Mariana is a BA (Hons) Make-Up and Hair Design graduate from Solent University and a Professional Hairstylist certified in Portugal who specialises in Editorial Fashion and Beauty.
As a freelance make-up and hair artist I am most interest in making changes, innovating and updating traditions. I believe deeply in personal freedom, tolerance and bringing cultures together through art. I am a productive, goal-oriented and practical individual with high attention to details.
My inspiration comes from my deep need to understand the world around me. I take important lessons from my experiences and apply them to the present which is shown through my art. I take a huge interest in Editorial beauty where I feel I can show my unique perspective or original and unique skills and talents. I am open to new methods and progress, and both psychology work and philosophy theories help me understand myself and others better, elevate my mindset and push boundaries creatively.
My Final Major Project was on the Transmutation of Beauty, inspired by the Alchemical work and Carl Gustav Jung’s "Psychology and Alchemy" book. I interpreted each stage of the alchemical work and it's meaning in psychology and the discovery of The Self and designed different looks that illustrate each stage from the process of individuation brought by an individuals shadow aspects, to the experience of awakening, growth and development until the final stage of the representation of the true self.
The detail image is from a collaborative project with graduate student Beatriz Passagem, the project was the launch of beauty brand that focuses on mysticism, spirituality and individuality, with sustainable backgrounds. The look book for the brand embraced feminism with a darker aesthetic. The colourful makeup look requested contrasted with the dark background. Preparing the skin for editorial looks is my most important step, as it's the base of the entire look, as a detail oriented person I pay special attention to the base of the canvas before applying the makeup. The tear details were made with hot glue previously and then applied to the face using eyelash glue, tested before for allergic reactions. As a make-up artist working with models from different backgrounds I aim to produce the best work possible always adapting to different occasions, scenarios and people.