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If we know anything about glow ups, it’s that they come in all shapes, colors, sizes, styles and times of life. But the power of a good glow up is that indescribable feeling like the universe is conspiring to deliver you to the next phase in perfect timing.

That’s why we got goose bumps listening to Danessa Myricks, makeup artist extraordinaire and creator of Danessa Myricks Beauty, an extensive line of highly pigmented, multiusage, professional-grade cosmetics that are a favorite of makeup artists but also totally accessible to amateurs—without the need for a professional discount.

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After falling in love with Myricks’ prismatic range of products, we initially invited her to our studio with the request that she demonstrate a super-wearable summer glow up for our on-camera model. She gave us that, and so much more.

After meeting Myricks, we found her own glow to be even more gorgeous; she exudes a warmth and grace that one can only attribute to living in her truth as a full-time creative and truly loving what she does.

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But it wasn’t always this way; makeup is actually Myricks’ second act, and one for which she was clearly destined, based on her incredible eye for color and exceptional technique.

Most important, whether it’s makeup or a master’s degree, Danessa Myricks’ story is an important reminder that it’s never too late to change course, pursue your dreams and live the life you were meant to.