Former F&B staff now a managing director of a make-up company


Jefferson Manalo Rivera always understands that achieving one’s goal may be difficult but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For the last 13 years, he is living and working in Dubai clearly because of better opportunities and salary package. 

For nine years, Rivera has been immersing himself in the beauty industry as a make-up artist and magnifying the beauty of his clients that already exist. Today, the 33-year-old Filipino, is now the managing director of his company called JhaJha Make-Up Artist which is registered under the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority. In 2011, he attended a series of training at the London College of Fashion. 

“I decided to work in Dubai because my father worked here as well as other relatives and I learned that opportunities and salaries were way better than in the Philippines,” he said. 

Before working as a make-up artist in the region and being one of the most sought-after make-up artists for international models, he had worked at a famous fast-food restaurant to fund his schooling. 

Growing up in Lipa City in Batangas, he belonged to a financially stretched family. 

“My grandmother and relatives helped me as much as they could and my parents were loving and taught me the right way to behave, with humility and compassion but above all with honesty and this has enabled me to overcome many struggles,” he said.

“Today, I tend to help individuals by supporting them to develop their talents as well as providing young school children with essential basic items,” he added. 

Working as a make-up artist

“I love my work as make-up artist because it brings me into contact with so many people from all walks of life and from all over the world and sometimes I get to travel to other destinations in the Middle East,” Rivera, an international make-up artist, further added. 

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