I am 29 years old and have done my first makeup course in 2019 but did not start practice properly until lockdown in 2020. I am just gonna put a little background on how it started.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). Basically my body attacks my nerves which causes my muscles in legs, arms and everywhere else being weak. It also caused facial weakness including double vision. The rarity of mine is that in most people this is curable with possibilities of coming back every now and then however, mine has never fully cured so I’ve been on medication ever since.
Obviously, this has caused a few issues as the years went past. Mental health declined and I was longer comfortable doing things I used to enjoy, even walking was making me anxious as the thought of falling and not being able to get up was scary.
Anyway towards the end of 2018, I had a little depression episode, probably caused by the lack of hobbies. I felts pretty uselessly and worthless. Thankfully it wasn’t too bad and after a few counseling sessions, I decided I’ll complete a beauty course as I have found that I loved seeing other people’s makeup on social media but never was brave enough to start doing it myself. I thought I was too old and never will be good enough.
I also completed other beauty courses and in 2019 focused on that. I spent little time practicing makeup as I found other beauty treatments on growing clientele have taken most of my free time and I quickly burnt out.
In March 2020 I was forced to shield due to Covid and obviously close my little beauty business. Although it was a very stressful period considering I was in the extremely vulnerable group, I found a lot of time to practice makeup again. Posting my looks on social media and the support of other artists have brought me back up and I felt myself again. I absolutely loved seeing my progress and I picked up other online classes from other artists on Instagram to improve my skills. I am constantly working on improving my skills and this year did a little online Halloween course with Saskia Field as in the last years I found Halloween looks very challenging. You can follow my journey on IG @annnatsmakeup.