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Take a Look–Celebrity Make Up Artist Joy Randall– Singer Fantasia’s Visage Artiste

Nikkipanache.Com took a closer look at Joy Randall‘s inspiration and lit path to Celebrity Make Up Artist–“Visage Artiste.”  Her elaborate resume in entertainment, from freelancing to VH1’s Fantasia For Real, has catapulted her into the world of celebrity, and we cannot wait to see what else she accomplishes! Here we are one-on-one with Joy Randall,  a piece written by Hope Rivers.


“Make-up is an essential part of what you’re looking at on a daily basis.” Joy Randall


NP: Complete the following sentence: Flawless Make-up Art is …

JR: A business about Make-Up Artistry

NP: Flawless Make-up Art is a fairly new venture (2yrs) and you have already arrived at the new and well deserved title of “Celebrity Make-up Artist.” You have worked with Fantasia as well as major networks and publications such as MTV, VH1 and People magazine. As the visionary behind the Flawless brand what are your thoughts on sudden success?

JR: Success is just all in perception. I found that my ideas of success have changed through my experiences. And a lot of what the general public thinks success is….someone can be just as happy having a family and healthy children as they can be being a celebrity make-up artist or a celebrity stylist or being a celebrity, period. You have no idea what people really go through on all levels.  Everybody just wants a piece of mind at the end of the day, and you just never know what people are going through. So just don’t take what you see on TV or hear on the radio for face value.

NP: Have you found yourself setting new goals quicker than you thought you would have to?

JR: No. I find that life has a way of doing what it does. And so you can set all the goals you want. We all have goals. We all have things we strive to do and that we want to do but God has to be first. And God is going to teach you lessons and lead the way….period. You can have a complete road that you want to walk and God can take you straight up to the right. I still have things I want to do of course, but I know that God has put me in specific places for specific reasons. So I honestly try not to set the goals as much anymore just pray to God that he will lead me to where I need to go.

NP: In another 2 years where do you expect the Flawless brand to be?

JR: I expect it to be more visible in this industry. Flawless is about a network for make-up artists. It’s not about working for a company it’s not about what companies I’ve worked for … Freelance make-up artists, that’s what we do. We do our artistry for a business. In terms of the networks that are coming here such as BET and VH1- corporate type gigs-  I want them to know that this is a resource for hiring freelance make-up artists.

NP: You have worked for impactful cosmetic companies that shape the way we think about make up including MAC, L’Oreal, and Cover Girl and yet you still made a conscious decision to work for yourself.  What factors led you to the creation of Flawless Make-up Art?

JR: There is one definite reason, and it’s because I want to do make-up and I don’t want to sell it per say… I have always wanted to be a genuine person. I never wanted to sell somebody 3 and 4 products because I needed to get my sales up. But if I can identify and ask you some questions to figure out what you really want and to sell you something that you are actually looking for … that’s the person that I am.

NP: What fashion quote do you live by?

JR: “Confidence is your best cosmetic.” You can put on all the make-up in the world or all the clothes in the world if you don’t feel it from the inside…you know- its just not going to sell.


Joy Randall makes product recommendations and lends tips/tricks for make up application!

Seasonal Make-up Trends.
Getting into Fall, the colors are getting darker. The cat eye. I don’t do as much color on the eyes any more.
Products you recommend.
I’m a MAC baby. Love there cosmetics. Black opal has a great foundation.
How do you create a flawless look?
Blending is the key no such thing as bad make-up its bad application.
What products do well under lighting for TV shows?
Tips and Tricks?
Moisturize your skin. Have a cleansing regimen. Big on eye primer. Always start with it its designed for the top of the eye and can last up to 14 hours.
Faves: make-up lines, lipstick item, foundation?
Black Opal- Foundation, Viva glam five by MAC.and Freckle Tone By MAC
Any brand concept you have identified with.
Impact cosmetics is a faith based product line sold on his story and reasoning behind it.
What’s the best beauty tip you have to offer?
It’s gonna sound cheesy but seriously. Kay, let me now say it like that. You should want to change your self. The things you like about yourself change. But the things you can’t change, embrace them. Its about confidence. It really is.


Preview of Celebrity Make Up Artist Joy Randall Interview–Get the Look with Rihanna–Halloween Costume Idea

Fashion/Community Blogger Hope Rivers has so much in store for you this upcoming week. Next up … interview with Celebrity Make Up Artist Joy Randall who glamorize Fantasia’s pretty on VH1 show Fantasia For Real. I absolutely love her make up and hair. In this interview, Rivers will explore the ventures of becoming a celebrity make up artist as well as tips and tricks to stage make up for all you ladies who like showcase your pretty while out on the town.

Halloween is coming up; that’s not an order to dress up in ghoulish attire and makeup. Use this opportunity as a chance to dress up as your favorite superstar in concert gear. I didn’t do accessories for a reason, so post yours!

Here’s what I was thinking … GET THE LOOK —Rihanna. Yep; I’m a huge fan. And I just cut my hair. Perfect.

Make Up Tips/Tricks

Make Up Rundown- On a clean face … moisturize, primer, concealer, cream to powder/powder foundation, eyeliner -both lids, concealer on lips for nude look (add gloss for shine), define brows with dark brown liner, peach/bronze blush, RED NAILS.

Recommended Product: MAC Fluidline

Costume Rendition




My favorite, all-time fashionista … Yea it’s short span but whatever!


Q.C. Fashion Un-Cut

Local Designer Speaks about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Charlotte’s Fashion Industry

By Hope Rivers

I’m interviewing a designer for the first time, and I feel myself become nervous. Praying I don’t drown in a quicksand of obnoxiousness, I wonder what the experience will be like. Will she leave her high dollar sun shades and fiddle with her Blackberry while asking me to repeat every question twice? Will a yawn or exaggerated sigh precede the answers to my questions as if press was the annoying part of her career? Possessed by the spirit of Naomi Campbell, will her blackberry come flying towards me if I ask the wrong question? I cringe at all of the things that could go awry, but I brace myself and go in.

She is 5’7” with a fierce haircut, larger than life leather earrings, and an overall style that’s a cross between L.A. and New York. Although a Charlotte native, it’s apparent the fashionista is well-traveled. Aquiyla, owner of Venus Phli Accessories, greets me with a smile and immediately my perception of a designer changes. Having worked 12 years as an Indie designer in Charlotte, her work has been featured in Plaza-Midwood’s staple boutique, Boris and Natasha’s, as well as  high-end boutiques in the Atlanta area.  She even owned and operated both a boutique and showroom of her own. While both her storefront locations were extremely successful, she chose to market Venus Phli accessories to other boutique shops.  This decision was made in an effort to balance the time she devoted to family and the time she devoted to design responsibilities.  

Aquiyla’s solution oriented approach could be the reason she’s one of few Charlotte based designers still flourishing. In a city whose pace has been significantly slower than that of New York, Miami, and Los Angeles; longevity in Charlotte’s fashion market is hard to come by. But with over a decade of strides in this market, she’s earned her bragging rights.  However this designer isn’t interested in bragging. Seemingly, Aquiyla is more concerned with the overall development of a designer and artist community in Charlotte than the success of her brand alone. When asked what positive changes she has witnessed since her initial involvement in the industry she remarked: “I’ve seen a lot more independent designers flourish in this area. There wasn’t that many when I first started (that you would recognize). And now I see a lot more, not only designers, but designers who are creating their own stores and their own businesses.”

The statement alone reveals that in an industry where competition often rules, survival of the fittest is not always the best theory nor the key to longevity. Not only has Aquiyla welcomed local competition in the market in which she is a part; but she has even created space in her boutique for local apparel and accessory designers such as UKC Jewelry and MND clothing. The deed has served her well. She is a respected veteran in her profession and aspiring designers seek her for both business and design advice.

While she admits the Charlotte market could be a little slow, her overall tone is optimistic. She believes that the city could become the next Atlanta but team work is required. Her strategy in essence states designers, shop owners, fashion publications, and consumers must work together to develop Charlotte into a destination for fashion. Aquiyla advises that in order to develop a fashion district “there has to be more unity.”




MoAzen in the Community–MoUnity

“MoUnity is short for MoAzen in the Community,” says Hope Rivers, Co-founder of MoAzen Jewelry.

Hope Rivers’ eclectic vibe was just an introduction to her treasure box–a quaint accessory, boutique hidden on 512 East 15th Street, right off from NoDa. Dressed in a simple, black A-line dress with lace opening just below her chin, she walked gracefully and passionately discussed her love for business and a strong desire to give back to Charlotte-Metro community.

“MoUnity seeks to promote self esteem amongst our youth,” says Hope Rivers. That’s why little girls are invited to spend their Saturdays at the boutique, a small gesture that’s a part of impactful program to integrate the community with MoAzen Jewelry. Now that’s MoUnity. Other scheduled events are tentative, but Hope reassured that this an around the-clock community effort that both her and her twin sister highly value. Both Hope and Faith Rivers educate themselves about cultures all over the world before they begin selling their accessories right here in our community, therefore, making MoAzen Jewelry not just another accessory but a plight to spread worldly culture, locally.

MoAzen has been in business for four years, but just a year and some months ago, the MoAzen boutique was established. “Our jewelry making started around the age of 15; we also sold accessories in college. At the time declaring a major, I chose business, and Faith chose graphic design. Choosing wisely, we’ve been able to keep all marketing and advertising in-house.”

That choice alone proves that both Faith and Hope Rivers are entrepreneurs on the rise … and are ladies who will pave a way for aspiring businessmen and women by finding innovative and distinct ways to elevate their community. As their slogan suggests, “From Brasil to Botswana,” there are spectrum of cultures and various ways to educate your community about those cultures.

NikkiPanache challenges all readers to find ways to elevate their community by cultivating and engaging in this cultural movement–MoUnity.

For more information on MoAzen Jewelry, find the link below.

Link to MoAzen Jewelry.


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