Saturday, February 24, 2018

Make-up for the Caribbean woman


FINISHED: Massoom shows off her completed face with daughter Vanessa Hosein. —Photos: Ayanna Kinsale

Mark Fraser

Some women refrain from wearing make-up for a number of reasons. For some it is not because they do not want to but they have no idea what to do. Whether it is doing a smokey-eye or wanting their skin to look flawless like the celebrities they see in magazines; some women are clueless when it comes to selecting the right products and application, said Vanessa Hosein, the creator of Ambrosia Cosmetics.

Ambrosia Cosmetics has two outlets—Port of Spain and Cunupia—and carries a wide range of mineral make-up, skincare products and fashion jewelry. Just five years in existence, Ambrosia Cosmetics is focused on providing make-up catered specifically for all skin types and colours and suited for our Caribbean climate.

“Make-up is used to enhance one’s natural beauty not cover it up. When done correctly, make-up can make someone look at least ten years younger,” Hosein said.

Her background is in make-up artistry and cosmetology; however, she says she is really passionate about cosmetic formulation. Knowing and understanding the ingredients in make-up and how it reacts really gives you a better idea of what works and what does not, she said.

“I moved to Canada when I was really young and spent about ten years there. When I came back home (Trinidad) my skin changed and because of our warm climate my make-up just wasn’t working for me anymore. The same brands I use to purchase there I saw them selling here and this inspired me to open up my own store and assist women like me to choose make-up better suited for their skin and our climate,” she said.

She noted that just like cosmetic surgeons have tools that they work with so too does a make-up artist. The end result is the same — to have clients feel better about their physical appearance.

Hosein and her team, which comprises her mom, Maureen Massoom, and chief make-up artist Jewel Holder, help women feel better in their own skin without having to go the more costly route by having cosmetic surgery.

Hosein said, “Some of us when we look in the mirror we wish we could change some things about ourselves. Even though others may not see the facial flaws we see when we look in the mirror that does not make it any less real to us.”

She noted when you look good it makes you feel better about yourself.

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