Lyndsey Morgan

Make-up Artist, Billingham

Sector: Make-up Artistry

After a devastating complication with her pregnancy Lyndsey Morgan was left disabled. However, she didn’t let this stop her from being successful and now owns Lyndsey Morgan Make-up. 

Where do you call home?

Billingham, Teesside.

Tell us about your role? 

I am a self-employed make-up artistry business owner. My role consists of providing make-up services within the bridal and occasion sector and teaching women how to paint their own faces. I provide an environment where all women can feel beauty services are accessible to them (regardless of age, style or confidence) and the development of my business. I also work with international brands online as an affiliate marketer/influencer.

How did you get to where you are today?

My journey into my current position was an emotional one. I spent 15 years working in the fitness and dance industry, after completing a degree in business marketing. I worked across many schools delivering dance and fitness, and I loved my job. 

Unfortunately, after my daughter was born in 2012, I was left with a life limiting disability. My pelvis had separated during the pregnancy and birth, and I was left unable to walk or even stand for long at all. I was in a wheelchair with my daughter on my lap – heart-breaking. It took me two years of travelling the country to search for specialist help. Eventually I found a lady in Hartlepool who was my saving grace! 

She worked with me to get back on my feet. I struggled with post traumatic stress and had lost my job due to my incapacity to do the job anymore. I was lost and didn’t know what on earth to do with my life. I was then placed on Jobseeker’s Allowance. Desperate to find a positive I thought of a qualification I had taken up in makeup artistry in 2011 and wondered if I could perhaps use that to build a way out of my situation. I was determined to turn my life around, to show my daughter that her mum had overcame the worst and made something of herself. 

I asked my job centre advisor about the possibility of some small business advice and they were excellent. They put me on a new enterprise fund and sent me to Five Lamps Business Advisors for help! Inspired, I had my business plan ready to go in just three weeks! I launched the business initially backing up my make-up work with basic personal training sessions to ensure I had some income. Word spread fast and I soon gained momentum. I worked solidly drawing from my marketing background. I took further courses and threw myself into the end goal.

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way?

The main struggles I had were gaining client and getting my business seen, but I knew that due to my industry being something that grows with ‘word of mouth’ that being consistent was key. 

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success?

We moved house and I got my own home studio four years ago, I also won several national awards including ‘make-up artist of the year’ and ‘bridal make-up artist of the year’. Those moments made me feel so proud of myself and gave me the hunger to go for more.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females?

Believe in yourself! Never take your eye off your dream. Keep your blinkers on, comparison to others and social media gets you nowhere and will grind you down. Create the life you want by working hard and never letting anyone or anything make you feel like you ‘can’t’ do something. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Take less notice of other people! Don’t base your choices and decisions on what you think other people will think about you. Listen to your gut and follow your own path.

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path? 

Just keep going.

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