Claire Taylor is a go-getting single mum of one who’s on a mission to restore women’s confident one makeover at a time!
Tell us a little about what you do
My business is The Beauty Spot Queensland. It is a prestige mobile makeup service for weddings, events and gala functions. I have a team of five subcontractors who work for me on a casual basis. I run the business and I do the majority of the work. My specialty is my ’10 minute kick-ass makeup sessions’ for time poor women. We operate throughout Queensland and normally have three to five bookings per week with the makeup/hairstyling service. I also present workshops, and host fashion and beauty Industry events.
Tell us why you started your business?
I am a single, corporate mum to Finn, who is four years old, and I also look after two teenage homestay Chinese students, so life is pretty full on! I have been an entrepreneur since I was a teenager, when I used to make small beauty badges and sell them to my dancing friends. I started my own business so I can paint my own life and run my schedule around my core values. I owned and ran a modeling agency for eight years which I loved and had 50 casual staff. I met so many amazing people, worked with incredible brands and travelled around Australia with my work. This was all pre-Finn and being a mum though. It was very full on and my phone would never stop. After having Finn my priorities changed and so did my values and how I wanted to live my life, I’m sure many career women say the same thing.
I moved to Brisbane just under three years ago, when I became a single mum. Finn was 13 months old and I had no family here, they are all back in the UK. I didn’t want to go back to work for someone else, so that’s when I started The Beauty Spot Queensland. I started from scratch. Like any other start up, I had to build a website, do some basic marketing, attend events and slowly I built a good client base… which is an ongoing process.
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
I have always loved everything beauty and what makeup can do for a woman. I love the power of change… I see it every morning! I have been a makeup addict since the age of 12, and I have always been inspired by beautiful images portrayed by glossy mags and top designers. I think just the change that even a small amount of makeup can make to a woman’s face and her self confidence is amazing.
You’ve had a lot of experience seeing how makeup can transform a person. Can you describe this?
In the 22 years I’ve been in the beauty industry, I have met many hundreds of amazing women. I have been a makeup artist, flight attendant, model, event coordinator, presenter, host and fashion stylist. From experience I can tell you that all women say pretty much the same thing: they don’t have the time or knowledge to apply good makeup, and they don’t know what to use.
It is so good to be able to sit with a woman and show her how easy good makeup can be and the effect is has on a their self esteem. The power of a makeover in a woman’s life is just beautiful…. The look on her face when she sees her ‘new look’ is just priceless and it is the reason I do what I do.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
I love working for myself, I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, even from a young age. My days are never stressful; my business is very much a lifestyle business, for the time being anyway. I love the part of being able to teach a woman the skills to apply great makeup and the flow on effect it has on her self confidence, and then the effect on her lifestyle and the way she feels about herself and the way she looks.
What motivates you?
I have always been very self motivated, driven, focused and inspired by all things healthy, a positive mind set, entrepreneurs, thought leaders; people with pure ambition and those that are true to authentic self and make a difference in this world.
Tell us about your book ‘The 10 Minute Kick Ass Makeup’. What key principles do you want women to take away after reading it?
It is almost ready for release! Time factor has to be the key factor. Being time poor is the top reason I get from women as to why they don’t apply makeup in the morning. Next is that they have no clue how to apply followed by not knowing which products are right for them. It has funny stories, lots of great product knowledge, expert tips that are real and applicable to the everyday woman and my seven products to a great face… all, of course, in 10 minutes!
Tell us about your journey from business owner to author:
A few people had said I should write a book but I never took it too seriously until I started my journey with KPI. KPI has given me the business structure I was looking for. I am a systems person so LOVE the five-step process. I have absolutely loved the process, information, amazing people that I have met… and the difference it is making to my life and my business. Part of that process was to write a book! I have nearly finished and have to say have enjoyed it. It has been quite challenging at times but very rewarding and I can’t wait to see it in print.
Tell us about your involvement in Dress for Success Brisbane
Empowering women is something I am very passionate about. I love to show them they can look, and be feminine and the best they can be. I became the beauty ambassador for Dress for Success here in Brisbane about a year and a half ago. It is a charity that helps rehabilitate women back into the workforce and equips them with the knowledge and skill base they need. I take them through presentation, a basic beauty routine, clothing and grooming so they look and feel great. It gives them back their confidence and they are ready to take on the world… or their new world!
Where do you see your business in five years’ time?
I would love to have 10 amazing artists that work for The Beauty Spot Queensland and offer a sensational ‘makeup experience’ – something that I am working on now. I love the teaching and presenting side so I want to follow the path of event host, keynote speaker and another two books, maybe?
Tell us about your health and fitness routine:
My true values are my health and being healthy, being a good wholesome mother, eating great food; having a healthy body. I try and get to the gym five mornings a week after dropping Finn at Kindy. For me, this is my time out… time to look after my body. I think your health and lifestyle tie in together. I like to live in a peaceful calm environment, to fill my mind everyday with positive information, to be around people that are likeminded, to be caring and kind, to be spiritually fulfilled, to make a difference in the lives of the people I meet, to be responsible in all areas of life, to be around people that love light hearted conversation… I don’t do drama.
How do you feel this enables you to do what you do?
Healthy body/ healthy mind definitely. As a woman and mum – especially a single mum – you have to be in the best condition to fulfill yourself and to lead your child by example. It is one of my highest values and I couldn’t be any other way. Being healthy is just part of everyday life for me and part of Finn’s, too. It means you have more energy and I believe you are more positive. It helps equip you to take on the world!