Class of 1999
Adrienne Wallace is the retail manager for M.AC (Makeup Art Cosmetics) at Macys in Hilo. She oversees a staff of seven, creating their work schedules and doing makeovers for potential customers, providing counseling on what products to purchase. Her inspiration for becoming a makeup artist began in the 7th grade, when she started experimenting with applying makeup. She loved to see the reaction of people when she was finished with their makeovers.
She attended Honolulu Community College to become a cosmetologist, but most of the coursework involved hairdressing. Adrienne also worked for Shiseido Cosmetics and Salon 808 on Oahu before moving back home to Hilo. In preparation for her current position, MAC provided her training on makeup techniques. A positive attitude, a genuine desire to help people look more attractive, and the ability to work flexible hours are necessary to succeed in the business. The job is fun and offers many opportunities for advancement.
MAC products are used by professional actors and actresses but are sold at reasonable prices. MAC also does fundraisers, including Viva Glam, which donates proceeds to AIDS causes and recycling. Adrienne’s make-up hints for her customers would be to blend makeup properly and to wear makeup with confidence.
Adrienne graduated with the class of 1999 of Waiakea High School. She often looks back at the things that she and her friends did in school. She thinks she could have worked harder in high school and that life was easy compared to life after high school.