Learn from one of my top Motives custom blend mixologists, Ka Xiong, about how she got started with blending and how it has grown her business. Take a deep dive into all of the benefits of becoming a custom blend mixologist.
What was your first experience with Custom Blend?
My experience with
Well, sure enough, I attended my cousin’s baby shower where I was pushed out of my comfort zone to blend my very first blend. I took me 45 minutes to blend her foundation. This made me realize I needed to attend another custom blend training. The second time around, I learned so much more, maybe because I was determined to learn. After training, I started posting on social media about custom blend foundation to
What attracted you to becoming a mixologist?
As far as being a mixologist, I never would’ve imagined myself to become one prior to the training. I’ve never felt confident in myself and never knew where my passion was, as a matter of fact, I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to be at the time when Market America fell onto my lap. I knew why I started, I knew I had goals, but I didn’t know exactly “what I wanted to be for myself” and that was the one thing that was keeping me from growing. Attending training and keeping myself educated, I overheard someone mention about blending lip stains and eyeshadows and how we were getting new additives out soon. My mind was exploding with excitement now, and the DIYer in me resurfaced. I started doing research and asking around about these lip stains I kept hearing about. But me being an impatient person, I just starting playing with what I had and it took off from there. I had my trials and errors, many of them, but was determined to perfect my blends.
Can you share some tips on creating new recipes?
Lip stains were the first blends that I created outside of foundation and powders. Then, I wanted to create a brow pomade in comparison to ABH brow pomade and started working on that recipe. After many attempts and failed recipes, I finally blended one that I got me jumping out my seat. Even then, I wasn’t 100% satisfied but now, I think I’ve got it perfected. It didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen with one blend, but with passion and determination behind it, here I am today as a mixologist. I couldn’t have gotten here today without my support team and my biggest supporter is my Husband, one who constantly reminds me that I can do it. Next, are my business partners
One thing I do is research on what is hot or trending right now. When I created my shimmer, toppers called the “She Sparkle” collection, shimmers were becoming a big thing. So I researched liquid shimmers and liquid eyeshadows, took a look at ingredients, and what makes it unique, even watched reviews on them. Then I went at it to create something comparable and that’s how the “She Sparkle” collection came about in December of 2017. Even during Halloween 2018, I did a challenge for myself creating different Halloween looks and realized I needed face paint. I tried face paint as base for my looks but they were so cakey and didn’t result in a good base. So of course, I took out my custom blend and created “face paint” for my looks. They resulted in a perfect smooth base which allowed for blending on top of it. Now that I have the ability to create face paint, there’s no need to go back.
Why do you LOVE Custom Blend?
What I love about our custom blend is that it’s 100% mineral based and non-comedogenic. We can blend beyond foundations and powder and match our customers to what they can’t find with other brands. One huge trend going on right now is “all natural” products. The wonderful thing is that with
How long have you been blending?
I have been blending for 3 years now and I still attend custom blend training 4 times per year. I truly believe in ongoing education as the beauty industry, along with our Market America business, it is ever changing and growing. Every time I learn something new from someone else, even when I am in front of the room training. If you keep your mind fresh and as a student at all times, you will grow beyond your potential.
How do you implement Custom Blend to build your Motives business?
Custom blend is a huge part of me and what I’m known for. Which has allowed me to create my own individuality all while building my
Check out some of our beauty advisors custom blend creations in this Facebook photo album.
Also be sure to check out out custom blend webinars this month.