Truly excited I was to be able to have a face-to-face chat with the make-up professional himself, Mr. Masaaki Abe (all the way from Japan!) for RMK. Of course, with the help of our friendly interpreter, Mr. Cheong and the kind arrangement by Minda from RMK Malaysia.*_^
RMK is a Japanese brand which has its roots within the New York make-up artistry, but focuses on bringing across its cosmetics and skincare products from the laboratories in Japan itself. With RMK’s philosophy of “Revealing the best and most beautiful you!”, Mr. Masaaki talked to me recently what he thinks of make-up and what beauty truly means to him. Calm, collected, very soft spoken and well-mannered, Mr. Masaaki, in all black, is actually very friendly and answers all the questions I threw at him, with great ease and passion. I could tell his deep rooted love for the art itself. Perhaps it’s the RMK products which he has been using (he has been with RMK for more than 4 years now), his face is glowing and has a skin as smooth as a baby! (Really, no joke ^_^). I quickly asked him which is his favourite skincare product from RMK, he gladly revealed to me (will let you in the secret at the end of this post, be patient). This is what we talked about (in essence of course, as we spoked a great deal that beautiful day!)
How did you get involved with beauty and make-up? Well, it was way back in my high school time. Whenever I was free, I would love to see how women put on their make-up, and eventually, I went onto making women beautiful by doing their make-up! It is the joy of seeing women shine beautifully, after applying make-up that I realized this was where I want to be – to make each and every woman feel beautiful, in their own way. It makes me happy to see them happy.
What does the RMK brand stand for? RMK is a strong believer in natural beauty and enhancing a women’s beauty through our cosmetics, our brand has that very New York feel, current and fresh but with a Japanese approach to make-up. We are famous for our base make-up and natural finishing products, among others.
What’s the uniqueness of the latest RMK Autumn/Winter 2013 Make-up Collection? With this palates, we focus on the eye make-up. The texture is very smooth, creamy with strikingly mute earthy colours but also very wearable and easy to blend with the pearl-like ingredients in the shadows. You don’t have to be a professional to apply and still achieve the polished look. It is also about layering those colours together to create a harmonious effect for your eyes. Finish the look with a hint of pink blush and lipstick with glossy lip gloss and that’s all you need to look pretty. Of course, load up with our award-winning mascara to complete the look!
Due to the Korean trend, it is such a huge impact that Korean make-up has on women today, how is Japanese make-up different from the Korean make-up? Korean make-up tend to focus on creating the cat-eye look, and very glowing skin, for Japanese, you will notice that Japanese girls like to make their eyes look BIG (simply because we Japanese men love big eyes girls) with eye make-up and put on a more pinky rosy cheeks. As for the face, it is more with a natural finish. Then again, make-up is very personal, it is about your own creative expression. There is no right or wrong to it.
I was told by some make-up artists that BB cream may not be a good thing for everyone. Is that so? First of all, one must understand the function of a BB cream. It is a combination of skincare and make-up product in one. Of course, it is convenient to just use one product to prepare your face, and cut down your make-up time, but we believe that your skin needs a protective barrier after your skincare application, before your make-up, so that your make-up can also stay on longer. Applying a thin layer of base before your actual foundation application is an important step.
I have combination skin and make-up tend to not last long, how do I overcome such predicament? Well, you are living in a humid and tropical place, there is no such foundation or make-up that will last hours and hours without needing any sort of touch up at all. You will just need to be a little “hardworking” and do some minor touch-up here and there, as and when you need to.
What is beauty, to you, as a make-up artist? Beauty? There is no absolute beauty in life. It is the little imperfection in you that makes you beautiful. Like how RMK believes, let your natural beauty shine through, with the little help of make-up. That is beauty to me. Don’t go all out of your way to be perfectly beautiful. That is not beauty.
If you were not a make-up artist today, what would you be? Wow, that’s a good question… (he thought and thought hard for quite a while) Seriously, I have never thought about it that way. I guess I would still be a make-up artist, one way or the other. (He ended that with a grin on his charming-looking face)
That thought of Mr. Masaaki on beauty really hit a chord in me. Honestly, I was like a novice and a humble student trying to learn as much as possible from the expert. Mr. Masaaki was never weighed down by my seemingly endless questions! In fact, he answered them all with such enthusiasm and seriousness that I truly admire and appreciate (for spending his time with me). I guess the best thing I got out of talking with him, is that not taking make-up too seriously and just embrace the best part of me. It was such fun talking to him. Thanks again! Sensei! Arigato, Abe San.
Oh right, I almost forgot. This is his secret to “almost”-perfect-looking skin (now we know!). If you would like to know more about his tips and tricks to achieving a dewy look, do check out my previous RMK workshop post here. For more on RMK, do check out their website here.
Till my next FACES session with another personality, stay luminous and have a lovely weekend!