By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
FOR the past two years, Shauna Ferguson has made the art of makeup application not only part of her daily schedule, she has made it her life.
She developed a love and passion for makeup artistry and it has become more than just a job for her, it quickly turned into a channel for Shauna to make a difference and connect with people from around the world.
“I enjoy meeting new people and being able to travel, which makes doing what I love and appreciate all the more amazing,” she told Tribune Woman.
“I’ve proudly accepted the fact that makeup artistry is a part of my character and who I am as a person. Being able to see the gratification on my clients’ face after a job well done is what I enjoy most. What makes my craft even more amazing is that it can only get better. With God on my side and my amazing support system, I have no doubt that it will. He is my source, and I know that without him there would be no me.”
Shauna said she was drawn to the arts from a very young age and always had an interest in nature, fashion, photography and beauty. But she had no idea that it would lead her to finding her purpose in life. It was not until Shauna’s final year in high school that she realised that she could accomplish a lot with her gift.
After graduating a few years ago, she went on to fully develop her talent in hopes of pursuing her dreams. She is now certified as a beauty makeup artist under the Flawless Institut De Beautè Enhancement.
As an independent business woman, Shauna offers makeup application for all special events such as weddings, proms, pageants and photo shoots.
“I’ve worked with some of the best beauticians, photographers, designers, models and stylists locally as well as internationally. Doing makeup is not just a skill that I simply execute, it is my therapy, it is my passion and it is my ministry. It is authentic and I can be true to myself without feeling intimidated or judged, although I do find comfort in receiving the honest opinions of my supporters as well as my clients,” said Shauna.
The Nassau native said some of the benefits that can be obtained from this field of work are extensive travel, meeting new people, working with celebrities, collaborating with other talented makeup artists and photographers, but most importantly, being able to express your creativity through the diverse facial canvases.
For Shauna, there are a number of events that made a huge impact on her life as a makeup artist, and the experience of the journey thus far has been nothing short of amazing.
“Each event has helped me in some way towards advancing my career and purpose as an artist, and for that I will forever be grateful,” she said.
Some of her most memorable highlights include a trip to Orlando with Galaxy Pageants director Andrea Knott and Team Galaxy Bahamas on July 31; working in hair and makeup at FashArt 2013, the 2014/15 Miss Bahamas World and Universe Pageants, working with Arlene (Kiss & Make-up Beauty Parlour), Artist In Action magazine; doing a Makeup Perfection feature, taking part in The Next Face competition with photographer Shawn Hanna, Davrielle Burrows and the Cast of Looking for Addison June 21, and participating in Fashion 4 Foundation, a benefit show in aid of the Ranfurly Homes For Children.
Shauna said this year has challenged her to the point where she feels like she can take on anything life throws at her. She is prepared, excited, and ready to walk through any door God opens for her. For the new year, Shauna plans to let go and let God have his way.
“I’m going to push myself to go above and beyond what I believe I can accomplish and let go of anything that might be holding me back,” she said.
“As for my brand, I plan to take it to the next level with confidence, skill and knowledge – creating new projects, as well as collaborating with many upcoming and recognised artists, models, stylists, designers, and several others. Also, I plan on branching out into the world of fashion. I have always had a passion for it so I believe next year would be a perfect time to go into that direction as well. Watch out Bahamas, I’m coming!”