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Conversations with Perryn Morris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Perryn Morris.

Hi Perryn, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
So I guess I could say that my interest in makeup came about as a byproduct of other interests and career pursuits. I was initially on track to become a graphic designer. Throughout my education, I started researching various ways that I could use my education and one arena that stuck out to me was print magazines, fashion specifically.

As I continued to dig more into the fashion-oriented side of graphic design, I just naturally gravitated towards makeup. This was smack dab in the middle of the 2010’s where the makeup and greater beauty industry were created a bigger presence in pop culture.

Around 2015 I learned how to do makeup from my incredibly gracious mentors, specifically Ms. Jamaya Moore who so graciously took me under her wing. In 2016, I started working at Mac Cosmetics. From there essentially, I started freelancing and reaching out to photographers and other creatives to start carving out my own humble space within the community in Baltimore.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth would be the last word I’d used to describe it.

There have been plenty of nights where I’ve bawled my eyes out and asked myself if I’ve made a huge mistake.

There have been plenty of times where I wondered what witchcraft people worked to make this a functioning full-time career.

This is a career that people severely underestimate. I’ve seen so many people come in, think they were going to storm the industry, only to fizzle out a couple of months later when they realize that legitimate dedication and intention is need for longevity in this field.

From building your kit from the ground up.
From learning how to sanitize your setup.
From learning how to run a business.
From learning how to find work.

There is so, so much that goes into creating a life for yourself as an artist that no one tells you until you’re in the thick of it.

But that being said, I’ve also met some of the most amazing and interesting people working in this field. And I’ve yet to experience the same sense of satisfaction that comes when I look back on the work I’ve done so far, in any other job.

No other job has ever left me feeling so fulfilled.

So no, let’s not call the road smooth because it’s been a cobblestone road at best, lol. But the journey so far’s been absolutely worth it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a makeup artist that specializes in editorial work. My work tends to be more print-focused, with an emphasis on creating looks that contribute to an overall harmonious aesthetic. If I was to be known for anything, it would be for how I create luminous and dewy skin. I, as a habit, tend to avoid matte textures on the skin and I like to enhance the glowing aspects of skin whenever I can. Essentially, if I can get away with making someone delightfully shiny, I’m gonna do it. I’m essentially a magpie.

I also pride myself on my transparency in regards to what makeup is and isn’t capable of, as well encouraging people mindful of how they view makeup in regards to concepts of beauty and societal beauty standards.

I want everyone to have access to the ability to feel beautiful, valued and desired. But I also want people to understand that there are better things that you can be besides “beautiful”. If I never have another person sit in my chair and apologize for their face, it’ll be too soon.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
As much as I love makeup, as much as I love using cosmetics to tell a story on a face, I want people to feel just as good about themselves if not better when it comes off.

Beauty isn’t the purpose of makeup, it’s the byproduct of it.

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Image Credits
Photographer Sean Scheidt Ružica Puśkaś-ragontse Travis Marshall Glenford Nuñez

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