A makeup artist that defied her OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)and horrendous fear of germs to pursue her dream of being a makeup artist. Her story is truly one that inspires many to go after their dreams no matter what obstacles lay ahead of them. Randa Tawfik is that inspiration and these are her 5 Essential tips for aspiring makeup artists.


What do you do consistently for time management?

Being a makeup artist and a mom at the same time means there are two methods for me to manage my time. The first one is I always make sure my tools and kit are clean and ready to go whenever I need it. Whenever I finish with a client, it’s my first priority that I clean up all my brushes, sponges, etc. That way they’re ready for me when I need them at my next appointment. The second thing is that I try to do all my research in the morning when the children are at school. I’m constantly searching for new brands, new products, keeping up to date with what’s coming out in the market so I’m always providing my clients with the newest makeup “technology” so to speak.


What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?

Definitely classes. But not just classes that you simply attend, I’m talking about ones that allow you to practice, learn and ask the artist about everything that you are doing. I prefer classes that take more than one day also, the longer the better. Always know that you’ll always be a student, even if you take just one class you’ll want to take more. Because every artist is unique in their technique and you constantly learn new tips and tricks. In the end, you take all that you learned and figure out your own style and technique.


What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?

“Run after your passion”

“Your weakness will ultimately become your strength”

I never actually believed in this at first. I was a marketer, a brand manager and I always knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was that feeling that eventually made me shift my career. Best advise I heard was “Your weakness will ultimately become your strength” and that has never been truer than it is now. My OCD used to be my biggest weakness, and at first, I couldn’t practice my passion(makeup on other people) because of it. But now it allows me to be the best makeup artist I can be. Because of my OCD, I’m an incredibly hygienic makeup artist, I’m always wiping my hands, always making sure to use only clean brushes and I sterilize my tools as well. So, because I’m a germophobe I always aspire to provide my clients with a germ-free service as much as possible. You can say, my weakness has now given me an edge as a makeup artist and it’s my ultimate strength.


What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?

Simply, I wake up and put makeup on my face. I know it sounds like just a simple act but to me its a transformation. Whenever I feel down and demotivated, just applying my makeup instantly uplifts me and makes me feel like I can take on the world. In a way, it brings out inner beauty and makes me feel like I can conquer the world, even at my lowest point. It just makes me feel good about myself and that’s exactly what I want to make my clients feel.


What’s the one thing that helped you push through your OCD and fear of touching people’s faces to follow your dream of becoming a makeup artist?

Living with OCD was truly the hardest things I had to deal with in my life. It all started because of a very serious occurrence during the delivery of my second child. Since then, It really started hindering my day to day life by having a constant fear of germs that could kill me. I even sometimes felt like I couldn’t leave my home or face anything around me.

At one point, my son had to go through an operation, which proved extremely hard for me as I was deathly afraid of him getting an infection from the surgery due to my bad experience. It wasn’t until he fully recovered that I first realized “Everything is going to be okay”. After that point in my life, I decided to stop obsessing about things that inherently don’t matter and wanted to move on with my life.

Makeup being my passion since I can remember, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I can get through applying makeup on a face that’s not mine. Crossing that hurdle would help me decide taking up makeup as a career. After I succeeded in that one task during a long makeup course, I was overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment and relief that I really can do this. The rest is history really, I’ve been a makeup artist ever since, two years now and counting.

My ultimate advice is, fight your fears and let them not hinder what you were born to become. You never know what comes out of your weaknesses.


Photographer: Khaled Marzouk

MUA: Randa Tawfik (Herself)