We had the good fortune of connecting with CeCelia Baughn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi CeCelia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up in a very creative household. My parents often had me involved in their projects, and this led me to see the endless possibilities of mediums to work with. I loved drawing with my Dad and crafting with my Mom. Although the day I took a painting class at 12 years old I just knew that I was going to pursue an artistic/creative career. Until I was 16 years old, I was hesitant about the field I particularly wanted to pursue. I bought myself the Urban Decay Electric palette, and some eyeshadow brushes with some birthday money I had gotten that year. From there, I started creating looks and getting inspired by “influencers” on Instagram (influencers weren’t really called that at the time). I would wake up at 6am every day before school to do a full face of makeup. I could sit there hours in front of the mirror and not get tired of doing my makeup. The thought of creating something new every time I sat down really sparked something in me and I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make this a career. I dabbled in makeup tutorials on youtube, but never really enjoyed it because of my social anxiety and lack of confidence in myself. People I knew would ask me to do their makeup for prom and homecoming, and that’s where I fell in love even more. Of course at the time I had no professional training, but I really wanted to improve my skills. I decided not to attend college where I got accepted into. Instead I attended Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in January of 2020. Covid really took a toll on my education by postponing half of my course to October 2020. I graduated on December 18th, 2020 where I have now been pursuing my career as a Professional Makeup Artist. My fields of work being Print, Fashion, Advertising, and Editorial work.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well I started out doing what is called “Instagram makeup” in the professional world. Instagram makeup is a style of artistry that speaks for itself. These looks are based off of trends and what started the beauty industry’s success that we have today. But going through schooling I learned that what you see on instagram is not the reality of what professional makeup artistry is. But that doesn’t negate the artistry and success of Instagram makeup. There is just an important difference that I feel needs to be addressed. But now I feel my work can be seen as clean but striking. I love clean skin but also want to catch the eye of the viewer. One day I would love for someone to see what my work and recognize that it’s mine. Currently I work in the fields of Print, Fashion, and Editorial.

Being professionally trained has let me learn the “rules” of makeup so I can now break those rules. My teachers would say that I have my mental toolbox, and what I would learn from other teachers would allow me to add and remove from my toolbox. It was just a good way to look at not everything works for everyone. Schooling also gave me wakeup call on where I stand and where I will grow in this field. I had my bubble bursted quite a few times in school. There are multiple generations of artists that come before me and so many others. And they know what they’re talking about. They deserve to be respected and acknowledged for the path that they paved for us. And because of my schooling and experiences I can say I have so much respect and appreciation for the artists that have been doing this makeup artistry 20 years +.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being in South Florida, this is the destination spot. We’d first wake up for sunrise on the beach, because being on the east side is very beneficial for that. Then find a cute little brunch spot, if youre ever in Fort Lauderdale check out BuleGreen Cafe Yard. It’s a very cute place with delicious and unique dishes. Then I love going to Morikami Gardens in Boca Raton. Very beautiful and relaxing, this Japanese garden has amazing food and views. You don’t even feel like youre in Florida when you are there. And to finish the night off we’d be going to Takato on Fort Lauderdale beach. A Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant. They have 3 kitchens, a normal kitchen, a sushi kitchen, and a desert kitchen. Everything is delicious there! Nothing will disappoint!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Very generic answer but of course my family. I am very lucky to have parents that supported my “unconventional” career path. I am also so thankful for my teachers in Makeup School. They not only taught me the fundamentals and things I need to know as a makeup artist. But they also inspired and still inspire me to dream big and visualize my goals. I am the only one who can take me to where I want to be and they helped me make that a reality.

Website: ceceliabaughn.com

Instagram: ceceliabaughnn

Other: business email cecelia@ceceliabaughn.com

Image Credits
Logan Reliford CeCelia Baughn

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