1. What has been your proudest career moment?
One of my proudest career moments was when I was awarded the BABTAC Awards for Best Makeup Artist of the Year 2022 in the UK. The award ceremony was a prestigious event, and I was honoured to be in the company of so many talented artists and professionals in the industry. Winning the award was the proudest moment of my career because it recognized my hard work and dedication to artistry. I had spent years perfecting my techniques and learning from the best in the industry, and it was a true validation of my work to receive such a prestigious award. The award also gave me a newfound sense of confidence in my abilities and inspired me to continue pushing myself to create even more beautiful and innovative makeup looks.
Another significant proud moment is when I was asked to do the makeup for a major fashion show (Dubai Fashion Week 2023). The show was being held in Dubai, and it was one of the biggest events of the year. I worked tirelessly to create a range of stunning makeup looks that complemented the designer's collection perfectly. My attention to detail and my ability to work under pressure made me earn a high praise from the designer, the models, and the audience.
2. Who has been/is your biggest mentor?
As a self-taught makeup artist, I consider myself to be one of my biggest mentors. Starting from scratch and teaching myself the ins and outs of the industry has been a challenging but rewarding experience that has helped me build my confidence and develop my personal style in my career. Additionally, I have found inspiration in the work of well-known makeup artist Huda Kattan, Founder & CEO of Hudabeauty. Watching her techniques and observing her approach to client relationships has taught me a lot about what it takes to excel in this field. Her commitment to excellence and unwavering passion have been a constant source of motivation for me, and I continue to look to her for guidance and inspiration as I progress in my career.
3. What’s the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received?
As a makeup artist, the most valuable piece of advice I've ever received is to always remain true to myself and my personal style. While it's important to stay informed about the latest trends and techniques, it's equally important to develop a style that reflects who I am as an artist. This means taking the time to experiment with different products and techniques, and finding what works best for me and my clients. It's easy to get caught up in trying to replicate the work of other successful artists, but ultimately, my unique perspective and approach are what will set me apart and help me build a loyal following. By staying true to myself and my artistic vision, I can offer my clients a truly unique and personalized experience that they won't find anywhere else.
4. Which training body would you recommend for someone wanting to enter your area of the industry?
While there may not be a single course that can fully equip someone to become a makeup artist, having a passion for makeup artistry is the most important prerequisite. However, it's also essential to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this field. If you're interested in pursuing a career in makeup artistry, there are several courses that I would highly recommend:
The Complete Makeup Artist Short Course offered by the London College of Fashion - UAL is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of makeup artistry, from basic techniques to advanced skills.
The Professional Makeup Artistry Course offered by the Institute of Makeup Artistry is another great option for those looking to develop their skills and knowledge.
Additionally, the Diploma in Makeup Artistry (MUA) offered by the London College of Arts and the Become Pro Makeup Artist course offered by the London School of Makeup are both excellent choices for anyone looking to take their makeup artistry skills to the next level.
5. How do you make sure you stand out from the crowd e.g. up-skilling, research, social media?
As a makeup artist, it's important to constantly upskill myself to stay ahead of the competition. This is done by taking courses to learn new techniques, attending workshops and masterclasses, and staying up to date with the latest trends in the industry. Conducting research on my clients and their needs will also help me stand out, as it shows understanding of their preferences and I can tailor services accordingly. Additionally, having a strong social media presence can help showcase my work and reach a wider audience. Consistently posting high-quality content and engaging with my followers can help build a loyal following and attract new clients. By combining these strategies, I have established a skilled and reputable name for myself in a crowded market.
6. If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting their own business, what would it be?
For new MUA’s starting out, my advice is to pursue formal education and gain as much experience as possible as you progress in your career. Don't shy away from any job, no matter how small or low-paying, as each opportunity can lead to bigger and better things. Remember that every job is valuable, and treat everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of their position or background. You never know who you'll meet or where they may end up in the future, so always make a positive impression and conduct yourself in a professional manner. By being proactive and building a strong network of contacts, you can increase your chances of success in the beauty industry.
Most importantly, follow your passion and believe in yourself and the process. Don't compare your work to others, and always hold onto the love for makeup and artistry that sparked your interest in becoming a makeup artist. Enthusiasm is essential!
7. What’s the best and hardest thing about your job?
As a makeup artist, the best thing about the job is being able to enhance someone's natural beauty and help them feel confident and empowered. It's a rewarding feeling to see a client's face light up when they look in the mirror and love what they see. However, the job also comes with its challenges. One of the hardest things is working under tight deadlines and high-pressure situations, such as when preparing a model for a fashion show or a celebrity for a red carpet event. The pressure to perform flawlessly and deliver outstanding results can be intense, but it's all part of the job. Another challenge is keeping up with the latest trends and techniques, which requires constant learning and practice. Despite the challenges, being a makeup artist can be an incredibly fulfilling and exciting career.
8. How do you switch off after a difficult day?
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a makeup artist is crucial for avoiding burnout and staying mentally and physically well. When I've had a tough day, I like to take time to switch off and relax. One of the methods I use is meditation, which helps me release any tension and clear my mind. Another approach that works well for me is taking a warm bath or shower, which can help me unwind and recharge. Disconnecting from work-related communication during downtime is also important for avoiding unnecessary stress and prioritizing personal time. I try to avoid checking emails or messages and instead focus on establishing clear boundaries between my work and personal life. By taking time to care for myself and prioritize my well-being, I can be better prepared to handle the challenges of the job and maintain my passion for makeup artistry.
9. Desert island 3 course meal?
If I had to choose a three-course meal for a desert island scenario, I would start with a fresh and flavourful salad with a variety of vegetables, nuts, and a tangy vinaigrette dressing. For the main course, I would choose grilled salmon with a side of roasted asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Finally, for dessert, I would go with a classic vanilla bean crème brûlée with a caramelized sugar topping. The combination of light, refreshing flavours with rich, savoury components and a sweet finish would make for a satisfying and enjoyable meal, even in the solitude of a desert island.
10. Which 5 people (dead or alive) would you have at your dinner party?
If I could invite any five people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, my guest list would include a diverse mix of individuals from different backgrounds and fields. First, I would invite Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States, for her intelligence, grace, and inspiring advocacy for social justice and women's rights. Next, I would invite Albert Einstein, the legendary physicist whose revolutionary theories and brilliant mind continue to shape our understanding of the universe. Third, Oprah Winfrey, the media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She used her show to promote social change and inspire generations and helped many people around the world through her Oprah Winfrey Foundation by supporting empowerment and education. Fourth, I would invite David Attenborough, the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster who has spent his life educating and raising awareness about the wonders of the natural world. Finally, I would invite Ellen DeGeneres, the multi-talented comedian, actress, and talk show host, for her humour, kindness, and uplifting spirit. Together, these individuals would bring a wealth of knowledge, creativity, and inspiration to the table, making for a memorable and thought-provoking evening.
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