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Rising Stars: Meet Shannon Hagerty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Hagerty.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
When I was little and we would go to my grandma’s house, the first place I would go (after giving hugs and kisses) was my grandma’s linen closet. That’s where she kept all her makeup gifts-with-purchase from Estee Lauder. She would give me any of the makeup and skincare she didn’t want to keep. That’s where my own makeup collection – and love of makeup – began.

I would go home and play with all the makeup. My sister, my mom and my dolls would get makeovers. Personally, I lived for dance recitals. That’s when I got to wear lots of that makeup and get my hair done. It was literally the best. After about three years in dance, I knew I wanted to recreate the feeling I had on my dance recitals for other people. I wanted to do makeup and maybe some hair too.

I continued to do makeup and hair for dance and my dance teams all through high school. In college, I finally got to work at the MAC Cosmetics counter in Nordstrom West County Mall. That’s where I really learned makeup. It was so fun learning the basics and how to work with color. The training was indispensable. After college, I moved to Las Vegas to work at an advertising agency using my degree from Fontbonne University. Luckily, I was able to transfer with MAC to work at a counter out there as well.

In Las Vegas, I worked my normal 9-5 jobs and always kept freelance makeup jobs on the side. I worked for MAC, Make Up For Ever and Sephora. Jobs like Top Chef University, World of Series Poker Academy, working with Andre Agassi and lots of other celebrities kept me busy on the side. And it kept my passion for makeup high.

After almost five years in Sin City, my uncle’s company offered me a job in Charlotte, North Carolina as an electronic cigarette sales rep. I worked nonstop on accounts like 7-11 to make a mark on the e-cig industry. But what I loved most of all in Charlotte was working Charlotte Fashion Week as a makeup artist.

Makeup always came back to me. No matter which “big girl career” I was trying to use my degree on, makeup seemed to follow me.

And thank God I had makeup. I got laid off from the e-cig company as it went under and had to move home to St. Louis and live with mom and dad.

In 2012, I decided to follow the nudge that had always been with me and go to esthetics school. But, I needed a way to pay for that esthetics school. And so, Your Beauty Ball was born.

Your Beauty Ball was a way to serve clients, especially brides, in the St. Louis area where there wasn’t many offerings. Your Beauty Ball has been working on brides, portrait clients and all kinds of other personalities since 2012. I love the excitement of wedding days and knowing that my work will serve a bride through her wedding photos, for a lifetime. That’s why brides really even need professional hair and makeup – for the photos that stay around forever.

The most important aspect of being a makeup artist is making the client happy. Whether that client is a bride, a business woman or a brand, my job is to make them look good in the way they want to look. And that’s what makes me happy as well.

Going forward, I am winding down my bridal business, but look forward to offering makeup services on weekdays. In addition to being a makeup artist, I am a wife and mom of two. My Saturdays are starting to fill up with soccer, Tball and other fun family activities.

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?
Some of the struggles I encountered were mostly my own limiting beliefs, such as: Makeup Artistry isn’t a real career, Makeup Artistry can’t pay the bills and I’m not that great at makeup.

But every time those thoughts have come up, God/the Universe/clients come through and give me the job I need to prove me wrong.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a beauty makeup artist. I specialize in enhancing the natural aspects of my clients using color theory, contouring and highlighting in a way that you don’t realize is there. I’ve always done the “no makeup makeup” look.

I’m most proud of serving my clients and being able to work on fashion weeks here in St. Louis and Charlotte, North Carolina. I hope to do a New York Fashion Week one of these years. Fashion shows have the coolest, artistic and creative energy about them.

My tenacity and naturalness is typically what sets me apart from other makeup artists.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I feel like luck follows me around on things I’m passionate about, so yes – I’ve had some good luck in makeup. I’ve had my fair share of good and bad luck throughout the years, but knowing good people and working hard has always helped me get to a steady place.


  • $125/hour for makeup & hairstyling

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Jennifer Korman
Vein + Vessel
Bibi Photography

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