"I guess God is good, because she loved the way I work," said La Pearl. "I'm on time. I'm professional. I work well under pressure. But Cardi also just loved the way I do her makeup. How, when her picture was taken, she looked flawless; she didn't need editing. That's how I got this job with her."
Fast-forward four years, and La Pearl is all but Cardi B's go-to for all things glam. She's been through it all, both professionally and personally, with the rapper — weddings, birthdays, and even quarantine.
"It's 24 hours, 24/7. I'll do her makeup when she wants to go on [Instagram] Live. I did her makeup when it was her daughter's birthday. At the start of all this, I thought that I wouldn't be working, but she's been flying me to LA since the first day of the pandemic. Of course I get tested before, and I wear a mask and wash my hands. We've been very careful. But there are a lot of projects to work on, so I feel very lucky to get to do them. Cardi's my main priority. She's so loyal to me, I want to be loyal back."
Of course, like most anything in life, making yourself fully available can come with some sacrifices: "I do work so much, I never have time for myself," she said. "But I have friends who talk me out of it, and Cardi is very supportive. She never wants to keep me away from family or my boyfriend. She be like, 'Go.' She's understanding."