We had the good fortune of connecting with Natasha Houston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natasha, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic career because I get to do something I absolutely love while helping women feel their most beautiful and confident self on their special day!
As a special event makeup artist, it’s an honor to be a part of that. I get to meet amazing women and travel to different locations which offers variety. That has always been very important to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While makeup is an art it’s also very personal. Being a makeup artist takes a lot of skill, but also a lot of listening and understanding what each client wants.
I truly get excited when my clients love their look and feel extra beautiful. That’s the best part…who doesn’t love helping someone feel better about themselves!
I started about 15 years behind counter at the department store and worked my way up. Through that, I got an enormous amount of training and eventually worked alongside many national makeup artists that worked in tv, film, red carpet, etc. I learned a lot from them as well, but trends and looks are ever changing so it’s important to me to always be keeping up on that and self-educating.
But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is regardless of what looks or trends are in, it just depends on each client. Asking lots of questions and making sure we are on the same page is key.
I’m blessed to be doing what I do!
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.
First, we’d have to pamper ourselves! So I’d have to take a little weekend trip to Four Season’s Westlake Spa and Resort! We’d get massages and relax all day at the pool and hot tubs while getting served drinks and delicious food. Just fabulous!
Then, we’d have to go to Griffith Observatory and hike Mount Hollywood trail. Afterwards we would go have a very unique dinner and show experience at Beetle House LA, a very fun Tim Burton themed bar and grill.
Another day we’d have to visit The Getty Villa with its gorgeous architecture and history, then have a nice dinner at the Magic Castle and enjoy the endless magic shows. A magical experience!
Also, we can’t miss the Santa Monica pier. We’d ride a couple rides, then have a picnic on the beach.
And, we of course have to take a walk down Hollywood Walk of Fame and stop in at Escape Hotel Hollywood, one of my favorite escape room experiences!
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 family always supported and encouraged me in my efforts of becoming a makeup artist. Any artistic career can be risky but I knew it was a dream I had to attempt.