I’m a girl from Norway. And I’m a self-taught makeup artist.

My makeup art journey has a very dark start. I struggled with eating disorders throughout my teenage years and the 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 this body art in front of the mirror. Makeup became my safe space, where I could hide from the world and only focus on creative ideas. Makeup helped with my eating disorders and opened a whole new world for me.

I decided to enter the Nordic Face Awards 2017, which is a big makeup competition hosted by NYX Professional Makeup. I had 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 the 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 full-face makeup 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 glow-in-the-dark makeup. 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 cool makeup effect of glowing.

This amazing makeup journey proves that something negative can blossom into something beautiful.

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I’m a full-time nursing student, working part-time with Covid-19 vaccinations and in a nursing home, part-time makeup enthusiast and a full-time dog mom. 

I’ve always been inspired by colors. My dad is from India so I grew up surrounded by art full of colors. I also love animals and nature, I think nature creates the most beautiful art. I love the looks that include animals! It’s so fun to do and I love the outcome. 

Some of my friends advised me to create an Instagram account where I could share my makeup ideas, so I did. And after a few months, I gained a lot of followers. I have thought of creating a Youtube channel where I could post makeup tutorials, but I’m not sure if that’s something I want to do. I’m afraid it will take too much of my time, and I won’t be able to do my makeup looks. 

It can take up to 12 hours to create a fully finished look. However, it pays off because I love what I'm doing and people seem to love my bright creative looks. I get a lot of requests and so much praise, and it really makes my day to read and see all the love I get from my art. I post pictures of the looks that I've created on Instagram. You can check more of my makeup art there.

When I think about what inspires me to create the looks I do, I think about a lot of things and people. There are so many talented artists, it’s very hard to pick only one or two! I can say that I grew up watching Michelle Phan, Shaaanxo, and Promise Tamang. Of course, nature and its colorful art, and animals (as I mentioned before) are a source of inspiration to me as well.

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