Ghinda Beauty Project: Make You’s Leigh Ann Ehmann…

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Last summer, were were lucky enough to hold a Ghinda photo shoot at an an absolutely beautiful greenhouse here in Columbus. We were blessed with (dare I say) perfect weather, and an amazing team with their collaboration feelers totally tuned in. That was also the first photo shoot that I, personally, got to work alongside make up artist Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You Special. And let’s just be honest, she is special! Leigh Ann starts work quietly, but is a hurricane when it comes to getting each girl ready for the camera. Everything she does is so precise, and beautiful. She will make a model striking in an instant, and without taking away from that individual’s natural beauty or features…She is truly an artist, and a joy to be around. After working with her again this spring, we decided we had to hear her voice on the Ghinda Beauty Project, and here it is. 

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Above, two of Leigh Ann’s personal favorite images of her work.

Donna: How does Make You LLC reflect your personality as an individual? How does it feel to be at liberty to put yourself into your work?
 
Leigh Ann: Make You is adventurous and constantly motivated by situations in which to be creative. Since I have a creative mind, I am historically unsuccessful at a 9-5 schedule. By unsuccessful, I mean unchallenged and under paid. To be at liberty to put myself into my work is the most refreshing way that I have ever earned a living.
 
Donna: You work independently, but do plenty of collaborating with others.. What is your favorite part about working solo? And also your favorite part about collaborating?
 
Leigh Ann: Working solo is nice because makeup is my art medium, so I am able to be creative and then influence my clients with said creativity. Collaborative work is a treat in a number of ways: I get to build relationships, participate in a team vision, learn from other creative minds, and benefit from killer final images along with behind the scenes memories.
 
Donna: You travel around often for your appointments and events, but what is your favorite kind of work space to be in?
 
Leigh Ann: The sets and spaces I have worked in are all accommodating and sometimes inhospitable in their own ways, but my favorite kind of work space is one with good, productive energy. The attitudes and passion behind a shoot creates favorable work spaces, in my opinion.
 
Donna: What are your favorite “wind down” suggestions when things get tense at work?
 
Leigh Ann: I wind down by talking things out with non-industry, objective friends or family – usually my wonderful husband, and usually over coffee or wine. 
Donna: How do you think the idea of pampering oneself and beauty in general has evolved for women over time?
 
Leigh Ann: It may sound silly, but I believe our desire to pamper and beautify ourselves has not evolved one bit. Beauty is a constant pressure placed on both women and men by our spirit of competition.
Donna: Inspiration is something that all creatives need, and some days it’s hard to get there. What do you like to do when you need inspiration?
 
Leigh Ann: I like to do other forms of art for inspiration: sketching, painting, even cooking.
Donna: What is the most rewarding part about working in the beauty industry?
 
Leigh Ann: Working in the beauty industry challenges me as a student of communication and business.
 
Donna: At times, the media’s portrayal of what’s beautiful seems one-sided.  What do you feel is the most important element missing from the media’s interpretation of beauty?
 
Leigh Ann: Individual interpretation is missing from the medias portrayal of beauty. Unfortunately, the media has the ability to skew the subjectivity of beauty, and it is important to stay true to my roots amidst this over-stimulation of global society.
 
Donna: Last but not least, what does beauty mean to you?
 
Leigh Ann: Happy confidence.

Visit Leigh Ann’s website to learn more about her business, and how you can book her for you event! 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

Ghinda Beauty Project: The ladies of The Blowout Bar…

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We really wanted to get the perspective of some girls straight from the beauty industry, so we figured, why not talk to our gal pals (and super cute sisters!) Kristin and Kailen from The Blowout Bar? They have collaborated with Ghinda on a photo shoot recently and we fell in love with the concept, their attitudes and their salon–Now we want to get dolled up by them all the time! Anyway, here’s what they had to contribute:

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Donna:  Tell us about the moment you girls decided to start a business together.
 
Both: We’ve always wanted to go into business together. We were just waiting for the perfect idea. We visited our first blow-dry bar a few years ago together and from that moment, we were hooked. Once we saw blow-dry bars opening in other smaller cities, we knew it was time to bring the concept to Columbus. We took a trip to Nashville to visit a blow-dry bar that just had opened there. We decided to move forward with ours on our way home from Nashville. It was nothing but excitement! 
 

Donna: How does being a small business owner reflect your personality as individuals?
 
Kristin: I believe being authentic, positive, and fun overlaps into my business life and has become part of The Blowout Bar. 
Kailen: My passion and dedication to something I love and believe in has definitely translated into the business.
 

Donna: The Blowout Bar collaborates constantly with other local businesses. You even worked on hair for one of our photo shoots! What is the best part about teaming up with others?
 
Both: We love supporting other small businesses, and Columbus in general. We think that’s what makes this city so special. The willingness to try something new and support each other is something we love and will continue to do. It gives us the opportunity to meet like-minded business owners and continue to learn and grow ourselves!  
 
 
Donna: We all have our own ways of dealing with stress. What are some of The Blowout Bar’s suggestions for winding down when things get tense?
 
Both: Well it’s obvious, but a blowout can change your world! A ten minute scalp massage and a relaxing blowout can really turn a day around. There’s nothing like sitting back and watching a chick flick while sipping on a glass of champagne. We provide all of this at The Blowout Bar, so it’s a one stop shop to wind down or feel better! 
 
 
Donna: There are many negative stereotypes about women working together and maintaining an awesome, strong bond. You two are sisters–How does working together effect your relationship?
 
Kristin: We’ve always been best friends and even growing up, we never fought! We’re very similar, but our differences balance very well together when it comes to the business. Her strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. It’s comforting to have your sister by your side every day.
 

Donna: We love that you play “chick flicks” at your salon! What is your favorite? 
 
Kristin: Our favorites are constantly playing, but My Best Friend’s Wedding and You’ve Got Mail are my top two!
Kailen: The Notebook is definitely my favorite (even though it usually comes with a few tears!)
 
 
Donna: How do you think the idea of pampering oneself and beauty in general has evolved for women over time?
 
Kristin: Women are starting to care more about styling their hair. 10 years ago, all we did was straighten our hair to get it as straight as we possibly could! Now, there are dozens of styles to choose from and they’re all in style. That’s where we come in!
Kailen: The capabilities of what we’re able to do with our hair without permanently changing it have really evolved. There are so many tips, tricks, and tools out there that are able to transform any hair type or texture into something completely different. Women are learning that their hair can totally transform within a matter of an hour, and will keep that style for the next 2-3 days.
 
 
Donna: Inspiration is something that all creatives need, and some days it’s hard to get there. What do you like to do when you need inspiration?
 
Both: We love following certain fashion and beauty bloggers on Instagram. That’s where we get most of our inspiration and ideas from. Traveling is always a great driving force behind that too!  
 
 
Donna: What is the most memorable response you received from a woman who came into The Blowout Bar?
 
Kristin: I love hearing when women ask our stylists if they can take them home! It’s something I’ve said over and over. 
 
 
Donna: Last but not least, what does beauty mean to you?
 
Kristin: Feeling comfortable and happy.
Kailen: Confidence and smiles!

Photo of the girls pulled from their website See their Facebook page for awesome updates, such as the menu above!

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.

Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal.