We had the good fortune of connecting with Alaina Davenport and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alaina, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in a small town in Colorado, about an hour north of Denver. My parents always encouraged individuality and supported everything that I did growing up. I wasn’t forced to do any sports or activities so I really think the freedom they gave helped lead me to be more creative. In high school I did dance and fell in love with doing the stage makeup before performances and that really made me more curious about makeup, eventually watching YouTube videos and practicing on myself all day long.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something that sets me apart from other makeup artists is the fact that I focus on using non toxic and clean beauty products. Not many people know how many harmful toxins and chemicals are in their everyday products and can impact your health over time. I became passionate about this a few years ago when my mom got diagnosed with cancer and she was learning about all the factors that can contribute to health declining over time. To me, beauty is from the inside out, and about feeling your best. Using clean beauty products, I am able to work with clients with more sensitive skin since the products are generally more gentle. In my opinion, using non toxic and clean beauty products is the equivalent to eating fruits and vegetables- it’s good for you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to all my favorite places! I love being outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. I love hiking up Griffith Observatory or Kenter Trailhead in Brentwood. I also enjoy shopping at the Westfield Century City mall and the Grove. I am a big foodie and also vegan, so I love introducing people to amazing vegan spots. That includes Crossroads Kitchen, Real Food Daily, Sage Bistro, Cafe Gratitude, Sugar Taco and Montys. I also enjoy a good rooftop hang out; EP&LP and Harriet’s Rooftop are my go to spots!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would really like to show my appreciation to everyone who has supported me on this journey. First, obviously my parents. Moving out to LA at 18 years old would have been impossible without their support. They always believe in me and are the most supportive parents I could ever ask for. Also, the people that I have met on set and throughout the industry. Everyone is trying their best and working hard to get to where they want to be. It is a very hardworking community and everyone I surround myself with helps each other out and recommends each other for jobs without feeling like it’s competition. There is enough room for everyone in this industry!
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