#2 Do you regard your artistry as a business, hobby, outlet or all of the above: how would you describe it’s role in your life? Is it still thrilling everyday?
My makeup started out as an outlet and has since evolved into a hobby and business. When I was a preschool teacher, I would doodle and paint on my nails during my time off as a way to express myself. Since graduating from makeup school, I'm fortunate that I am able to turn my hobby into a business. Today, it plays a huge role in both my life and my husband's life who is also my business partner. I am still passionate about makeup and get a rush every time I am able to share a look. This is something that I don't think will ever change.
#3 Do you sometimes struggle with lack of creativity and how do you deal with it?
Fortunately, I have not really struggled with a lack of creativity and I hope that never happens to me! I am constantly inspired by my travels, experiences, and sleep paralysis. If anything, I don't have enough time to create everything that I want!
#4 If I asked you to tell which of your works was the most difficult to create, which would you choose and why?
The most difficult looks for me are the ones that take the most amount of time. I've spent 10 hours painting an intricate wood carving look on my face and also a shelf look in which I included my favourite objects that represented the most important things in my life. I am always working on my patience and ability to sit through looks and 10 hours is about my limit at the moment.
#5 What are the 3 makeup products that none of your works would be done without?
First and foremost, I would include the Mimi Choi Illusion palette which I created with Mehron. It includes all of my essential water-based paints, matte shading shadows, and various foundations all of which are vital to creating an impactful illusion. I also have to include Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancers in my kit as they are my favourite combination of concealer and foundation which provide a stable base and an airbrushed look. Finally, I can't live without Embryolisse lait creme which is a great primer and keeps my face soft and smooth.
#6 What do you think is the best thing about your career and what is the worst? Why?
The best thing about my work is that I get to combine my loves for makeup, teaching, and travelling while being able to share these experiences with my husband. The worst part of what I do is not having enough hours in the day to paint all of the ideas that are swimming in my head! Honestly, there are not many negatives about what I've chosen to do. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to make a living from my passion and I love every aspect of it.
#7 What are you looking forward to most when joining The Makeup Lovers?
I am excited to be joining a group of like-minded creatives who want to share their artistry. As I mentioned earlier, teaching is one of my passions and although it would have been amazing to meet my students in person, I am appreciative of The Makeup Lovers for setting up this online course so that we can continue to share our art during this difficult time. While everyone is stuck at home, it is a great opportunity to learn something new and to try different things!