Local aesthetician Jermaine White is helping build girls’ self-esteem one nail, curl, and lip at a time.
Jermaine White helps other women build up their self-image (Photo Credit: Ozaawaa Paypompee)
I first went to Jermaine White of Naotkamegwanning earlier this month, curious if she did make-up. Sitting down with her, she made me feel good. She taught me different tips and how I can learn how to do things myself.
I am very happy, she is offering to share her many skills: nails, makeup, and hair salon cuts, colours and extensions, to help others build their confidence.
On Tuesday October 9, Ozaawaa and I went to sit down to interview her and one of her clients.
OP: How did you come into doing makeup?
JW: I’ve always wanted to be a makeup artist since I was young. I decided back in 2014 after I graduated from high school. I decided to Nuwave (School of Hair Design) in Thunder Bay for hair, nails and makeup.
OP: Why do you do you offer different beauty services?
JW: I’ve always had a passion for it. I have a creative mind, so I thought I’d put my creatively to use. Why better not then to become a makeup artist!
OP: How does it make you feel?
JW: It makes me feel good to be in this makeup industry. It’s really exciting really. It makes me feel good.
OP: Why do you do this for others?
JW: To give everyone experience, what I can do and show off my skills.
OP: Where do you get your makeup from?
JW: I’ve been to three different makeup schools so everytime I go to a new school I get a new kit.
OP: Do you have any Ojibwe/Anishinaabe influence in your work?
JW: When I started to get into nail design I actually tried to include nails designs, Anishinaabe flowers and floral nail artwork.
OP: What does it mean to be Anishinaabe?
JW: It means to be inspiring, strong, following your heart and doing what’s best for you.
OP: What are people’s feedback when you help them?
JW: They get really excited to try something new. It’s also exciting for me when I see people’s expressions when I give them what they want, or give them something new and exciting.
OP: What is next for you? Do you have any workshops?
JW: I do these workshops, ‘Beauty for the Soul’, it includes nail polish and makeup application. I’ve been working with the community to set up workshops. I’m looking forward to setting up something soon.
Cassidy Copenance does beading in the community. She says she was a client of Jermaine three years ago, sitting down to do her nails and makeup.
OP: What do you think she means for the community?
CC: I think it’s good that she is close because people don’t have to drive to Kenora. I know she has done makeup for a couple ladies’ weddings and I think that’s really good because they were thinking about her.
OP: Can you speak about her character?
CC: She is a great person. I’ve had a couple troubles of my own and she’s been there. She is just a really good person.
She’s just a really good makeup artist and she is trying to further her education.
OP: What is it about makeup or hair that empowers or uplift women?
CC: If I’m feeling really crappy then I will happen to put makeup on or do my nails and I’ll feel good about myself.