El Paso veteran opens new makeup studio to build confidence in clients

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – As a young girl, Salathia Graham Tankuh loved doing makeup. She would practice on her friends and family to better her skills as a makeup artist. It wasn’t until she was out of the military where her dream of owning her own makeup studio would become a reality.

Graham Tankuh first arrived in El Paso in 2001, stationed at Fort Bliss as a supply sergeant. She left in 2006 but when she returned to the Borderland, that’s when she started doing freelance makeup work.

She befriended another cosmetologist who encouraged her to take her dream a step further. It was that encouragement that pushed Graham Tunkuh to finally open The Face Architect makeup studio.

“I guess the biggest obstacle was believing that I couldn’t do it and once I got over that, it was off to the races and everything fell into place,” she said.

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