Haseena Wazir, the makeup artist who brought the UNDP “Beyond Now Reimagining Society”Campaign looks to life with her brushes and paint, has realised how resilient she is because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how adaptation is a vital ability to develop. She tells us more about her role in the campaign, how the pandemic has impacted her brand and her vision for the future…
I was so excited to be part of this campaign because I’m always looking for opportunities to create out of the box, unconventional looks.
So important, Zimbabwe has some incredibly talented and culturally diverse individuals and at times like this it’s especially important to come together and inspire each other to continue creating and improving our skills. Collaborations such as this campaign also offer opportunities to meet and network with other artists.
The pandemic has forced us to change the way we live which can be challenging to get used to. We as creatives are able to bring awareness in a way that is visually appealing and relatable.
As a makeup artist, although I’m used to sanitising my tools and products, I also decided to do the Barbicide Covid-19 online course to learn the recommended guidelines to keep my clients and myself as safe as possible.
I believe the pandemic has made me realise that I am more resilient than I thought and that being able to adapt to different and challenging situations is an important skill to cultivate.
With people working from home and wearing a mask a lot of the time, make-up has been less of a priority for many. Personally I think in a reimagined society, beauty will lean more towards improving our skin care routines and makeup will perhaps be focused more on eyes.
We’ve all experienced struggles and loss in many ways during Covid-19,I think people have gained a new appreciation for each other and hopefully we can look forward to a society that’s more aware of the importance of kindness, compassion and understanding.
Often I’ll see someone’s face and get ideas about how I would do their makeup and what colours and products would suit them. I’m also partial to clean defined lines and avant garde looks.
I’m not really one for trends because we’re all so different. I think the key to great makeup is learning how to enhance our own features and adapting certain looks and techniques to suit us as individuals.
I believe your makeup is only as good as your skin and the number one problem I see with skin is dehydration, even with those who are oily/acne prone. So a good hydrating moisturiser is key to normalise and balance it out. Also applying sunblock every single day is important because it helps prevent hyperpigmentation and premature wrinkles.
I’m excited to do some more interesting collaborations like this one and to continue making people feel beautiful and confident.