My Session with Qatar based MUA Andrea Espinosa

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A few days back, I had a shoot for an upcoming project, I contacted a Qatar based Makeup Artist called Andrea Espinosa, I had seen her work on Instagram before, but had never experienced.

I can tell you now, my experiences of MUA in Qatar have not been the best, my bad experiences are too long to list, lets just say the ‘full on arabian look’ is not for me… this has happened a few times when I requested a ‘natural look’

Andrea however is a breath of fresh air, she listens to what you want, I sent her images in advance of the ‘look’ I wanted to create, she is also incredibly gentle, Usually my eyes stream when someone else applies makeup, however she was so careful around this sensitive area.

I absolutely loved the final look, and on camera it was flawless, here are a few pictures.

Gorgeous Colours

Gorgeous Colours




After this positive experience I contacted Andrea again, this time for a quick interview, to find out more about this talented MUA.

Andrea Espinosa

Andrea Espinosa

FASHSQUAD: When did you know a career in beauty was for you?
Answer: Since I was teenager wanted to do something related with art, well but all my father’s prejudices about to choose a serious profession in life; pushed me to choose being Social Communicator and Journalist.
I used to do my friend’s makeup for social events from 18 years ago, but 6 years ago I decided to do it professionally.

FASHSQUAD: Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
Answer: Day/work eyeliner must be smoked, you can make it more dramatic and thicker with liquid eyeliner for night out.
Changing the lipstick shade is another good idea from light colors into red, maroon, wine glossy lips.

FASHSQUAD: What are your favorite Fall/Winter 2014 beauty trends?
Answer: Metallic makeup is the new trend, personally I love it, but some girls are afraid to try it. Brown, maroon, gold smokey eyes with nude or pinky lips always will be a good option for autumn-winter season.

FASHSQUAD: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?
Answer: Well I would say we need five, but since I have to choose three here are the most important:
1.Palladio Rice Papers, here you can find something similar in Sephora. A perfect wait to absorb the oil in your skin, too much powder is not good.

2. Nectar color lipstick, long lasting would be better from Yves Saint Laurent, Sisley, Bobby Brown, more affordable you can go for Maybelline 24 hours.

3. Bronzing powder, you can go for the ones that comes with a lighter too, It’s a must have.
Chanel,Bobby brown and Laura Mercier are the ones I recommend, but Physicians Formula it’s also good, affordable and gentle with the skin.

FASHSQUAD: Which Celebrity would you love to get in your makeup chair?
Answer: Definitely Kendall Jenner, I love her eyebrows and her face structure is just perfect.

FASHSQUAD: What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
Answer: I was called for a Makeup audition, if its correct to name it in that way; from a Royal Family Member, she said “My Personal MUA left the country for good so I’m looking for a new one, so do what ever you want and let’s see if you are “the one” This was more than one year ago, I felt very nervous, my hands were shaking “yes shaking” how to do an eyeliner when you are nervous.
Well now I’m not only her MUA, we are good friends, we talk a lot. She msgs me even when she is traveling or staying in London.

Mrs. Mexico 1st Runner up MUA for Mrs Universe 2014.

Mrs. Mexico 1st Runner up MUA for Mrs Universe 2014.

Andrea has also worked with many brands & clients including;
Darz Design, Debaj, Banana Republic open show, Aey Boutique, Layla Asgar Designer, Abode Magazine, Glam Magazine
Layalina Magazine, Harayer Magazine, Belle Boutique, Casa for Moroccan Caftas, Christina Clayn Jewelry, Qatar Choice Awards 2012, Marc Jacobs open show, Jaguar, “One Moment” Alex Klim Production, Audi, Mrs. Mexico 1st Runner up MUA for Mrs Universe 2014, Fanilla Couture.

Wedding Makeup

I highly recommend Andrea if your looking for a MUA for an event or special occasion, her contact details are below.
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Based in Qatar, for the past 14 years, originally from the UK, born & bred in Newcastle, UK. Mum of 2 wicked boys and a beautiful little girl. I adore good food, good fashion and beauty product obsessed. Love women who come together instead of against each other.

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