I’m a 24-year-old girl from Norway. And I’m a self-taught makeup artist.
My makeup journey has a very dark start. I struggled with eating disorders throughout my teenage years and beginning of my 20s. And to distract myself from the ugly truth, I started exploring makeup. I’ve always loved to draw, so in a way, makeup was just another canvas to draw/paint on. I could sit for hours watching YouTube videos and practicing in front of the mirror. Makeup became my safe space, where I could hide from the world and only focus on creating art. Makeup helped with my eating disorders and opened a whole new world for me.
Some of my friends advised to create an Instagram account where I could share my works, so I did. And after a few months, I gained a lot of followers. I decided to enter the Nordic face awards 2017 which is a big makeup competition hosted by NYX Professional Makeup. I have never done crazy creative makeup looks before, but I still entered. I combined my love for art and drawing with makeup. And the results were amazing. I painted with lipstick, eyeliners, and eyeshadows and fought my way to top 5! So I just kept on practicing, and in 2018, I won the Nordic face awards! This was probably the proudest moment of my life.
But I wanted to take my artistry to the next level. Do something no one has done before. So one day after I’d done a creative look, I started playing with lighting. I got a pretty cool glow effect by cutting some holes in a black t-shirt and putting it over my softbox. That’s how I got the idea of doing makeup that glows in the dark. After a lot of practice and misses, I’ve gotten the hang of using the UV paint, light and also how I can manipulate lighting to mimic the glowing effect.
I’m half-Indian and half-Norwegian, so I love using colors. Also, I am in love with nature and animals. And this really reflects in my work.
This amazing makeup journey proves that something negative can blossom into something beautiful.
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