Introducing our column, Love and Flair Voices, where we feature regular girls and guys with a crazy drive for success. We hope their stories and struggles can inspire and teach the entrepreneurs in us.
Some time ago, we saw a writing at a coffee shop that says, “A woman can be intelligent, strong, and everything good, but she may never feel enough until she feels beautiful”. To a certain extent, we agree. This is where Hollywood-based makeup artist Archangela Chelsea comes to play. Using her talented two hands, she’s painted faces of numerous celebrities, including Karmin, Sarah Rafferty, and more local names like Lunamaya and Velove Vexia. We spoke briefly to the face-transformer about her exciting journey in the entertainment industry.
Q: What aspect continues to fascinate you in this line of work?
A: I believe that all aspects fascinate me in my line of work. I love my work so much that [it] makes me always curious about what’s ‘ about my work. My fascination about colors also always makes me want to create something [with] makeup.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge that you had to face so far as a makeup artist?
A: My biggest challenge is to actually market myself as a makeup artist, especially in Indonesia. I am here, and that’s pretty hard for me. I am not as a Make Up Artist (I have been doing this for 7 years), but to introduce what I do to people is another story.
Q: When was the moment in your career that made you feel, “I made it”?
A: When I was able to finally work in Hollywood! However, to be honest, I still feel like I haven’t really made it because I’m not easily satisfied with my work.
Q: As a makeup artist, you want your customer to look their best. What do you do if a customer requests for a makeup style that does not suit them?
A: I usually try my best to let them know about my thoughts, but hey, customers always win. So whatever makes them happy, no matter how hard I direct them, I’ll always follow their request.
Q: What’s an interesting fact that people don’t know about your job?
A: That being a makeup artist is not as easy as people think it is! There’s a lot of work that needs to be done!
Q: What was the best advice that you’ve ever received?
A: Never stop doing what you want to do and keep believing in yourself
Q: How do you overcome a creative block?
A: Stop working and go to interesting places to get inspired.
Interviewed and written by Cesya Vanesa Saptari
This article has been edited for length and clarity