Pilot Mountain based makeup artist Whitney Bryant recently launched a freelance makeup artist business in the hopes of filling the need for a professional makeup service in the Surry and Stokes County area.
The official name of her company is Makeup by Whit.
Bryant prides herself on the fact that she is self-taught, having gained her skills through research, trial and error, and input from opinions she values.
“It just gives me so much joy,” Bryant said of her mission to bring the inner beauty of her clients out to the surface.
“My philosophy is seeing the beauty and bringing it out in other people,” Bryant said.
She noted that no one needs makeup to look and feel pretty, but she said that makeup is something to have fun with.
Bryant graduated from East Surry High School and went on to receive an undergraduate degree in psychology from Appalachian State University. She is pursuing a master’s degree from Wake Forest University, a pursuit that she has to carefully juggle with her newly launched freelance service.
“I’ve always loved art,” Bryant of how the jump into makeup seemed natural for her.
“I eventually got braver and I saw beauty in everyone and everything,” Bryant said of the decision to start her company.
Bryant’s first professional job was two months ago when she did the makeup for the bride at a wedding and she has since provided makeup services to other weddings and proms.
Bryant said that she has a busy weekend coming up, with three clients scheduled for homecoming at East Surry High School.
“I tend to be a daredevil,” Bryant said of her brand of makeup, noting that she likes to encourage her clients to try out bold colors and styles.
The use of organic and clean products is something that Bryant said she takes very seriously, always making a conscious effort to use as many clean products as possible.
“I would consider it as something that I feel very strongly about,” Bryant said of organic and clean based makeup products.
Despite only being in business for a short period of time, Bryant said that she’s already developed two signature makeup looks, with the first being ombre lips and the second being contouring.
Bryant explained that she utilizes techniques and information that she gained through art courses in high school and in college to achieve optimal contouring results.
As for the future, Bryant said that she would like to eventually attend a makeup program or even take a makeup class, but for the time being her time is consumed by graduate school and her business.
“I really hope to expand as far as I can to get my name out there in order to be someone who encourages beauty,” Bryant said.