The 2 year anniversary of my Makeup business relocating back to Paducah, KY is around the corner. It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that I had worked in both Chicago & NYC before deciding to permanently land back here. Each city feels like another separate life…It really is in a way.

Paducah, along with several other parts of the surrounding midwest, has received unforgiving winter weather all week. The result: the majority of my appointments being cancelled & time to reflect and work diligently on other parts of the business. As one of my favorite artists/authors, Austin Kleon says, “Bad weather leads to better art”. In my case, bad weather leads to better writing (a complete resurgence, actually).

With this opportunity to reflect, I HAVE to mention some of the amazing opportunities of my past that have paved the way for my present status. There are several other Paducah locals with the same stories: going away, learning from the best/earning top notch credentials, and returning home to localize and provide economic development. Here are my top 10 Favorite Makeup Projects I’ve worked on (in no particular order) that have helped set me up for a successful “big city profession” in a small town:

1. Secondhand Serenade  “Shake It Off” Music Video 

Photo by Seleste Villarreal
Photo by Seleste Villarreal

2. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

3. Vans Warped Tour 

Photo by Jessica Rumsey
Photo by Jessica Rumsey

4. Glamour Magazine

Photo by Aaron Richter
Photo by Aaron Richter

5. SNL Personalities: Jason Sudeikis, Taran Kilam, & Bobby Moynihan

6. Iconapop Cover Shoot

Photo by Zeko Eon
Photo by Zeko Eon

7. Motionless In White “Devil’s Night” Music Video

Photo by gAK Photography
Photo by gAK Photography

8. MODO Magazine Shoot

Photo by Ssam Kim
Photo by Ssam Kim

9. Andrew W.K.

10. Allure Magazine

Photos by Patrick Demarchelier
Photos by Patrick Demarchelier

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  1. Lori Wilkins

    Wow
    You are so very talented Erin! Your gonna be successful here or anywhere else you choose to land. We all at PBS miss you and wish you great success!

  2. Terry Harris

    Erin, this is a great retrospective! I am impressed with your marketing skills and know you will really continue to grow your business.

  3. You are the Bomb! So proud of you and your entrepreneurial spirit! Go get em!

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