- Tell us about yourself?
My name is Wilson, I work at Madora and I am a trained make-up artist and skin care consultant and above all I am a professional beauty advisor. I work with Madora and this is a French brand which came to Kenya and launched here at the beginning of 2016. It deals with make-up, skin care and fragrances. I see Madora as a little bit of France in Kenya.
I am a creative person and I love to write.
- People in your field that you admire?
I don’t say that I admire anyone, for me I am inspired by people. I look up to Chanel trainers because of their willingness to impart knowledge and their skills.
Being a man in a woman’s world is an opportunity from God. Sometimes it’s an overwhelming feeling. When I was at college 99% of pupils were women the rest were men with earrings and bangles. This was intimidating and this experience left me confused. I told myself I am going to be different.
Locally I have not found someone who inspires me as I said from the onset I was going to be different, and do things differently. Be my own person.
- Tell me about something you’ve created.
As a creative make-up artist, when we were doing Sense 8, I was part of the special effects make-up artists’ tea, and this was a very unique opportunity and cemented me for what I was doing and I knew this was for me. I was in the right place.
- How do you keep up with industry trends?
I read a lot of. If you look at my emails right now I receive almost 15 -20 updates on the beauty industry. This is how I keep my dream alive. 99% of what I follow are the make-up brands themselves. My sources for beauty is everywhere. I want beauty to be accessible for all. I’ve also benefitted from trainings from being a part of Madora and this is what has helped me keep up with international beauty trends.
- What is the biggest creative challenge you have faced in your career?
I am a very emotional person, and I get hurt easily. I have witnessed a lot of intimidation in this industry, more so being a man. Not everyone believes you can be a good make-up artist being a man.
- What are some of the projects you’re working on right now?
I am full time with Madora.
- How do you respond to criticism?
No one likes criticism.
I would start to complain, and now I have started to sit and reflect. Especially if its constructive criticism. But first I have to differentiate between a good and bad critic. Some people just want to be negative for the sake of throwing shade at you and try and bring you down.
- What makes you unique?
For me, it’s my signature; to be simple. Simplicity is in everything I do. As a make-up artist I am one person who believes in natural make up. I like to keep it natural unless at the client requests differently. I don’t want when you take off your make up you look different person. Being natural is key and this is what makes me a little different from the rest I don’t’ like extremes.
- What would you say to youth who want to be in your industry?
This is the right time. If you have the passion and the drive this is the time. The world is coming to Africa, to Kenya now. The cosmetic industry is going to be the largest soon. We need more artists from Kenya to come into the industry. Even if I had children and this was their dream I would encourage them.