YouTube star and celebrity makeup artist Jkissa is a beauty with a purpose. She uses her platform to teach the world cutting-edge beauty tips and tricks, but her mission is more than skin-deep. She wants to support those who are bullied and is working to eliminate bullying, one YouTube video at a time.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Jkissa, get her expert beauty tips and the inspiration behind her career as a makeup artist. Read below and prepare to be inspired!
Tell us what inspired you to start as a makeup artist!
I was a young girl, bullied for my big eyes and even bigger forehead, and I never felt beautiful. I would come home after school and escape into this world of beauty tutorials, everyone kept talking about a huge beauty brand and being from the small town I am from, I thought for sure that it would not be available in my city. To my surprise, it was! I convinced my mom to take me, and I walked in there seeing all of the colors and was instantly entranced with everything. A makeup artist there came up to me and ended up doing my makeup, and I felt beautiful for the first time. Ever since then I knew I wanted to help someone else feel that way.
Then when I was bullied at school, I would come home and paint on my face and it was a world to escape in and what people would say about me didn't matter anymore because I felt beautiful. Fast forward to now, and here I am! Hoping to provide an escape for my friends (I hate the word fans and followers, the people who support me and watch my videos are much more than that)!
Who is your makeup muse?
I get a lot of inspiration from different things, I feel like my muse is my best friend/boyfriend Chris, the way he observes the world and sees things is something I wish I could do! He looks at everything with such love and light in his eyes and is constantly amazed by everything. It truly inspires me and I think that comes out in my makeup. He has taught me so much about life and various interests we both now share, like space!
Who inspires you to thrive?
My mom! She is a person that thrives, down to the core meaning of the word. When my parents were going through a divorce, she also found a lump on her breast and we went through many doctors appointments until we got the fortunate news that it wasn't cancerous. I have never met a person that can take on so much all at once and still smile and laugh like she does.
Tell us your favorite quote/mantra!
"You always fear, what you don't know." This rings so true to home for me, I am judged for my appearance and my tattoos at times and I always think those people are unfamiliar with my art expression and that is okay, let me introduce them to this and show them the positive light on something that is foreign to them. I always try to go into situations with that quote in mind, so my mind remains open!
Tell us more about your anti-bullying campaign.
With my artistry being so closely affected by bullying, my goal is to raise awareness about this and to help eliminate bullying. It would be a dream of mine to go back to my old high school and speak about being bullied and not feeling good enough and turning that into a positive. I hope to relate to people that have been bullied or are being bullied right now! I want everyone who feels like they don't belong to know they have a place in the world, and that place is with me and my friends I have made! They do have a place in the world and are important.
What is your favorite makeup trick or technique you can't live without?
I love to wing out my eyeliner, but I love to clean it up after with a small detail brush and some concealer, it makes everything super sharp and nice. So even if I mess up (which I do quite a bit!), it takes care of the mistakes. :)