Cultivating the ability to stay centered and maintain inner peace is essential to your success and growth, no matter what industry you are in. As many of you know or might expect, the beauty industry is a fast-paced environment with high expectations. Managing all aspects of clientele, education, and your own business can quickly become overwhelming.
Celebrity Makeup Artist and Educator Nicky Posley shares his insights on how to navigate growing in a competitive field while maintaining your boundaries and providing unparalleled service to your clients.
Nicky Posley’s journey into makeup began through a strong fascination with the transformative power of beauty art and fashion. A fine artist first, Nicky experimented with many visual art forms, eventually finding the medium he felt most at home with. He is both a working artist, and a respected educator of his craft.
He believes that makeup is art, and that art is empowerment. Whether it be slick and modern or primitive and rudimentary, art can evoke emotions deeply rooted in the human experience. Like the human experience, it is ever-changing. . . always evolving.
Nicky’s work is beyond imagination, timeless, and truly the gold standard for beauty work. I am so honored to be sharing this conversation with you today!
I began as a Fine Artist, and makeup is art. Art transcends EVERYTHING and touches the souls of who we are. Makeup makes up feel empowered to stand in our truth, and I am there to experience these special moments in the lives of my clients. Every part of makeup, from applying to wearing, is empowering.
You have to be able to stay centered within yourself regardless of the circumstances- you also have to be realistic about the pressure of these environments and come with your A game.
I perform centering rituals regularly- a good amount of rest, a nice meal, staying hydrated and showing myself the amount of pampering I give to my clients so I can give them the full experience and the best that the situation will allow me.
There’s a lot of compromise involved, particularly with celebrity clients, and you have to be prepared to handle that with grace.
There are many things going on, even globally, that can weigh a person down and keep them from speaking up. I like to lead with my gift. I try to create a space for conversation to happen about social issues. This kind of side-steps the speed at which everything is happening these days. We have to create a space for our peace and you have to know who you are in order to give yourself peace. You cannot ascend to your greatness, and therefore serving your clients, without peace.
This whole journey has been a beautiful surprise. As you know, this found me. I have remained centered and humble on my journey, and believe that has contributed immensely to my life.
As an educator, you can’t just lean into your process and tell students to do what you’re doing. You have to build a process and there has to be a reason why. Even though I am the one educating, I am also the learner. I am a lifelong learner, and that is why I continue to grow personally while growing professionally.
So I wanted to focus on the most asked questions and the specific topics I feel are most valuable. I created a few different workshops to offer anyone interested in learning more about beauty and makeup. I then combined the workshops into my Essential Looks Bundle, which gives you everything at one discounted price. There’s also more coming, but I ask my learners to be patient- this takes time, especially with Covid, and I want to do it right.
Nicky’s Instgram bio has a link to his education site, where you can see what he currently offers and stay up to date on whatever comes next. You can also follow him on Instagram to keep up with my day-to-day.