Today we’d like to introduce you to Donika Cole.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
Being a plus-size woman, I always found myself trying to fit in the best way possible, even when I stood out the most. During my high school years, the makeup industry and YouTube blew up. During this time, I was introduced to YouTube -University. On this plate form, I taught myself how to do everything; Sewing, Do It Your Self Projects, Hair, and makeup. However, makeup stuck with me out of all the skills I learned from YouTube. I always had this dream of becoming a beauty guru. All things beautiful, I would sit hours in front of my mirror with YouTube playing on my laptop, trying to perfect my craft.
Throughout the years of perfecting my craft, I have been a victim of walking around with caterpillar eyebrows, Nonmatching foundations, and my bright pink or red lipstick. And the baby, I thought I was top tier. It was then I found myself diving deep into makeup, spending lots of money on different products that best fit me as an African American woman. Over time, I started to get more positive comments on my makeup look. Women will stop me in the malls asking if I do makeup. However, I didn’t think anything of it, and I was only doing makeup. I was introduced to a makeup studio class in DC later. There I took a mini class and received a makeup certification. Although I still didn’t know much about doing makeup on women, I put my skills to the test.
My first face turned out horrible. I mean, it was a mess. I think I even cried a little because it looked so bad. In my mind, I thought I wasted money on this dumb class, and honestly, I wanted to request my money back. Instead, I reverted to YouTube university, which changed the whole ball game for me. It was so many different tricks, tips, and techniques. Anything involving makeup was there. I started to ask my cousins, mother, friends, sister, and ladies on the street neighbors to sit in my chair. Honey, I was determined to get this makeup game down the pack. I then realized that practice does not make perfect, but it improves. And the more I practiced, the more I became great at my craft and became more confident and my newfound job. My self-esteem started to build the more I felt like I was making women beautiful, and it was amazing.
Now fast forward to today. The naked faces Beauty bar is a brand I created for all things beauty. This consists of mink lashes makeup, tutorials, and building self-esteem in women. Doing makeup and connecting with women is the best thing I have ever done. Every woman who sat in my chair left my chair feeling like they could conquer the world.
As women, I find that we always talk down to other women, but when you step foot into the naked face beauty bar, it’s not like that. It’s motivating, self-esteem builds, positivity, and it’s self-love. You can learn from those genuine conversations that, as a woman, you can grow from and learn through someone else’s experiences. So becoming a makeup artist wasn’t my goal in life, but I’m happy that I chose to become one because I am more than just painting faces; I am connecting with a woman across Baltimore, Maryland, in general. Even online, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, I am connecting with women and promoting self-esteem, self-love, and encouraging all things woman positivity. And that’s how naked faces became naked faces because when you step foot or would you come naked and face is beauty bar Woman become Vulnerable and naked not naked but naked far as shared conversations
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Naked Face Beauty bar has been through a lot of changes. I have been very inconsistent with my business at times when I fall into a depression. I am my business and content, so the inconsistency comes throughout the year when I’m not focusing on the naked faces beauty bar, which shows. During this time, I put everything on hold and concentrated on myself.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As of right now, I am a High School special education English teacher. Becoming a teacher has always been my dream. I love to connect with younger people and show them your background doesn’t make you. I share with my students that I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. In the hood by a single mom who uses drugs for most of her life. But I came up out on top. I currently have a bachelors in early childhood human development from Coppin State University. I enrolled at Goucher College to obtain my master’s. Create a brand for me. Have a successful business Naked Faced Beauty Bar. And I am also a mentor for young women. So anything is possible.
What characteristic of yours would you give the most credit if you had to?
I have a lot of qualities that can run off this page, but I can say two of my favorite attributes are determination and hard work. Without those, I would be nothing nor the person I am today.
- Full face – $55 dollars
- Website: https://nakedfacesbeauty.as.me/schedule.php
- Instagram: @Nakedfacesbeautybar @therealdonika