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Growing up, Veronica Martinez wanted to be a performer like Madonna or Janet Jackson, but her father persuaded her to do something a bit more grounded in the entertainment field. So, Martinez became a professional makeup artist.
Now, the League City resident spends her time applying foundation, powder and other beauty products on her clients, making sure they’re picture perfect and ready for the camera. Martinez has been practicing her trade for 20 years, applying makeup to everyone from Dr. Phil to TV anchors to recording artists to brides.
Being a makeup artist isn’t just a profession to Martinez, but also her ministry. She is deeply spiritual, often silently praying for her clients as she makes them look good and feel good, she said. Her work often requires travel. Martinez unwinds with music and dancing, but her main pleasure in life is her family, she said. Working freelance gives her the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with husband, Jaime, and 11-year-old daughter, Izabella.
Her fashion style has two components: “If I’m working, I dress in business/corporate attire, but at home, it’s workout clothes, jeans and no makeup,” she said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Makeup travel case: Although I have several of these, this is my main one. I love my brushes and blender sponges. Good makeup results are all about blending.
2. Art by her daughter, Izabella: She painted this for me for my birthday when she was 7 years old.
3. Disneyland/Disney World: Once a year, we go to Disneyland or Disney World and we’ve been doing that since my daughter was in kindergarten — both are special places to us.
4. Coffee cup: A Christmas gift from my daughter when she was in first grade. She knows how much I love coffee.
5. Versace Bright Crystal: It’s not too strong and has that nice, sweet, soft scent that is not offensive to clients.
6. Crosses: Many of these are gifts and some I buy. The snow globe with the Psalm 23 scripture was a gift from my sister. It is special to me because she survived a horrific car accident a while back. I am blessed to still have her with me.
7. Accordion: My husband plays this when we have family jam sessions. His great uncle, Narciso Martinez, was known as the father of Texas-Mexican conjunto music and was quite famous in the 1930s.
8. Bracelet: A special gift from my best friend in high school. The cross is a symbol of my ministry, and the pink ribbon for the many breast surgeries I’ve had due to cysts.