Please introduce yourself and your business to our community.
Hi! My name is Terri, 24 years old, born and raised in Decatur, Ga. I started my makeup loving journey in 2012, but I decided to take it seriously and move forward with being a “real Mua” in 2017. I do a few things, I am a makeup artist, educator, influencer, and many more!
What has your journey been like to get where you are today?
My journey has been fun and hard all in one. I spent many late nights trying to get my own website done in some cases, and in other cases, I worked with friends who wanted to see me win. My journey has been so rewarding. I think this is the most committed I’ve ever been to anything.
Set the mood for us at the cover muse shoot. What did you enjoy most about working with our cover muse? What was it like working with an all-Black women crew?
The day I pulled up to the cover muse shoot, I was almost in shock. Soo many beautiful black women came together to do their jobs and do it well at that. From being professional to cheering Carmen when we saw her getting into her moment. I loved every bit of it.
What do you attribute to your success in life and in your field?
Staying the course when things got hard, friends holding me accountable because they are also business owners and they understand a bit more, and more recently, in those moments of burnout, I rest.
It is important for us to nurture a community of black women that share, learn, and thrive together. Please share a story of failure that taught you a valuable lesson.
Absolutely! I remember wanting to be a bridal artist, but I just couldn’t get the brides to book me. So my really good friend B, her name is Bforbeaute on Instagram, said that I was missing a system when it came to securing them, and she helped me implement it! This taught me to ask for help and to pay it forward!
Please let us know the woman you were 5 years ago and who you’re becoming?
Well, 5 years ago I was in college. I was broke, uncertain about my future, and in a relationship that was draining me. Now I am confident. I make self-love and rest a priority; I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.
What women in your life have been a source of inspiration?
My mom, my sisters, and all of my friends honestly!
Celebrate your wins! Brag, sis. What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of working with Stacy Abrams, Nike, and Good morning America! I am also most proud of moving into my own apartment in the middle of a pandemic. This year has been crazy, but i’ve grown personally and professionally!
Quoting Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Please share your self-care routine.
I usually do my self-care routine at night.
Ok, so first I will light every candle in my house (3-5). Then I’m going to play some music right now. I’m bumping Jazmine Sullivan. Then I’m going to spend a solid 10 minutes in the shower because it’s a dance party every time. Once I’m out, I will spend another 5-10 mins doing my skin-care routine. Lastly, I am going to lather the best shea butter all over and throw on my favorite granny dress lol! #SelfCareSis
You are part of our melanin muse tribe. How can we help you on your journey?
Hmmm, I’m not sure! You guys have helped me beyond capacity by allowing me to be a part of the cover shoot!