Off to School

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth


So in a rather exciting turn of fate, I begin school on Tuesday at the College of Makeup Art and Design for the next 8 weeks.  That’s right kids, I’m going to get my Makeup Artist certificate.

Now you may be wondering, what the heck, you’re only doing this now?  You have a line of makeup but not the back-up on paper to show you have the goods??

Well let me explain something right quick, before you (or I) jump the gun on that there judgment.

Education and life in general is non-linear.  It does not always flow down the path you always thought it would.  Sometimes passion or divine guidance interjects and tells you to take the diversion up ahead…

On my path, when I first went to university after high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I enrolled in sociology first year with the intention of trying to figure it all out.  As fate would have it, I somehow lucked into taking an environmental studies course at the end of first year, and decided to make a big life change then and there (one I’m utterly grateful that I jumped into head first.)  I spent the next four years in kickass seminars and writing countless papers, which ultimately distilled my own environmental philosophy, graduating a few years later with a Bachelors  of Environment and Culture and armed with big dreams of sustainability, nature and beauty plus a whole lotta theoretical knowledge.

When the idea came to create a line of mineral makeup, I realized a few key things about myself - namely that I’m particularly good at research, that I’m already naturally adept at alchemizing what’s in front of me and that ya know what? I can do anything I put my mind to.  I sincerely did consider going back to school at that point to get the credentials I thought I needed to succeed, but the drive to create was so strong and felt so urgent that I told myself that I’d come back to it when the time was right.  I already have an eye for makeup and colour, so I wasn’t too worried about it.

However, the time to go for it is now.

So in just a few days times, I’ll be starting at CMU and growing my talent that’s already working for me, into what I know its always had the potential to be. 

I guess it’s funny sometimes to look at your gifts, talents and abilities and to put a metaphorical price on what you think their worth.  In my case, that’s led me to believing in myself at key moments and to jumping into uncharted waters with a whole flotation device’ worth of faith.  I know that women deserve good quality colours with good quality ingredients and wear, that creating a product takes drive and endurance and that beauty is a natural guiding principle that speaks for itself.  I know that you can feel it too, which makes it all worth it to me.  So let me take a pause from this process to keep on educating myself and to continue down the path already set before me, with the latent gifts, talents and abilities that are present but just need some sunshine and water to grow.

As my friend Deb always says, good or bad, one never knows.  But let me add to that thought and just say that the possibilities are endless!

With nothing but love,

Sarah Devika