It seems like it was yesterday that we heard about a young brow artist with roots in Sierra Vista was making her way back to town and would be establishing her mobile brow and beauty business locally. Since then Acacia Barnett has criss-crossed the Grand Canyon State several times, building her southern Arizona clientele while maintaining her business in the Phoenix area. She’s recently moved into a Sierra Vista location and word on the street is that the Phoenix location is not too far away. So, this begs the question: have your brows met Acacia???
How did your career begin in the world of beauty?
My obsession with makeup began when I was in middle school. I was allowed to wear one eye shadow and it was a really pretty golden brown. It wasn’t until I got to high school and my face started breaking out and I had to figure out something to help me cover up my bad skin. Makeup became a must for me; it was the only way I could cover up my acne and not feel self-conscious. After I finished community college I knew that my love for makeup was much deeper than just myself. I loved doing other peoples makeup and making them feel good about themselves. So before I transferred to Arizona State University I enrolled into Penrose Academy (formally known as Kohler Academy) where I got my aesthetic license. Right out of beauty school I worked for Benefit Cosmetics as an eyebrow arch expert. The funny thing about this is I used to hate doing eyebrows in beauty school, it was the worst for me. If you would have told me in beauty school I would be waxing eyebrows for a living I would have laughed at you. But over time I fell in love with it. I learned it, studied it, and really mastered the art of waxing eyebrows.
How would you describe your signature look?
What is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?
I actually don’t wear makeup all the time. I think this sets me apart from a lot of makeup artists and helps me to be more relatable to my clients. I have flaws in my skin and in my eyebrows and occasionally when I decide not to wear makeup my clients get to see the real me and truly understand the process of shaping an eyebrow and how it takes time to let them grow out. My clients feel more comfortable knowing that I work on growing my eyebrows, just as much as they are. I like to think that if my clients see me with no makeup on, then maybe they too can feel confident with or without makeup and know they are beautiful no matter what.
What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?
The number one rule in makeup that women break is there are no rules! With that being said, here are some helpful tips that most women are not aware of: 1. Primer is key. A primer will help keep your makeup on all day. There are two main types of primer, a face primer and an eyelid primer. A lot of women run into the issue where their eye shadow creases by the middle of the day. If you use an eyelid primer this will never happen again. 2. You don’t always have to buy a new foundation for the summer. You might get darker from being in the sun (wear SPF!) and that is ok. Just buy a bronzer and build up your color. This will save you some money instead of buying a new foundation for each season. 3. Eyebrows are important! Your eyebrows can open up and change your face in ways you’d never imagine. 4. You don’t have to stay with one brand for everything you buy. As I like to say “It’s ok to cross pollinate”. There is no rule that says you must buy your concealer, foundation, primer, etc with one company. Mix it up, match different brands together.
How do you believe that looking and feeling beautiful contributes to a woman’s confidence and self-esteem?
Self-esteem and confidence are two of the biggest issues that women have to deal with on a daily basis. I see it and hear it from my clients everyday. If wearing makeup makes you fell good about yourself then wake up an hour early to put on your makeup and to do your hair. If wearing no makeup makes you feel good, then put on some SPF and wear your bear face with pride when you step out your door. It is so important for women to feel confidant in whatever way shape and form, makeup, no makeup, dressed up, or dressed down. Be confident in your skin and don’t let anyone take your joy! You have to know with or without makeup you are still beautiful. Makeup does not define you, it just enhances the features that God already gave you.
What are some of your go-to products?
My go-to products would have to be my “Dipbrow Pomade” by Anastasia, “Eyeshadow Primer Potion” by Urban Decay, “Naked 1,2,&3 Pallets” by Urban Decay & my MOST prized possession “Stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner” by Stila
What is THE most important beauty advice that you can give to women?
Wear what you want to wear, if you have confidence and feel good in your makeup, then you should do it. If you want to wear bright blue eyeliner you go ahead and rock that aquamarine liner and don’t let anybody tell you differently!
How can our readers contact you for services?
Has Acacia worked her magic on your brows?
Has she beat your face? (with makeup that is…let’s learn the lingo people..)
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