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Meet Izabella Maka of Iza Maka Makeup in South Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Izabella Maka.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Izabella. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I remember when I was little, my mom got an eye shadow palette that had about 40 colors in it. I was fascinated with it, it seemed magical. I liked to open it and just look at all the colors. I always liked makeup, but the interest turned into a passion about ten years ago. I started to have fun playing with different colors, mixing eye shadows, trying out brands from all price points. I started to do make up for my friends, they recommended me to their friends and so on. I got some experience and confidence and had an idea to start working with photographers. I reached out to some thorough social media, a few responded and that is how it started. I quickly realized that I made the right choice and this is where I belonged. I love being a part of a team during a photoshoot and seeing the end result. I always say “team work makes the dream work.” My advice for the beginners is “be kind.” You meet a lot of people and they may not always remember your name but they will always remember how they felt working with you.

During the last six years, I have worked with models from the best-known agencies from Miami, Chicago, LA, and New York City. My work appeared in Vogue Italia, Forbes Poland, Beau Nu Magazine, Dark Beauty, Ellements, Beauty Launchpad, Boudoir Inspiration. I worked for clothing advertising campaigns, fashion shows. I did a few music album covers and music videos. I worked with celebrities from Europe and LA.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The beginnings weren’t always a walk in the park. I remember tears and frustration I felt a few times when after finishing a model’s makeup, a makeup that I was very happy with and I thought was perfect, was told I needed to completely wash it off because the photographer had something else in mind. It hardly ever happens anymore but you often have to work under pressure. I had situations when I had 15 minutes to do a full face makeup while the model was having her hair done and the hairdresser was moving the model’s head constantly. I also had my moments of doubt when seeing very experienced makeup artists thinking “what am I doing here?” and feeling that I would never be as good as them. My attitude now is to focus on learning as much as I can from everybody. You also have to be a sort of psychologist sometimes. I had a client, a public figure from Chicago that was supposed to give a speech and had terrible stage fright, tears were running down her cheeks. I was the person that had to do her makeup and try and calm her down. I am happy to say that whatever I had said did work. But I wouldn’t trade my work for anything. I absolutely love what I do.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I do make up for all occasions, media, “beauty”, bridal makeup. When I work with people outside of the fashion world my priority is to make them feel comfortable with the makeup. I don’t try to push my vision on them, I only make gentle suggestions. What makes me different from other makeup artists? I don’t go crazy for the latest Instagram trends. I like the classic and the natural look the most. Smooth skin, smoky eye, red lips, liquid eyeliner.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Hmm, my plans for the future definitely include nice, long vacation, but my calendar for 2019 is quickly filling up so we will see. I like to constantly learn new techniques. I recently completed a course in New York City where I learned from makeup guru Priscilla Ono. I want to continually expand my expertise and learn from the best. I look forward to meeting new creative souls.

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Image Credit:
Emily Gualdoni, Bartlomiej Kurela, Kasia Jarosz , Dalibor Tolevski , Magdalena Iskra, Anna Komarov

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