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Art & Life with Chloe Majdipour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloe Majdipour.

Chloe, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a very artistic and creative person. My mother encouraged this side of me by putting me in various art classes throughout the years when I was growing up. I always loved these classes, whether it was oil painting, drawing, piano lessons, or Graphic design, however, none of them ever stuck with me. I remember the first time I discovered a YouTube makeup and hair tutorial in high school–I became obsessed instantly. From then on, my browser on my laptop always had a minimum of 10 tabs open with videos I wanted to watch each day. I was enamored with learning about all the products available on the market, the good, the bad, the hidden gems as well as how to use them and the techniques that all these beauty gurus were ready to share.

When I was watching all these videos and learning about the world of beauty and makeup, it still hadn’t crossed my mind that I would possibly use everything I was learning in my future career. My family and friends didn’t understand why I spend so much time watching random strangers on the internet talking about makeup. When I finally started practicing makeup on myself, my sister and friends, my love for makeup grew even more. Makeup stuck with me the way no other creative outlet had ever done before. It came naturally to me like nothing else had ever come to me before. As I continued to practice more and more on my own face and as many other faces as I could get my hands on, I realized it was time to take the next step and publicize my work on social media to get my name out there to turn my hobby into a job. Inevitably, I had my doubts, I was nervous about publishing my work when there were thousands of other amazing artists out there. I thought to myself, why would anyone want to see my work when there are more experienced pages already in existence. Nevertheless, I pushed away these irrational thoughts and realized that if I was going to wait until I was ready, I would be waiting forever.

Looking back to 2 years ago, when I first started my Instagram page @beautybychloe__, it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. Social media was my biggest tool as an artist trying to expand my work beyond the four corners of my room where I did my own makeup. Knowing how to use this tool to your advantage is the key to growth. I let go of any fear that was holding me back. I posted photos of my work without comparing them to the millions of other makeups looks on the internet. I reached out to models and photographers to begin building my network. I shared my work with people in my own community to let them know I was available to do makeup for their special events. Discovering my passion is the greatest treasure and I would never have been able to realize it if I let me fear of what other people thought of me get in the way. When you love something, you have to latch on to it and go at it with full force and I hope I can inspire other makeup artists to do the same!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a makeup artist and I do makeup for everything from special events, to editorial, to head-shots to bridal makeup. While I try to be as versatile as possible and not confine myself to one style of makeup, if I had to describe my work it would be that I aim to always keep the making looking fresh, never cakey no matter if I am doing a super natural look or a super intense full glam look. I want the skin to look like skin, to have a lift from within glow while enhancing the natural beauty of the face I’m working on. When it comes to eyes my aim is always to enhance the eye color that I’m working on. To do this, I use eyeshadows with undertones that are opposite colors of the eye color. In doing so, I can really bring out the person’s eyes and make them pop.

When doing client makeup, my main purpose is to show them how beautiful they are (both with and without makeup) by enhancing their features and bringing out their confidence. I always want to make sure to listen to what my client wants and tailoring the look to their preferences while still injecting my own style of makeup into the look. When I’m on set doing makeup for a photoshoot I usually have more creative freedom to play around with color and unconventional techniques that are perfect for more editorial looks. As an artist, you never really stop learning or growing. I’m constantly drawing inspiration from other makeup artists and trying new things, learning what I’m good at and what I still need to improve on. It’s important for me to have a consistent style on my page so people know what they are getting when they hire me, while at the same time still exhibiting a variety of looks on a variety of faces to show what I am capable of.

What I want people to take away from my work is that there is not only one way of doing makeup. Everyone has their own unique touch and it’s important to continue working to honing in on what this touch is. Continue perfecting your craft, have fun with it, and remember, it’s just makeup, don’t take yourself too seriously!

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
My main advice of anyone struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns is to remember that most, if not all, artists were once in the same position. It’s rough and it takes time to get to the point where your art will not only be your passion, but also your steady flow of income. Always remember why you started and the feeling you get from engaging your desire to create. As a self-taught artist, I want to remind people that you can learn almost everything you need to know off the internet. Follow people in the industry you want to be in whether it be on YouTube or Instagram and study their work. Many of them are happy to answer questions if you ask and will even post their favorite products/tools and the techniques they love. We are lucky to be living in a time where things are more accessible than ever before. Some of my most favorite artists that I look up to are self-taught and that hasn’t gotten in the way of their success.

Just keep working hard, try to take any opportunity that comes your way, both big or small, because you never know who you will meet and what other jobs it might lead you to in the future. Find a balance between knowing your worth, but also knowing that sometimes it’s valuable to work for free because you might be getting something else out of it other than money. Success in life is what results when you simply refuse to give up. Keep your goals strong and see any obstacles, failures and loss as motivation to keep going.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post most of my work on my Instagram page, @beautybychloe . I’m constantly trying to mix it up by posting both editorial/model photos as well as photos of my clients. As an artist in the social media age, we definitely depend on followers, likes and comments in order to get people exposed to our work and to get our name out there. Follow my page to keep up with what I’m working on, and like, comment and share my posts when you see a look you love!

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Image Credit:
First photo with rings: model – Valeria Kuklishyna
2nd Photo with red earrings: model – Rachael Lange Photographer – Ellen b. Hansen
5th Photo with blond model: Photographer – Dorian Qi
Last Photo: Model – Carly Diamond Stone Photographer – Dorian Qi

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