Tell Us More: Allidona George of Make Up With Alli
Allidonna George, best known as Alli, is the thirty-year-old CEO/makeup artist of Make Up With Alli.
Originating from Entrepot, she is a graduate of St Joseph’s Convent Secondary School (2001 -2006) and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College - Division of Technical Education and Management (2006 - 2008).
While working as an accountant, she started dabbling in makeup, learning what she could from YouTube videos because she wanted to become a photographer with a big interest in fantasy art.
Her passion for makeup soon took precedence when in 2013 the company she was employed with closed down, so she turned her passion for makeup into a fulltime career. Since then, everything just fell into place and she has not stopped working since.
She does consultations, private classes and provides makeup services for birthdays, weddings, photo-shoots, video shoots, pageants, theatre, public appearances, special occasions, makeovers, and more.
At first, it was really hard getting people to believe in her ideas. When she started her business, others still viewed makeup artistry as just a hobby rather than a real business.
According to Alli, "Always make sure that you maintain a professional standard, keep working and people will take you seriously."
Follow her on Instagram @islandempressalli to view her incredible makeup skills.
What is it like being a makeup artist?
Being a makeup artist is about so much more than just knowing how to do a face of makeup. A makeup artist can have a variety of specialties, and you can decide what to do based on what you love doing. You might create special effects looks, help brides look perfect for their big day or make up models for long shoots. The skills you learn are applicable to a wide variety of specialties. It’s endlessly versatile, and that’s what makes it fun.
What is the one thing about you that often surprises people?
One thing that surprises people is that I am the biggest introvert you will ever meet.
How would you define success?
I consider reaching both small and large milestones towards a goal as a success.
What has been your most humbling experience as a makeup artist?
My most humbling experience as a makeup artist I would say is that in the beginning when it comes to work, everybody has a price in the marketplace. Whether your value is in a product, your knowledge, education, experience, creativity, brand, potential, one of these, or all of these, the marketplace has a range for you. But especially when you’re younger, you’re going to probably work for less than that value. Sometimes you have to do the small things in order to prepare you for great things.
If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?
I want to be remembered for going outside of the box before it was ok to venture outside the box.
Where is your happy place?
At home watching Netflix
Animals or babies?
What talent do you yearn for?
I honestly wish that I could sing.
What lesson has been the hardest to learn?
The hardest lesson that I had to learn as a makeup artist is that you have to give others free rein to criticize you.
TV or music?
What food makes you happy?
What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is adventure fantasy movies.
If you had to change one thing in your life what would it be and why?
I wouldn't change a thing.
What is the business tip you have received and never forgotten?
The best business tip that I've learned is that social media is a great medium through which to build a solid relationship with customers, just don’t forget what social actually means.
As a makeup artist is it more important to be liked or respected?
It is more important to be respected in any aspect of life.
What is your personal motto?
My personal motto is "keep your eyes on the prize."