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Meet Arreon Echols

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arreon Echols. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Hello, I’m 28, almost 29 years old a lot of people know by Sparkle. I was born and raised in Flint, MI, but I currently live in Lansing, MI. I’ve been doing makeup for about 5 years now. It all started by just being on social media seeing all the girl trending wear makeup and look wayyyy better than they did without it. So, I decided to try it on me to see how I would look with it. I started watching YouTube tutorials and watching people go live doing their makeup on Facebook live. I grew to love doing it like I wanted to just play in makeup every day try a lot of different makeup looks etc. Over time I got better and better, and other people would ask me to do their makeup at first, I shy like uhhh idk lol I only knew how to do it on my face I really only had products for my skin tone ya know. One day I got over that fear room my first client and just started getting booked up ever since! I’ve done makeup for weddings, photoshoots, baby showers, birthdays almost every event you can think of. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, would I ever be doing makeup the answer would’ve been no lol I grew up a tomboy playing sports so becoming an mua was not in my story at first lol. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
No, it’s hasn’t it still isn’t, honestly, just being able to hold your nervousness is a struggle alone lol. I tend to have anxiety attacks while doing makeup, but I try my best to not show it, and most the time the clients doesn’t. I also do makeup out if a small closet, so I’m literally struggling now to expand. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a makeup artist number one! But I consider myself an all-American because I literally can almost do anything but sing lol! I can rap I can act I love to cook seafood! I would say I specialize in rapping and doing makeup. I’m known for doing both from people that really knows recently tho like over the last couple of years I haven’t been really rapping so, of course, the new people in my life they wouldn’t really know about my rap life ya know lol. I’m most proud of stepping out in faith and following my dreams like I’ve really been taking control of my work life, and I love it! What sets me apart from others is my talent I let it speak for itself give me a task, and I’m so it if I don’t know how I’m going to learn how. 

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
So, a lot of people may not get it, but I listen to Kevin Gates a lot he motivates me soooo much it’s like he is my book he is my motivation he speaks to me, and I feel every word. 

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