This week in class I was tasked with creating a “family tree.” Not my biological tree though. I had to make a tree of people who influenced me and then dive a little further back into those people’s histories.
I came up with five people: Jeffree Star, James Charles, Jaclyn Hill, Jackie Aina and Jordi from itslikelymakeup. These people have all influenced my makeup journey and without them I am pretty sure I would have no interest in this hobby at all. They are creative, intelligent and inspiring. When I began my tree I started with my all time favorite, Jeffree Star. Jeffree has such an extensive history. Fun fact: he didn’t even get his start in makeup, it was in music. After music, he quickly transitioned into makeup where he created his own brand which includes apparel and accessories as well.
Another inspiration of mine is James Charles. He has the most creative content of any YouTuber I have ever watched. He also, just so happens, to get inspiration from Jeffree Star. James is 19 so he grew up watching a lot of the same people that I do. Jeffree and James also have in common that they have both collaborated with Morphe cosmetics. James made an eye shadow pallet and Jeffree made a brush collection with them. It was interesting to see my little family tree overlap a little bit. Jeffree’s brand has gotten so big he was able to collaborate with other YouTubers, like MannyMUA, to release a product. James is on the rise as well with his brand Sisters apparel.
Next up, Jaclyn Hill. She is a beauty queen and one of the very first people to get started up in the make up community. Jaclyn has a very heavy background in makeup having started this journey working at Mac Cosmetics. Funny enough though, she also has a collaboration with Morphe. Jaclyn has released 5 pallets and a brush set with them. Seems like Morphe and I get our inspo from the same place.
Jackie Aina is an interesting character. I got into her randomly by just watching too much YouTube to be honest. I came across a video and instantly loved her material. I find that she has honest reviews of products and her application of them is flawless. She has a collaboration with Sigma brushes but what stuck out to me the most about her wasn’t any of those things. Jackie is an extreme activist for color inclusivity in the makeup community. Not enough people who have a big voice choose to use it to talk about important issues and she does.
Lastly, I chose one of the YouTubers I have been following for a while, Jordi. Jordi is the only makeup artist that I follow that doesn’t live in the United States, she is from Canada. I also cannot seem to find her last name anywhere. I included Jordi because she has a couple of collaborations as well as her own makeup line. Her collaborations are with Furless Cosmetics (furless, meaning vegan). She has a lip gloss and brush set with that company, but the brush set was limited edition so I can’t hyperlink that unfortunately.
Well that’s my tree guys! I hope you like it. Let me know if ours overlap at all!