Young, beautiful, talented, and powerful. These words can describe the powerful woman who familiarly called Chelsea. Her career journey as a Hollywood makeup artist make anyone would be amazed and proud of her achievement.
It starts from her interest to makeup and art, then she is finally able to realize her dream to did makeup for her idol in Hollywood. Want to know more about her career journey? Let’s read her story that shared to Avoskin!
“I love makeup since 15 years old. The way to show that I really love it whole-heartedly, I joined makeup course.”
She followed her sister to attend makeup course in her hometown, Surabaya. After she finished her course, she began her career journey as a makeup artist for any events. Almost two years she started her career as a makeup artist (MUA) in Indonesia, until she continued her study to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, USA.
“Five years living in LA, but I’ve just entered the MUA world in Hollywood in the 3rd year. Everything is not easy, it is worth with struggle.”
Until one day, her struggle to send the portfolio to the agencies and professional photographers gave her an opportunity. There was an agency that interest to her work, then brought her as an makeup artist for the Hollywood celebrities.
“There’s Charlie Weber, Karmin, Christina Grimmie, Chriselle Lim, Cary Elwes, and so on. There is no one as the most memorable, because all of them had the special impression and giving me a memorable story personally.”
From so many Hollywood artists who ever worked with her, Chelsea told that the hardest part of being makeup artist is to understand the client’s character. However, she always learn more how to know someone deeper. Her works of makeup even been published in the international media in USA, such as Glamour, Variety, E!, People, GQ, TMZ, Popsugar, Vogue, The Real FOX, then Good Morning America. Such an amazing achievement!
“I can visited the offices of international media in US that usually I can only see it on TV. It such a miracle.”
In fact, Chelsea said that not everyone can joined the agency where she started her career as an Hollywood makeup artist. The count is, from about 100 people who apply for admission to the prestigious agency, only 30-40 people that can be accepted. Chelsea is the only one Indonesian people who joined the agency as a makeup artist.
“But if you know, I ever feeling down. Until I asked myself again and again, “is this my career?“. Yes, there are a lot of challenges that must be faced.”
Especially when she received complaints from celebrities or models that handled by her. Although it happen rarely, but the experience made her performance to be more perfectionist as an MUA. Introspection and always eager to learn to be more perfect is the key, she said.
“And most importantly, I retain my makeup characteristic, the natural makeup but still looked wearing makeup. Flawless skin is the highlight. This characteristic already I created a long time ago.”
More than 2,5 years, Chelsea build her career in Hollywood. But now, she returned to her homeland, Indonesia. So, what is the reason for going back ‘home’?
“For me, Indonesia is my home. I thought, where would I go? What would I do? I was born and raised in Indonesia, my parents lived in Surabaya. Five years in US to completed my study, built a career and find the experiences seems to be enough. I think, it’s time for me to go back home.”
Her decision to go back to Indonesia in January 2016 made her friends deeply regrets of her career journey in US. She also had hesitated, and felt that her career in Hollywood is very brilliant.
In fact, her last day in US before returned to Indonesia, she still reveived an offer to handled makeup for TV shooting.
“The last day in US, I still work for makeup. Once completed, I went to airport to catch up the flight. I’ve planned to break from all the work for a while and take a short holiday in Indonesia. Praise the Lord, there is an agency in Jakarta that invited me to join their team as a makeup artist.”
Chelsea always grateful for her career journey. She considered that all of this, is the gift from God. Doing a careers in accordance with her passion, working wholeheartedly, as well as her experiences that very successful and memorable.
“But I want to expand my career to the whole world. Not just Hollywood and Indonesia. Maybe one day, I will going to Australia or Europe. But it later. Now I want to focus in Indonesia first, my home.”
Yes, that is the answer when she told us about her targets. Behind her young age, Chelsea have high spirit and tremendous effort. The valuable experience in her career was never made her satisfied. She demands herself to always learning more and more.
“Because I know, in the way to achieve something worth, we must faced a difficult path. Don’t be quitter, if you love it, just keep doing it.”
Yes, her spirit is very enviable. Her persistence to build a brilliant career in Hollywood could make her career path in Indonesia increasingly wide open. Until now, there are so many models and artists that she handled for makeup. Luna Maya, Andien, Pevita Pearce, Lolita Agustine, and Kelly Tandiono, are some examples.
So, how about her opinion about beauty industry in Indonesia?
“I think the beauty industry in Indonesia is quite advanced. There are so many alternative products that can be found here. And also, there are so many local brand, and some of them have a same quality with overseas brand.”
As one of the practitioner in the beauty industry, Chelsea considered that the beauty products in Indonesia are very diverse. For selecting the right product, she said that it must be adapted to the skin condition of each people. Whatever the season is, healthy skin and attractive makeup always be yours.
“But no matter how good her makeup, the most important thing is taking care of the skin. Due to produce a good makeup, there must be a healthy and beautiful skin.”
Chelsea also giving some advice for everyone who interested in developing a career in beauty world or as a makeup artist.
“Being MUA is not an easy matter. Never stop learning because the coming trend can be changed very fast. Always believe in yourself, be yourself, and never stop working.”
Then, Chelsea still have tips & tricks and also secrets about must-have-item makeup and skincare. Do you want to know more? Check this link below.