We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Bouton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
One thing I think people aren’t aware of about what makeup artists do is all of the pre and post work it entails. Even before Covid was a thing, prepping a makeup kit took a. lot of extra time. I have to go through each product, disinfect the packaging, and disinfect the product. Washing brushes, disinfecting and sterilizing them. I make sure I am all stocked up on disposable applicators, paper towels, spatulas, and palette paper. Some days I’d work a 10+ hour day and then come home and spend at least a couple hours doing all of these steps for a job the next day. I personally really enjoy the process but it definitely takes commitment.
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.
I think what sets my artistry aside from others is the fact that I can offer my services to someone who barley wears any makeup yet also provide a full glam to someone looking for that. I worked at MAC Cosmetics for 6+ years so I learned how to provide full makeup transformation. I have also worked with professionals who need headshots and don’t wear makeup at all. I’ve learned to provide a very minimal yet photo friendly application. Diversity in my artistry is extremely important to me so I’m proud that any walk of life (age, skin condition, race, etc) can see my work and have complete trust in my ability to provide them the most incredible experience. My journey has not been easy. I have persevered through many challenges and obstacles, and even a pandemic. I think all the difficult times have made me stronger and has grown my passion for what I do even more. I’ve learned to not give up on something simply because it doesn’t come easy. It’s made me appreciate every part of my journey. I want the world to know that I do what I do because I love doing it. I find my fulfillment in seeing my client happy. That’s the ultimate goal fo me always. “I live to let you shine”
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?
If a friend was coming to visit me I’d take them to my favorite coffee place Tierra Mia and grab a little Horchata Latte. We would walk around Echo Park and grab some Mexican sweet bread at a local bakery for breakfast. For lunch I’d take them to my favorite Italian Restaurant Masa on Sunset. We’d go thrifting around Sunset and scoop up some vintage pieces. For dinner we’d go to Mohawk Bend and take some pictures at their photo booth!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My journey in this industry has been one of nearly ten years. There’s been many people that have helped me get where I am in my artistry. However, I know for a fact that I would not be the artist I am today if it wasn’t for the mentorship of Salt Spell Beauty aka Andrea Ortega Costigan and Mariana McGrath. I assisted these talented ladies when I was living in the bay area. They gave me the opportunity to learn from them and assist them in all forms in the industry like film, print, and bridal. They truly changed my life and really inspired me to ultimately become self employed. I owe them a great deal and I will forever be eternally grateful to them.
Madeline Northway, Vanessa Augustine, and Mariana Tey