I think the fact that I'm very bold is what makes me unique. I have a very loud and bubbly personality and a bold sense of style. I don't care about trends, and I dress the way my heart desires. My style can't be pinpointed. I owe it all to my cultural background. I am Congolese. That's in the central part of Africa. Congolese people are known to be a little eccentric. We are into creative, colorful hairstyles, colorful prints, and bright colored clothing. Our music is a great representation of that. This love or attraction to all things creative, bright, and bold are reflecting in my style and work every day.
Divine, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist?
I have always dabbled in beauty as a young girl. I used to look at celebrities and was fascinated by how perfect they looked all the time and used to think "Wow, I want to look like that". How I got started though was not intentional. I did hair in high school, and I got into makeup in college, but it was not serious. It was just for myself. Then I ran into some financial troubles in college and ended up taking a year off. During that year I thought about what I could do to pass the time, and it made me think about what I truly loved. So I enrolled in beauty school and fell in love with the whole experience!
Who is your inspiration in life Divine? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is my family. My mother, first and foremost, is my greatest inspiration to be great in life, but it's my family in general that keeps me going. My success will be security for my family and I along with motivation for my younger siblings to make something of themselves as well. Together we might be able to not only secure our future but be able to make a difference in the lives of our family members back home.
We all make mistakes Divine; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Make-up Artist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Well, she wasn't a colleague just a fellow independent makeup artist that was taking indirect digs at me on social media. The way I addressed it was not the best, and I wish now that I would have just left it alone. I realise that the beauty industry is small. At some point, everybody knows everybody, and it helps no one when people entertain drama or bring personal issues into the workplace. What I would have done differently is probably addressed her privately and personally.
Divine, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Make-up Artist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I focus on who is the most important. No matter what the case in an event there is always a leading woman; whether that be the bride, the birthday girl, the prom girl, the party host, the main girl in the video, and so on and so forth. In a group of women, there is always one or two that are the main focus; those are ones that I would work on first. If no beauty hierarchy presents its and they all have to look equally good, then the looks they are going for come into play. I would do the most intricate looks first and the simplest or more natural, last.
Please tell us Divine, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist?
Strategy really comes into play with wedding and proms. They are fun, but the problem is most of the clients rarely ever have an end goal of what they are trying to look like. To avoid missing the mark of their desired look, I offer consultation bookings where the client and I meet to discuss looks and actually try them out. It's a makeup play date if you will. From there she can sample my skills and different looks without commitment and the freedom to move forward and hire or let me know that I'm not her fit.
Divine, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
During a wedding consultation, my client was having a lot of trouble understanding my vision. She had so little makeup experience that even explaining what I was going for and how I was going to do it was hard. I managed to reassure her to give me creative freedom to play in different looks, and she could change any details she didn't like. To give her options, I did two versions of the same look that liked on each eye. In the end, she picked out which eye she liked best, and we had a wedding look!
Divine, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Make-up Artist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was booking my first wedding! A wedding is a woman's most sacred day. She can never recreate it or ever get it back. Her makeup, hair, and dress are the three most important aspects of that day for her besides actually getting married. To be trusted with one or two out of three of those is an honor. It means you have faith in me and my skills. Successfully completing that job is what secured my confidence in my skills and my work.
Divine, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Well, that's a hard question because I'm always creative with my work. I'm always trying out crazy new things about myself as well as my friends and family. If I had to pinpoint though, it would probably be the time I dyed one of friends' hair white. It was really fun, but we went thru a lot of trial and error because I was beginning to understand toning. Long story short I made a lot of mistakes, but he was very patient and ended up with great results.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?
Take the time to really understand face shapes and muscles and the complexities of various skin tones, whether that be skin color or skin types. Keep your tools clean always be on top of replenishing your disposable tools. Also, practice every day, be creative, and have fun!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love work for the Fenty beauty brand. To have my own cosmetics line is a dream of mine and the quality of that brand is something I aspire to. I feel I would learn a lot. I also would like to work in brand campaigns doing hair, makeup, and maybe a little modelling.