We had the good fortune of connecting with Merle Wynter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Merle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Coming from a family full of creatives I knew that I had to put my skills to good use. Starting my business was a no brainer I wanted to create a legacy have something of my own.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Can you believe that I started by visiting my Mac Cosmetics counter during my breaks while I was in college? I’ve never really had a passion for make up because growing up my mother didn’t allow it. But once I started learning more and more about make up and how it Enhanced any look I was stuck. It wasn’t always easy because being on a college budget I couldn’t afford to make up that I wanted but I made it work. After moving back to the Virgin Islands I had the opportunity to do make up for every single high school event my god sister had attend. By doing that I gained more clients. What I learned in this business is that it’s important to have all your ducks in a row because people will question you validity. I want the world to know that Merle Wynter Beauty is a brand that caters to every woman any religion any race and any culture.If being in the beauty industry is what you really want go for it. Being from a Caribbean household being a make up artist wasn’t enough but I had to warm up to my parents and now they fully support what I do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I’m not really settled in one place you know I jump from the Virgin Islands Tennessee and back to Atlanta. But when I am in the city the places that I like to go to are the museums I’ve been a history buff since I’ve been small living in DC.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve waited for this moment my entire life lol, I’d like to thank the academy, no but really when I started doing makeup my brother was my main supporter he bought my first set of mac brushes. My entire family have supported me beyond measure my sister who is in the military has created glam rooms for me in every duty station she has been stationed at. Last but never least my muse Jahnisha Alexis she is down for whatever and I’m equally invested in her success as I am mine,
Jun the Creative Kevin Factor