Fashion

Meghan Yarde

Meghan Yarde is a New-York-based Makeup Artist whose work has graced the Oscar red carpet and the top runways across New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Beijing.

How has the pandemic affected you professionally?

Everything is just on hold. I feel like this is a huge wake-up call for everyone in their own personal way, but especially for people who only identify themselves through their profession. Something that makes this specific time different is that we are all not able to work. Whether or not I have a busy season, I'm always hustling for the next job. Those highs and lows can really create a negative banter in my brain.

How has the pandemic affected you personally?

I feel like when you live the freelance lifestyle, you can go for an undisclosed amount of time by yourself. I am on my own on a regular basis, so for me it feels normal, but I think we all know it's not going to be the same ever again...

I think that this is a time to be pensive in regards to our next steps, and establishing ourselves in ways that we want. As we can see, it can all be taken away in an instant. We need to take this time to reflect on our own personal journey and step into our power.

We need to take this time to reflect on our own personal journey and step into our power.."

How do you think it will impact the future of your industry?

I think that a lot of doors will not open again, but I believe this will spin another wave of creativity.

There are a lot of politics and unspoken rules in the fashion industry, and because money will be tighter, I think a lot of fluff is going to fall away. A lot of companies will have to stick to absolute necessity. They’ll have to think in a much more forward and futuristic way.

How are you adapting to the changes?

There's this part of me that is allowing myself to relax and not feel like I have to save or change the world tomorrow morning. In this day and age, where there's so much sensory overload, I feel like everyone's doing everything all the time. What exactly can people do to really separate themselves from the crowd at this point? I'm really excited to see where that can go.

There's this part of me that is allowing myself to relax and not feel like I have to save or change the world tomorrow morning."

If you had to identify a silver lining out of this, what would it be?

I think it's about giving everyone their very own personal chance and opportunity to think about who they are in the world, what they do or how they could grow. Hopefully, there will be some new ventures and a new balance of creativity as a result. I'm hoping we can all tap into that at some point and make it work for us as individuals and collectively. Nothing is going to go back to normal because normal is what got us here...

I think it's about giving everyone their very own personal chance and opportunity to think about who they are in the world, what they do or how they could grow"