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The Loud, The Crazy & The Funny

Our next talent highlight features Eliza, best known as @e_piatkowska from Poland, who describes herself as a “weird girl with a bunch of wigs, some makeup skills and a sick mind”. No wonder why we are so drawn to her creations she shares on Instagram. Her unique style uses underexposed photography infected with saturated colors and a hypnotic backdrop. We exchanged a few emails to find out more about the girl behind the camera; what inspires her, how does COVID affect her creativity and more. Keep on reading☕️

How would you introduce yourself to a stranger?

Hey, I’m Eliza 24 years old and i’m from Poland.
*crickets*
I work as a nail stylist and a makeup artist. As you’ve guessed, I love working with makeup. I started to wear powder and eyeliner when I was just 14 and I always wanted to do more.
I was (and I still am) fascinated with how makeup transforms my look.
I wanted to try interesting shades and product, so I landed a job at Inglot as a sales assistant. Although that didn’t last long, I loved every minute of it and I learned so much about makeup there.

Pic by @e_piatkowska

What made you start sharing your love for makeup on social media?
I started posting on Instagram 3 years ago, but it didn’t really work. I needed to take a break to then return with a new energy under a different account. I started sharing my looks, but there wasn’t a concept to follow. I let ideas take hold of me and without trying to justify them, I upload them as they come. I do this not just for fun but for my own mental health.
I let my emotions out like a genie from the bottle.
When I sit down with my makeup brushes, I turn the music up and think about how I feel and what I wan to do. I, sometimes, talk to myself to help start the creative process. Once I have the idea I work until it’s done. When I share these photos on Instagram, I essentially share a piece of me. Therefore, I’m always listening to the feedback I receive, I read all the comments, I reply to everything. It’s exhilarating and validating at the same time. I’m so grateful for the comments I get. I use them to constantly improve and evolve my work.
I love this feeling; it energizes me and motivates me so much to never give up!

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Would you do content creation as your full time job or would that take the fun out of it?
I honestly hope I can do this as a full-time job one day. Doing what you love and get paid for being creative – I can’t really imagine a better 9-to-5 than that. People often don’t realize how much time and money creators put into their feed. It can be a very costly hobby so we appreciate every bit of support we can get.
What are your inspirations?
I see inspiration everywhere. Sometimes it comes from nature, sometimes it’s just some random stuff I see on the streets and sometimes, I get inspired by products I buy or get. There are also lots of painters who inspire me or other content creators I follow. So as you can see, inspiration comes from the most unexpected places, but it takes time and effort to create and oftentimes I just want to chill. I think that is essential for everyone and especially for creative minds…
…to switch off for a while, do something else, so you can be inspired to create again.
Do you have any makeup essentials you use daily?
Funny you should ask! I don’t wear makeup on the daily bases. I do my makeup only for Instagram and when I feel like looking fancy for instance going on a date, glam up for a party or trying something new. But, when I do wear my makeup I always have my lip balm and lipstick in my purse.
Pic by @e_piatkowska

Pic by @e_piatkowska

What would you say has been the most successful project as a content creator?
Ummm… I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t think I’ve done that just yet! I did work as a makeup artist for a music video and I’ve been in TV participating in a makeup contest…
…but I have this feeling that the best is yet to come.
Until then, I do what I do best.

If you could do anything in the world, what would that be?

One day I’d like to start my own makeup brand. But I know it’s going to be difficult as many celebrities come out with new makeup. I wish I could start my own makeup brand one day. I think this is one of my biggest dreams. I think most makeup artists want to have their unique products and share it with the world but this is hard work and a long process. Also, these days many celebrities come out with their own makeup so the competition is fierce!🔥
Is makeup a tool of self-expression?
Pic by @e_piatkowska

Pic by @e_piatkowska

Makeup is something that helps me grow and overcome the drama in my life. Therefore, makeup for me, works on a very personal level. People often assume that everything they see on stories in a bright light and happy stuff is how my life is. But that’s hardly ever true. You know, you don’t really show people your darkest times or the time when you feel like everything is falling apart. Even if you feel that way, there’s a Facetune filter for that. It is not a lie, you just want to be your best self on social media, to inspire others. I’m not saying it’s not okay to reveal your weak spots as that can also be encouraging but it’s just how I think about social media.
Most common misconceptions people have about you 3, 2, 1 go!
I think people think I’m always loud, crazy, funny, sarcastic, full of energy and positivity and these are part of me, but I’m also romantic, nostalgic, introvert and these are the exact opposite features of how most people see me. There are moments when I’m quiet, relaxed and just enjoying being alone and there are times I like to go partying and get crazy! I love spending time with my friends and just goof around. But…
…I think a lot of people have this kinda personality, you know; a little extrovert and introvert at the same time.
How do you cope with work and social life during this pandemic?
That COVID, huh!? When we went under lockdown for 1,5 months and I couldn’t work, it made me super productive on social media. I posted almost every day but when you sit at home and everything is closed you start loosing your will do to anything else and that was exactly what happened to me. You loose track of time and days and you are getting more lazy every day. Even now…
…when I get back to my schedule, I find it so hard to juggle work, school and Instagram. I don’t even know how I did it pre-covid! LOL
Pic by @e_piatkowska

Pic by @e_piatkowska

We’ve just past Halloween and most makeup artists create their goriest work during this period. Do you also rip that fake blood bag and pour it all over you?🙃
HAH! Halloween is my favorite month on Instagram! You can be whoever you want to be, create as many crazy things as you want and that’s really cool because people are looking for Halloween inspirations and creators can once again inspire makeup enthusiasts.
I remember last year, I posted a witch makeup and it was my most like picture of the year! Can you believe that?! I was doing my Instagram for a few months then and when it happened I was just so shocked.
Halloween is also a good time to collaborate with other makeup artists and do something cool together. In Poland, we celebrate Halloween and we don’t at the same time. It’s not as popular as it is in the U.S but it’s getting more and more relevant every year. We live in a catholic country where some people just don’t get that Halloween is fun and kids enjoy dressing up and getting sh*t loads of sweets.
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