The Challenges of Being a Makeup Artist During the Peak of COVID – Beauty Expert Insha Pathan

Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC's Beauty Expert Insha Pathan

INTRODUCING … Insha Pathan!

I am very excited and honoured to announce Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC’s new Beauty Contributor and resident Beauty Expert, Insha Pathan. Most of you, will remember that I interviewed this Boss Babe back on May 16th in my Babes Promoting Babes Interview Series. If you missed it, and want to gain more insight into Insha and how she became a make-up artist, have a look after reading her blog …

If you had told me in early March that I wouldn’t work for three months, I would have given you a look of incredulity. Sitting here in the middle of June, I will say that COVID has affected me in more ways than I ever thought possible.

Three months ago, I had jobs lined up doing make-up in the Film Industry and was excited as usual. Being able to work in my aspired profession makes me look forward to going to work every day. When I found out that there was no date set to return to work and filming was postponed indefinitely, I felt lost.

Initially, I enjoyed my time and the break from work, I saw it as an opportunity to better myself and get my life organized. I became healthier, decluttered, organized anything & everything and worked on improving and focusing on myself. Eventually, however, not being able to work started to weigh on me.

Being a makeup artist in the Film and Fashion Industries is a dream come true. I didn’t think I would ever be doing what I am! I have always been an artist and now the only difference is that models and actors are my canvas.

A sample of Insha’s makeup artistry.

I am always full of adrenaline and so excited to be on set. Racing against the clock to get the job done, meeting deadlines and overcoming challenges left, right, and centre, while still being able to be artistic was perfect for me. Not being able to work was making me miss it more and more, and a sense of dread began lurking because there was no definite date for when filming was going to begin again.

It felt like I was sitting in a waiting room, patiently hoping that at any moment, my number will be called, but with no end time in sight. I had two options, one was wallowing in self pity and the other was taking that energy and channeling it towards my creative talents.

I was an artist before I became a Makeup Artist. My inclination towards anything creative is what drew me to my field in the first place. So during this time of not working, I started to draw, paint and beginning Do It Yourself projects and practiced my craft and explored all types of makeup.

Insha’s sketches rendered during time off from the Film & Fashion Industries.

I decided that I would use this time during COVID and social-distancing to express my creativity and open myself to inspiration, so that when the time came, I would go back to work with a fresh mind set. I concentrated on what makes me happy — ART!

COVID has been hard on many of us and the most uncertain of times. When have we ever gone through a pandemic?!

Finding a balance and keeping a positive outlook helped to keep me sane and I did this by doing the things that I love. I let myself be creative and channeled my energy into art.

To everyone out there reading this, not being able to do their dream job, be patient and don’t give up. Things will go back to normal eventually and till then, find other ways to use your energy that support your peace of mind and your talents.

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Mako’s Advice: 4 Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

If you missed my last blog, Mako is my Mom. She’s Japanese and has beautiful skin. I cannot share with you how old she is … It’s an ancient Japanese secret… Hahahaha…

But what I can share with you is the Beauty advice she gave me over the years: 1) Moisturize – I like Nivea’s Essentials 24 H Moisture Boost with SPF 15, 2) Take your make-up off as soon as you get home – I use Life Brand’s 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths, 3) Use a mask – I found a great detoxifying one by Biore – Blue Agave & Baking Soda (shown in the photo, 4) Use a toner – I like Nivea’s Gentle Toner for Dry & Sensitive Skin.

If you are not blessed with youthful Japanese genes like me & Mako, then make more of an effort with your skincare routine by applying the advice she gave me … I too would like to keep my age under wraps BUT I will share that I’m over 35.

And my Male subscribers, who are reading this -Mako’s advice applies to you too – besides the tip about taking your make-up off. There are now a lot of products available for Men. Nivea has a whole skincare line especially for you. If you don’t want to fuss and think it’s too girly for you then at the very least PLEASE MOISTURIZE EVERYDAY! Moisturizing is so important because it keeps the wrinkles away. And it’s never too early or TOO LATE to start.

Diet, what you put into your body is just as important as what you apply on your face if not more so! The Japanese diet includes a lot of fish, seafood, seaweed, vegetables, fruit, and healthy snacks like rice crackers. I will be posting more about healthy eating and also fitness. But if you would like to have a glimpse of my fitness routine at Steve Nash Lonsdale have a look at my Instagram profile @mayumiizumi OR click on the icon in Contact us: .

UPDATE: Coming very SOON – my Pilates Instructor and the Group Fitness Manager at Steve Nash Lonsdale – Fawn Gill will be a Fitness Contributor AND FEATURED right here at Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC …