Conversations: Natural Beauty with Kat

The idea of beauty is always shifting culturally but one thing that stays true to our philosophy is the idea that beauty comes from within. Being content with yourself and all the things you perceive as imperfections is where true beauty comes from. 

Join us as we speak with make-up artist Kat, (she’s  the one behind our campaign looks!) asking for her thoughts on natural beauty and what’s been inspiring her these days. 

Hi Kat, tell us a little about yourself

Hello there! I’m Kat, makeup artist (MUA) for SUSY + BAE. I started playing with makeup as a hobby when I was 14 years old. I went to beauty school 7 years ago and with the support of my family and friends, I took a leap of faith and became a full time MUA 2 years ago.

A little about me — I love makeup, enjoy working out and am obsessed with coffee. I’m guilty of having too much coffee in a day. I usually go for latte with oat milk or a classic Kopi-O Kosong (black coffee)!

My life philosophy is “Open to Changes”. I love this quote so much that I had it tattooed on my left wrist. To be honest, I used to be really afraid of changes from small things like food choices to bigger ones, like a new job. A lot of things scared me. I am not the easiest or the most comfortable person when it comes to changes but I have realised that when I take the chance to try and learn something new, I grow and I understand myself better. 

What elements of your job do you enjoy the most?

There’s a saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” and that is exactly how I feel. It’s fun because not only do I get to express my creativity, I also get to be on the other side of the business - behind the scenes, where all the magic happens. Passion and hard work inspires me!

What does natural beauty mean to you?
Natural beauty to me is confidence and self-love. Taking good care of yourself both physically and mentally brings out the inner beauty in you and that will show on the outside. So ladies, always pamper yourself and be happy!

What are your top beauty do's and don'ts
I can't stress enough on these:

Hydrate your skin
Apply sunblock
Double cleanse your skin if you have applied makeup that day

Over exfoliate your skin
Sleep too late
Wear too much foundation

How do you practice self-care?
When it comes to winding down, I set my phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode so I don’t get any direct calls or alerts for a while. I take a long shower, listen to some lo-fi music and have a bowl of my favourite snack — it’s usually Greek yoghurt, blueberries and honey, yum!

How does wearing beautiful lingerie make you feel?
Wearing a beautiful piece of lingerie really sets my mood! It makes me happy knowing that I’m wearing something pretty for myself!

What's inspiring you these days?
Passionate and hardworking people inspire me. The recent Netflix series “Glow Up” & "Next in Fashion” helps spark my creativity. It got me really excited about the future!

Find Kat here @katzhangmua

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