EAC Friday Feature: Amanda Rumball

Friday Apr 21st, 2023

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10 Questions with Amanda Rumball

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Amanda Rumball

-written by Nat Richmond

When did you first realize your passion for Makeup?

At the retail counter in 2015. I had been exposed to makeup so many times in my life prior to the counter with my mom being a makeup artist, dancing from a young age, and doing all my friends' makeup when we would go out. It wasn't until my first makeover after going to school with Clinique (I still have the after photo!) that I realized what an absolute joy it is for me to get others dolled up.

How do you find satisfaction in creating new looks for your clients?

Satisfaction comes from pushing myself because creating new or original looks doesn't come easy to me actually. I do believe creativity can be learned, though it is innate in some, and it's learned through experimenting. That is how I have mastered my craft, shoutout to all the guinea pigs aka my friends that let me practice on them!

What do you feel makes you stand out amongst other Makeup artists?

Great question! I would say it is my ability to make my clients feel relaxed & welcome while simultaneously giving them the look they desire. Anyone can do great makeup. Not everyone can give a complete client experience worth the coin!

How do you challenge yourself to become better?

I put education very high on the priority list and I try my very best to not let my ego get the best of me. I think when you let go of the ego, it opens up doors to make more money, more friends and meet more clients who will change your life. I also don't just learn from other beauty professionals. My clients, friends and colleagues are all great teachers as there are so many products on the market. I like hearing about consumer experiences with products as well!

How do you plan on expanding your business?

Online is the way to go for me! I've thought about creating a team many times, but I've managed in the past and it is a LOT of work. I am turning to content creation and tutorials as it is a huge source of joy (as well as stress lol but what job isn't) for me. A personal goal is to travel more and I will need a remote source of income.

In what ways do you feel you inspire the Erie area?

I had to think about this one as I am one of those that has left and come back a few times! Erie really is a special place because there are times when I forget how small it is. I like to refer to Erie as a little big town because we have just about everything a big city has but on a smaller scale. That being said, the ambition in this town is the most inspiring. I rarely meet someone that doesn't have big dreams for themselves, their businesses or their families and I can relate to that on so many levels.

If you could encapsulate your sessions in the energy of a song, what song would that be?

Oooo I like this question but you know it depends on the day! Bridal is high energy like Shake your groove thang by Peaches & Herb but single session makeovers are more lax like Don't call my name by Skinshape.

Are you ever afraid to try new techniques?

In short, no. I'm a high functioning anxious person so I am afraid to do just about anything lol. However, learning through trial and error like I have gave me the grace to make mistakes and the power and knowledge to correct them. I have to try or I won't continue mastering my craft!

What advice would you give to other aspiring professional makeup artists?

Communicate your needs and boundaries to your clients early on. Literally spell it out for them. It will ensure both parties have a favorable experience. Also, all of my clients receive the same treatment. I don't care if you're the head of state or the girl next door, everyone is treated with respect in my chair. I suggest you do the same!

Any final thoughts?

Thank you so much for the feature, I'm honored!

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