We had the good fortune of connecting with Saira Olivares and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saira, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I hate saying I “gave up” on something. That mind set from experience caused a crazy whirl wind of doubt and insecurity. It took practice to be easy on myself, to understand and believe through every stage in your life every thought and project that there are manytimes of growth. Some things I would absolutely say you could grow to be uninspired about and or gain interest/inspiration for something else. Every time you keep going you learn new techniques and concepts for future goals! I would say always follow your gut! Listen to your passions and create short term and long term goals for the things you can see yourself doing everyday if money didn’t matter. Keep working on the people, projects and goals that create a healthy environment for you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I absolutely love art. Art, music, dance, fashion, photography ALL forms of creative escape. At least that’s what it feels like for me, an escape from the realities of the world. I have always believed in educating myself with the newest products, luxury to drug store. Its no secret that while being in quarantine , people became more creative and resourceful with beauty hacks! Making their own masks, nail care, beauty videos there is something I think out there for almost everything. I found new tips on Tik Tok and was asking myself, why did I never share my own hacks to these platforms? It just confirmed my way of a creativity that there isn’t many wrong ways to do things when it comes to makeup! Its like I knew that but I guess didn’t always hav he courage to share and be judged. I would be using lip liners for the eyes, gloss for cheeks, mixing was my jam. I remember my first job, I went on set with 5 makeup brushes, one big pallet of eyeshadows, 3-4 shades of foundation and was given the look like,, you? Are you REALLY a professional makeup artist? At the time I didn’t have the money to buy every shade on the shelf (which you don’t need too) but I knew color theory and how to mix colors and textures to execute the look I wanted. So much so I would simply look at my client, pull out a few shades of foundation and mix. They would look at me like, thats too light.. and why are you mixing this with this. Once I was done mixing I would apply it on with brush and they would be like wow! thats like.. my skin! So never doubt yourself because someone else is doubting your technique. Look at all the makeup trends happening now! Its all about being creative and uniquely you, all the things that are “different” are the things that become TRENDS. Also, I rocked that shoot. When I was finished with the models, they were so happy with the final looks I was called back for a few more projects. I believe thats what always set me apart. Not always using products because it was expensive and designer or cheap to save me a buck. It was always about my clients and the pride I take in my work. I really love understanding someones skin tone and texture to make sure I know how to create that flawless canvas and making them the most confident version of themselves.
After being back and fourth LA to PHX the last 7 years I have decided to stay in Phoenix for a while. Its where I was born and believe it or not I love that dry heat! This is my first time since being 20 that I really have been putting time into growing my personal and business relationships in Phoenix. I am so exciting to be investing into myself and my business. I have already started working with lots of other vendors in the valley and I couldn’t be more proud of the end results to every shoot and wedding we do together. I am a makeup artist but I am also a licensed cosmetologist. I provide beauty services for all occasions and people! I am continuously learning new tips and tricks in my industry and apply everything I believe works well with my clients. I live for creating a story with my shoots and adore the first reaction they have when taking that first look in the mirror. I really listen to my clients and explain my style and how their vision inspires me. The true goal is to have my clients to feel amazing and let’s be real, I want them to feel confident, sexy and ready to rock where ever they go that day! I am grateful to shout out interviews for giving me the chance to share my story. Thank you and to all my future clients, I can’t wait to meet you and get you pampered!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had out of town friends I would absolutely take them out to downtown phoenix for some great food and drinks! For casual lunch and tacos I would go to Taco Chelo, they have a great variety of choices that also include vegan options! For a night out of dancing I would probably say Stardust Pinbar, they have great music and a cool disco vibe light up dance floor! I am also in love with a great cocktail and Little Rituals has a great list, their Espresso martini is AMAZING. My husband is from Switzerland and is pretty picky about his Italian food but when we went to Forno 301 he fell in love. They have great quality ingredients and make have a little Italian market right next door where you can buy imported goods from Italy. For a chill night out Cornish Pasty has Jazz night on Thursday and they have a killer Sage Mezcal drink that I order while I listen to the live band.
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?
Carla Olivares my mother , owner of Beauticians On The Go
Kristen Hennke photography