Cover photo: Faizah Husniyah by Kaitlyn Stoddard
I first met Faizah Husniyah during a photoshoot for Collage dance Collective.
Everyone was really happy with how the makeup turned out. As usual, I decided to network and exchange info hoping for future opportunities to work together. She has been my makeup artist ever since.
What got you into doing makeup? What would be your dream makeup gig?
Well, I grew up in the theatre. My mother was an actress at Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse and TheatreWorks, and I was able to work backstage and sometimes assist. I just loved the environment and the hair and makeup artists. My dream gig is to work on major motion picture sets doing period piece makeup… or hair. I do both. I work daily to become a master at my craft. It would be a privilege to work alongside industry masters.
What’s your experience working in Memphis? How does it compare to other cities?
My experience working in Memphis started off rocky, I was one of those who always had negative things to say. Once my attitude changed the opportunities came. I am able to work as a full time freelance hair/makeup artist. I’m able to do what I love right here. Memphis is not a big industry town, like NY, LA, ATL, etc., so it’s easy to get discouraged. The energy in those cities is insane. Sooo many people working and creating, truly mastering their crafts. So I can totally understand why a super passionate artist would choose to leave Memphis… but if we all leave, who will be left? I believe there is an opportunity to build something here. At least try to. I’m also able to fly to different cities to work.
Tell me about projects you’ve worked on and which has been the most fulfilling.
I started out doing hair and makeup for fashion editorials. 4 Memphis Magazine, Hyde Park, Justine Magazine as well as attending New York Fashion Week and Art Basel in Miami. I’ve worked with The Travel Channel, Food Network, WeTV, Elvis Presley Museum and Million Dollar Quartet (renamed Sun Records) among a plethora of short films and music videos. I’ve worked with Adam Richman, Zoe Kravitz, and Jackie Evancho.
However, of all the amazing projects I’ve been blessed to be a part of I would have to say boudoir (yes, boudoir) has been THE MOST fulfilling. I’ve had domestic violence and cancer survivors come to me to help them feel beautiful. Boudoir is such a vulnerable and courageous act, and I believe every woman should experience it at least once. My partner Candy and I guide each woman through the process. There are tears and laughter. Truly beautiful to experience! All women can do it!
How do you think you have influenced your daughter and others?