Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1 - (Page 22)

SUPERSTAR GRADUATE Sparkle Myers Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Graduate A LOT OF Make sure [going to cosmetology school is] something you really want to do. When you go to school, be present; leave what you’re doing at the door and immerse yourself in all the knowledge. Do you know a superstar graduate? Send a brief bio along with the graduate’s contact information to editor@ Your superstar could be featured in the next issue of BeautyLink! BY SUSAN MILLER students enter beauty school with the dream of achieving success. Sparkle Myers enrolled at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture with an indisputable track record of success already on her resume. After trailblazing a career in corporate America in the highly competitive information technology arena, Sparkle earned an MBA and founded a highly successful makeup shop, Makeup by Sparkle. Oh, and did we mention that along the way she worked for several cosmetics companies with her skills gracing the faces of Prince, Spinderella of Salt & Peppa, Tony Robbins, and even Madonna? When the Material Girl performed during half-time of Super Bowl XLVI, Sparkle and her Makeup by Sparkle team not only touched up Madonna’s look, but provided makeup to the headliner’s singers and dancers. The Makeup by Sparkle team also provided makeup for lovelies hosting Super Bowl parties including the Rolling Stone and Playboy media parties. Some might say a successful business and a happy family are enough (Sparkle is married and the mom of two teenagers.), but Sparkle wanted to take it to the next level and get serious about skincare. She dreamed of opening a salon that would focus on services that brought out the beauty of each individual’s skin. “I believe in skincare because beautiful caredfor skin is the real foundation for any makeup look,” she said. “Your real foundation is your skin, and makeup just enhances that skin,” she said. As someone who loves not just beauty but the science behind it, Sparkle wanted to understand how products work and the science behind skin care. Her next decision was to enroll in beauty school. She enrolled in Tricoci University’s fi rst Indiana campus, began classes in early July, and graduated in late November. Going back to school wasn’t necessarily easy. As an accomplished entrepreneur with a successful makeup shop, Sparkle was used to managing her own schedule and appointments. “The biggest surprise was the structure and routine. You have to be in class every day and you have to become knowledgeable on a wide variety of services,” she recalled. But Sparkle was committed to making her vision of an in-depth skin studio become a reality, and being in class on a daily basis was a small price to pay. Even while enrolled in beauty school, Sparkle was making plans for her second location—signing a lease in a design studio nestled in the heart of Indianapolis. The new facility provides an extended line of skin services including facials, deep cleansing treatments, microdermabrasion and more. Two licensed estheticians assist in the new studio, in addition to six contract makeup artists that staff her fi rst location in Indianapolis’ trendy Broad Ripple district. Sparkle was inspired by her grandmother who passed away shortly before she enrolled in beauty school. “My grandmother taught me the importance of being a strong woman and how important it is to show respect to others. She also modeled the necessity of being able to adapt to life’s changes,” Sparkle added. She also looks to the professional community for inspiration and particularly admires celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath. “Pat is simply the bomb,” Sparkle said. What advice does Sparkle offer to students just beginning their beauty school experience? “Make sure it’s something you really want to do. When you go to school, be present; leave what you’re doing at the door and immerse yourself in all the knowledge,” she advised. As this issue of BeautyLink went to press, Sparkle was opening her second location. And just like its founder, we expect the business will “sparkle” and shine. Susan Miller is editorial director for BeautyLink magazine. 22 | B E AU TYLINK | BA CK TO B ASIC S | 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1

Message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
Consider this
In-Depth Report
Be Your Best Educator
Superstar graduates
A Wish for Wellness
Beauty changes lives
Perception Is Reality
Step by step
Veterans and Our Industry
Do You Manage or Lead
Multicultural corner
What’s in a Grade?
Basics of Beauty School Budgeting
A Little Friendly Competition
A student’s perspective
Reality Check
And then there’s compliance
Beauty School Boot Camp
Associate member profiles
People & places
New products & services
Upcoming 2013 events
New school members
Index to advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1