For Darwin Perez, a freelance hair and make-up artist in the UAE, his work has paved the way for traveling to other countries.
Setting foot in the region in 2004, Perez had initially worked in the food and beverage industry and spent five years in a cafe as a supervisor. Before going freelance, he worked as a fashion consultant for LIST ROMA.
The freelance make-up artist’s goal when he ventured on an overseas life was to help his siblings, nephews, nieces in their education. “I felt that there were opportunities here rather than in the Philippines,” he said.
“I enjoy being a make-up artist because I have the chance to travel to other countries as well as meeting a lot of celebrities both locally and internationally. The most satisfying part about my work is when my clients feel beautiful and appreciate the make-up I have done with them,” he added.
Working overseas also gives Perez the chance to learn the local cultures and traditions of the host country. “Moreover, working abroad has taught me to be independent,” he said.
The professional make-up artist plans to go back to the Philippines after fulfilling his dreams for his family. He also wants to share his skills and talents with people who have the same passion for make-up but don’t have the financial means to spend on their education.
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