Name: Courtney Musick
Current City: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Makeup Artist
Professional makeup artist, Courtney Musick is an exquisite combination of sweet a Georgia Peach and eclectic flair as she rocks her vibrant green hair. Born in Huntsville, AL, she moved to the suburbs of Atlanta at a young age but wouldn't stay there for long. The city, stacked with skyscrapers and possibilities pulled her in and she quickly relocated after high school. Through her studies at Georgia State University, she worked alongside a handful of wonderful creatives that would help launch her career in makeup. Fast forward a couple years and she's landed her dream gig at MAC Cosmetics and is successfully freelancing as a makeup artist.
When she's not creating magic, she's enjoying the tunes of her record player, sci-fi films and adventures with friends. "I love to travel as much as I can. Even if it's just a quick road trip, I'm a happy camper!"
Peep below to learn about her journey!
What attracted you to the world of makeup?
I love the power makeup gives. The different colors and textures can change the way we perceive someone's personality or identity. We cannot choose how our bones and tissues come together to form the way we look, but we can add our own personal flare to it with makeup.
What are some challenges you hit at this point in your career and how do you navigate through them?
I've found myself facing a lot of challenges. This industry is a hard one, but it helps to know people in the right places. I've had to connect with the right people and work extra hard to work my way up. Sometimes I get frustrated that I'm not growing fast enough, but I have to remember how far I've come & be thankful for it.
What are some of your favorite looks from the past?
In my first year of getting into makeup professionally, I did a floral theme photoshoot with some friends. The model wore a headpiece made of fresh flowers, so I did her eye makeup to compliment the floral tones. It was a blown out purple smokey eye, diffused out with pink and purple shimmer and a frosty pink lip. It was one of the first shoots that let me really express my creativity, so it will always be one of my favorites.
What are your aspirations for the future?
Someday soon, I plan to move to New York City and immerse myself in the fashion scene. The ultimate goal is to be a key makeup artist for a major designer during New York Fashion Week! I will spend the rest of my time doing makeup for photoshoots and video shoots for editorial campaigns and ads. Outside of work aspirations, I just want to live life to its fullest & see what road it takes me down. As long as I'm surrounded by good people, I know I'll be happy, which is the only goal that matters.
Who are you greatest influencers?
I find the greatest influencers are those who work from a place of rawness and tenderness. Alex Box is a world-renowned makeup artist that finds inspiration from moods and emotions. Each of her unique looks makes you feel something in your gut; it's really quite beautiful.
If you could have dinner with any woman in history, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I think I could have a different answer for this for each day that I'm asked this question. There are so many women that have made an impact on me. The first that comes to mind is Frida Kahlo. She was true to herself and did it fiercely.
What are you grateful for?
I'm grateful for the ups and downs that life has thrown at me. Through it all, I've learned how true happiness feels and how to appreciate those fleeting moments. I've stopped chasing what I couldn't have and began to appreciate what I already had. I am truly grateful to be alive, to have wonderful friends and family, to have a job and a home, and to be able to travel the world and explore new terrains and cultures.
Discuss the importance of female friendships in your life.
Female friendships are so incredibly pure. Growing up with anxiety, I always felt distant from people. I either pushed people away or felt different from others, but female friends always were comforting. They would calm me, tell me that my feelings are normal, and make me feel loved. Emotions are not only valid but beautiful. They're tender and delicate. The strong female friendships in my life have taught me to appreciate my emotions, instead of forcing them to go away. Friends are understanding and encouraging and supportive. Each woman has some things they struggle with, but friends can help them overcome it. I still struggle with anxiety, and probably always will, but I've accepted it and watch it come and go as it pleases.
Quote to live by:
"I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths, and a great fear of shallow living."