friends for their photo shoots and events and was buying as much makeup as I could to create my very own kit. My friend and I would get together and scroll the internet for hours looking at makeup, models, photographers; we’d find anything and everything we could to drum up inspiration. She taught me techniques and gave me so much insight into the industry. I truly have her to thank for leading me to this career path.

In 2014, I decided to go back to school and became a licensed esthetician in the state of Colorado. I started booking makeup clients for weddings and photo shoots and was so excited about all of the opportunities coming my way. I had always loved teaching (I’ve been a swing dance teacher since 2007), so I started offering makeup lessons as a way to share my passion and inspire others.

Since then, I have continued building myself as an artist and teacher throughout Colorado (and beyond, from time to time). I have had the opportunity to work on set for commercials and TV, be a part of well over a hundred weddings, teach countless lessons, have my work published in multiple magazines, and provide makeup for celebrities, models, cancer survivors, men, women, transgender individuals, non-binary folks, and so many absolutely amazing people. I consider myself blessed and am so grateful to be able to have a career in which I can do what I love and am excited about while bringing joy (and maybe a little glitz or glam!) to the lives of others.

My goal as a makeup artist is to help each client see their own beauty and confidence through a few artful strokes of the makeup brush. When people ask me “what’s the best part of your job?” the answer is easy. It’s the moment I hand the mirror over to my clients and watch them gasp with the joy and confidence that comes from seeing their own beauty.

In 2018, I expanded my practice and began offering skincare treatments at Spa in the City (136 Kalamath St., Denver, CO 80223). It has been so exciting to further my education and provide self-care and treatments to those who visit me there.

In addition to my makeup and skin care practice, I teach swing dance classes. I grew up dancing in a studio and was always passionate about music and movement. Towards the end of high school, I began taking swing dance (Lindy Hop) classes and was instantly hooked. I began teaching various styles of partnered swing and solo jazz to a wide range of students from preschools to retirement homes in 2007. In 2010, I began working with a local non-profit, Community-Minded Dance, as an in-school instructor and choreographer for both their performance team and youth program. I currently teach youth programs and weekly adult level private and group classes in Denver, along with private lessons for wedding couples in preparation for their first dance.

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?
I don’t know that building a business is ever easy, but I do know that having a strong passion for what you do helps tremendously. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by family and friends that have always been very supportive. From helping me decide whether or not to go back to school, to encouraging me to leave my steady career as a family law paralegal, I definitely relied on those closest to me to take those leaps. The decisions I’ve made along the way haven’t been easy, but I’ve always felt confident that I made the right ones. I am very thankful to have the support system that I do. I certainly have encountered many ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I am so grateful to have a career doing something I love.

As far as advice, I’d say if you love it, take the leap, but prepare as best you can beforehand. If that means going back to school while working full-time so you can save every penny, do it! If you have a passion for it, others will see that and be drawn to you!

We’d love to hear more about Makeup by Lark.
I believe that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and I love helping people find or see their own beauty through makeup. I have seen confidence radiate from people that were nervous and self-conscious at the start of a makeup session. I have helped clients learn to do makeup on their own in a flattering way that best suits their personality. I hope to provide a moment of self-care for anyone that comes to me for a facial or waxing service. I want people to know that they are worth it, they worth taking care of themselves, and they deserve to feel amazing, inside and out.

I strive to bring joy into people’s lives, whether it’s through providing makeup or skin care services or a dance lesson. I absolutely love sharing my passion with others!

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I’m not sure who coined this phrase, but I’d agree that “a woman’s place is in the house and the Senate.” Not just politically, but in the general sense. Women (of all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, nationalities, and abilities) should be able to be anything they wish to be.

Pricing:

  • Bridal Pricing Starting at $200
  • Special Occasion Makeup Starting at $85
  • Individual and Group Makeup Lessons Starting at $100
  • Inquire Below for Individual and Group Dance Lessons

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Image Credit:
Julia and Ken Photography, Pri Câmara, G. Mark Lewis

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