My name is Amy Prifti. I am a make up artist and I'm bloody good at my job. There, I've said it!
So why, when I tell a model who is putting their face in my hands and has never met me before or seen examples of my work 'Don't worry - I'm a great make up artist' am I met with people who think that I am pretentious and 'up my own arse?'
I agree - I am extremely certain of myself and what I can achieve. Make up is all I have ever known, from age 8 when I would make over my friends to look like the lady on the front of a magazine to age 13 when I started designing the hair and make up for all my school, and then college performances.
I worked my first Opera house and my first feature film aged 16 where I would clean make up brushes and sort hair pins whilst watching, learning and working my damnest to impress and to get the opportunity to work my way up.
I have studied extensively, questioning any 'rules' that I was set and doing my best to prove those rules wrong (My industry in an art - who is to tell me what I can and can't do?)
I still train now, even though I teach others, I never stop observing, learning and trying out different techniques to see what works for me. Yet I get frowned upon for stating that I am good at my job.
Now, I am not saying that I am the best make up artist in the world, I'm not saying that I know it all - I learn something new from each different face that I have the pleasure to work on. I am more than aware that that I will carry on discovering new products and learning new techniques every day.
Fashion changes. Models looks that we consider beautiful changes, new products enter the market - This is one of the things that I love best about my job.... The forever changing!
Of course, I do worry when I am old, grey (well, in my case, probably pink and purple) and wrinkly, will there still be space for me to carry on working within this industry?
I can't see pretty, young models wanting me to be working on their faces - So maybe I will be making other over old, grey and wrinkly woman and helping to provide them with a confidence boost!
For now, I live knowing that I am extremely fortunate to be working in an industry that I love. Each time I create my work, just like a painting, the end result is different.
I love enhancing features and I love natural beauty, I also love transforming people's looks to create a result which even they didn't think was possible, or even where they don't recognise themselves.
Make up is all I know, all I love and all I have ever wanted to do.
So when I say 'I'm a make up artist and I'm bloody good at my job' Please, just take my word for it, relax and let me do my job.
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Above photos; Chris Giles Photography, Milan Photography, Exposure Studios London, John Farrar, Rob Voodoo. Models - Natalie, Hannah Bland, Clodagh Mulligan, Portia Victoria, Olivia Harriet Smith.
All Hair and Make up by me :-)