We had the good fortune of connecting with Tequila Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tequila, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When asked this question I always tell people it came natural to me. I’ve always been interested in everything beauty and creative. As a child, my mom would change her look weekly, sometimes daily. So, seeing that as a child I fell in love with the fact that someone could enhance their beauty by wearing a different hairstyle and adding makeup to the face. My older sister is a artist when I would watch her paint I seen how she added dimension to the face by adding shadows and highlights. That showed me how to add structure to the face but not over do it. At the age of 20 I dropped out of college to pursue my career in the beauty industry where I could begin to freely express myself and creativity through hair and makeup.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart is the fact that I like to keep ones natural beauty but sometimes add a little fun/art to it as well. I also do this when I am teaching someone makeup for the first time. My journey was definitely not easy at all but I’m proud of myself as well. Two weeks before I was to graduate cosmetology school my mom unfortunately passed away. My mom was my number one supporter along with my two older siblings. It was rough after she passed because it was only me and my siblings living in Alabama. My mom was loved by many which helped me land my first salon job. I suffered from depression for a very long time due to the loss of my mother, basically I lost a part of who I was. In 2019 after having a major surgery I decided I wanted more for my career than living in a small town. I move to Atlanta, ga without telling anyone so that I could start fresh with my career. I had help my first couple of months from two great people that I know. They gave me a job in their salon and a place to stay to help me get started right away in Atlanta. Recently, I began focusing more on makeup and the art behind it. I would say I am more of a beauty artist that likes to explore her editorial side often. Some lessons that I’ve learned along the way are; never allow people to put you in a box no matter how much money they offer you, follow your heart and your vision for your brand, be coachable because you will never know it all, don’t give up and if you hit rock bottom, and save your money!
With my brand I want women and men to know that makeup is not made to make you a different person but let it help to enhance and have fun with it.
My goal when I created Face focus was to help people feel good about themselves wether they have hair or not and to fight any insecurity they may have about their looks.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve only been in Atlanta for 2 years now so I am still trying to figure out what I love to do here. If I had to choose I would say I love Ponce City Market because it is a very chilled edgy spot. Bar Vegan would be my number one pick to have lunch at. For the nightlife I have enjoyed going to the battery and grabbing a delicious drink from Fat Tuesday’s. Also, if you love to dance with a great dj visit Linnetha’s lounge in Duluth because it’s a nice vibe. If you enjoy poetry and a small concert with a private location you definitely have to check out the soFar events.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I would like to shoutout my mother Sharon Strickland who unfortunately passed away in 2010. Also, sister and brother Tierra Williams and Tony Williams Jr. who have always supported me through my entire career. Last but not least Mary and Marty Martinez who were great friends of my mother if it wasn’t for all of these people combined I would not be where I am today.
Instagram: @facefocusllc @sls.tequila
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