Hailing from Surabaya, this makeup artist has dolled up many A-list celebs since 2014. From Elizabeth Olsen, Bebe Rexha, Amanda Steele, Olivia Culpo, Olivia Munn to other Hollywood celebrities. Back in Indonesia, she continued her profession as a professional makeup artist and prettify many famous celebrities, the likes of Isyana, Vanesha Priscilia, Luna Maya, to Syahrini.
At the age of 15 years, she studied cosmetology by taking a beauty makeup course which boosted her confidence as her skill was honed. It was when she was in the States that she became adamant to pursue a career as a makeup Artist. There, she began to take the courage to send her makeup results to professional photographers, magazines and commercial advertisers.
Among the Hollywood superstars that you’ve glammed up, who exactly was your first client? And what was the turning point that made you focus on being a professional makeup artist?
“My first client was honestly a friend of mine, she wanted to be dolled up for an event. Initially though, I never thought that this would be something that I chose as a career. Turning point was when I explored working field like marketing, sales and what not, but being a makeup artist is always something that I kept coming back to as. It was only as a side job, then gradually it got me thinking to explore this as a main career path.”
Few realize that being a MUA has its challenge—especially when we talked about having your own signature style. What’s yours?
“My signature style is more natural glam. Though people always say that my makeup style is natural, I always managed to insert some glam element into it. It would look like you have a makeup on still, but in a very natural way.”
There’s this documentary by Bobbi Brown explaining how makeup shouldn’t turn one’s face into something that they’re not, but to emphasize the face into a more natural glowing look. So, it’s still the same person, but softly enhanced. Do you agree with the method/concept?
“I agree that makeup should enhance the look. However, it doesn’t mean that wearing glam makeup is forbidden. I don’t think makeup has rules as it is a form of art. People can wear makeup however they want. You’re allowed to experience crazy stuff, makeup shouldn’t limit oneself.”
From your experience, how do you see the transformation of the makeup trend for the last 3 years? Do you always apply that trend to your clients?
“For what I’ve seen, the transformation of the makeup trend, especially in Indonesia, is really significant. With the existence of social media and YouTube, people, who tend to stick with a certain look, are now exploring more and educating themselves about other makeup trends through the internet. It’s really changing and yes, it applies on how I do makeup to my clients. I’m always open for the trend and I’m willing to go further and apply it to my clients.”
As a makeup artist, you’re required to convince your client to try out the makeup that they haven’t tried before, how do you do it? And if they refused, what’s your back up plan? Especially in handling their mood.
“A makeup artist isn’t an easy job. The hardest part of being a MUA is convincing clients that the look that we recommend is the best look for them, since they’re already used to a certain look when they do their own makeup. In my case, I always do trials before I put on the makeup. I would apply the makeup style that I recommend to them first, but if they don’t like it, I still have to listen to what they actually want. Since at the end of the day it’s their face, we can’t push them to like my signature style.”