She's learned to see her color blindness as a unique perspective, instead of a deficiency.
"She had a blue/green tint to her hair, and I needed to determine which blush would be better for her. I put the two blushes that I couldn't distinguish between, next to her hair to see which one stood out more. The one with more red would stand out more than the one with less red. The one with less red would read more pink."
"The filters in the camera for smartphones allows me to adjust between warm and cool tones. There are a few filters that look identical, but I look for a balance in most of the filters."
"My work is literally walking around, all my my work is on my client's faces, that's my reputation. Being able to do it, and love it, that's what I'm most proud of."
"People really do see colors differently, and as a society we call that personal preference or perspective, but when I see it differently, its called a color deficiency. If you treat everyone who has any type of deficiency as if they have a different personal preference, or different perspective, then we foster creativity, individuality, and tolerance."
"Had I embraced and accepted that I was color blind earlier in life, I could have learned adaptation techniques sooner and would be further in my career," she explained.
"I’ve had a few clients refuse to let me do their makeup when they found out I was color blind. It hurt at the moment, but I got over it. I could have argued to them to judge me by my work and give me a chance, but I let them be. If they weren’t willing to give me a chance based on that, there’s nothing I could say to them to change their perception of me or my work."
"I never feel that my work is good enough and I always want to be better. I overcome that feeling by being open to feedback and being willing to learn and grow. Every artist is their own worst critic, and the minute you stop finding ways to improve is the minute that you lose your passion for the art," she said.
"The funniest thing was when someone asked me how I can tell the difference between black and white people. It was innocent, so I laughed and explained that there are many more factors to someone's race other than their skin color, and kind of left it at that. People always ask me what color they're wearing, I used to get offended, but now I have fun with it and I tell them that their clothes are blending into their skin and they actually look naked to me. The looks on their faces are priceless, until I tell them that I'm joking!"
"My husband is my biggest supporter. He helps me practice, encourages me to keep going, even after I make a mistake, and he understands my struggle. He has a prosthetic eye and was told he would never be a chef, and he's one of the best in the area! We literally see the world differently and encourage each other to always give 110%, and not to let what others say about us impact how we feel about ourselves and each other."
"My dream is to one day have a cosmetics line for people who don't want to fit in a box, and don't mind being different. I would want the line to be 100% customizable, so people aren't forced to work with colors that they're afraid of using. I would also want to incorporate some kind of technology to assist them with selecting complimentary and contrasting colors."