We had the good fortune of connecting with Genesis Andino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genesis, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Lo que es para ti, nadie te lo quita.” “What is for you, nobody can take away.”
This saying has comforted me on my best and worst days. My abuelita Esperanza, who recently passed away, would tell me this all the time. She was someone who believed in me before I truly believed in myself. A really good friend of mine, Lizzy, always sends me this quote on days when I need to be reminded to keep going.
This quote brings me so much comfort because I truly believe that when God has a plan for you, there’s absolutely no way it’ll miss you. There have been plenty of situations where I didn’t get what I wanted for whatever reason but instead of seeing that as rejection I choose to see it as redirection. As long as I keep working on what I love, it’s inevitable that the perfect opportunity will present itself. It’s all about timing and having faith. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy to keep a positive outlook on life especially when you feel like everything is falling apart around you. It’s easy to give in to those negative thoughts. That’s why this quote is so important to me, it’s as if it’s engraved in my mind. It’s my reminder that at the end of the day, everything is going to work out.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My mom was the first person to show me how to wear makeup. I remember her always putting a little bit of blush and lip gloss on me for photos and I felt like a movie star. This is where my passion for makeup stems from. In high school, friends of mine would ask me to fix their eyeliner in the bathroom or do their makeup for homecoming and prom. Soon after I graduated high school, I decided to create a page where I would post different makeup looks. Eventually my page got noticed by Kali Uchis, Priscilla Ono and I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with different brands and create content using their products. I’ve also had the privilege of being a makeup artist on set for CSUN short films and I do freelance makeup gigs on the side for weddings, prom, and other special events.
I’m really proud to be a self taught Latinx makeup artist. This is something that I’ve been teaching myself for about 7 years now through watching videos and practicing on myself or others. I’m always looking forward to what I can learn next that can take my looks to the next level. This past year I’ve taught myself to create SFX wounds and bruises.
A challenge that I believe is pretty common when you’re trying to build yourself on social media is comparing yourself to others. It’s very easy to get caught up on how many followers you have or how many likes/views you get on posts. This past year I told myself to stop focusing on numbers and just create quality content that I enjoy and that I believe can help others in their makeup journey.
I want people to know that you are always ready to pursue your passion. When I first started I felt as though I needed all this expensive equipment, tons of makeup and more experience to be able to share my art. I eventually realized that the only thing standing in my way was myself. You will have a millions reasons why you shouldn’t or can’t do something. Ignore those voices in your head and just go for it. You never know who you might be inspiring or helping simply by following your passion.
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?
One of my favorite places to go eat with my friends is Yardhouse, especially during happy hour. We order a bunch of food, beer, and just catch up and everything that’s been going on in our lives. I also really love going to Carnival Karaoke, this is a must if you’re someone who loves to sing their heart out like I do. If you’re looking for a place with delicious margaritas, Los Toros is the place to be. The ambiance is great and the food is really good too, I love going there with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. If you want to join a fun group to run with, WDG in Winnetka (We Dem Girlz) is the group to join. My friend Jackie leads a run club that meets a few times a week and we run anywhere from 1-3 miles, sometimes more.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to make a special dedication to my Abuelita and my Tio who have both passed away. My Abuelita lived in Honduras and I remember her always telling me how proud she was that I was a makeup artist. She would always show all her friends pictures of different looks I’ve done and would always tell me that she can’t wait to see how successful I become and that God gave me this gift of artistry. My uncle was such a funny character. At one point when we lived together it was always a race to see who would get to the bathroom first. I would take over with all my makeup and lights to create content and he would always check in to see what look I was working on.
I have an older sister, Alison, who is literally my other half. Her support throughout my entire life has been such a huge blessing. She plays such a crucial role when it comes to my social media page, I consider her my manager. She’s always helping me choose the best photos, best video edits and she is always one of the first to comment on and share my posts. I would also like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. My dad’s advice and support always pushes me to do my best in everything I do. He’s taught me that once you are able to overcome your fears, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t do. My mom is someone who truly brought out my creative side as I was growing up. She would always dress my sister and I up and we’d have photo shoots with her film camera. I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by endless love and support from my family here and in Honduras.
I would also like to thank every single person that has supported me since I started my journey with makeup. Every kind message I receive always makes my day and reminds me that I’m on the right path. I’m so grateful for all the people that have given me the opportunity to do their makeup or collaborate with them for special projects like Saman Narimousa, Taimia Cameron, Michelle Garriga, Joanna Galper and Tiffany Romo.
Youtube: Genny Looks
Other: Pinterest: @gennylooks_ Tik Tok: @gennylooks_
Image credits: Saman Narimousa and Taimia Cameron (Medusa solo photo & photo of me doing someone’s makeup) Genesis Andino (rest of the images)