Dig in to this article to find out how a mom slash makeup artist, @mar.see.ah.mua , spends her time during the lockdown in Portugal. As I’m sure many of you are in a similar situation now and it’s interesting to see how fellow makeup lovers from different cultures cope with changes caused by the pandemic. We need the reassurance from time to time that we are not alone in this, it’s OK to not feel OK every day, and how creating helps to take your mind off of things and stay sane. Get your favorite hot drink ready and come with us to Portugal.☕️
How did you get into makeup?
We have to go way back. I believe, my passion for makeup started at the age of 13 or 14, right after my trip to the United States. I wasn’t really interested in beauty products at the time, but after seeing and knowing other cultures, something had changed in me. 19 years ago, in Portugal, there were only a few make-up stores. I didn’t live in a big city, I didn’t have access to make-up and I was basically ordering from catalogs or used cheap drugstore makeup.
I kept on trying, creating and improving my skills to become a makeup artist with whatever products I could get my hands on.
I used to be a social worker and one of my favorite jobs was to face-paint children. I loved it and had worked in this sector while I was in high school. Then at the age of 18, I graduated in theatre set and costumes design. Ever since then, I was working as a makeup artist both in theatre and for outside clients.
Do you consider yourself a social media influencer?
I honestly don’t. The only thing that motivates me in this platform is content creation. I like to show products that I was gifted to and give my sincere opinion on application, texture and pigmentation. It allows me to be creative and I’d like to believe, I contribute to helping companies and customers make educated choices. On a more personal level…
…content creation keeps pushing my creative boundaries. You know they always say creativity is boundless, but if I didn’t put on makeup daily, I wouldn’t improve much.
I want to create something better than I did before – this is really the reflection of my work ethics. Of course, it would be nice to be recognized more on social media, but there are so many great talents out there and IG’s algorithm is not helping either.
I think people nowadays don’t automatically show appreciation, but they’re fast to point out the negative things. It’s a cultural change I can’t relate to.
That’s why I’m so genuinely moved, when I receive comments and thumbs ups for the work I’ve done.
What do you do besides content creation?
I’m a full-time mom and a makeup artist. It’s not an easy feat to juggle both but with a little time management skill, everything is possible. I mostly do bridal makeup and casual, everyday looks for my clients which, let’s admit, doesn’t really let me be creative. That is way social media plays such a huge role in my life.
It’s the platform where I can truly express myself.
Where do you get your daily #inspo from?
I am drawn to shapes and color palettes. I love abstract things, but they need to be well thought out. I don’t have a role model but I am inspired by so many talented people such as @Ditteschaal, @Robertavixen and @Jessicagantzler to name a few. They are very different from each other, but they are all spectacular in their own style. You guys should check them out!
How would you describe your signature look?
I don’t feel that I have a signature look. My looks are very varied and they really depend on my mood. One day I decide to make a soft glam look, but the next day I draw a full cut crease, or even covering my eyebrows and drawing a snake, for example. But perhaps people will identify me by the glossy ombré and glitter-drenched lip arts.
Lip art is a my newly discovered obsession, FYI, so you’ll see a lot more lip focused posts coming up on my feed in the future.
What does beauty mean to you?
This is a very difficult question and I’m not sure how to approach it or if I can do justice to this question but here we go. Beauty, like art, should evoke emotions, good or bad. It needs to communicate on so many levels that you just simply get attracted to it.
As a makeup artist it’s my job to help you witness the beauty within yourself. The best reward is to see my clients smile with happiness.
How does your day-to-day routine look during the COVID-19 crisis?
It is going to be very boring for your readers! *giggles* I’ve been doing the lockdown for about 2 months. Basically, I do some house chores, take care of the kid, put the kid to sleep and then praying for a 3-hour nap to be able to create or edit some content. Hopefully, after dinner and bath-time, I can watch a movie or series and wind down. It is important that people respect the lockdown or at least be careful not to endanger others.
So, wear a mask and wash your hands regularly. Things will get back to normal soon.
What are the makeup products you’d never leave your home without?
As a mother, I don’t have much time to put on makeup, so it has to be very simple and quick. The most important for me is sunscreen, BB cream, mascara, and a more pink-ish or peachy blush/illuminator. I need a soft glam by day because my skin tone is very pale.
If you could do anything in the world, what would that be?
I would definitely change the ending of the Game of Thrones. *laughs*
Honestly, I think the older we get, the more our needs change. About 3 years ago I dreamed of having my own makeup studio and working full time in my own company.
I still haven’t given up on this dream, but it is no longer a priority. Seeing the family grow and traveling a lot with them is what I want to do.
I think, this lockdown has an effect on me; it makes me question what really matters.
Share 3 random things about you that very few people know.
Here’s one. I hate taking full face pictures. Close-ups are my best friends and it’s much quicker to do. Very few people realize that the names of my animals are all characters from the Dragon Ball series. And, if I could turn a fictional story into a real-life event, it’d be the Phantom of the Opera, but don’t ask me why!