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Small-town boy has Big City dreams

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Mon­tréal

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.

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Photo cour­tesy

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.

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