They bring out the best in all of us. They’re the “image makers” behind the flawless looks of celebrities, supermodels and brides in town. I’m talking about our very own local team of expert beautifiers! I recently chatted with two makeup artists, a hairstylist, a nail artist and a fashion stylist to hear what they had to say about their inspirations and how they gained their foothold in the world of fashion and beauty.
In part 1 of this interview, we’ll be featuring Shiyo Joo – a KL and Singapore-based professional makeup artist who’s an expert at creating bold and glamorous red carpet and editorial looks.
What inspired you to pursue a career in makeup?
America’s Next Top Model got me interested in the world of makeup and beauty.
How did you get started and what challenges did you face?
I started my career in the industry as a makeup trainer for an Academy. Several years later, I decided that it was time to expand my horizons and begin my journey as a freelance makeup artist. In the early stages, I was honestly never satisfied with my artwork – I always strove to be better, to improve my technique and my creations. After being in the industry for over eight years, I’m still trying to find that artistic breakthrough. It’s a long process, but I’m definitely enjoying every minute of it.
Who was your mentor?
That would be KL-based makeup artist, Sheng Saw.
Your top makeup kit must-haves?
A wide variety of lip colours! It’s always good to have more options when you’re on the job.
Any pro makeup tips or secrets?
I like to use cream colour eyeshadow sticks and pencil products to create my looks. They’re so easy to use, and the pigments are great. Simply apply them straight onto the eyelid and blend it out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Positive quote you live by?
Stay focused, be positive, and never give up.
What do you do for fun?
I love trying out different lipsticks on myself. It’s the best way to truly test the textures, opacity and durability of the products.
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Stay tuned for parts 2 to 5, right here on the Beauty Takeover!