Makeup artist finding lots of joy in the kitchen


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 16 Jul 2020

Nurul Shazwani preparing her makeup products as she has started receiving clients again. (Above) Some of the cookies she bakes for the food business she began with her mother at the start of the MCO period. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

COOKING and baking were never really Nurul Shazwani Meerasa Sahib’s cup of tea.

But when her gigs as a part-time makeup artist stopped during the movement control order (MCO) period, the 28-year-old clerk turned to the kitchen to supplement her income.

She sold items including nasi Briyani, fried bihun, dalca, curries, butter cookies, coffee cookies and strawberry cookies.

“They say when one door closes, another opens, ” she said when met at her house along Persiaran Paya Terubong 4 in Penang on Saturday.

“I could hardly bake back then and didn’t know what to do in the kitchen.

“But now, I have learnt so much about baking and cooking with my mother and together, we sold food over the MCO period.

“We were able to make RM800 to RM1,000 per month, which certainly came in handy to support my family.”

Nurul Shazwani said although she has now started receiving clients for bridal and events makeup services, she still helps her mother to sustain the food business.

They still market their dishes via social media, catering to small orders from a steady customer base.

“I feel really happy helping out in the kitchen and I do not want to give up cooking and baking.

“I want to continue with both my side career as a makeup artist and my newfound activity that brings me joy, ” she added.

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