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February 3, 2014

Making up a new life

VALDOSTA — It is a common desire to want a job that doesn’t feel like a job. Everyone tries to pursue a career that is something they genuinely love doing. For Valdosta native Tamika Hancock-Edwards, she was able to do just that.

After going through a rough patch of joblessness, Tamika vowed to make a change.

“I decided my next job would be something I love doing even if I wasn’t getting paid,” says Edwards.

This wife and mother of two always had a love for make-up and skin, but always put it on the back burner of her life. Her friend, Patricia Faulk, became one of the driving forces behind her entrance into the world of Esthetics during a time when Edwards was searching for a path in life. She went to Wiregrass Technical College and met with the instructor of the program.

With a love of people and a desire to follow up on her love of makeup, Esthetics seemed to be right where Edwards belonged. Under the instruction of Kelly Ramirez, Edwards began learning everything from the physiology of skin to make-up techniques.

“Kelly Ramirez is one of the best people I’ve come in contact with in this field,” says Edwards. “She makes you research answers instead of just handing them to you.”

Excelling in her studies and receiving honors in her program, Edwards has been chosen to go to SkillsUSA State Conference to compete in Esthetics on March 15 in Atlanta. The competition evaluates the contestants’ techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care. Competitors will be tested in four different areas including an oral skin consultation, a written exam, skin analysis and a hands-on basic facial demonstration, along with a day time and fantasy make-up application.

Along with this competition, her future also holds other exciting ventures. Her ultimate goal is to get her mobile business, Let’s Make Up, operating by the fall of this year. The mobile business will allow her to use her customer-service skills and travel to clients in any conditions. This business will not be limited to just make-up but includes additional services such as facials and hair removal.

Already practicing her skills, Edwards enjoys pampering both of her daughters, Brittney Roberts and Morgan Hancock-Edwards. Her youngest daughter, Morgan, has Type I diabetes and is unable to do some things that other kids can do, so Edwards enjoys giving Morgan facials and make-overs to lift her spirits.

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” This is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that Tamika Hancock-Edwards lives by. It is clear that her devotion for the craft spans far beyond the desire to simply do make up. She genuinely wants to help her clients feel like a work of art. Her knowledge of skin types also lends itself to teaching clients what is right for their skin, since not everyone is the same.

“The client can tell if you are with them,” says Edwards. “I want to be present in every client.”

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