BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
I’ve done modeling and pageants for several years, and to be honest, when it comes to doing my own make-up I still seem to screw up putting on my fake lashes or even my eyeliner. No matter how many tutorial videos I watch, I’m amazed at how some make-up artists can defy the odds and create masterpieces on human skin. This Saturday, July 21, at Loft in Space on Queen Street, you will be able to step into a world of face, art and beauty.
“Face Art Beauty” event coordinator Hayley Natto Benavides knew she wanted to do make-up and hair at a very young age. At 16, she signed up for an apprenticeship and moved to Los Angeles the following year.
“I always felt that (make-up and hair) was a lot more fun than drawing when I was a kid,” said Benavides.
“Face Art Beauty” operations manager Dhyana Leung didn’t really know what she wanted to do while in college. After responding to a make-up school ad, Leung fell into the beauty world and has not looked back since.
“It’s sort of ironic because growing up I was a tomboy,” said Leung. “But now I’m obsessed with anything that has to deal with beauty.”
Applying make-up to a model. (Courtesy photo)
“Face Art Beauty” began in 2009 when Benavides and Leung found themselves bumping into other artists. Wanting to combine forces with other talented individuals, Benavides and Leung formed a company that would help take care of the overwhelming responses of beauty gigs.
“We thought, why not join together as a team instead of being individuals,” said Leung. “Face Art Beauty” takes a modern approach to makeup and hairstyling techniques, following current and upcoming trends, all with a clean and timeless touch.
At the event you will find creative portraits, life painting and even a beauty bar. The beauty bar will have stations where you can have your lashes and hair done. Then if you are looking for new threads or bling, the event will have local fashion designers like Pure Joy Adornments and Love Made.
When I’m shopping for beauty products to use I love getting input from other make-up artists. The “Face Art Beauty” artists will be there selling items as well, so you can have all of your beauty questions answered while getting the best beauty products for yourself.
Preparing a model for the runway. (Courtesy photo)
Benavides and Leung hope this event will kick off a series of beauty events in the future and hope to showcase the endless possibility of make-up creativity.
“Together with the pop-up shops and other local contributors, we hope to share the mere understatement that Hawaii is full of talent,” said Leung.
Both Benavides and Leung also hope that it changes the assumption that make-up in Hawaii is not the presumed pretty and tropical bronze look.
“This weekend we hope to bring something unexpectedly expected, a different dynamic to typical makeup artistry,” said Leung. “We want to bring a breath of fresh air for people who need or want more of makeup artistry.”
Benavides said that she wants people to come to the event to not only inspire people but to show that make-up is an art that takes skill, technique and practice.
“I continue to work in the make-up industry because I like the end result,” she said. “I like looking at how happy my customer is and it makes me feel good to know that I made someone’ day, that because of my work, they are happy.”
“Making someone feel and look great inside out is what we strive for,” said Leung. “There are no words to describe the happiness as they look at their reflection … everyone should look and most importantly feel that good everyday.”
For more information about the event, visit their Facebook page.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.