Business Mondays: Makeup by Rae

I am the laziest person ever when it comes to makeup. Leaving your face in someone else’s hands is risky business and I don’t like to gamble. I was scarred by a makeup artist, who gave me eyebrows that have never existed in this life nor the next life. And then I met Racheal…I saw her work, and my trust issues subsided.


I met Racheal aka Rae at Eve & Nico Beauty’s launch of Black|Up Paris, a french Makeup brand, where Kampala’s leading Makeup artists were invited to ‘test drive’ the French line. Ever since I stepped fully into the role of International Brand Manager, I have come to meet some phenomenal women kicking butt in their professional fields.

I totally believe that one’s intuition is almost never wrong, and when I met Racheal, I immediately felt comfortable around her and I was immediately sold on her. I quickly got on that Racheal train so quickly and I am not about to get off. Racheal’s kindness shines, and that is also reflected in her work. She is incredibly genuine, she won’t put the standard shady eyebrows on you, she knows what she’s doing and even though she’s gentle, she still remains exceptionally professional.

MEET RAE

  1. Where do you get your inspiration from?

My biggest source of inspiration would have to be my clients. Every client is unique and each one has a unique idea of what they would want to look like. Bringing their ideas to life and seeing the satisfied look on their faces, coupled with an impressed smile is my biggest inspiration.

I am also inspired by other makeup artists both international and locally where I am from. I have watched this industry grow so fast in the last couple of years and I am very proud to have taken part in that growth.

  1. Who inspired you to become a MUA

My friends inspired me!!! They believed in me before I believed in myself. I knew that I loved makeup, I just didn’t think I would be good at it. One of my friends asked me to ‘help’ do her cousin’s wedding makeup. I did it thinking I was going to work on her for free. When I was done she asked for my payment as I looked on in shock. She was trying to show me that I could get paid for doing something I love.

My family also inspired me. It didn’t make sense to my parents in the beginning but as they watched me grow they became my biggest cheerleaders and have supported all the way.

  1. How did you get to start in the industry?

My friend was getting married a few years ago and I was looking around for a MUA for her.

A friend recommended a MUA called Eva and when she and I met we just clicked. I could tell that Eva was super talented and loved what she was doing, but I felt that she could make more. My love for makeup and a desire to see her grow made us fast friends. With time Eve taught me about makeup as I shared with her how I felt she could expand her business. I would help her with clients and after a while as her business grew some people started booking me as well. Bit by bit I expanded my makeup kit and was able to start my own business. Eva and I are still very close, we work together and I am so grateful that she so generously shared her gift with me.

  1. What do you love most about make up?

I love the fact that makeup can actually boost your confidence and put you in a better mood. One swipe of red lipstick on a day when I feel like I look very dull can give me the added boost I need to feel more attractive.

  1. What did you want to be as an adult when you were a kid?

When I was very little I wanted to be a musician 😂. I recall that I even used to write songs. I am sure that if I had known that makeup artistry could be a career choice I would have wanted to become one. I specifically remember sneaking into my mother’s room one day before going for tutoring classes and stealing her lipstick and eyeliner and I wore them during the break.

  1. How would you describe your signature look?

My signature look would be one that enhances my natural beauty. It is my preferred look for most of my clients as well.

  1. What does empowerment mean to you?

Empowerment to me means breaking barriers and challenging limitations. Empowerment means proving to the people who said you can’t that you can. It means being confident enough in your own ability to succeed to celebrate others even when they achieve more than you. It means having the maturity to be inspired by others instead of tearing them down.

  1. What is the most important beauty advice you can give to women?

That would be to love yourself as you are and take care of your spirit, soul and body. There are women you look at who have a beauty from within even when they have no makeup on or fancy cloths. I admire these women so much and every time I get to know about them I realise how much they take the time to take care of themselves from the inside.

  1. Describe yourself in 5 words

Family oriented, loving, friendly, disciplined, confident.

  1. What advice do you have for people who are scared to chase after their dreams?

One, remember that no one who allowed fear to rule their minds ever achieved their dreams. Two, sit down and write that dream down, break it down into little tasks and tackle them one at a time. Every time you achieve one break through you will be inspired to achieve the next. Keep going and remember that we can also learn when we fail or make mistakes. One of my MUA friends had her whole makeup kit stolen soon after she had invested so much in products. She told me she wanted to give up! I looked at her and asked her “did they steal your talent?” She said no. I asked her “can those products be replaced?”. She said “yes”. I gave her my makeup and told her to go and work on her weekend bride, make more money and reinvest. There will be so many things on your way to success that  will make you want to quit. If you can find one good reason to stay, keep going.

  1. How can clients get in touch with you?

Phone : +256700733951

+256780132294

Email: rachel.turyahikayo@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Makeup-by-Rae-1617920691767044/

Instagram: @rae.mua_ug

 

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