SS: Describe yourself in 3 words?
FN: Professional, Hardworking, Learner
SS: Who and what drove you to become a Makeup Artist?
FN: I was interested in learning makeup as a teenager and my father encouraged me to go for professional courses right away. Getting that encouragement and early start helped me hone my skills at a very young age.
SS: How did you get your first break in the industry?
FN: I was lucky to work with Guddu Shani for a year very early on. I learned so much from them.
SS: What sets you apart from other Makeup Artists?
FN: I think it’s more about where you start and what you learn than a signature style. I’ve been fortunate to have trained and learned from some of the top makeup artists and hair stylists in the world. Also, the amount of work I’ve done in the last few years is 3 times what most people can manage. You can either work hard and accelerate or go at your pace and learn like everyone else. I’m happy I chose to push ahead.
SS: Who are some of the people who have inspired you throughout your career?
FN: I’d name two: KevynAucoin – he passed away too young – I’ve read all of his books and he was my idol from an early age. And Sharon Blain – she’s a legitimate star. She’s won over 500 awards, and is an amazing educator as well. I’ve learned a lot about the make up business from watching her.
SS: You’ve worked with so many celebrities, so which celeb do you like the most and why?
FN: Saba Qamar, she’s beautiful inside and out. It is important to me how the other person treats everyone around us, I have always liked humble and down to earth people.
SS: How has social media helped you promote your work and build relationships?
FN: Managing your social media profiles is an art. For me, it’s the perfect platform to share my portfolio and it has helped me build my brand, attract clients and network with amazing artists around the world.
SS: How do you keep up with the ever-changing trends in makeup?
FN: You don’t always have to follow the trends, you can also be creative/experimental and create trends that the others can follow, I believe in being the trendsetter! Having said that – you need to be always learning and studying the industry – the moment you think you know everything is the moment you go stale.
SS: Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring Makeup Artists?
FN: Read, practice, work hard and never, ever stop learning, no matter how successful you become.