Jessica Monaghan (@_sassafrass)


Jessica Monaghan is a mother, Tupelo resident and beauty maven with 156k+ Instagram followers.

Tell us about your life outside of Instagram.

Tennessee born, Mississippi raised, currently residing in downtown Tupelo.  I’m a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics while also doing freelance artistry in my personal time and in addition to those I am a beauty blogger.

When did you become interested in makeup/beauty?

I’ve always been a girly girl and had a fascination for makeup and beauty but about 5 years ago I really delved into makeup artistry. The different colors, textures, techniques, styles, etc. I was super intrigued by it all and want to learn everything that I could. So I would watch youtube videos, read blogs, and practiced almost everyday.

When did you start gaining a following on Instagram?

Around probably four years ago is when my following really started to grow. I would post a selfie and people would ask questions like “what lipstick are you wearing?”, “what blush is that?” or “how did you get your eyeshadow to look like that?” So then, I started posting “makeup of the day” selfies where I would list the brands that I used and the techniques that I did. That’s when my following really began to grow, which lead to large makeup companies wanting to work with me, and then those relationships grew my account even more.

How does it feel to see pictures of yourself on blogs and social media sites?

I still get that “Wow, oh my gosh…thats me!” feeling. It’s really an amazing feeling knowing that I make such an impact in the beauty world.

Why do you think beauty/makeup inspiration is such a hot topic on social media?

I feel that it’s way for people to express themselves in a fun and inspirational manner.  Also, people are always looking for new trends, colors and techniques, and today’s social media has made it so easy to reach thousands of people at a time with all the above.

What is the message you hope to convey to your followers?

First and foremost, always remain humble. Regardless of how much you know, there’s always more that you could learn. That’s one of the beauties of it. Practice makes perfect. Don’t give up. You’ll get there, I promise! If you don’t believe me, just look back at my eyebrows four years ago. Always try to keep a positive attitude; the energy that you put out will be the energy that you receive. Most importantly, I just want to thank all of my followers for being so awesome and supportive. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today!

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to continue to grow myself as an artist and to continue to grow in the beauty world as well.

Jessica’s Top Three Makeup Tips

1. Blend. Blend. Blend. And when you think you’re done, blend again.

2. Natural lighting is key for makeup application.

3. Last but probably most importantly, always make sure to wash everything off at night with a moisturizing cleanser. Good art starts with a good canvas.

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