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Conversations with Brit Phatal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brit Phatal.

Hi Brit, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal, Canada specializing in beauty direction and makeup artistry. I studied art history at university and during that time, I felt a strong desire to get creative, so I would experiment with clothes and makeup and photography on myself by doing self-portraits.

After getting my undergrad diploma, I got asked to assist this renowned makeup artist, and that is how I got my start in the industry. Now I feel very lucky to connect with people through photography and makeup.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I remember being encouraged by peers and fellow makeup artists to stick to one discipline and to tame down my artistry in order to keep commercial clients. I decided to focus on my own growth and my own creative journey.

In the beginning, I was met with a lot of resistance, but I believed in my vision and I knew I needed to keep pushing boundaries without having to compromise my vision.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a makeup artist who also dabbles in creative direction in photography. While I have a very extensive and researched approach to makeup, my process with photography is very straightforward and candid.

I am known for my eccentric and audacious looks. While I have had the chance to work and collaborate on beauty direction with Vogue, Valentino and a Kardashian sister, I am most proud of my personal projects where I get to cast, style, glam and shoot, as my creative vision is not being compromised.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I think it is very important to take risks, not only with your career but also in life. I have never regretted taking a major risk, as I have trained myself to be comfortable with the idea of failure, as it is inevitable in life. I am equally as proud of myself when I fail as when I succeed, as it would have meant that I have allowed myself to be vulnerable and to grow.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @therealbritphatal

Image Credits

Photography, styling, makeup artistry by Brit Phatal

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