Today we’d like to introduce you to Shilpa Koshy.
Shilpa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in NY in a traditional Indian family where choosing to be an artist as your career wasn’t an option. You needed something that could provide a stable paycheck and that wouldn’t bring embarrassment to your family’s oh so precious reputation. I grew up with a lot of pressure to always make the “right” choices even though they didn’t necessarily make me happy so I also have a graduate degree in occupational therapy. It actually turned out that I love that field as well but not enough to do it full time. I fell in love with makeup in high school. I was that uncomfortable, chubby, teenager with acne who struggled with self-esteem like many of my peers. Makeup made me feel beautiful and I loved sharing that with others. Helping other women feel beautiful is one of my true passions. I literally feel the most alive when I am working on a client. That’s how I know that I was meant for this!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art: bringing joy and creating smiles. My favorite part of the process is the very end when my client finally gets to see their reflection in the mirror. They just smile and begin to beam this powerful light and confidence. It just brings me so much joy and I am reminded of why I do what I do every time.
My inspiration is always the natural beauty and spirit of my clients. I love to accentuate their beautiful features but still keep them looking like them. I struggled with self-love for a very long time and I still do at times. In high school, I would look around the room and always think I was the ugliest person. I would always want to look like someone else. Never seeing and appreciating my own beauty was such a miserable feeling. I never want anyone else to ever feel that way. That’s why style of makeup has evolved so much over the years. I want women to embrace more of their natural beauty and truly allow the best version of themselves shine through. Makeup should never be a mask to hide your true beauty underneath.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
To me success is feeling fulfilled. Do you truly love what you do? Do you feel alive when you are “working”?
My best work is when I am just in the zone, creating. I can literally block everything going on around me out and just focus and create. I typically don’t have a look in mind before. It just starts flowing, coming to me with each brush stroke. It’s almost magical. Then, when I’m done and I look at my work I’m almost in shock that I was able to create it. Don’t compare yourself or your work to others. Everyone has their own style. It’s a matter of finding what inspires you, honing those skills, and creating your own style.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post most of my recent work on Instagram. I also share a lot of other passions: fashion, travel, and inspiring others to live their truest selves fearlessly @MakeupbyShilpa
- Phone: 2143366968
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyshilpa/
Sorry I couldn’t find a horizontal picture of myself on my phone… that photo was taken by Christal Sims
The photo of my work on the model with the white lingerie was taken by Dorian Q
The other photos are mine