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Meet Makeup Artist Paulina Andrea Acebal

Today we’d like to introduce you to the inspiring Paulina Andrea Acebal.

Paulina Andrea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was young, my mum and grandmum used to tell me stories and read to me. And I loved it; the way words could take you to mystical lands, the thrill of intrigue, the plot twists that could have you gasping for happy ending. But as I traveled outside the US, I realized that words were not good enough. Language was too big a barrier. So I found other ways to tell stories. I started music and theatre very young, and through that, I learned to tell stories through physical means instead of just through words. Makeup stuck out.

After going to university for Theatre Arts, and being bored out of my mind, my mum urged me to look into makeup as career. Thank god I listened to her. We found Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, so I made the move from Miami, Florida to the West Coast.

Has it been a smooth road?
I guess the biggest struggle is putting myself out there. Like in any art, makeup artists have a challenge trying to make a career out of something many would see as a hobby. But I’m confident in myself and in my art and not afraid work hard.

Who, or what, deserves a lot of credit for where you are today?
My mother – I wouldn’t have come out to LA and pursued makeup professionally if it wasn’t for her. She has always pushed me to do my best and has always had confidence in my abilities, even when I didn’t.

What kind of work do you look forward to most?
My favourite types of clients are the ones willing to experiment; the ones that have an idea and just want to go full-throttle into it, whether it’s beauty, character, or special effects. My favourite projects are ones that I can put extensive backstory into, such as an original character or creature or high fashion theme. Backstory to me makes a makeup look that much more rewarding; being able to see something come to life knowing it’s “history”. Of course, I have a soft spot for live theatre, too!

What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I try not to have any regrets in my life, because who I am now is this way because of what I did. I might have had challenges, but I wouldn’t start over.

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