My name is Megan Lynn Tamasanis and I am a self-taught makeup artist.
I owe my love of all things beauty to many different outlets that have inspired me ever since I was a little girl.
As a child, I grew up watching my Mom, a now retired cosmetologist, put her makeup on each morning and fluff out her bangs.
She would always tell me "less is more," and try to catch me with a wipe or tissue on my way out the door before school.
I was that teen who teacher's were always calling or emailing home to my parents because I showed up to my middle school class with some poorly-executed eyeliner that was too much of a "distraction" to the other students. Oops.
I was always gifted the fancy makeup sets from Claire's by my aunts, and you already know that I was stealing my Mom's and my cousins' makeup bags whenever they weren't looking. I just wanted to see what products they were using!
I fell down the rabbit hole of Youtube makeup tutorials and was immediately attracted to everything about them. I began learning tips and tricks from some of the first beauty gurus I discovered, such as, MakeupByTiffanyD (https://www.youtube.com/user/MakeupByTiffanyD), and Lauren Curtis (https://www.youtube.com/user/laurenbeautyy). I loved hearing about the textures and qualities of products. I was so fascinated by the application and placement of color. I was obsessed. All I would do whenever I had a free moment was sit down and catch up on all of my favorite beauty gurus' most recent videos. I was invested in everything they had to say and I began establishing a mini makeup encyclopedia in my head of brands, types of products, tools, and techniques. I loved the variety of styles and I noticed very quickly that each blogger had their own way of approaching their makeup.
The further I explored Youtube tutorials, the more I discovered in the world of makeup. I found my very first drag queen guru Misty Maven, (https://www.youtube.com/user/petrilude) and other channels who were experimenting with the more dramatic side of cosmetics. I found body painters and special effects artists Charlie Short (https://www.youtube.com/user/Pinkstylist), and Alexys Fleming (https://www.youtube.com/user/MadeYewLook). Next thing you know, I was crushing up my eyeshadows into liquid glycerin and mixing ketchup and barbecue sauce to make my own face paint and fake blood.
I started my Instagram page in 2013, and hopped right into the 100 days of makeup challenge; challenging myself to put out a new makeup post each day. I told myself I was going to do face and body painting, as well as special effects in order to practice my skills and test my abilities. Throughout the challenge, the amount of support I received confirmed in my mind that this is what I was happiest doing, and people seemed to enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.
The engagement with my content brought me new exposure and a set of clientele who were interested in my skills for their personal events, thus beginning my freelance career.
In 2014 I began working for friends and family for proms, weddings and other special events. Before I knew it, by word of mouth, people had heard of, or seen my work and were interested in booking with me.
I began working in retail cosmetics, building my product knowledge, education and experience. I've met so many great men and woman in the field who are so passionate about what they do, it just kept fueling my love for the community I had become so greatly involved in.
Due to the location of the retail environment I worked in, I was met with the most diverse group of people. This allowed me to experience people of all skin tones and types, face shapes and structures, ages, and certainly a wide range of preferences varying in style.
In 2015, I met with Danielle Chudolji of DC Photography Boston for the first time ever, after having messaged back and forth with her on Instagram, right before the bustle of prom season. We entered our very first meeting together, nervous but excited to see what was to come. We got along great right from the start, giggling and chit-chatting like long lost friends. I immediately knew that I had just met the most brilliant business partner, of whom I was going to have amazing opportunities and growth with over the years to come.
Between the years of 2015-2018, I have been attending Bridgewater State University. I am completing a degree in Communications with a Concentration in Media, Film and Video, as well as a Minor in Studio Art. I have continued to work partial-full time in retail cosmetics, as well as pursue freelance jobs and partner with Danielle.
I have had amazing opportunities this past summer to present my art in the RAW Artist's Boston Showcase. I did makeup for, as well as walked in the 2018 Eclipse: Mass Art Fashion Show. I have been featured on several brands Instagram's pages such as Anastasia Beverly Hills, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, and SUVA Beauty.
As I prepare to graduate, I have been reflecting on all of the incredible opportunities I have had these past few years and I have started planning for the next step in my career.
Everything I have learned, and all that I know about makeup has been through trial, error and experimentation. Each client I interact with, I treat as a learning experience for myself in order to provide the best experience for them, as well as the best artistry. I am always learning and always trying to figure out what I can do better and where I can grow. I am so excited to see where my journey takes me, and I am so grateful to all who have supported me along the way.
Thank you for your support : )