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Small-town boy has Big City dreams
A yer’s Cliff native Nathaniel Dezan, who now lives in Montreal, has made it into the ‘semi-finals’ of the world’s first online international make-up artist competition: the l’Oreal Paris The Brush Contest. And since the public can take part in the
contest by voting online, he’s “hoping for help from Townshippers for a small-town boy pursuing his dream!”
“I originally went into hair-styling, but I started doing make-up more and more. ou actually need both to work in fashion anyway,” said Nathaniel who graduated from Alexander alt High School and took courses at aSalle College, in Montreal. He has worked for Mac Cosmetics and works freelance on photo shoots with both male and female models.
“As a make-up artist I get to intensify the natural beauty of the models, work with the bone structures. ou have to know the architecture of the human body that’s important for the shading,” he commented, adding: “I like both creating characters with the models or working with what the models have, accentuating that.”
According to Nathaniel, make-up artists work in a very competitive industry. “It’s really hard to break into the fashion industry when you’re just starting off, but there are always people who are willing to give you a chance.”
One of Nathaniel’s strengths is his ability to make skin look beautiful a must for a photo shoot. “I’ve received a lot of compliments about how I do the skin. I’m also good at hiding blemishes. The aim is to take the whole face and achieve the perfect skin first, then apply the makeup.”
Nathaniel was happy to share some professional make-up tips during the interview with the Stanstead ournal. “Some people overdo the make-up, but you don’t really want to change who you are. hat’s really important is preparing the skin with a good moisturier first. Sometimes I even apply a mask to the skin before putting on the makeup it helps to illuminate the skin.”
The winner of the l’Oreal contest will certainly get a major boost to his or her career. “The winner will receive a one hundred thousand Euro contract with l’Oreal to work with their design team to create new looks, work with fashion models and celebrities. Most companies in the fashion world are international so there will be travel involved,” said the makeup artist. If, with the help of the voting public, he wins the Canadian division of the contest, he would then be flown to Paris to compete with the contest finalists from ten other countries in the finale.
To enter the contest, Nathaniel, along with thousands of other makeup artists, had to create a make-up tutorial video and submit it for review. “It was the first time I had ever made a video and I received a lot of positive feedback about it. Even if I don’t win, the video will help me get more visibility,” he commented. Those interested in seeing the video can visit www.thebrushcontest.com, where they can also vote to help a local boy achieve some fame! o it soon: the voting ends in four days, on March 15th!
“So far I have only about nine hundred and fifty votes, so I’m going on Facebook, Twitter and all the social medias to try to get votes. I’m definitely not giving up!” said Nathaniel with that Townships spirit.
Make-up artist Nathaniel Dezan, seen here applying make-up, is a finalist in a l’Oreal on-line voting contest and hopes to get some support from Townshippers.