Kym Nicole Oubre used a little makeup to help her overcome depression and low self-esteem, and she’s hoping her new book will do the same for other women.
“A Little Makeup Can’t Hurt is a step-by-step guide teaching everyday women how to enhance their features, boost their confidence and build self-esteem,” said Oubre who in addition to being an author is a makeup artist, cosmetologist and educator having worked with countless celebrities, including Ledisi, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Garcelle Beauvais, Michelle Williams and Kerry Washington. “I used a little makeup to overcome depression and raise my self-esteem. There are many women like me who have suffered from depression and low self-esteem and were told their features weren’t beautiful. I wanted to give those women a guide to show them how I used makeup to bring me out of that dark place.”
In addition to sharing Oubre’s story, A Little Makeup Can’t Hurt also offers steps for life improvement, how to choose the right tools and full-color instructions on basic makeup application. Oubre says even women with little know-how can learn how to apply makeup.
“My advice would be to decide what features you’d like to play up and start there,” she said. “Take hands-on makeup classes and read how-to books. Consult a professional makeup artist whose artistry you admire and learn from them. YouTube videos are great, but everyone isn’t made with the same features. You need someone who can educate you on how to enhance and bring out your best features.”
In addition to teaching makeup skills, Oubre’s mission is also personal.
“I’d love for readers to learn self-love, how to develop greater self-confidence and attain basic makeup knowledge and skill,” she said.
Oubre who is the owner and operator of Kym Nicole Beauty Studio in Los Angeles plans to tour the country using her her skills to help inspire and motivate not just her celebrity clients but everyday women through private classes, parties and events.