There is always a story behind every name and having a quirky one as a brand is brave and unconventional. A curious name that piques people’s interest is one thing, but why ‘Dragons and Pixie Dust’?
“To me when I first started, I just wanted to do a portfolio page for my work. I know- I do beauty and special effects, so I kind of want a name that represents that.” said Muaz, the man behind the mystical brand.
It took him several trials and errors to search for words that encompass his love for horror and magical elements, while encapsulating femininity and softness. The answer lies, of course, in Peter Pan’s pixie dust.
“All you need is trust, faith and a little pixie dust.” – Peter Pan
“At some point, people don’t know my (real) name and call me ‘Dragon’ or ‘Dragon Pixie’,” he laughed. “Also because of that, people don’t know I’m a guy ‘cause I don’t post my photos often.”
He was initially hesitant to dive into bridal due to its gargantuan responsibility in 2014. At the same time, he found love in doing special effects and editorial make-ups.
To him, there is a subtle nuance in the wedding market when it comes to make-up look, hence why he found editorial projects to be a breath of fresh air. It not only presented an opportunity for him to brush up his skills, but also to play around with his creativity.
“To me, especially if you’re in the wedding market, you have to take it seriously and you need to know your craft,” he confessed.
“Which is why when I first started, I didn’t want to do weddings, because it freaks me out.”
Being a portrait painter for the longest time, he found the techniques of applying make-up to be more or less similar to actual painting, simplifying the idea as transitioning shades of colours from a flat canvas to a person’s face. “Being able to paint really helps.”
Enthralled by the prosthetic makeup in horror movies, he often found himself focused more on the monsters or ghosts in the film.
“I don’t know why. It’s like a weird fascination,” he said. Not to mention, transforming into famous faces like Jared Leto and Robert Downey Jr. for fun was also something he was able to do.
“Like this kind of make-up,” he gestured to the room, indicating the photoshoot we were having at the moment, “Is the one I wish I could do more. But, there’s not a lot of chances to do it.”
The gemstones and silken make-up look coalesced together, inspired from a face chart done by his favourite artist, Sergey Milk. At one point the look reminded us of the famous oil painting, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.
Perhaps, it was the opulent appearance of the jewel stones on the model’s face and in the way she leaned her head back that evoked such resemblance. It was, of course, unintentional.
“The way he (the artist) does it is all matte, except with all the rhinestones and Swarovskis, and I thought I’m going to do this but a glossy version.” he told us.
On a much serious note, Muaz emphasized how important it was for make-up artists to constantly develop their skills to keep up with the time. The people he looks up to are some of those who have been in the business for more than ten years and are still sought after because of this very reason.
“Otherwise, you’ll get left behind and no one’s probably going to remember you,” he averred. “At the end of the day, make- up is art and it’s also a trend.”