Beauty by ‘Faith’

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Ris­ing lo­cal hair and makeup artist (HMUA) Faith Joy R. Napila believes in the no­tion that what women ap­ply to their faces com­ple­ments their nat­u­ral beauty and en­hances the def­i­ni­tion of who they are. Telling a woman that us­ing make­ups is a way of cloak­ing her­self and that it is a sign of unassertive­ness is just in­ac­cu­rate be­cause it has been around for many cen­turies and nowa­days, they play an im­por­tant role in build­ing con­fi­dence in one’s own worth. “Too lit­tle self-con­fi­dence can leave a woman feel de­feated or de­pressed, es­pe­cially if it’s her de­but or wed­ding, where she’s the cen­ter of at­trac­tion. Be­liev­ing in our self and ac­cept­ing who we are is im­por­tant, but there is com­pletely noth­ing wrong if a woman al­lows her­self to be han­dled by a hair and makeup de­signer who would work with her to fur­ther com­ple­ment her nat­u­ral beauty,” said Faith, who owns Faith Makeup Artistry. Com­ple­ment­ing nat­u­ral beauty is the type of makeup artistry that Faith Makeup Artistry wants to pro­mote in Palawan where there is a grow­ing mar­ket of women who want to look their best “per­son­ally and pho­to­graph­i­cally” dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions. But how did Faith start her beauty artistry ven­ture? Faith, who takes care of two chil­dren as a full-time mom, said get­ting started as a HMUA was daunt­ing for her since it was re­ally a side in­ter­est that grew out of her love for art­works us­ing pas­tels and wa­ter­col­ors. First, aspir­ing HMUAs have to un­der­stand the startup costs that come as part of be­com­ing a hair and makeup de­signer or spe­cial­ist. Clients have vary­ing skin types and tones which are fi­nanc­ing re­gards, and makeup brands ex­pire fast so main­tain­ing a HMUA’s kit is a con­tin­u­ing cost. All of these need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion and cov­ered, which means set­ting her fees is cru­cial to her busi­ness. “I started it as a hobby be­cause I like col­or­ing us­ing pas­tels and wa­ter­col­ors. Then when I was in my first-year col­lege, I got in­trigued by the use of make­ups and prac­ticed on my friends. Ten years later, or last year in July, it came. But I wanted to pro­fes­sion­al­ize my makeup artistry so I en­rolled in a makeup academy,” she said. Faith en­rolled at the High- Def­i­ni­tion (HD) Makeup Stu­dio and Academy in Or­ti­gas, Manila, the only hair and makeup school in the coun­try where top di­ploma grad­u­ates of Vi­dal Sas­soon Academy in Los An­ge­les, Cinema Makeup School in Hol­ly­wood, and CMU School of Makeup Art of Toronto, Canada, teach cour­ses on hairstyling and makeup artistry. She saved lots to en­roll since the make­ups the academy al­lows its trainees to use are all top of the line and the in­struc­tors do not take the cour­ses they teach for granted. “I re­ally saved for my en­roll­ment, and luck­ily, I gained a cer­tifi­cate as a pro­fes­sional fash­ion and beauty makeup artist last year in July,” Napila said. Af­ter fin­ish­ing her course, Faith started to prac­tice what she learned mostly on her friends again for free dur­ing fun photo shoots to build her port­fo­lio. She col­lab­o­rated with lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers who are also try­ing to es­tab­lish them­selves in Palawan. Faith shared that the makeup artistry she of­fered with­out charge then was not only for wed­dings and de­buts but for avant-garde or high-fash­ion events. “This is my pas­sion, and I think of it ev­ery day. It’s ther­a­peu­tic for me to de­sign the makeup of some­one. Right now, for me, this is the pro­fes­sion I want to do. My chil­dren are still small and as a mother to them, do­ing this on the side­line makes me earn to con­trib­ute to our fam­ily. And what’s even im­por­tant is I am able to do what I love on my own sched­ule,” Faith said. These days, Faith’s week is no longer com­plete with­out any HMUA gigs. In fact, her sched­ule un­til April 2019 is al­most full with mostly wed­dings to cater. She still of­fers free makeup ses­sions to friends when­ever she has the spare time, but gone are the days that she takes clients who bar­gain with her on the price of her ser­vices be­cause she wants to be known now as a HMUA who learned and stud­ied to be­come a pro­fes­sional in the trade. That means even the makeup prod­ucts she uses are of the best qual­ity, the most ex­pen­sive of their kind since she does not want to com­pro­mise the faces of her clients. Some have very sen­si­tive skin types that only high-qual­ity make­ups can han­dle, she added. Faith said the happy feel­ing she gets when­ever clients ex­press their deep grat­i­tude for the makeup style she makes them wear is some­thing she can­not of­ten de­scribe into words. “I can’t ex­plain how happy I am when­ever they give me good words about their make­ups. Some­times, I am sur­prised too, when­ever they like my work. So far, I have not had any com­plaints,” Faith said. here is no need to change the client’s nat­u­ral beauty by ap­ply­ing too much makeup. What Faith of­fers is to com­ple­ment that by com­ing up with a style that can im­prove a client’s con­fi­dence and glam­our sev­eral notches higher than usual. Wed­ding make­ups, she ad­mits, are the hard­est and trick­i­est be­cause there are clients who have been used to be­ing the HMUA of them­selves for a long time they think they know what they like and what would work best for them. They are those who are not open to try­ing out new looks that would go along well with the wed­ding mo­tif they have cho­sen. “There is a need to iden­tify the skin tone of the bride and her hair­style to give her the to­tal look she de­serves per­son­ally and pho­to­graph­i­cally. The wed­ding mo­tif needs to be con­sid­ered too. Some­times, this is the hard­est es­pe­cially if clients are not co­op­er­a­tive,” she said. Some brides would choose the smokey eyes makeup style with red lips over the ro­man­tic with blush look that is more suit­able to them and the light-toned mo­tifs they go for in their wed­dings. If the bride’s hair is dyed hazel­nut or any brown shade, then a clas­sic makeup look that re­quires del­i­cate lip color is not advisable. What is needed is a har­mo­nious im­pres­sion of foun­da­tion with a fun clear red lip tint and a savvy flush ac­cent. “There are makeup looks they want that won’t com­ple­ment their fa­cial fea­tures. But if they still in­sist, I talk to them so we could meet halfway be­cause I don’t want to get blamed for a look they want and would later find out was re­ally un­sightly,” she said. Beauty by Faith speaks of longevity which when ig­nored can lead to the makeup sink­ing in the client’s pores or set­tling into the ridges on her face. Makeup is all about what is good last­ing long than go­ing wrong quickly be­cause the in­cor­rect type of mix­ture was used. De­pend­ing on the skin and the weather, mi­nor en­hance­ment is bet­ter than over­do­ing the whole process to re­gret it later. “Makeup is ba­si­cally em­pha­siz­ing your client’s fa­vorite fea­tures and not mak­ing her feel bad be­cause of the sticky feel­ing on her face. I use the for­mula de­pend­ing on the type and con­di­tion of the skin, and I make sure they stay with mi­nor re­touches for long hours,” she said.

Faith uses vary­ing kinds of foun­da­tion for oily, dry skin, or a com­bi­na­tion of both. From ton­ers to mois­tur­iz­ers, primers, and fin­ish­ing sprays to lock the makeup, she has them all for dif­fer­ent skin types. The makeup brands she uses are by RCMA by cre­ator Vin­cent J-R Ke­hoe, Eliz­a­beth Ar­den, Clin­ique, Bobby Brown, Laura Mercier, MAC, Kiehl’s, and other high-end prod­ucts that might feel like a splurge but are ac­tu­ally ef­fec­tive in keep­ing clients still look beau­ti­ful even af­ter long hours. “The makeup brands I use are not read­ily avail­able in the mar­ket. Some­times, I or­der them. That’s be­cause the makeup you’re sup­posed to use are those that make you pret­tier and pret­tier through hours even if you have an oily skin, rather than wash­ing down fast when the event has not re­ally started,” she said. This makeup artist mom, who is hit­ting the head­lines fast in the city and prov­ince, is a fol­lower of Amer­i­can makeup artist, voice ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur, and Youtube per­son­al­ity Michelle Phan whose makeup tu­to­ri­als have in­spired a lot of bud­ding mil­len­nial HMUAs in the world. Al­though Phan has stopped video blog­ging her makeup tu­to­ri­als, Faith said she is one of the rea­sons why she was in­spired to bring out her pas­sion for art into makeup artistry. “If we’re talk­ing about ex­pe­ri­ences, I must say I am still a new­bie com­pared to those who are al­ready here in the busi­ness longer than I am. But I know I have the pas­sion to con­tinue what I am do­ing, I only need to gain more ex­pe­ri­ences. What I can en­sure though is I won’t prac­tice on you as a client. If you’re on my makeup chair, I know what I am do­ing to you,” Faith as­sured. As a reg­is­tered nurse, Faith said clean­li­ness is a huge part of her artistry. It is im­por­tant that her makeup tools are san­i­tized be­fore she uses them on her clients. The stan­dard she fol­lows, she said, is what she was taught by the makeup academy where she grad­u­ated. “Clean­li­ness of the tools I use is very im­por­tant from brushes to makeup, they should be cleaned and san­i­tized. I go for hy­gienic steps in the makeup pro­ce­dure, I don’t go di­rect us­ing the brush on the prod­uct to the skin. I use a spat­ula and a pal­ette to avoid con­tam­i­nat­ing the makeup, and for mas­cara, the brush is sin­gle-use,” she de­scribed. Faith said it is in her na­ture to care for the skin of her clients to pre- vent cases of trans­fer­ring con­tam­i­nants. She said it is a must too, that clients are in­formed about what she can and can­not do that is why she sug­gests for brides to get good nights of sleep, drink lots of wa­ter to hy­drate their skin, and have their makeup tri­als 3-5 weeks ahead of their big day. “I can hide skin blem­ishes with cor­rec­tors and con­ceal­ers but I don’t have mag­i­cal pow­ers to hide heavy eye bags and se­ri­ous fa­cial skin break­outs. I in­form them about this im­me­di­ately be­cause I want to do this busi­ness based on hon­esty. Most of­ten, they have high ex­pec­ta­tions,” she said. The pho­tos of clients she posts on her Face­book https:// www.face­book.com/faith­make­u­partistryy/ are au na­turel, with­out elab­o­rate fil­ter treat­ments to make the view­ers be­lieve what is not true even if ex­pec­ta­tions about HMUAs to­day are very high. Like how the old say­ing goes, “a pic­ture tells a thou­sand words.” Faith is loyal to the truth that no mat­ter how nice she de­scribes her ser­vices, it will be in­signif­i­cant to po­ten­tial cus­tomers un­til they see the re­sults them­selves. This is the rea­son why she of­ten col­lab­o­rates with lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers to do the doc­u­men­ta­tion of her work us­ing the right bal­ance of light and ex­po­sure for her port­fo­lio with­out pho­to­shop­ping the pic­tures to cre­ate beau­ti­ful im­ages. “It should be a no-no be­cause pho­to­shop­ping im­ages are no longer the makeup artistry you ap­plied and clients have ways to know that,” she said. Faith’s long-term goal now, she shared, is to be the “top of mind” makeup artist in the prov­ince, who is not only there for the busi­ness but for the pas­sion of be­ing able to con­trib­ute to the to­tal­ity of the Palaweña beauty.

A reg­is­tered nurse, Faith has an in­nate pas­sion for tak­ing good care of peo­ple. She believes that mak­ing a woman beau­ti­ful through makeup em­pow­ers her to con­quer the world.

Hair and makeup artist Faith Joy R. Napila works on her chair.

(Photo cour­tesy: Voltaire de­los An­ge­les/CENRO-QRT Tay­tay)

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