Today we’d like to introduce you to D. “Carta” Davis.
Hi Carta, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I started off as a Freelance Makeup Artist for M.A.C Cosmetics almost nine years ago. I stayed with the company for a few years, then branched out and started doing my own thing. I learned the importance of networking, started going to events and clubs. At the time, a good friend of mine introduced me to a promoter by the name of “Niddy”. He was booking celebrities at this establishment called “HG”. Literally, every person he booked, I would reach out and ask to do their glam. He taught me the importance of getting to the money & not being blindsided by a person’s celebrity.
Back then, shoutouts/being tagged on Instagram was a form of payment. I gained a following of over 25k because of that. Niddy also made sure I got paid as well. Now almost 10 years later, I have worked with the likes of Keke Palmer, Remy Ma, Cardi B, Tamar Braxton, TS Madison, Angela Simmons and Big Freedia. I recently launched my cosmetics brand called “Love, Carta Cosmetics”. It’s a line focused on the tools/foundation of makeup. My first product is a 12 piece brush set for face and eyes. I will be releasing more products including a makeup sponge, & mini eyelash curler within the next few months. I am also working on my website as well, where you will be able to buy products, book services, and watch makeup tutorials.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I will say for the most part, I have had a smooth journey as makeup artist/entrepreneur. I have had a couple bumps in the road but overall, it’s been great! Ive learned that in any industry – you just can please everyone!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
As a makeup artist, my signature style is soft glam. I have always been in love with feminine and subtle makeup looks. I’m not a fan of bright colors and glitters. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not my preference. Women and men come to me for enhancements, not for a surgical procedure with makeup brushes. I am most proud of my growth in my artistry, I look back at old pictures of my work and cringe sometimes. Like wow, I wasnt as good as I am now and people still supported me. My consistency and my drive sets me apart from a lot of other makeup artists.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a pretty quiet kid. I was dealing with a lot mentally because I was trying to really find myself. Growing up as a black, gay man isn’t a walk in the park. I battled depression, contemplated suicide and had my share of dark times. It caused me to very guarded growing up because I didnt fit in. I went to public and private schools and the experiences in both were hell for the most part. I was never physically bullied but being feminine, black boy that dressed well caused a lot of conversation and negative feedback from the other kids.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram: @Kingcarta_