We had the good fortune of connecting with Madeline Hahn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madeline, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always LOVED makeup! Makeup is something I’ve been passionate about since I was first introduced to it. I started creatively doing makeup when I was in the sixth grade, I would draw stitches across my face or mouth in an attempt to be edgy or grunge. I next remember being in middle school and taking ALLLL of my moms eyeshadow trios, then coming out to the living room an hour later feeling very proud and pretty in my rainbow eyeshadow. When I was 16 a friend of mine gifted me a couple of high quality makeup palettes and from then on I was hooked! I started watching more YouTube videos, looking for tips and tricks on Pinterest, following Instagram tutorial accounts, learning as much as I could. After becoming more confident in my ability to put makeup on myself, I wanted to become confident doing it on other people too. I realized that I have a deeply resonating passion for this sort of thing, and doing it brings me so much peace! I figured that the only thing holding me back from becoming successful with my skillset, was my mindset! I then decided to create my YouTube channel, and start taking this beloved talent of mine more seriously. I am so unexplainably grateful for the road so far traveled, and I look forward to the future clients, and future business opportunities this career will bring me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In todays world, social medias encourage a certain standard. This standard measures to the amount of followers you have, how many likes you receive, how many brands that will even consider working with you and basically your overall success. This can be intimidating when first starting out, the pressure to at least appear perfect is overwhelming and slightly discouraging. When I created my YouTube channel I decided that I wanted to set myself apart by being totally authentic from the start. Showcasing my personality right off the bat was important to me, I wanted to really make a connection with my audience like so many of my favorite YouTubers have done for me. I also wanted to create a safe place for viewers, I want them to know that even if we are strangers my love branches out to each one of them. One thing I came to realize was that I didn’t want to be ‘ perfect’. I didn’t want an Instagram feed with every post looking as if I was just a perfect human with perfect skin. I have pores, I get blemishes, my forehead creases when I concentrate on something, I am human! I sat down with myself and really gave it some thought, “if I already felt beautiful and confident as I was, why would I edit away my creases or blemishes?” and I understand because of that, my refusal to appear as a perfect porcelain doll, that my road to success would take longer. I pride myself on being able to say that I’ve grown my business organically and authentically since the start. This business is 100% of who I am, and I’m so excited for the opportunities that being authentically myself will bring me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this! I think the first day would be super no pressure, hang out, maybe get some starbucks, jam out to music in the car. Wrap it up with dinner at our place and good conversation. The following day we would wake up early, have breakfast together and then probably go to the Desert Museum! The air in the mornings is just perfect! Following that up with probably more Starbucks (I have an addiction, okay). In the evening I would take her to the Roadhouse Cinemas, where we would have dinner and a show. Starting fresh the following morning, we would get our nails done, then we would go shopping at the Tucson Premium Outlets. Eventually we would make a trip to Old Tucson or Tombstone, and somehow squeeze in a tattoo appointment with the one and only Manda Frazier at Painted Saguaro on Miracle Mile. Finally the trip would end with one last beautiful day of fresh air out on a hiking trail.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My soulmate, Victor- for being with me every step of the way, supporting me and reminding me that I am awesome and talented. My best friend, Amanda- She is probably my number one fan, honestly. She is my hype-man and someone who has encouraged me since the start. My son, Phoenix – My inspiration and motivation to be successful, and the purest soul I’ve ever known.
Two of the photos were taken by Lexhalle Photography.