Laure Sejean is a make-up artist in UAE. She is the mom of three. We had the pleasure of sitting down with her to learn more about her business and her personal life. Read the full story here:
Mompreneurs WW: Tell us about your company
Laure: After 15 years in HR, I decided to switch career, to follow my passion and become a Makeup Artist. My services will mainly be focused towards women who don’t have time to do their makeup or maybe they just don’t know. I want to help them in creating a look in 5min because we hardly have more time.
Mompreneurs WW: How did the idea of starting it come about and who inspired you?
Laure: It comes after doing the makeup of several women at a wedding and they loved my work! I was so happy about it! I got inspired by few makeup artists like Sona Gasparian (US based, young and such hard worker girl who created her own palette @personacosmetics #identotypalette, I love it!), Desi Perkins (US based, so kind, funny and she does amazing makeups), Charlotte Tilbury (UK Based, she did a lor of UK VOhgue cover, she does very classy makeup, sh could be French and she’s opening a store in Dubai Mall in January!) and of course Huda Kattan the most well-known in the region such a kind and hard worker woman! It is amazing what she has achieved in such a short period of time!
Mompreneurs WW: What is the best part of what you do and the toughest?
Laure: The best part is to make my clients happy each time I’m doing their makeup. The toughest is not stopping in believing in yourself, especially when you’re new in the industry. But my clients remind me how happy they are when they get a makeup done by me, so I then think that ok I’m good at what I do even though I haven’t been in the industry for 15 years!
Mompreneurs WW: How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Laure: I’ve got 3 kids, Louis 8 yo, Oscar 6 yo and Ines 15mo. I’m so lucky to have them around me!
Each of them brought me something good when they were born and usually it was a change in my professional career. Ines brought me the courage to quit my HR Director job and start a new career as a makeup artist!
Mompreneurs WW: How do you juggle work and life balance?
Laure: Personal life and work life cannot be separated. Work is part of our life and we all need to accept it. However I feel very lucky to have flexibility in my personal and work life. I can work in the evening and then spend the morning with my family or go and see a school show and not needing to ask permission from any boss. This is what I enjoy the most!
Mompreneurs WW: What’s a book you always recommend and why?
Laure: It’s a French book, Your 2nd life starts when you realize you only have one. It’s about a woman who realized after a car accident that she needs to change a life. She’s doing a kind of therapy and discovers new ways of living her life. It’s very inspiring and giving a lot of keys.
Mompreneurs WW: What advice would you give a Mompreneur who was just starting out?
Laure: Believe in yourself and use the resources around you. We all have ups and downs and it is more true when you are an Entrepreneur.
Mompreneurs WW: Your favorite quote is…
Laure: It’s time to live the life your dreamt of.(Henry James)