Stephanie “Stevie” Martin is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Career Institute. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she was exposed to an eclectic mix of cultural experiences that would birth a greater sense of creativity and purpose. While attending magnet schools and utilizing the performing arts programs, she began building the foundations for her skills and abilities. Stevie began working in a salon as a teenager. She went from being a shampoo assistant to a hair stylist. After years of hard work she became a licensed cosmetologist. Now a wife and busy momma of two, Stevie has worked her way up the hair and makeup industry. She has worked with clients like Mary Mary, CNN Atlanta, The Weather Channel, Channel 2 News Atlanta and many more. We enjoyed getting to know the “woman behind the brush”.
What do you love the most about being a mom?
I love that no matter what kind of hectic day or schedule I have, I can come home to two little people that think I’m a hero!
When did you discover your love for hair and makeup?
I discovered my love for hair and makeup when I was in elementary school. During high school I got the opportunity to go to cosmetology school during my senior year as apart of a special vocational program.
Who was your biggest role model growing up?
My biggest role model growing up was my mom. She got married at a young age but she attended college and worked while being a mother and a wife. I felt like if she could do all of that I could do it and more.
How did you become a celebrity makeup artist?
I became a celebrity makeup artist by being giving an opportunity to work on a television production set. From that point on I have been involved with television and movie productions.
How do you juggle those long days on set and being a momma of 2?
I juggle working on set with a great support system. My husband, and my parents step up and step in when I’m not there to make things happen.
What do you prefer television or movie sets?
I love working on movie sets. Anything can happen from one day to the next and I get the opportunity to work with many different celebrities.
Besides being a make up artist, tell us about your latest venture Symart Butter.
SymartButter is an all natural butter that can be used from head to toe. On your hair, face and body. I created it because my kids had exzema patches and also being a makeup artist I feel like your skin is the most important part of having a beautiful canvas for makeup application. Not to mention having an all in one product with multiple benefits.
What do you see in the future for the Symart butter brand?
In the future I see a full product line including soap and an all over body scrub.
What advice do you have for other Sporty Mommas that may be thinking of starting their own business?
My advice for other Sporty Mommas starting a business is to make sure that whatever it is a company or product that you are passionate about, start slow. Don’t ever compromise what you want for your company or brand. Don’t give up, do your homework, and work hard EVERYDAY!!!
How can our readers connect with you?
You all can contact me at www.symartmakeup.com