Local makeup artists brush up on skills during virus outbreak

Syazwani Hj Rosli

A group of local makeup artists recently set aside subtle yet fancy looks for fun pop art or comic book-inspired makeovers on social media.

Nor Rabiah binti A Zaini, Azani Safwana binti Haji Mahmud and Pengiran Siti Mardina binti Pengiran Haji Tajuddin are friends and self-taught makeup artists who provide their services at weddings, engagement parties and social events.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, they have been experiencing a dry spell, especially with clients cancelling social events due to a ban on mass gatherings.

“We have not been working since the restriction was enforced by the authorities,” said Nor Rabiah. “But we are trying to stay positive during these difficult times.”

She explained, “We (makeup artists) often brush up on our skills by experimenting with different looks. Not only does it refine our techniques, we get to share our creativity with our followers on social media.”

Now that these makeup artists are home-bound, she said, “We fill up our time with more experimentation. Recently, we found that there is a hype surrounding pop art makeup look. So we decided to give it a go.

“It was challenging to see how far we could go. As it turned out, the look only took 15 to 30 minutes to complete. And the practice of social distancing meant we had to use our own faces for the experiment. It was a lot of fun as we love art as much as we love makeup.”

While fun experiments allow for these budding makeup artists to hone their skills, they hoped that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is near, so that they could resume their work.

FROM LEFT: Azani Safwana binti Haji Mahmud, Nor Rabiah binti A Zaini and Pengiran Siti Mardina binti Pengiran Haji Tajuddin show off their take on pop art makeup on their social media accounts. PHOTOS: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI