My name is Jennifer Duvall. I am a wife to Scott, mom to three (Jack, Walker, and Vivian), dog mom (to Taco), and professional makeup artist living in Athens, GA. This blog is a way for me to share my love for the art of makeup and beauty products, and how they can inspire and encourage women to feel like the best version of their natural self. It’s also a way to show other moms they don’t have to lose their beauty mojo after having kids and how much family enriches my life and the way I approach my beauty routine. I’m glad you’re here!
If you want to find out more about me and this blog keep reading.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND WHY DID YOU START?
I started my blog in 2008. Looking back, my first couple of years of blogging were a struggle and I had not yet found my voice. Some of the earlier posts are straight up embarrassing and I have had thoughts to delete them, but then I think I need to remember where I started to see how far I’ve come. Those mistake posts were learning experiences for sure!! I didn’t even know what a blog was when I started but my hubby encouraged me to start one as a creative outlet. So I started JennySueMakeup.com because I had just incorporated myself for my freelance makeup business as a makeup artist and wanted a way to share my expertise, love for the art, and products that I used, for women that couldn’t afford to hire me. Also as a way to show anyone that Googled “Makeup artist” what I could do since there would be visuals of my makeup work. It was essentially a way to advertise my business for free online. Since then, it has grown into more than just talking about lipsticks and how to draw on a winged liner. I have incorporated my love of being a mom and showing other moms how it doesn’t take much in the way of makeup application to be and feel like your best self.
WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE?
University of Georgia in Athens, GA. I met my husband there and the rest is history! We love the small bustling city of Athens, and honestly don’t want to think of every leaving. Living in a city that has a big college campus keeps us feeling young – and there are plenty of babysitters to pick from! We are also a short hour drive to Atlanta if we ever get the itch to go to a big city.
WHERE DID THE NAME JENNYSUE MAKEUP COME FROM?
My name is Jennifer Suzanne. My Granny that I loved dearly ended up naming her siamese cat Jenny Sue after me, a shortened version of my name. I was always obsessed with that cat because I thought it looked like it had eyeliner on all the time. If you’ve ever noticed, Siamese cats are Egyptian-like with dark rings around their eyes, like they’ve rimmed them in coal eyeliner! So when it came time to name my blog and my business, Jennifer Duvall, LLC didn’t have enough ring to it. But JennySue Makeup did and it will always remind me of my Granny I loved dearly and that beautiful cat.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED AND HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU HAVE?
Three. Jack is the oldest, Walker is my middle child, and Vivian is the baby girl. I also have a wonderful husband, Scott, and we have been going strong for 13 years.
HOW DO YOU KEEP UP YOUR BLOG AND MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL?
Blogging has become very personal since I include my family in it occasionally but it is also a way that I continue to grow my freelance makeup business and knowledge of the latest beauty products. Occasionally I will use affiliate links, do sponsored posts, or have advertisements on my blog site, all which generate a little bit of money back to me. When you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, you are helping to keep this mommy with a makeup problem blog afloat! It’s totally worth doing now because it’s almost therapeutic to write things down and share them with the world. I also enjoy the bonus of getting to try out so many of the latest and greatest products that companies are so graciously willing to send to me to try out. I will always make it known when something is gifted to me or I am paid for a post so there is no gray area. However, I only blog about products that I genuinely love and think my readers would also benefit from knowing about.
DO YOU WORK?
I’m a mom to three small children. Running this blog can take up to 3-5 hours a day after creating, editing, photographing, and promoting. I also run my own freelance business where I schedule and work face to face with my clients and brides throughout the work week and weekends. So yes, I work my butt off.
WHAT IS THE ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
This question is like asking me to pick my favorite child. I can’t name just one! So I’d say my 3 products must haves are : 1. Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil (I use “soft brown” shade) because I don’t leave the house without brows (I plucked them to death in high school and now have to color them back in), 2. Mascara, my drugstore fave is this L’Oreal Voluminous one and for department store it’d be this Lancome Hypnose Star, and finish off with a 3. Good shiny lip gloss, such as the Buxom lip polishes and the classic MAC Viva Glam V and VI lipglasses!
My Granny, that I loved dearly, named her Siamese cat Jenny Sue after me — I was always obsessed with that cat because I thought it looked like it had eyeliner on all the time.