muriel perez

Beyond makeover: how an HMUA uses beauty for social change

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - Last Updated on July 25, 2016
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A career as a make up artist can be very exciting not only because you get to meet a lot of people but because it’s does not feel like “work”. First, it’s far from the 9-5 grind. Makeup work is never routine. And every project feels like passion project, since what’s more refreshing than making people look good and feel good?

Getting paid thinking about beauty trends and experimenting with new looks is what makes being a make up artist a dream job.

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photos sent by Muriel Vega Perez

photographer: @raymondcaulian

styling by: @the_style_ave

Muriel Vega Perez, 29 years old, is one of the most well-known make up artists in the fashion industry today. It all started 5 years ago, when she did her relatives and friends a favor and styled them for fun. Through the word of mouth, he started getting recognized as a freelance make up artist.

Muriel equipped himself by getting training at the top schools for make up artistry. He finished his basic course in Make Up Forever Singapore and took Advance courses in TV, Bridal and Artistic Make Up in Puspita Martha International Beauty School in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Later on, he became a chief make up artist of Professional Artist Cosmetics Philippines and became an International Brand Ambassador too. This opened greener pastures for Muriel as celebrities, advertorials and editorial clients started kicking in.

But before Muriel took this path, he was on his way to a career in the medical field. Muriel studied nursing and became a registered nurse. It didn’t take long before he realized he had to find his true calling stat, and that’s when the beauty and fashion industry came calling.

Muriel said, My mom has been my number one supporter when I shifted from being a registered nurse/educator to a professional make up artist.” His mom always believed in him that he could make it. She inspired him every single step of the way as he reached his goal as a make up artist. It’s the people around him that believe in his talents that inspire him the most and that’s what makes him keep going despite the heavy competition in the industry.

Perhaps it is this inclination to care for people, combined with this passion for makeup artistry, that Muriel decided to create an organization that does charity work. Last year, Muriel set up a love sharing event called #LOVEprojectph, which eventually became #sharetheLOVEPROJECTphils.

As a director of this project, Muriel always makes it a point that all the planned projects will be rendered properly and executed wisely. Their beneficiaries are below poverty line students, families, people with special needs and mothers (pregnant, lactating and with kids below 10 years of age).

#SharetheLOVEPROJECTPhils provides school supplies for nutrition through giving formula milk and food for malnourished kids. They also organize medical and dental missions as well as livelihood.

“Help people in need even though they didn’t ask for help, you don’t have to be rich, if you have the capacity, do it wholeheartedly,says Muriel.

Bianca Lisondra (52 Posts)

Bianca is a 21 year-old account executive for an advertising company. She loves to shop especially for bags & shoes. She recently started a small biz with her mom, selling authentic signature bags, watches & wallets. She is passionate about fashion and dreams of becoming one of the famous editors who work in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, you name it. She's honing her craft by contributing to the Beauty & Fashion section of POC.


About Bianca Lisondra

Bianca is a 21 year-old account executive for an advertising company. She loves to shop especially for bags & shoes. She recently started a small biz with her mom, selling authentic signature bags, watches & wallets. She is passionate about fashion and dreams of becoming one of the famous editors who work in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, you name it. She's honing her craft by contributing to the Beauty & Fashion section of POC.

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