As a child, I always knew I wanted to help people—and I traveled endlessly to figure out how, exploring South America, studying in Argentina and even working in Haiti to aid a nonprofit that supports women and children living in third world countries. After returning to my hometown of Nashville, I enrolled at the Aveda Institute to study esthetics. It’s here that I discovered my love for makeup artistry, which allows me to use my talents, my heart for service and the transformative power of makeup to empower and inspire people.

Makeup artistry was never an obvious path for me—I’m a born tomboy and even in the height of my college years, rarely wore makeup—but perhaps that’s what makes my career choice such a passion. Because really, it chose me: A literal answer to prayer, something God brought to me in the middle of the night when I was struggling with chronic illness and the inability to illustrate my future. I’m forever grateful, and I work every day to try and become more of the person He created me to be.

Here, alongside beauty guidance, makeup tutorials and product picks, I’m sharing my evolving journey—one illuminated with bits of travel, food, fashion, design, and hopefully, joyful inspiration.


Learn more about Beauty By Leigh Taylor – like how she got her name here!