M AYA FER­NAN­DEZ

MAKEUP ARTIST AND SURFER MAYA IS HAP­PI­EST WHEN RID­ING THE WAVES.

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Maya, where did you grow up and when did you start surf­ing? I grew up in the Philip­pines. I was still liv­ing the city life in Manila a few years back in my early 20s, when a friend in­vited me on a trip to one of the surf spots. Since then I’ve been surf­ing for two years, on and off. I’ve now moved to Bali.

Tell us about be­ing a makeup artist – how did you get into it?

I was tour­ing Asia as a down­hill long­board racer when one of my friends in­vited me to visit Bali while I was com­pet­ing here in Indo. I to­tally fell in love with the is­land. So I went back home and stud­ied for few months in two dif­fer­ent schools – one was fash­ion school under Mac cos­met­ics and the other was the HD makeup academy. Af­ter com­plet­ing the cour­ses I de­cided to fly back to Bali and started build­ing my port­fo­lio by do­ing free makeup ses­sions and col­lab­o­rat­ing with pho­tog­ra­phers and mod­els. Af­ter a cou­ple of years on and off the is­land, I can say I’m happy and grate­ful to be a makeup artist, as it gave me the op­por­tu­nity to meet the peo­ple I call real friends and fam­ily.

Did you al­ways have a pas­sion for makeup, be­fore it came to be your ca­reer?

When I was young I was called a tomboy be­cause I like ex­treme sports; I used to do karate, but I was al­ways cu­ri­ous about do­ing makeup. Be­fore I de­cided to be a makeup artist I was fo­cused on down­hill rac­ing, so ev­ery­thing I did was ex­treme. But I think be­ing a makeup artist and now hav­ing fun with long­board­ing gives bal­ance to my life. In makeup, I can be as cre­ative as I want, which is amaz­ing!

What sort of brands do you work for?

I’ve worked with loads of dif­fer­ent brands. From high fash­ion and street wear to ca­sual wear, as well as with lots of pri­vate clients and wed­dings.

Can you share one of your makeup tips?

Put high­lighter on the top of the cheek­bones, tip of the nose, top lip, bridge of the nose and on the top of the lips where the light hits the skin. It’ll help you to look fresh and have this nice, glowy skin.

We love your style on the waves – where do you draw in­spi­ra­tion from?

I guess from the way I feel and peo­ple I’ve been surf­ing with. In the wa­ter, chances are you’ll meet loads of peo­ple from around the world. The most im­por­tant thing for me is the hap­pi­ness I feel when rid­ing the waves. As long as I’m happy and I’m hav­ing fun, I think that’s what mat­ters the most. You don’t have to learn all the tricks, in my opin­ion, just go out there have fun. Show some smile, RE­SPECT and ride your waves!

Name: Maya Fer­nan­dezAge: 26Oc­cu­pa­tion: Makeup ArtistSo­cial Me­dia: @mayayuiii

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