Yes I know that should read 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' but I actually think that detail and beauty are not far removed from each other. For example look at a lovely painting and one of the main attractive features might be the attention to detail. Now I know what I am going to say may cause some contention but I'll go ahead and say it anyway. Us men are not necessarily blessed with attention to detail genes; in many ways it actually helps us; we can do more with less. When a man is blessed with these remarkable abilities they tend to end up highly revered - a Gok Wan of this world, a celebrity that never becomes a 'z lister'. Why am I mentioning this? The field of make-up is the one exception to the rule. You can't get away with doing more with less, I'm sure most women will testify to that idea. Good make-up done well can create a flawless masterpiece whereas good make-up done badly can reveal and accentuates flaws. I had the privilege to work with a make-up artist whose skills and attention to detail in my opinion were second to none. A make-up artist who holds the promise that she can teach her skills over the course of 3 days. Her name is Maryam Taqi; an internet and instagram sensation with some 21 thousand plus followers to her name. I responded to her casting where she had requested some beauty shots done of her latest students' work. Under her watchful eye the pupil delivered style after style whilst I clicked away in the background. Maryam was very clear in what she wanted and in what the end outcome would look like and it fell to her student to deliver on her requests whilst she advised and directed her until she achieved the required outcome. The thing I will take away from seeing Maryam teach is the understanding that real perfection is actually the ability to repeatedly provide smaller consistent corrections, slowly chiseling away on a work of art until it is the best it can be. The second aspect I will take away is the knowledge that you need always to be practising to consistently improve. Then it came my turn to deliver on the shots and again Maryam was just as clear on her directives on what she wanted. I was pleased by the end shots I took and also that Maryam was able to take the shots there and then before we parted company. I slept assured knowing that whilst make-up artistry might never be my forte, its the small things that I do well which makes me great in my own way.
Its well worth checking Maryam out and the different services she provides. Her website is: http://maryamtaqi.co.uk/