Black BeauTEA Talk // Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Where Brittney Goes from Here

Photo by The Girl Tyler

Black BeauTEA Talk is a monthly column especially for black brides to find inspiration for bridal hair and makeup hosted by one of the best in the industry, Brittney Taylor.

Hey Beauties, it is December... No seriously, it’s December, and I feel like this year has flown by so damn fast. What y’all think?

So remember that tea I told y'all about last month—the Teavana brand? Well apparently I was late to the game and the storefronts are actually closing down now. The tea is that they are owned by Starbucks and apparently haven't been performing so well... Here is where you can read for yourself. Teavana is still being sold online tho, so chile go grab you some because I certainly hit up their black Friday sale. Now back to why we are here. I want to take this month's column as a chance to reflect with my beauties.

PHOTOS BY SEAN JUNQUEIRA

PHOTOS BY SEAN JUNQUEIRA

On March 10th of this year, Catalyst published my first Black Beautea talk. Not just my first column for this platform, but my very first time writing for the public in that way. I had put together a full bridal photo shoot, and it is still to this day the most beautiful thing I've ever done. Since that first post, I’ve gone on to interview a few amazing women, drag a white boy for trying to pull a modern-day blackface, we’ve laughed, learned about some beauty, and dished tea all over the place.

HAIR, MAKEUP, AND PHOTO BY WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE BY ASH

HAIR, MAKEUP, AND PHOTO BY WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE BY ASH

Behind the scenes, this column has been a part of a crazy journey for me this year. I began this year wanting to start my website and get serious about my makeup artistry business. “Getting serious” about my business meant going into bridal work. I wanted to be taken seriously as an artist and I wanted more than anything to make some real money, ahhkay?! Well, the year is coming to an end and guess how many real weddings I've booked?!! Zero, none, not a single real-life wedding have I booked, and I'm more than okay with that. The truth is that this year took me on such a wild ride that promoting myself as a bridal makeup artist took a back seat...I mean way back. Aside from Liz asking me to write for Catalyst, the staff at Catalyst also accepted my application to be a speaker at their conference! Yeah I know, they’re clearly as out there as I am, but it really happened (laughs). They booked me to come to Richmond, Virginia, to speak at {un}convention—they gave me a mic and everything. Brave people, I tell ya, but it was such an amazing experience, and information should be out soon about where you all can order the footage and watch from home! I’m still reeling from that conference and looking for the next opportunity that I can grab a mic and speak my speech. Until then though I have decided to follow my heart and do what I need to do for me.

Photo by The Girl Tyler

So in this new year, I am going to begin a personal art project. I’m going to learn to shoot beauty work. I’m going to start a blog where I can talk more about the social justice topics that stay in my mind constantly. I am going to continue to freelance write for other businesses. In short, I'm going to continue to do my makeup thing, but I'm going to do it on my own terms. I want to thank every one of you all that come back every month to read my column here, and thank you to those that have been featured; models, photographers, sisters, business owners, everybody. The biggest thank you to Liz, Jen, and Carly for bringing me on and letting me continue writing next year. Yep, y'all heard it, ya girl gonna be right here next year with all the tea!

I wanted to close out this year with three pieces of advice for my beauties…

  1. Take a moment to acknowledge your growth.
  2. Don’t fail to remember the lessons learned.
  3. Be SELFISH; be real fucking selfish!

In the words of Solange, “I'm going all the way but I'll leave on the lights for you,” and that’s TEA!

~Peace & Light~


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BRITTNEY TAYLOR

I am a freelance makeup artist located in Cameron, North Carolina. I have been working in this area for three years doing event makeup, as well as print and some runway. This year I will be working to build a bridal artistry business that will be fully mobile. I studied makeup artistry at makeup artist studios in Richmond, Virginia, and from there developed my aesthetic. I spend a lot of time studying past artists, as well as trends today. I believe that everyone is beautiful, and my job is to enhance that!