YASMINE ZAHRAN : Beauty on the Beat

What three things do you need to be successful in this job?
Oh most definitely patience, having faith, and creativity! Loving what you do is really important—always make sure to have fun.
 
How do you market yourself?
I don’t like to define myself as something specific because I like to be open to more options and opportunities as compared to limiting myself to only one specific thing. But if I have to market myself as something it would be to be a person who followed her dreams.
 
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How did you get through to doing makeup for celebrities?
I actually interned for a PR company called Think Smart for about two years. This exposed me to all the influencers and celebrities. This way, I already had that connection with them and knew them all along. That is why it was somewhat easier to approach them as I had this previous relationship with them. So when they heard about my new freelance business they supported me even more than I expected them to.
 
What do you do with your free time?
With my free time, I am working (laughs). There is no free time because there is a lot of competition out there and so every minute counts. Any free time that I have is dedicated to my clients. If I take off even one or two days and I am not updating myself or being present on social media and creating new content, that’s when things usually slow down.
 
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media accounts alone?
I would say not to judge me just my social media platforms as I have been through so many rough times. I have gone through health issues since the age of three up until now. I have to actively put that aside, move on and simply follow my dreams and do what I love the most. Anyone who looks at me wouldn’t have thought of that even for a second.
 
What were you like in high school?
In high school, I was extremely shy and I wasn’t confident at all. I had really bad hair (I am Egyptian and so I have really curly hair), I wouldn’t take care of myself, I was bullied a lot and spoken about a lot since I was always by myself. I feel like, because I got into the makeup industry, my confidence grew 10 times more and I am just happier as a person now.
 
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What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Hands-down the best advice I was ever given was, “No pain, no gain,” and this is something that I actually live by every single day, whether it’s with my makeup business, with family, friends or even my health.
 
What was the hardest thing to experience in your field?
The hardest thing to go through was when people weren’t supportive, or people who showed support to my face but would actually talk trash behind my back. Some people feel the need to break down someone else who is trying to be successful and these are the kind of experiences that are the hardest to deal with.
 
What’s your proudest moment?
Honestly, the proudest moment is whenever I finish a client’s makeup and she is smiling from ear to ear. That itself for me brings me so much joy, even more so if she is a bride! It makes me super happy whenever a lady feels happy and beautiful inside and out.
 
Who is your role model, and why?
It is very hard to choose between both my parents but if I had to choose it would have to be my mum. My mum inspired me to follow my dreams just as she did herself. She created a campaign to help children with special needs through music. She also followed her passion and her dreams. She works to make people happy.
 
What advice would you give to young adults who wish to create their own business?
Go ahead and don’t let anything get in your way! Visualise yourself one year in advance, and you know for a fact, regardless of what happens, that you will thank yourself for starting. So stop making excuses and just do it!
 
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