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Health, Beauty & Fashion

Male make-up contestant came in second

Mr Muhammad Firdaus Yusri (above) was second in a make-up competition at ITE College East on Friday.
Asia One - August 5, 2013
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Male make-up contestant came in second

SINGAPORE - Make-up and men don't usually go together in Singapore.

And that makes male make-up artists like Mr Muhammad Firdaus Yusri something of a rarity.

This was clearly seen at ITE College East's Beauty and Spa Management Department's Halloween Ghost Bride make-up competition. Mr Muhammad Firdaus, 18, was the only male among the 10 finalists.

"I have a passion for design and I want to show that even a man can make it in make-up and design," he said.

"I was inspired by the fashion designer Ashley Isham and I really want to be like him."

The final-year hair services student was initially nervous because he had never taken part in such competitions before.

He was placed second and won $150 in cash and $180 in Shu Uemura products. The result was also a vindication of sorts for him.

He said that when he enrolled in the course, his parents objected as they did not think it was a man's job.

"After they saw how determined I was, they slowly started to accept my decision," he said.

He added: "I believe in turning any negative situation into something positive so I did not let my parents' objections stand in the way of me achieving my dreams of making it in fashion and design."

Beauty and Spa Management Department senior lecturer Vicky Tay said: "We usually organise two competitions every year, one for nail art and one for make-up.

"This year we picked this theme because some of our students are going to be helping to make up the 'ghosts' at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studio Singapore(USS) as interns."

Head of hair and make-up at USS, Ms June Goh, 34, who was one of the judges, said: "We thought it would be appropriate to get students from this school because the course would provide the best students to help us for our event."

The thirty-four-year-old was one of the judges for Friday's competition.

The other two judges were Ms Dily Wang, 49, from Face Bistro, and Mrs Ivy Sia, 40, from Palz Enterprise.

Entry to the competition was open to all students in the school.

The winner was Miss Chong Jia Qi, 19.

She had made up her "bride" to look like she had bloody nails sticking out from her face.

"That was why leading up to the competition, I practiced on my family's faces" she added said. She won $250 in cash and $180 in Shu Uemura products.

She will be joining the USS make-up team as an intern in October.

Said Ms Goh: "We will be conducting a short workshop for them to learn the necessary special effects make-up skills when they join us."

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