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Meet Trailblazer Karmyn Oluremi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karmyn Oluremi.

Karmyn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I wasn’t always interested in makeup. In fact, I thought it was gross and the most unnecessary step to one’s day. Foolishness. High school rolls around and I discover black kohl eyeliner, then mascara, lip gloss followed and eventually the most colorful eyelids I could fashion. Fast forward to college graduation; BFA in painting in 2010 = unemployed. I found myself leaning on the handful of compliments I’d get on my makeup to get me through my Sallie Mae ridden struggle. I would call around every day to strips clubs in the city and wherever I’d get the go-ahead is where I’d set up. I figured that a strip club locker room would be the last place that I’d be judged while I got real practice. It was SO MUCH FUN! The stories I’d hear! Whoo! Totally different article. All-in-all, I sold more goods than I did makeup — pumps of body spray, baby wipes, scar and tatt coverups, strip lashes and glitter. It was thrilling though depositing my rolls of sticky ones every day! I began working again in property management but couldn’t shake the hold Makeup had on me. I would sneak away on lunch breaks and weekends to weddings to paint while on the clock because at this point money was much better than the strip club locker room! Driving through these Htown streets peddling makeup — Glam Tram Tx was born!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My experience has been smooth-ish. My main struggle is helping people to know that I exist. I’m modest AF and talk down my achievements and talents. My advice would be to BRAG ABOUT IT! I’m learning that it’s okay let people known you’re good at something.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Glam Tram Tx – what should we know?
I’m an artist. Right now I specialize in makeup, bridal mostly, and I love it! I’m not quite sure what I’m known for, I’ll have to ask some friends LOL! I’m proud of myself for taking the entrepreneurial leap and leaving my corporate job to follow down the path that resonates so intensely with my spirit. I think what sets me apart is my flexibility. I’ve seen lots of artists that have one look. It’s solid, but not everyone wants to look like the previous. My clients can rest assured that the look they’ll get is just for them. I tweak each application to clients’ skin color, texture, and activity for the day. The result is an effortless natural enhancement.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Instagram! LOL, I read my art history textbooks still as well as color study and biology research. Really though, practicing on an actual face with actual makeup is the best bet for me. I’m a hands-on girl and practice offers way more technical support than any app or book ever could.

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Kristi Harris, Richelle Gemini, Maryam Shittabey, Jazmine Beal, Diamond Smallwood, Lovely Carmichael, Chameka Shante

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