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Students' first impressions (1) October 15, 2013

Armed with a long list of questions, I recently had the chance to go round-robin with some of this year’s MAKE UP FOR EVER Paris Academy students. They spoke candidly about where they come from, where they hope they’re headed, and why they love makeup.

Students' first impressions (1)

Students' first impressions (1)

October 15, 2013

Armed with a long list of questions, I recently had the chance to go round-robin with some of this year’s MAKE UP FOR EVER Paris Academy students. They spoke candidly about where they come from, where they hope they’re headed, and why they love makeup.

Part of a class of 100, what started out as a one hour chat to talk about their first impressions of the course stretched effortlessly into two as these enthusiastic Makeup Artists to be shared their hopes and dreams for the future. “There are so many places it can take you – theatre, film, fashion, photo shoots, special effects, makeovers – I had no idea that makeup and body painting could open up so many doors,” said one, excited about all the possibilities.

A real United Nations mix of cultures and personalities, there are students from Asia, the US, and the far reaches of France as well as from Paris itself. It was fascinating to get into their stories and discover that out of the students I spoke to, three were trained and have already worked as hairstylists but want to go deeper into the worlds of beauty and fashion, one received a Psychology degree before realizing that, actually, makeup was her thing, one has a degree in Communications and another was studying Engineering when she decided to switch gears and enter the Academy. No slouches in the group when it comes to hard work, then.

Though only in their first semester, all say they love the creativity of makeup artistry and body painting already. One big surprise for all? Learning that very few people’s faces are symmetrical. “I used to love looking at myself in the mirror,” said one, being surprisingly candid for a guy. “But now, I can hardly look – I’ve learned that my eyes aren’t parallel, my jawbone is off, my nose is crooked….the only thing that saves me is that so are everyone else’s!” he continues, laughing. I resist the urge to excuse myself to go and look in a mirror. Probably for the best.

As our time together comes to an end, we make a deal to get together in a month or so to see how they’re coming along and whether the love affair with the world of makeup and body painting is still going strong. Stay tuned.

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