Alluring Interview with MUA Jennifer Quintanilla

Alluring Interview with MUA Jennifer Quintanilla

This month we are featuring Jennifer Quintanilla, makeup artist and Beauty Influenster. Jennifer is so inspiring, a 4x cancer survivor, she shares with us how youtube changed her life and why $300 makeup won't look good if you don't do this one beauty tip.

42 DUBONNET: Your story is so inspiring. We'd love to share your story with our readers. Can you tell us how you got started?

JENNIFER: Before I was in makeup, I was an operating room scrub nurse and I started watching YouTube after I had chemo for 6 months. I had melanoma when I was 20 years old and then had thyroid cancer later which came back and was in the lymph nodes in my neck. Last time, I had bladder cancer and I didn’t leave my house for a year. Watching YouTube when I was sick – I said to myself “I can do this!” and it inspired me to start my YouTube Channel. That’s when I told my husband that I wanted to go into makeup because that’s my passion and he was so supportive!

YouTube totally changed my life. I started my YouTube channel about 3 years ago and I took a workshop in February 2015 for the Look Good Feel Better program through the American Cancer Society and became one of their volunteers. The Look Good Feel Better program helps women who have cancer and have experienced the loss of eyebrows, hair, etc. Licensed MUAs help with step by step instructions like building new eyebrows and teach the steps to put on makeup with these new issues in mind. The women can try on wigs too. The Look Good Feel Better program is free. Each woman receives a free makeup kit and free wigs are available through the Look Good Feel Better program partners.

It’s such a good feeling to know how I can help empower these women. This program helps so many people and gives so much back to me.

42 DUBONNET: I can imagine. Truly inspiring.

What’s one secret you learned when you started wearing / doing makeup?

JENNIFER: That skincare comes first. If you don’t have a good skin regimen, you can wear $300 makeup and it won’t look good. I also learned that “less is more” when it comes to makeup.

42 DUBONNET: What’s one of your secrets for how you do your own makeup?

JENNIFER: I have my face prepped and clean, then apply serum before applying my makeup. Another secret is that a light dusting of powder is great for setting your makeup.

42 DUBONNET: What’s one of the juiciest secrets you’ve ever been told (one that won’t get you in trouble for sharing it)?

JENNIFER: I’m an open book and what you see is what you get so I don’t have any juicy secrets to share.

42 DUBONNET: What’s one thing you’re curious about?

JENNIFER: Where this interview is going, lol....I’m curious about everything.

42 DUBONNET: What’s your favorite look to create?

JENNIFER: I like to change it up all the time and each one is my favorite look at the moment. I like to go from a natural/neutral look one day to a glam look the next day depending on how I feel. But I do have a red or orange blue tone lipstick look that I love.

42 DUBONNET: What’s one secret to creating this look?

JENNIFER: Using the right products is absolutely necessary and using 42 Dubonnet productsI love the gel eye liner pot (we didn’t tell her to say that!)

42 DUBONNET: And tell us which products you are wearing in your photo?

JENNIFER: 42 Dubonnet products worn: Dubonnet lipstick

42 DUBONNET: Thank you Jennifer for interviewing with us! How can our readers follow you or learn more about you?

JENNIFER: I can be found on Instagram @makeupbysheaa and on YouTube at makeupbysheaa.

42 DUBONNET: I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful things you said on Youtube about 42 Dubonnet.