With a broad color palette and brush strokes of genius, she can create dramatic evening looks or eye-turning, effortless makeup. But, the makeup artist (who recently gave a couple of beauty lessons when she took over SEEMA's Instagram account for a day) also enjoys cooking and spending time with her daughter. SEEMA sat down with her recently.
Tell us about your background and education.
S: I have a degree in education from Arizona State University. I never knew what I wanted to do for my career, but I knew I had to finish school. I had several interests but couldn’t yet figure out what I was passionate enough about to turn into a career. I’ve worked in the beauty industry as well as the healthcare industry.
"You're so uniquely created and that's what makes you special and relatable. A great way to start is to do just that. START." — Sahar
What advice do you have for young girls and other entrepreneurial women?
S: I definitely encourage internships for young girls to figure out what they really want and if they see themselves doing that every day for a career. I wish to be a positive influence for my daughter or any young girl. If they can relate to me in any way then they can follow their heart and be confident in themselves.
There’s so much I want to say and try to help inspire the youth and specifically young girls who are growing up similar to how I did. It’s important to me to try and inspire them to be fearless even when we are taught to be tame and obedient. I am proof that more often than not, practicing grace and having patience and determination will no doubt get you everything your heart desires.
The sky truly is the limit — if you allow it to be. If you create limits for yourself or believe the limits society sets for you, you won’t grow as you should. Break free of the norm, step out of your comfort zone, and you never know where it could lead you. The point is to start somewhere.
"I believe it’s important to have hobbies whether you have a full-time job outside of the home or if you’re a full-time mom." — Sahar
It was a huge challenge for me to follow my heart and chase my dreams, growing up as a child of immigrant parents who worked so hard to get to this country and finish school. There was a lot of pressure to be the expected doctor, lawyer, or engineer.
How do you create work-life balance? How do you recharge? And, what hobbies do you have?
S: I’ve recently started cooking more often and trying out different recipes out of my comfort zone. I'm learning a lot about myself, and it's teaching me patience. Cooking feels like an art and like a dance. I’m learning with each new recipe and it becomes a whole experience!
I believe it’s important to have these hobbies whether you have a full time job outside of the home or if you’re a full-time mom. All of this has been inspired by my daughter. These (cooking and video tutorials) are two outlets I incorporate in my life that are for myself and others get to be a part of that as well!
And, what about that gorgeous makeup and your video tutorials? What's your inspiration?
S: Another hobby of mine is my makeup videos/tutorials I’ve started recently as well! I don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis but when I do I feel a little extra fabulous!
I was afraid to start making tutorials because I didn’t think it would get any views really. I ended up doing it for myself as a hobby and that ended up doing better than I thought! I have a ways to go and more to learn! There are all these new techniques I see that I'm trying to keep up with. My channel and my videos aren’t perfect, but they were fun to make, and it's helped me get into my creative side.
Some people who are consistent enough even earn a living from what I call my hobby. Another thing to consider, having a hobby that you get paid to do is not a terrible idea. My advice to anyone wanting to start a YouTube channel but afraid to go for it is just remember you’re so uniquely created and that’s what makes you special and relatable. A great way to start is to do just that. START.