Childhood experiences often have a tremendous impact on what people become-and for makeup artist Mela Jimenez, events in her childhood sparked her curiosity for making people beautiful. "My fascination for make-up really started at a young age. I enjoyed watching my mom as she would get ready for evenings out with my dad. I loved the process she would go through in getting ready from carefully putting rollers on her hair to putting on her make-up," she shares. Now, Mela has grown from observing her mom to looking at brides with fresh eyes to know what's best for each and every client.
Mela's foray into the beauty business started seven years ago. She says, "I first got my basic training here in Manila, I got my foot in the industry by working as an assistant make-up artist for TV commercials and other projects. Then other opportunities presented itself and I had the chance to further my training in the United States."
Her experience abroad allowed her to improve her craft, and as Mela dolled up more clients, she realized that she loved styling brides for their wedding "I just feel so privileged to be part of the most important day of a girl's life. Collaborating with brides and trying to bring to life how they envision themselves on their big day is very exciting and [is] such a thrill for me."
Mela stresses the importance of working with brides to achieve what they want. She shares, "A little more detail goes in to creating a look for a bride. I like getting to know my brides a bit before I suggest a certain look for their big day." And while every bride wants to look her best on her wedding, Mela knows that each client is unique. She says, "Every face or every bride is different. I always take in to consideration how she sees herself on her big day, with the gown, the shoes, the hair and of course her make-up. All other factors aside from the bride's make-up should always showcase the best look possible, whether it's a no make-up look, a smokey eye, or an old Hollywood glamor look," she says.
Since Mela will be styling the bride on one of the most important days of her life, Mela makes it a point to get to know each client well. "I really encourage my clients, especially brides, to do a trial make-up with me before the big event. By doing so, I get to know a little more about her style and personality. I also consider what the husband-to-be likes and dislikes in terms of make-up since he will be staring at his bride the entire time on that day," she says.
While Mela has mastered the art of making a bride look and feel beautiful, she still finds time to keep learning. "I keep myself updated by going through different trainings on new trends and technologies, and by constantly reading and researching. I also listen to music, go to art galleries and expose myself to different forms of art as sources of inspiration," she says.