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Makini O

Makeup is ART. It can be used to emphasize your natural beauty, as an expression of your mood. You can make a bold statement, or just bring out your best features. Makeup, like clothing and hairstyles can be fun, playful, dramatic, and add dimension to your style. FAB Make-Up abides by the philosophy that all Faces Are Beautiful. Freelance make-up artist Makini O. sat down with MMH and let us into her beautiful world.


· MMH
How did you start in the makeup industry?

On my 20th birthday, my boyfriend at the time treated me to a MAC makeover in Macy’s. I was inspired to go home and try to recreate what the MAC artist did.

· MMH
Did you have an artistic background growing up?

Growing up I was constantly drawing. I also did a lot of painting, and arts and crafts projects such as making jewelry, pottery, and some sculpture. My mom took me to museums a lot and enrolled me in many art classes and workshops. I guess that is why I am drawn to makeup because it is another creative outlet for me.

· MMH
Which cosmetic line do you wear a lot of? Which is your favorite?

I mostly wear Mary Kay because they have great mineral powder foundation and mineral eye shadows. I love MAC pigments, and I also like Makeup Forever from Sephora. I also have a lot of other products from different brands that I find here and there such as L’oreal HIP and I love shopping at Ricky’s for cosmetics.

· MMH
If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?

Wow… I have A LOT but its never enough. I think I have more eyeshadow than anything else, I love pigments and mineral powders.

· MMH
Have you ever worked with another MUA?

I never have but I would love to because I am always open to sharing creative ideas with other artists. I plan to collaborate with other artists in the near future.

· MMH
If you had a choice of all MUAs in the world, who would you prefer to work with? Why?

I would choose Damone Roberts and Carmindy. They both are great at creating a glowing face with perfect, full and natural looking eyebrows.

· MMH
What is one staple every woman should have on her vanity?

It so hard to pick one… Tweezers! Groomed eyebrows are essential! Keep them natural, full, and neat!

· MMH
What are some major trends you see happening in make-up?

The smoky eye look with a neutral lip is happening- always has been and always will be a hot look. Its so versatile and it can be modified to be appropriate for any look.

· MMH
How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles?

Honestly my inspiration comes more from nature than from the runways or magazines. I prefer timeless beauty over trends.

· MMH
How do you incorporate them into your makeup repertoire?

I look at the eyes of a cat, the colors of a peacock feather, and the natural shapes and contours of the human face and that’s what I use in my art.

· MMH
What is your earliest memory that you can remember where you knew you wanted to work in the beauty industry?

I was at a friends baby shower, and everyone was so intrigued by my makeup. I was so shocked to get so many compliments.

· MMH
How would you describe your own personal style?

I do not have one particular style, I am very open minded. However one motif you can always expect to see it that I love beautiful eyebrows and the eyes are my favorite feature!!

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