My name is Anna Karapetya (AK!), I was born in Yerevan Armenia, and the first half of my life was spent immigrating from country to country. Canada is the 4th country I live in, and you better believe that each time, I’ve had to say goodbye to friends, learn a new language and culture, and re-learn life in a completely new setting. Although this is not easy on any child, thanks to my family’s unity and support, it never felt daunting and traumatic to me. If anything, I’ve become highly adaptable to change as an adult (I crave change) and it’s also gifted me with multilingualism.
Interestingly enough, though, as adaptable as I am to change, nothing could have prepared me for the change that is motherhood, and you can’t understand it until you experience it yourself.
Motherhood is a truly humbling, grounding, exhausting, and extremely rich and rewarding experience. The changes I’m referring to go beyond the obvious sleepless nights and added responsibility. For me, it showed me strength and resilience that I didn’t know I had in me; it taught me the meaning of sacrifice. Motherhood changes your relationship with your partner, and every day is a learning experience. Apparently, your heart is able to stretch infinitely to accommodate a whole new magnitude of this new love you gain as a parent.
Also, motherhood is a 24/7 type of job, and you can’t call in sick, the same way I can’t call in sick for my second job as a Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist. The latter, for me, is optional, but I choose to do it because I love it to my core. It’s a profession I have chosen because I’m crazy passionate about it, and I truly believe that if you love what you do and do it with passion, with determination and dedication, you will succeed (this is true of anything, really).
The following quote by Jay Danzie has left a lasting impression on me : “Your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. How you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” This resonates with me, because I believe that even if you are amazing at what you do, how you treat people and how you make someone feel can leave a stronger impression on a person. It’s important to stay grounded, stay humble and be authentic.
1.Makeup is an amazing tool to express yourself, to transform yourself and to help you gain confidence. Thanks to modern-day social media, women, especially young girls, start using makeup much much earlier than my generation, and unnecessary amounts of it.
We all love watching transformation videos and scrolling through feeds full of flawless faces (that don’t look like that in real life). While beauty influencers get paid to sell women and girls this unrealistic idea of beauty, we are quick to run and spend our earnings on makeup. VIB Rouge status for everyone!
What I don’t see women doing is getting obsessed with skincare instead or young girls getting educated on taking care of their skin at an earlier age for prevention. Women wait to start seeings signs of aging to then panic and try to do something about it. 4 out of 5 of my clients (who are usually brides in their late 20’s, early 30s) do not use eye cream. The undereye area doesn’t contain any oil glands and is unable to lubricate itself for protection, hence why you’ll see the first signs of aging/wrinkles in that area. It’s so so important to use eye cream morning and night.
One of my Favourties: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye cream.
2. Replace your drying lipstain with a creamy but matte lipliner for an easier, more precise application that is just as long lasting, with beautiful color payoff.
My favourite: Vasanti Cosmetics Lipline
3. Thread facial hair off and follow a skin regimen including an effective exfoliating peel to prevent the skin from looking dull and patchy. This Juice Beauty exfoliating peel followed by a good moisturizer like this one can be transformative. The better your skin looks, the less makeup you’ll find yourself wearing.
4. If you have straight, stubborn or just uneven lashes, curl your lashes before you apply mascara. It makes a HUGE difference and you’ll see the potential of your lashes unravel right before your eyes (quite literally). A quality lash curler, like the Shu Uemura, is vital to see the results I’m raving about.
Personally, on a day that I won’t wear any makeup at all, I’ll only curl my lashes. If you’re afraid it will damage your lashes, it will not (as long as you use correctly). This is coming from someone who’s been curling her lashes almost every day for the past decade.
5. I’m a serious mixoholic and I mix everything in my kit. One of the easiest things to experiment with is lipsticks and lipstains. If you find you have colors in your collection you’re not really using, see if mixing them together might yield a shade you could potentially fall in love with. I used to do this with nail polish before makeup became my gig.
6. Carry a cream/liquid highlighter like the Dior Flash luminizer or the Benefit High Beam with you in your purse, and re-apply mid-day on your temples, bridge of your nose, and cupid’s bow for an instantly radiant, fresh-looking skin.
7. If you want some coverage but don’t want to commit to a foundation for the day, mix a pump of your foundation with your moisturizer to create your own tinted moisturizer. Chances are, both the foundation shade and the moisturizer formula will feel and look better on your skin because they’re already a part of your routine.