A Makeup Affair

Interview with Marilyn Cini, Make-Up Artist

If Marilyn were to get a hold of your face, you would quickly understand why she is considered as one of the rising talents in the local make-up industry. She is young,

bold, creative and with an incredible eye for detail. What a woman already has in the way of natural beauty, Marilyn has the ability to take it to the next level with a simple touch of a blush brush. Marilyn shared with Atelier her passion for make-up, her definition of beauty and her experience at the X Factor Malta.

It is incredible how with a stroke of a brush you could bring a smile to a face and help build confidence.

What lies behind an OT’s interest towards the world of make-up and beauty?

From a very young age I used to follow anything related to the world of make-up and beauty. Any magazine, TV programme or book was a source of knowledge to know more about the industry. Although I pursued a career in the healthcare sector as an Occupational Therapist my interest in make-up never faded away. I would dare say, it grew stronger. Indeed, Occupational Therapy instilled in me a sense of caring and desire to help others achieve their full potential which in a way I felt I could achieve through make-up. It is incredible how with a stroke of a brush you could bring a smile to a face and help build confidence. With this premise in mind I decided to further my studies in make-up and here I am!

What is your definition of beauty?

Miranda Kerr once noted; “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way.” I believe that each and one of us encapsulates some form of beauty which makes him or her stand out of the crowd. It can be a simple smile, a pair of eyes or a heart-shaped chin. I also believe that beauty is not only about the looks, but is also related to our inner core. Beautyis also about our character, our attitude and our approach. That’s what really makes us glow!

How would you define make-up?

A set of brushes and good make-up products are all I need to create a look that makes a person feel better and more comfortable with oneself. Everyone is beautiful, and make-up is only there to accentuate the beauty that already exists in each and one of us.

What do you think are the basics in a make-up bag?
As a make-up artist, it is difficult to choose what exactly is “basic”! It very much depends on what each individual is comfortable to use on a day to day basis. For me, a good concealer and an eyebrow pencil are a must. A medium coverage foundation, a little blush on the cheeks and mascara on the lashes are enough for a natural everyday make-up look.

Do you have any ‘go-to’ signature looks that work every time or do you prefer to experiment to see what’s best?
I do like to experiment with s and different looks depending on the occasion, both on myself and on my clients, if they are of course comfortable with that. However, when I’m in a rush, I usually go for a soft look blending pinks and purple eyeshadows. It never disappoints me, so I guess I consider this as my ‘go-to’ signature look.

FranÇois Nars once noted, “Make-up is about balance. When the eye makes a statement, the lips should be quiet”. To what extent do you agree?
I personally fully agree! Although I like to experiment with s, it is imperative not to go

overboard. It is important to decide what one wants to focus on, either the eyes or the lips. One has to choose between bold lips with a soft look on the eyes or a bold eye look with a simple on the lip.

Any tips or hints on trend that will be big during the summer season?

Feathered brows are a big trend for this season – leaving the brows as natural as possible and brushing them up with some tinted brow gel. Graphic ed eye liner and pink blush are also a go-to for this summer season.

A little tip for a long-lasting make-up effect because of the humid weather here in Malta, I suggest a good make-up base or primer and a powder to set any cream make-up product.

Tell us about your experience at X Factor Malta?

It was simply amazing! Having the possibility to work alongside a great mentor like Diane Nikolic and the other make-up artists was a great experience. It helped me build on my knowledge and skills as we were called to be efficient, yet apply the right make-up on the participants as well as their dancers. Being a television show, you have the opportunity to experiment with bolder, brighter and glittery looks thus giving space for more creativity. Although the X Factor Live Shows involve a lot of work, time and energy, I cannot wait to be back for the third year!

What’s next for you?

I want to continue growing in the beauty industry, to share my love and inspire more people towards make-up by giving more courses and tutorials. I am always eager to learn more myself, thus will continue to attend new courses to further enhance my skills, whilst keeping to date with any new trends. I will embrace any opportunity that will come my way!

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