FEMALE Exclusive: An Interview With Makeup Artist Dita Tilhen

We chat with makeup artist and Malaysia’s first ever NYX Face Awards 2017 winner, Dita Tilhen to find out her back story.

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FEMALE: What made you dabble in makeup?

Dita: “I have an interesting story actually. I started out in a modeling agency in London where I did scheduling, casting calls — the whole nine yards. At one of the shoots that I arranged, the makeup artist didn’t show up and I thought I should step up to the plate and execute the makeup look as per the reference they gave. Guess what? They loved it! So the next time I arranged another shoot, I pretended that the makeup artist flaked when in reality I didn’t book one. Sneaky-sneaky, I know!”

F: What was your childhood like?

D: “We moved around a lot when I was a kid because my parents are a martial artist and a doctor. I grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to Columbia at nine. At a young age, my parents instilled in us to focus on planning ahead and setting your goals.”

F: If your kids wanted to pursue an unorthodox career, what advice would you give them?

D: “I would never discourage my kids from pursuing their dreams cos my parents never did for me. I‘d definitely say go for it and be brave to try everything! If I was afraid to try, I wouldn’t have stepped up when the makeup artist went MIA.”

F: What products can’t you live without?

D: “I absolutely love the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette as it combines both cool and warm tones, which are perfect to create a natural looking shadow. Also, the NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation for full coverage without looking cakey, and not forgetting my favourite tool to recreate my cat eye, the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner. No makeup look is complete without highlight, and this Urban Decay one is my favourite!

 

F: What tips can you give when shopping for makeup?

D: “When I go shopping, brands don’t really matter for me. I love experimenting with textures whether it’s cream or powder or even putty products. If the texture and colour payoff is right, I’m sold! With so many affordable brands coming out with quality products, you don’t even need to break the bank!”

 

Product caption:

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION IN NATURAL, RM69; MAKEUP EPIC INK LINER, RM50; URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN THE ILLUMINIZER TRANSLUCENT PRESSED BEAUTY POWDER, RM150; VELVET VANITY LIQUID LIPSTICK IN CHEAP THRILLS, RM59.

From the print edition. Original text by Ilicia Alias.