Melbourne Make-up artist Sassy has been doing professional makeup for two years, with the official launch party of Sassy Makeup Artistry early last year. Here, she shares her thoughts on her new ventures…
A bit about yourself: I am an Aries, and a go-getter. I pride myself on my friendliness, and believe that kindness and positive energy are the best attributes a person can exhibit. I live for music and being creative in both thought and actions.
Your Clientele: My clientele ranges from teens attending school formals to women getting married and their bridal parties. I also do makeup for local indie brand campaigns (such as 3000 Custom – Fixie Bikes), and have a photographer with whom I work with on specialised model portfolio packages in St Kilda, Melbourne.
What got you involved? I have always enjoyed being creative, and the yearning to do makeup started in year 11 for my high school formal when I had my makeup done professionally for the first time (bright green mermaid colours, of course!).
I completed my ‘Certificate in Fashion, Glamour and Bridal Makeup Artistry’ at the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy in 2009, alongside a ‘Diploma in Modeling and Business of Modelling’ at Model Academy.
Who do you admire professionally? I admire Bobbi Brown’s enthusiasm towards making women feel confident through the use of makeup. Her label works with bronze, brown and earthy tones, epitomising the ‘glowing beach goddess’ look, and her technique literature is clever and practical.
With regards to people that don makeup, my inspiration lies with individuals such as Lady Gaga, who use makeup and fashion to their fullest, pushing boundaries not only boldly but super elaborately!
What do you enjoy and least enjoy about your chosen career? Simply – I love making people feel good about themselves!
The hours are long and hard (some weekends I start at 4am!) but the look on my clients’ faces when they see the finished artwork, makes it all worth it!
What inspires you to make faces into works of art? It gives me great fulfilment working in a field where I can use my creative flair and my appreciation of beauty, to show that makeup is more than a cosmetic brand, but rather an opportunity, a tool with which to use art in a way that can enhance, compliment, contrast, harmonise, accentuate or minimise the naturally amazing features already possessed by each individual.
Every single person offers the world something different, and if “our eyes are the gateway into our soul”, then the best way to communicate our soul is through variations of makeup. I draw inspiration from a million different experiences, and use an array of colours, shapes, textures, shades, tones, techniques and mediums to help convey a feeling or an idea, often complimenting this with costumes and outfits.
Where do you want to go professionally? Now that I have my own business, I am trying to push the marketing so that I can gain more exposure both within and outside of Melbourne. Each day I am challenging myself, constantly on the lookout for new and crazy ideas, experimenting with different techniques, mediums, and characters. What emphasis can I make? What message can I share? What story can I tell through face art today?