Aniqa Alam Nodi Khondaker
These days' Bengali women are much more concerned about their looks than any other time. Options are no longer limited, expressing personal statement with a variety of options while staying true to tradition is a plus. Being a makeup artist was never considered as a profession back then, but now the situation has changed. In this regard, two young & beautiful makeup artists shared their story.
I've always loved makeup and experimented with it but I never thought I would pursue it as a profession. In fact, I'm actually a political science and diplomacy student. After I finished my graduation in Los Angeles, I started working for the mayor there and one day while working I realized that the work I'm doing; although it was very respectable, it wasn't making me satisfied.
That day I decided to start doing something I truly loved because life is too short to be unhappy. I took several makeup courses in Los Angeles, working with Makeup Forever, Sephora, and I even got a diploma in airbrush makeup. I knew I would be content following a career in makeup and now, the happiest I am, is when I'm working. So ladies, as I always say, follow your heart, my darlings, and you'll change the world one day.
I started with nothing. I was a kindergarten teacher. From a teacher to a makeup artist wasn't an easy task to be done. I opened a group back then and thought about nothing. Few people joined. I have always wanted people to know every skin color is beautiful. I considered different tones as a new canvas.
You can pour your heart out and draw whatever you want. I always wanted people to know that less is always more. We all struggle so as I did as well. Things never comes for free, all we have to do is have faith and believe in ourselves. I am a Swedish-Bengali. Never thought my plan for staying 18 days in Bangladesh would pass months and years.
Bangladesh gave me so much love, respect that I could never leave this country. Today I am a proud owner of my own salon, Studio By Jazz and Nodi Khondakers Makeover. To be honest this feels amazing. I am blessed to have everyone beside me from day one.
The writer is a Sub Editor
of the Asian Age
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