The explosive growth in terms of quality and popularity is a confirmation of the amazing power of self made hardworking youngsters. As regards, we talked to Muskaan, a makeup artist & editorial stylist who is a brand in herself – in less than a year.
Q. How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry? What are your professional qualifications for the same?
A. A little less than a year in makeup. I’ve been a stylist for 2 years though. My big break was an advertisement campaign with a jewellery brand, Kashinath Somnath Sarraf. It was so much of experience and exposure at once. I’m a licensed professional makeup artist graduated from the Makeup Forever Professional Paris Academy, and a communication marketing designer/editorial stylist from The University of Arts London: London College of Fashion.
Q. Has your perspective on beauty changed ever since you’ve become a makeup artist?
A. I definitely am more strongly opinionated about beauty standards, what I stand by – both as a woman and a makeup artist.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration from?
A. I think Jeffrey Star. He is all about beauty beyond any boundaries. And that’s what I’ve always believed in personally. Also, he is running a multi-million dollar company all by himself. I look up to that in every sense.
Q. What do you love most about makeup?
A. The fact that makeup lets you be anything and anyone you want. It’s so powerful. It’s a weapon.
Q. According to you, what are some common mistakes that women make? What is the most important beauty advice that you would give to women?
A. Please stop trying to be a shade lighter. You’re gorgeous the way you are. You can be bright without being lighter. There’s a difference.
Q. What products do you think should be a staple in every woman’s purse?
A. A lipstick. It’s my armour.
Q. Your profession demands a lot out of you at every step. Do you ever feel weighed down by it given you’re so young?
A. I think every profession demands a part of you that you’re not willing to give. Whether it’s compromising on your personal time, or social life or whatever, everyone has or is going through it. I feel that the benefits outweigh the negative things.
Q. Why did you choose this profession? Does Jaipur offer you a good business base for makeup?
A. I have a background in fine arts and I’m naturally more tilted towards a brush. Jaipur is growing magnanimously in terms of the wedding and beauty sector. That’s proven to be a very strong base for me on the business front.
Q. You’ve had an international perspective and experience in the field of makeup and styling. That definitely sets you apart from other make up artists. What do you reckon of this?
A. I think it was a great experience to have learnt about makeup and fashion that was beyond the Indian culture. Also, editorials in India and editorials all around Europe or Singapore are so different. Studying that was an unparalleled experience for me.
Q. What are the biggest challenges that you have to face as a makeup artist?
A. The biggest challenge I face is that, sometimes people feel makeup can transform them. It’s not magic. Makeup can only help someone look better, it can’t change the face.
Q. What major plans you have for your future? You think working here would do you good, or you can achieve better if you step out.
A. Presently, I love the city and the growth it’s offering me. I have some projects lined up and some concepts I’m working on. I’ll talk about them when I get there.
So this was an incredible chapter in the life of the modern internet powered artist. With her creativity and vision, it is no wonder that she is best at what she does!
We wish for her a sterling future and rewarding times to come.