My name is Sandi-lee. I’m 23, and I have a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease), and bound to a wheelchair.
I would like to share a little about of myself, and how I became a make-up artist.
I first attended the ‘International Academy of Health and Skincare’ and although the school was great, I felt I needed to substantiate my training with more advanced training. After receiving my certificate, I decided to complete the advance course at another make-up college , and then enrolled at ‘Head to toe Make up & Hairstyling.’
HTT gives students the best opportunities possible and train them for success and the high profile industry! Head to Toe offered me up- to- date international make-up artistry training. I learnt to be professional in my work ethic and most importantly how to successfully build my individual brand. So despite my disability and having had to face many challenges, I completed in total a 24 month course and am now qualified as a make- up artist.’
Like any make-up artist, I take pride in expertly applying eye shadow, creating glowing skin and having the ability to transform a face and lift a client’s confidence with cosmetics. I love the way make-up enhances the natural beauty. My favourite aspect about make-up, are the eyes, because they are the window to the soul. The eyes are normally my main focus when applying make-up. I love leaving clients with a smile on their face and making them feel fabulously beautiful. I love being able to take what I have learned and applying it to any face shape, or skin type and making clients look and feel incredibly fabulous. Making others feel good, gives me great satisfaction. It is an awesome and rewarding process, literally and figuratively.
Being a makeup artist requires a lot of skill and dedication. The Make-up industry has various advantages and disadvantages which could discourage one from making it a career choice, especially someone with a disability but I believe perseverance is key to making a success in any career.
People do see my disability and think ‘that I am not capable of doing a professional job’ but I do not allow this to hinder me, but continue to strive for excellence in my field and continue in my quest to build a good client base.
I love being a make-up artist because it includes the following rewards. I can express my creativity through exciting and inexpensive products, the fun, joy and satisfaction when revealing your final application to your client.