Making the most of make-up

IT IS not difficult to make a woman beautiful if she wants to be, but if she has given up hope, then she has given up on beauty, says Timmy Nishimura, Estee Lauder's make-up artist. 

“Women who want to be beautiful need to change their mindset. They need to believe that they can be beautiful,” says Nishimura.  

“Every woman is beautiful in her own way. Beauty is more than what meets the eye; there is inner beauty as well and make-up helps bring out this inner beauty,” she added.  

Nishimura, 41, is hailed as one of Japan's forefront players in the beauty industry.  

Nishimura (right) gave model Elaine Mah a party makeover at the last RedCarpet Portrait held at Suria KLCC.

Nishimura, who is of German-Japanese parentage, worked as a model and hairstylist before finding his niche as a make-up artist and has since lent his make-up techniques to numerous photo shoots and runway shows. 

Nishimura currently appears in the popular weekly TV show, JUST, on TBS Japan. The reality beauty show is about transforming ordinary women into glamorous stars. 

“It is a very popular show. Many housewives are eager for a makeover to surprise their husbands,” says Nishimura who has in Kuala Lumpur recently for Estee Lauder’s Red Carpet Portrait Event, a glamorous makeover for women. 

Nishimura’s make-up techniques bring out the beauty in every face he touches. Known as “the man with magic fingers,” he can tell the moment a woman is touched by her own beauty. 

“When the eyes light up, that’s when she realises that she can be beautiful,” says Nishimura. 

So what does it feel like to be able to make women beautiful? 

“The pleasure of the job comes when women are aware of their beauty,” says Nishimura.  

“The significance of make-up is not just to make the face beautiful but the person happy as well.”  

The master of make-up offers a few tips: One way of selecting a foundation, says Nishimura, is to make your choice based on your lifestyle. Are you outdoors most of the time or are you in an air-conditioned room for hours?  

It also depends on preferences: do you want to cover up imperfections or just do a light touch-up? The choice of foundation also depends on the climate. 

Powder foundation is popular because it is versatile. Nevertheless, water-based crème foundation also has its benefits: it is not as sticky and lasts longer. 

Many women perfect their make-up at home, thinking that they need not lift the powder puff once they reach their destination. 

But Nishimura advises: “Women should leave make-up half-finished when they leave home for the office. When you reach the workplace, then you can give it the final touch.” 

To hide eye bags, Nishimura suggests a concealer. Another way is to use eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara to draw more focus to your eyes. 

He also shares tips on the proper way to touch up make-up.  

“Use blotter to soak up excess oil from the face and then even up the blotchy make-up with your fingers. Next, dab the powder puff with foundation on your face.” 

Nishimura points out that women tend to pull the make-up back when touching up. This is a no-no as it may create unwanted lines. 

“Some women apply too much make-up to cover imperfections. This could work against you. The more make-up you apply, the more obvious it appears,” added Nishimura. 

  • Estee Lauder is holding another Red Carpet Portrait Event today at Metrojaya in Mid Valley Megamall. For appointments, call 03-2284-8422. 

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