You know how one’s playtime involving makeup actually paved the way for rewarding career? For hair and makeup artists Mariz Dizon and Danielle Leonardo, they’ve always had insatiable interest in makeup. As Mariz recalls it, she used to carry her mother’s lipstick in her pocket at the tender age of 6. And when it was time to enter college, Danielle made one of the easiest decisions in her life – enrolling in makeup school.
But don’t be quick to conclude that there’s no science in making people more beautiful. There’s a reason why only Damone Roberts can sculpt Madonna’s golden arches, you know. Mariz explains, “In reality it is not just about the knowledge of make-up or the talent, there has to be a deeper understanding of the human skin, the personality of the client, the trends and how to incorporate them, the techniques, product manipulation and a lot more. For one to be a make-up artist, one has to really have the heart to understand people more profoundly and know what look suits their character.”
And deeper understanding calls for trainings and working on as many people as possible. Danielle took up lessons in bridal and photography makeup, makeup for kids, males and mature people and basic hairstyling in The Makeup Secrets School in Robinson’s Ermita and Maquillage Professionel. Mariz trained with HD Make-up Academy and signed up for one-on-one workshops with celebrity makeup artist Jigs Mayuga.
Building her portfolio was Mariz’s biggest challenge as a makeup artist. She had to do many test shoots with fashion photographers to collect photos and build contacts. After a year and a half, her labor paid off as her long list of clientele now includes Jaya, Michael Cinco, Sarah Geronimo, Julia Montes, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Katarina Rodriguez of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2 and so many more. She even made it to Mega’s Top Fashion Crew Season 3!
Similarly, after a year and a half of hard work, Danielle can proudly say she had worked with big names like Christian Bautista, Gian Magdangal, Jodilly Pendre of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 2, Lougee Basabas of Mojofly, Lynn Sherman and The Voice Kids. And she’s looking forward to meeting more people she can primp and beautify.
But the thrill doesn’t end in the famous faces they get to revamp. Danielle dreams of being renowned for her work while Mariz can’t hardly wait to build her own make-up line and collaborate with designer brands like Versace, Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vitton and a Hollywood celebrity.
So what makes it a fulfilling career, you ask? For Danielle, it’s all about her clients’ satisfaction upon seeing their improved look and knowing that they’ll grace an important event with self-confidence. Mariz elaborates, “I love how it makes people see themselves for what they really are. In fact, nobody needs make-up to look better because every person is created wonderfully and beautifully by God. Whatever you look like, that is His design for you and it is amazing! As a make-up artist I cannot supplement or take away the beauty He has done. But what I can do is to help them realize that they are truly beautiful, to help them appreciate the beautiful creation. So many people in the world lose confidence without make-up because they feel that something is lacking. However, as a make-up artist I believe it is all about helping them love and value what they have already and my only job is to enhance that.”
For aspiring hair and make-up artists, Danielle advises them to continue being passionate about make-up, listen and be tolerant of everybody’s feedback – clients’ and mentors’ alike – for these will help you improve your craft. Mariz, on the other hand, cannot stress enough the importance of perseverance and faith. Getting booked regularly and attaining success won’t come easy, but waiting for the right people and the right timing will go a long way. In addition, she thinks hunger for fame will not get you anywhere. It is best to dedicate your hard work to God and trust where He is taking you.
By the looks of it, they are both being directed to a rewarding adventure.