HOW A NON-MAKEUPY GIRL (ME) GOT INTO MAKEUP ARTISTRY

I haven’t always been a girlie girl. In fact I don’t think I could even call myself one now. I was never a rebellious teenager who wore make up against my school’s rules. Not because I was sporty, I just never really thought about it and there didn’t seem to be much emphasis on getting all dolled up in my group of friends. I was able to rock into liquor stores when I was 16 and purchase alcohol for my friends and I without wearing make up so I had no need to try to make myself look any older with eyeliner or lipstick. I headed into my twenties completely clueless on how to apply make up. I would borrow my best friend’s foundation, blush and eyeliner when we ventured out to bars at the weekends and would have to laugh at the uber rosy cheeks and sad droopy eyes that reflected back at me in the mirror.   And now I’m a make up artist… How, you ask?   When I finished high school I was an idealistic, snot green cardie wearing, bare footed hippie so it made sense that I went to University to study Resource Management. When I emerged with my degree after three years I was way less idealistic and somewhat more pragmatic which led me into a job at Inland Revenue, the New Zealand tax department. The work there appealed to my logical, problem solving side and I found a new challenge there every day. After four years working my way up the tax ladder I looked around at my co-workers, some of who had been...