The story started with a little girl who was obsessed with face painting and has now become one of the most talented, outstanding and creative makeup artists. Meet Mai Ayman.
How old were you when you became obsessed with makeup?
I became obsessed with face painting when I was really young; I think when I was in first grade. Face painting for me was so amazing; the idea to create the shape of dog on a human’s face was incredible. Then I started applying makeup on myself. When I was in twelfth grade, I used to style my friends hair and do their makeup. I always glammed up my friends.
When did you decide “okay, this is it! I’m going to be a professional makeup artist.”?
Right after I finished collage, my mom suggested it. It was weird for me at the beginning, but then I started researching about it and I loved the idea of helping someone feel confident and creating art using colours.
How long have you been a makeup artist?
I have been a makeup artist since 2012.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Literally anything! I mean I can get inspired by an angry person or by a Turkish coffee cup. Inspiration for me can come from objects, situations, and, of course, nature. I spend a lot of time watching the sunset and how the sea has different shades that gives you warmness and coolness at the same time.
What do you love the most about makeup?
Makeup is magic. It has powers that can change anything. I love the fact that it makes women feel better about themselves.
What are some common mistakes women make while doing their makeup?
Women tend to over use their blusher and possibly choose the wrong concealer shade.
What is your definition of human beauty?
People are usually happy when they feel beautiful; they get energised and they strive towards success. I think beauty is energy.
Can you share with us the most important beauty advice you can give to women?
Understand the trends you follow make it suitable for you and personalize, and I guarantee you that you will get the flawless makeup looks you are looking for.
What is your advice for young makeup artists who are just starting their journey and want to be at the top of the industry?
Assist and train with professional makeup artists. See how they work and get familiar with their techniques and tools. Don’t just follow tutorials and YouTube videos because these things are just the trends and real life is completely different. You have to practice a lot and take courses.
In your opinion, what is the most important quality in a makeup artist?
Definitely cleanliness! Because if you don’t regularly clean your brushes and your hands, people will suffer from bacteria.
What is your favourite celebrity makeup look? And why?
I love the eye makeup of Angelina Jolie. It’s flawless! I also love the look of Soaad Hosny’s eyeliner.
If you can take only one makeup item in your bag, what would it be?
Share with us three items a girl can’t live without.
Mascara, a cream blush, and something for the lips that makes it look fresh.
Can you tell us a beauty hack that women should know?
The one by one hair drawing technique. You should not draw your eyebrows as a block, but use a very thin brush and draw it hair by hair as it gives a more natural effect which will never run out of style.