MANSFIELD – Mayvis Payne, a famous makeup artist from Mansfield who has worked with clients such as Jennifer Holliday, Kerry Washington, Nick Cannon and Maya Angelou, has written a new book about dating the stars.
Payne returns to his hometown on Saturday to sign copies of “Lipgloss Chronicles: Confessions of a Celebrity Makeup Artist”.
She’s already planned to see her family and stop by her favorite restaurants, including Dairyland on Springmill Street for a grated chicken sandwich, Athen’s Greek Restaurant for a gyroscope, and Deschners for wings.
A 1983 Malabar High School graduate, the sympathetic Payne said in an interview with the News Journal that she was just an “average girl” and a “town girl” who loved fashion and makeup.
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She said her mother, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends still live in Mansfield and she hasn’t been home for three years, so she can’t wait to visit him and spend an evening with the family.
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Her book is not a makeup tutorial, but includes her own personal story about the career she is passionate about. At the end of each chapter, she gives advice to aspiring celebrity makeup artists, saying that she wanted to reach out to people because when she started in the business, no one helped her.
“That’s what I’m most proud of about this book,” she said. “I wanted to be able to reach out and help someone else.”
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She said her book is not revealing about celebrities. She respects their privacy, but remembers how she would come home and tell her husband about her day and he would often say, “You should write a book.”
When people sit in a makeup chair, she is like any hairdresser. She gets to know her clients personally.
“People feel comfortable telling me things,” she said.
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In 1997, when she left Mansfield for the Washington, DC area, she was divorced and a single parent, having worked as a quality control inspector at Abbott Labs in Ashland.
A friend sent her an ad that was in a Maryland newspaper for a job, and she applied and got the job at Pace Inc. until there was a restructuring. She then worked for Deloitte Co.
“On the trains in the morning, I commuted because our home was in Maryland and the ladies on the train were complimenting my makeup,” she said.
She said it took about four years, then one day she realized that maybe she should go to makeup school.
“I always loved fashion and I researched a school and ended up going to a makeup school in Annapolis, MD, and I continued to work full time,” a- she declared.
She said her husband said she would have to wear makeup for a living.
“He saw something in me, so on the days when I had to work part time, he saw that I was like rejuvenated when I should be going,” she said.
“To make a long story short it was really my passion and one day I was helping this client and she ended up buying everything I had suggested but at the end of the deal she informed me that she was TV producer and she said she would go back and tell the head makeup artist, and at the time the company was BET, ”Payne said.
She also has her own cosmetic line of lipsticks, lip glosses and mink lashes. They can be found at www.GetLoxed.com
“I was green and I was immersed in cinema and television”
“Basically that’s how I started. I was very green and got into film and television and started working with celebrities and traveling,” he said. she declared.
Eight years ago, she moved from Washington to New York.
“I really haven’t worked steadily for a year and a half since the coronavirus hit,” she said.
She had the opportunity to return to Washington last November as she is a subcontractor for BBC News.
“I have all the wonderful privileges of running the election. I can make up the news experts for election night watching the results roll in,” she said.
Applying makeup is very personal, Payne said.
“I talked about it in my book. I wouldn’t dare divulge the things people said to me because for some reason they felt so relaxed that they told me personal things,” he said. she declared.
Payne said she always loved to read and write, but never thought her story was marketable.
“Amazon has proven me wrong. I have received ‘Best Sellers’ twice since April,” she said modestly.
She also had her book and picture on a notice board in Times Square last April.
“It’s mind-blowing because I think of myself as a little country girl, born and raised in Mississippi, moved to Mansfield,” she said.
“I am very, very grateful and really impressed with everything that is going on,” Payne said. “I get these calls and interviews.… The New York Times is calling me.… This is an opportunity to tell my story and I’m incredibly grateful that people want to hear my story.”
Payne said a producer had contacted her and wanted to adapt her book into a TV show.
She said she knew a lot of people were in love with celebrities.
“But the book is about my experiences working in this industry,” she said.
The love of makeup started early, but had to be hidden
Payne said she hadn’t learned to wear makeup from her mother. In fact, her mom used to tie her hair up in a ponytail before school, and when Payne got to school, she fixed it differently and put on lip gloss, which was forbidden. Before going home, she tied her hair back.
Sammy Davis Jr. was the opening speaker when he graduated from high school.
In high school there was a fashion show and she auditioned to be a model, and said that even though she was small and shy she got selected.
After that, this former model producing the fashion show in Malabar booked Payne for model gigs at department stores.
“I was going to these stores and modeling. That’s really what started the fire under me about fashion, so I started paying attention to magazines and fashion,” she said. . “
“Right from that I was accepted into Barbizon’s modeling school,” she said.
“But my mom wouldn’t allow me to attend, so I always tease her – you didn’t allow me to attend, but I got into the industry anyway. I got into the industry. came in through the back door, ”she said. .
Payne will be signing copies of “Lipgloss Chronicles: Confessions of a Celebrity Makeup Artist” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2220 S. Main St.