Chic Grad Spotlight- January 2019

New Year rings in new Chic grad success stories! Want to know more on what our Chic Studios grads have been doing in their makeup career? Below are 4 of our lovely Chic alumni: Reyna Marte, Larissa Fazle, Brenda Reynoso, and Sandra Garcia!

Reyna Marte

1. Most recent career highlights?
Becoming a professional makeup artist at Chic Studios was one of my best choices. After graduation, I immediately went to do freelance work. I had the chance to work with one of my Chic friends and started to do automakeup classes.
I had the opportunity to work with professional photographers and work in different types of photo shoots.
People had booked me to do their makeup and thanks to their recommendations, I’m getting more clients- Thanks God.
I did my first bride on December which was amazing!

2. What made you to get started in this industry?

Makeup has always been one of my passions! It makes me very happy! Happiness is one of the things that motivates me to go further. The smiling faces that my clients gave me when I do their makeup means everything to me. I love to make people happy, and I love to enhance their beauty.

3. What have you been up to recently?

Recently, I’m just doing freelance work but still constantly learning- always going for more!

4. Who do you admire in the industry?

There are a lot of people that I admire. Some of them are: @lamusu, @byleafebre @yamilemakeup @melissamat_, @makeupcanvas_by_gleiby.

5. What was your favorite experience as a CHIC student?

I loved the environment at Chic! I learned a lot from working on many different types of faces and eyes, which is very important because everyone is different and each type of face needs varying makeup applications.
At Chic, I had the opportunity to meet great people. I made many friends here. One of them is @sthepanievaquezmakeup, with whom I have worked. So that’s another thing that I experienced at Chic studios: TEAM WORK.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?

My best advice is that if this is what you love do it, go for it! If this is what makes you happy, you have to start now to follow your dreams. Do not leave it as a “could be.” Turn it into reality! Believe in yourself, and be you no matter what others say. I was undecided to follow this dream but now that I’m into this, I won’t regret at all! The best part is that I will never stop learning.

Reyna’s work:

 

 

Larissa Fazle

1. Most recent career highlights?

My first step towards my passion was when I went to London Makeup School. When I graduated from Chic Studios, it was an amazing experience. My first ever International client flew all the way from Bangladesh to Canada to doll up as my bride. That was the best experience so far. Baby bump photoshoot was another fun experience, which took place on the beautiful beach of Phuket, Thailand. Last but not the least, I did an Asian bridal shoot in Bangladesh last month. It was amazing!

2. What made you to get started in this industry?

My passion for makeup artistry began at a very young age. Like every little girl, I remember playing with my mom’s makeup and trying it on myself and others. In my school days, I began doing makeup on my friends and that’s when I discovered my love for makeup. I gained my certificates from London and New York and opened up my studio “Glow by Larissa Fazle” in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

3. What have you been up to recently?

Recently, I have been more into Event Makeup, Airbrush Makeup, Bridal Makeup and Hair.

4. Who do you admire in the industry?

Before going into makeup school, I used to watch Nikkie de Jager. She is an inspiring, kind, and young lady, whose makeup tricks helped me to understand the beauty world.

5. What was your favorite experience as a CHIC student?

It is very hard to pick the best memory from my Chic Studios days. Graduation day was the most memorable of all. It was a bittersweet feeling bidding goodbye to my generous, loving instructors and classmates. Also, the glorious moment of I getting my certificate was unforgettable.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?

I would like to advise the aspiring makeup artists to believe in themselves. Stay enthusiastic, gain appropriate amount of knowledge, and be more interactive with their clients to give them the exact look they asked for.

Larissa’s work:

 

Brenda Reynoso

1. Most recent career highlights?
-Became a Certified Makeup Artist.
-Opened my own makeup studio space.
-Learned how to apply Air Brush Makeup.
-Hosted Beauty Events.
-Combined Make Up Studio with Flower-shop Business.
2. What made you to get started in this industry?
My obsession for make up was simply out of control! I’d buy make up on a weekly basis and create different looks but never had the courage to actually apply any on anyone but myself. Then one day, I finally summoned enough courage to enroll to Chic Studios and gained that confidence I needed to showcase my talent.
3. What have you been up to recently?
I’ve been dedicating my time to my makeup studio “Create & Bloom Artistry,” and I have been hosting events to promote and grow my business. Many more exciting news to come- stay tuned!
4. Who do you admire in the industry?
I admire Shaun Thomas Gibson for his straight forward approach as someone who tells it as it is. He was very helpful during my time at Chic Studios and has shared many significantly useful tips.
5. What was your favorite experience as a CHIC student?
My best experience ever had to be the Chic Photo Shoot! I was part of an electrifying yet nerve wrecking experience! I had to display all my knowledge and showcase all my hard work and confidence that I had gained throughout my whole learning experience.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?
If you have an idea, never think it’s not worth it, whether you think it’s “too small” or “too foolish.” Don’t let anyone or anything tell you differently. Embrace the butterflies in your stomach and enjoy every single step of the way because you don’t want to look back and have any regrets! There’s not one person who hasn’t made mistakes in order to perfect their craft. If you find that person, let me know…
Brenda’s work:
Sandra Garcia
1. Most recent career highlights?
-Going to Chic
-Brand new business cards
-New makeup family from Chic
-Expanding my station in my apartment
-Looking into starting a cosmetic line
2. What made you to get started in this industry?
When I was in high school, I was obsessed with the wet n’ wild lip glosses! From that point on, I never looked back! I was always eager to explore new colors and see how it looks on my face or body! Then I started to try other products and do makeup on family and friends. I love colors! It was all out of curiosity and the love of makeup!
3. What have you been up to recently?
Lately, I’ve been looking into Carter opportunities and scheduling more frequent dates for makeovers, such as a weddings, birthdays and just because!
4. Who do you admire in the industry?
I admire:
-Dominic MUA (He’s a senior MAC MUA.)
-Mimi Kamara (She works for Christian Dior at the Oculus Mall, but we met at MAC years ago.)
-James Vincent
-And all the instructors at Chic!
5. What was your favorite experience as a CHIC student?
My favorite experience as a Chic student was being timed by the instructors! Also, learning new techniques and that there are different styles of creating that look! Be it dramatic, natural, or a basic contour. I also loved the fact that there’s a community to communicate with other Chic family, career opportunities and special events!
6. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?
Grow with your kit! When you go to every event, whether it’s volunteering or a paid gig, please learn from it because you may not have the same experience every time! So learn and grow, and make your makeup kit grow too!  Don’t forget to check magazines and attend special event to be in the know! Such examples are Allure magazine, Sephora events, Ulta events, and special department store events. Most importantly, be yourself and act accordingly when needed! Sometimes the drama is not worth it!  Also, always update your kit and add dates to the shelf life so that you know when to replace the product.
Sandra’s work: