Life is full of different encounters. Sometimes we are just a passerby of other people's lives. But if there is a time just for you, then you should dress up and be the star of the night!
Ava, one of our 2018 HelloToby Top Pros, has 11 years of experience in the makeup industry. She is experienced in film makeup and a master in various kinds of makeup styles. With just a swing of her magic wand, you will be at your prettiest. This is what most women say today, "I need to have beauty on the inside and outside!"
Can You Share the Story of Becoming a Makeup Artist?
Before I became a full-time makeup artist, I did makeup for the competition teams in my daughter's school. My makeup skills improved in those 4 years. In order to gain more knowledge, I decided to learn from a senior makeup artist.
As I was studying, I learnt from experts to do stage makeup. I applied the skills I have learnt. During the 4 years, I worked with artists like Maria Cordero, Wan Kwong, Zaneta Wong, the Miss Chinese Culture Global Competition 2013, and so on. I also did makeup for Jessica C, a magazine model, and models from a wedding magazine. I also provided service for Alan & Hacken's Concert and stage makeup for i-Cable. Different styles of stage makeup built a firm foundation and deepened my understanding of the industry.
After the 8 years of experience, I started my own studio, Ava Make up Studio, in 2010 to provide a wide variety of service to customers.
How Do You Keep Your Makeup Close to the Trend?
To put on the best makeup, I keep learning to increase my knowledge in makeup and personal image. For example, I received the Certification of Accreditation from Britain in 2007, graduated from Make Up For Ever Professional in 2018, went to Taiwan to learn about makeup and hair styling in 2010, and received Hong Kong QF Level 3 and 4 in 2017 (bridal, banquet, and personal image makeup and photography), Lingnan Institute of Further Education (Professional Diploma in Cosmetology Management), and received Diploma in Teaching, Training & Assessing Learning from City&Guilds (8106) etc.
What Quality(s) Should a Good Makeup Artist Have?
First of all, you have to know and understand the industry, such as industry knowledge, application of skills, makeup materials and method. Makeup style is very diverse, and there are different trends at different times. As a professional makeup artist, you have to keep learning.
Secondly, reputation is very important. To build your reputation, being attentive to your customers and providing top quality service are essential. As a result, your customers will introduce you to their friends, thus expanding your customer source.
Thirdly, be the apprentice of a good teacher. This way, not only can you learn basic skills, you can also get an idea of how the trendiest techniques are like.
What is Your Next Target?
The 8 years of training have given me plenty of information about the industry and makeup techniques. This allows me to start a studio with confidence. Another 8 years have passed, I hope I can teach what I know to students who are interested in entering the industry. So I am also a makeup teacher, providing one-on-one makeup lessons. I hope to open small-class makeup lessons, so more students can learn about the latest makeup trends and actual application skills.
Why Did You Choose HelloToby in the First Place?
I hope to get new customer sources from the online platform, such as that of registered makeup, stage makeup, Social Event Hair and Makeup, and Photoshoot Hair and Makeup etc. Furthermore, I am always on business trips, but I want to operate my business and get new orders when I was out of town.
How Does HelloToby Help You with Your Business?
The biggest help from HelloToby was finding new customers. It all started officially in November 2017 when there were 6 orders per month on average, and there were 2-4 customers per order. So 50% of customers are from HelloToby. My Profile on HelloToby increases my online popularity.
What is the Secret to Your Success Achieved in HelloToby? What Advice Would You Give to New Experts?
The key to success is to write a good profile. It increases your chance when customers compare the price. Also, profile is beneficial in increasing your exposure as it allows more online customers to know about your service.
How Do You Stand Out from the Crowd and Became A Top Pro? And What Are The Characteristics?
Most customers read the reviews and believe that I can put on the best and most suitable makeup, and that gives them confidence. Also, I would listen to new customers' needs and requests. Then I will customise the style accordingly.
Moreover, I improve my skills constantly. I keep up the quality and do the most fashionable makeup. I do all these just so my customers can present themselves confidently at important events in their lives.
How Can A Customer Receive Your Quotations?
If you are interested in getting my free quotations, click "get quotes here".
1） For social events, film makeup and hair styling, performance hairstyling and makeup, and event makeup and hairstyling: Get free quotes here
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【5-Star Rating】Ava's makeup skills and profession satisfied all customers' needs. My friends and I are both satisfied with the service. The service includes makeup, hair styling, eyebrow trimming. It was so worth it. This is the best choice to have to prepare for graduation dinner! Ava's service attitude is the best, I did not have to worry about anything :)
|Mok Tsz Ying|
【5-Star Rating】Last night was my birthday party and it was a success! Friends complimented me on the makeup for the International Standard dancesport performance. The waiters at the restaurant also complimented the elegant makeup for its unique style. The success wouldn't have been possible without Ava's professional attitude, skills, and over 10 years of experience. I hope to work with her in the future competitions!