When something, or someone inspires me, for me it means that I am fascinated by that certain something or someone. In this scenario, I am talking about makeup specifically and the people who urge me to try new things and experiment; go beyond the boundaries and make new discoveries.
Makeup is such an advance platform. The possibilities are endless and there is no right or wrong. It’s an art form, an expression and most importantly a sense of pride.
I wear makeup because of the way it makes ME feel. If I don't want to wear it, then I won't. If I wake up in the morning and feel good and I want to slap it all over my face, then I will - and when I do, I wear it for myself, not to impress anyone or to "fool" anyone, I do it because it makes me feel on fleek.
To the point, I love finding looks and MUA’s that impulse me to put on makeup. So I thought I’d share the individuals that slay the day, who are on fleek all week and how/why they inspire me in their different ways.
Theatrical and SFX (as well as beauty):
I studied theatre and performing art for 4 years – and over the course of those years, my love for makeup grew in a whole new way; using makeup to transform into different characters and using it to change the way you look. This fascinated me so much (and still does), and whilst at college, I came across MadeYewLook . Her skill is quite literally, insane – the precise details and the unique characters she transforms into continues to be an inspiration to this day.
My favourite MUA and SFX artist (to date) is the beautiful Mykie (aka Glam and Gore). I came across her work during the process of looking for university courses that I wanted to take – I wanted to go down the road of SFX makeup for film and large stage production. Although that didn’t work out, I still have a huge love for Mykie’s glam looks to her graphic gory content.
What girl doesn’t love a bit of glamour? I adore dramatic and eye catching makeup and MUAs that aren’t afraid to stand out and scream glamour as they shout from the rooftops, “Yeah bitch, I look damn good, and what!?”.
For those who know me will know my love for Jeffree Star – a controversial individual, but despite all of that – he inspires me so much, not only as a makeup artist but as an entrepreneur in the makeup industry. I love seeing his success and how he just doesn’t give two shits about what people think of him. I so respect that.
I feel inspired by makeup looks that make you do a double take, that make you scroll back up your Facebook or Instagram newsfeed going, “Wait hold up… OOOH GIRL YASSS!” and Lauren Adams does just that – her looks are always glam, always on point and always stunning and beautifully executed and that is such an important thing to possess in the makeup industry and she always inspires me to “go glam or go home”!
Lastly, I think it’s so important to have fun with makeup, go your own way and stay away from the crowd.
Monami Frost is never afraid to try something new and she always has so much fun and passion for makeup whilst creating some very unique looks that summarise the modern age of makeup – her contrast in makeup is also inspiring to me; from the dark and smokey makeup to the bright and colourful eyeshadows with her signature sharp cat eye.
Kat Von D is another MUA that really embraces her unique makeup looks – I believe her natural artistic talent comes into play when she creates and that is hugely inspiring, as I have been a fan for so many years back in the days of LA Ink – her makeup has always spoken to me on a personal level and it still does to this day.
Who inspires you? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, have a great day.