There is something striking in the work of makeup artist Leanne Mallia, which has earned her a reputation as one of Malta’s rising stars in the industry . Leanne is young, talented and with a hunger to succeed. Her magical touch has a unique way to create that ‘wow factor’ that accentuates the beauty in every client who seeks her service. Her aesthetic is one that embraces the bold, yet never at the expense of her clients’ natural features. VIDA recently met up with Leanne Mallia to discuss what triggered her interest in the makeup industry, the challenges the profession offers, recent trends and her plans for the future.
What lies behind an ACCA graduate’s shift towards the world of makeup and beauty?
I get asked this question a lot and I can understand why. Having an accounting background whilst also fulfilling a career in the world of makeup and beauty, don’t usually go hand in hand. I always wanted to work in an office, and that is the career path I pursued at age 17 when I decided to further my studies by choosing ACCA, whilst also working full-time at a professional service company. On the other hand, makeup was always my passion. I always loved makeup and the way it can enhance and boost confidence. I started juggling my career as a professional accountant whilst also working part-time as a makeup artist. The road wasn’t always easy but I found a sense of satisfaction knowing I was juggling both careers at once. About a year ago, a tragic event happened in my life where I realised
life is too short to juggle two careers at once whilst also trying to keep up with my family, social life and friends. It was all getting too much to deal with, so I took the frightening (at the time) decision to pursue my dreams and work as a makeup artist.
What is your definition of beauty?
In my opinion, beauty comes from the inside. It’s all about having a good character, being compassionate and having a gentle and kind heart.
How would you define makeup?
Makeup, to me, is the tool that enhances confidence.
What do you think are the basics in a makeup bag?
I would always suggest having the following in your makeup bag; A good moisturiser to prepare the skin for makeup, full-coverage concealer to conceal dark circles or marks on the face, an eyebrow pencil, mascara and lip balm. Eventually you can start building on the basics to create different makeup looks.
Do you have any ‘go-to’ signature looks that work every time or do you prefer to experiment to see what’s best?
I love experimenting with different makeup looks, new products on the market and new trends. However, there is no denying that I do have my ‘go-to’ looks which never fail me when I’m working on a client and there isn’t much time to get ready. They are classic looks which are always in style and always include winged liner and a bold lip colour. Francois Nars once noted, “Makeup is about balance.
When the eye makes a statement, the lips should be quiet.” To what extent do you agree?
I believe makeup is all about preference. Some people like to make a statement with the eye makeup and keep the lips on a neutral palette, whilst others prefer keeping the eye makeup neutral and having a bold lip colour. Then there are those people, who like myself, love to experiment with glitter and bold colours.
What are the current trends?
Currently glossy looks are back – after years of matte liquid lipstick, the tides are turning and it’s time for lip gloss to shine again!
What’s next on your agenda?
I’m currently working on a number of exciting things, but my main focus is to finalise all works on my salon which I will be using to provide makeup services to my clients, personal makeup courses (in small groups) and individual makeup lessons.
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