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