[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”47241″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”47246″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”“It is more rewarding to see my beautiful customers in front of me than the beautiful me in the mirror”” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Bitter%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How long have you been a makeup artist?
Clara (C): Eight years. It started off part time and now I’m doing it full time!
Vinniemomo (V): Five years and I’ve been doing it full time!
What was your first makeup job like?
C: It was a bridal makeup. I was very nervous, little did she know that it was my big day too as a first timer!
V: It was a dinner makeup event.
Describe a normal day in your life as a makeup artist.
C: My schedule is irregular. I am usually busy over the weekends. If it’s a bridal job, I wake up as early as 4am to be at her place at 5am. If it is a commercial job, I am also usually the first person to arrive at the scene to make up the talents.
V: Work if there are any clients, shopping for cosmetics and makeup trend researching whenever I’ve time to spare.
What is a challenge makeup artists face?
C: Every job and face is different so there is no standard formula sometimes to the point it scares me, but I enjoy the discovery process of beauty. When customers are happy, it’s all that matters.
V: People perceive it as a simple job when actually, it entails a long process.
Besides a good makeup collection and creativity, what else do you need to in order to be a good makeup artist?
C: You need to be punctual and have great sense of responsibility.
V: It’s useful to have special effect makeup on hand.
What’s a useful beauty tip?
C: To look energetic and fresh, give yourself a pair of nicely done eyebrows.
V: As a makeup artist, it’s imperative to be patient and good in communication.
As a makeup artist, what do you spend most of your money on the most?
C: Makeup. I keep myself updated with the latest colours and I keep a full range of makeup products in order to cater for every skin tone and feature, for all ethnicity.
V: Cosmetics and courses.
What do your friends and family think of your career as a makeup artist?
C: They are very supportive because they see my talent and passion. I was an auditor for a couple of years until I finally had the courage to pursue a makeup career full time.
V: They’re happy for me and what I do, because I can easily give them different looks.
What is your ultimate satisfaction as a makeup artist?
C: When I am able to turn a regular looking person into an outstanding individual with my pair of hands. The satisfaction comes when your customer looks at herself in the mirror with a smile that is full of confidence.
V: The feeling of transforming customers and their day-to-day look to ‘celebrity’ looks.
How did you find yourself in the career of makeup artist?
C: Initially, I took up part time makeup because every girl wants to be beautiful and I wanted to do something to fill my time and earn pocket money. It’s passion that kept me going and turned me into a full time makeup artist.
V: My love for makeup found me here!
How do you keep up your popularity in an industry that’s always filled with new makeup artists and trends?
C: The beauty about this industry is a lot of jobs are referrals. Because the event is so significant to my customers, they cannot afford an unreliable makeup artist and would ask around for referrals who have done a great job before. Hence I keep delivering my best at every single job to remain popularity. Social media marketing helps too and DIY videos are something I want to do in the near future.
V: I actively promote myself on Facebook.
What was your most memorable makeup job and why?
C: I travelled to Hokkaido for a pre-wedding makeup job and found myself in the middle of a stunning lavender field. My job has also brought me to places I’ve never thought I would visit so soon, like Paris, London, Melbourne.
V: I would say every time I do bridal makeup because that look is their once in a lifetime moment.
What’s your ultimate goal as makeup artist?
C: To own a makeup academy and a team of makeup artists which can take my services to the next level, as a makeup provider for beauty pageants or celebrities.
V: To be a makeup teacher and founder of an academy.
How did you get to this level as makeup artist?
C: Hard work, hard work, and hard work. It is also very important to keep updated with the latest trends and skillsets. I put aside time every year to attend training courses to brush up my skills in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.
V: I kept taking courses from foreign teachers and through reading fashion magazines.
What’s your advice to aspiring makeup artists?
C: You have to have a passion of making other people beautiful. It is more rewarding to see my beautiful customers in front of me than the beautiful me in the mirror.
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