We had the good fortune of connecting with Diane Makish and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diane, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor I would contribute to my success is taking the time and practice it takes to get there. Not expecting it over night. Slow and steady wins the race. A good practitioner will be more interested in the craft than the financial gain when they embark on a creative career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey in makeup artistry, started when I was 15. Doing makeup for friends Proms , homecomings ect. I met a fashion photographer and I became his makeup artist. soon after, I decided to become a skin care specialist to diversify my opportunities. Subsequently, I became an esthetician and started working in a med spa, it was there that I met Dr Friedberg ( my mentor) in permanent makeup. Opportunity had met preparation for me .
I believe , What set me apart from others in the industry, is the medical training I received from Doctors along the way . This practice can be challenging because it takes time to learn how to address different skin types , with different techniques. Skin is not paper , they are all different. There is a learning curve in PMU , so many components make up a good artist . Taking the time to get good in the craft should be more important than the financial gain . In the beginning , there is a ladder to climb. Slow and steady wins the race , Therefore practice makes perfect and it takes time to get there .
So for me it became more about becoming an expert in the craft. With that said , I wanted to be known for my natural approach, Not everyone is looking for a makeup look . A great deal of my clientele have hair loss from chemotherapy alopecia and trichotillomania. I also love doing lip reconstruction. It gives me great pride when a client says “no one can figure out what I’ve done to my face they just said I look fresh and beautiful . “ Everyone will notice but no one will know .This makes me happy , I know I’ve done my job .
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well the beach is my favorite place to spend time. Any beach to be honest, I would try to spend some time at the hard rock. So much to do and no need to drive anywhere . A childhood friend trains thoroughbred horses at Gulf Stream so we would definitely go to the track and watch the races .
So many great restaurants it’s hard to choose .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely, I owe so much to my mentor Dr Helen Friedberg, who took me as her apprentice in 2000. I learned the techniques she pioneered . I learned so much about cosmetic medicine.
I worked under her tutelage for 4 years before incorporating and opening my own practice in 2005.
It was in 2009 I joined (BCRI) Baumann cosmetic and research institute in Miami , as the first permanent makeup provider at the practice .
Dr. Baumann and all my coworkers have been so supportive and such an inspiration through the years.
I’m so grateful to still be there to this day , and could not be more grateful for the opportunity. I’ve gained so much knowledge in cosmetic dermatology. I’m always learning something new!
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