Good friends David and Yvette founded Sola Look Cosmetics shortly after Yvette began selling eyeshadow stacks from her home just outside of Boston. They had been friends for many years and their daughters, Athena and Maryvette (now 20 & 17), were close in age and loved playing together. David pretty much knew nothing about makeup and relied upon Yvette's expertise as a licensed cosmetologist and former Sephora employee to teach him about it.
Sola Look always wanted to do different and fun types of products so when David saw Sugarpill's Edward Scissorhands eyeshadow palette it was a no-brainer. "Why not turn some of our favorite movies and TV shows into makeup collections?" And that's exactly what they did - Dirty Dancing, Charmed, Saved By The Bell, Grease, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Flashdance.
Fast forward to 2021 and Athena is now the Creative Director of Sola Look Cosmetics. She will be sharing various experiences and opinions so you can get to know her a little better.
Please continue this journey with Sola Look as they bring the fun back into makeup!
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite Makeup Product: Lip Gloss
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Saying: "That's what she said."
Favorite Netflix Show: Stranger Things
Favorite Social Media: Facebook
Favorite Movie: Fast Five
Favorite Book: Any Murder Mystery
Favorite Sneakers: Jordan 1's
Place You'd Most Like To Visit: Dubai or Greece
What was the scariest experience you ever had?
The scariest experience I probably ever had was when I was a sophomore in high school. My school was right near a very suspect bus station. All of the students would have to walk there and wait for the buses or just hang out there waiting for their friends. The bus I usually had to take home was one of the most popular ones and 99% of the time it was packed. Well, one day I was on the bus with my friends and then all of a sudden we heard a loud BOOM! Glass shattered and everyone on the bus was screaming. I was really confused about what happened because everything happened so quickly. My friends and I were so freaked out that we got off at the next stop. One of the girls I was with was having a huge panic attack so an ambulance was called. What happened was that someone outside was trying to shoot at someone who was getting off the bus. I live in the “hood" so I’m used to hearing gunshots all the time. It's become a regular sound to me. But being a couple feet away from it is a different type of feeling. My friend was hugging on me crying but I was so in shock that I didn’t have any emotion about the situation.
How do you think society sees you?
“Do you speak Spanish?
“Wow, you’re a lot of things”.
Those are the two main comments I hear all the time. I’m mixed with Haitian, Dominican and white but I don’t speak creole or spanish. I'd say 99.9% of people that don’t know me automatically just think that I am Dominican or Cape Verdean because of my skintone. My best friend is Dominican, and when I’m around her and her family I don’t feel uncomfortable, even when they speak Spanish. Sometimes I pick up on small words and phrases that I’m familiar with but most of the time I don’t understand. There are some times when I may “forget” I’m half white because I have never attended a predominantly white school except in college. This was never really an issue for me because I see everyone as the same no matter their race or skin tone. I’ve seen multiple times on social media when people feel offended when someone mistakes them for a different race or purposely offends them because they know they will get mad. Society makes stereotypes for everything, especially when it comes to race. I honestly never understood or even paid attention to these stereotypes until I was in high school where it seemed to become an important factor with making friends in some cases.
As a woman in her early 20s, you have grown up with social media. What do you think are the best and worst aspects of social media?
Athena & Maryvette partying it up back in the day!