MTL Blog got the chance to speak with two Montreal makeup artists who are among the most recognized in the city: Claudia Vitorino and Jessica Abouwaked.\nWe discussed many aspects of the beauty industry and they gave advice for any aspiring makeup artists.\nRead the interviews and see glimpses of their work below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nSome artists paint, some draw, some write, and some do makeup. As a lover of all things beauty, I went searching for some of Montreal's best makeup artists and stumbled upon two women who I ended up getting blessed with the chance to interview. These two makeup artists are Claudia Vitorino and Jessica Abouwaked, who are otherwise known around the city by their Instagram handles: @claudiav.mua and @aj.makeup.\nThese two women are both freelance artists who have managed to make a career out of their passion for makeup. Claudia and Jessica are inspirations to any aspiring makeup artists and any freelancer actively working to grow their business — no matter what the field.\nThese artists equally demonstrate the great things that can come out of working hard for something you want, as well as the beauty of working in a field you love.\nDuring the interviews, I got to ask Claudia and Jessica questions about what it's like to work it in the beauty industry, if Montreal is a good place to try and build a makeup career in, what advice they would give to any aspiring makeup artists, and more.\nThese two artists both use social media, mainly Instagram, to promote their work. Doing such has been a success for them considering these two artists have both had their work recognized internationally — not just in Montreal.\nHow did you get involved in the beauty industry?\nClaudia: "I actually discovered my passion for makeup around four years ago. Right when YouTube makeup tutorials were super popular. I was amazed at how you could enhance your features using makeup. And from that moment, I realized that makeup was my thing."\nView this post on Instagram She dressed herself in confidence every day ⚡️ #makeupbyclaudiav . . @kkwbeauty Classis Eyeshadow Palette @colourpopcosmetics Hyaluronic Creamy Concealer @nyxcosmetics_canada Lipliner ‘Sandstorm’ @kkwbeauty Icon Lipstick ‘02’ @tatcha Dewy Luminous Skin Mist . . . . . . . #kkwbeauty #tatcha #nyxprofessionalmakeup #colourpopme #nyxcosmeticscanada #kkwmafia #makeup #makeupartist #mtlmua #montrealmakeupartist A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Nov 12, 2019 at 7:38pm PST\n"I started doing makeup for my friends and my family and quickly realized I had a talent for makeup application. Six months into my career, I started getting noticed by international beauty brands. And I've been doing it every day since then."\nJessica: "I got involved in the beauty industry when I decided to follow my passion for makeup. When I started, I worked very hard. I was happy doing what other people didn’t wanna do."\nView this post on Instagram You are worthy. You are capable. You are beautiful. Inside out so book the ticket of your life, write the book, create the dream, celebrate yourself and Rule your QUEENdom!!! Thank you @avril.magazine for capturing beautiful memories 💎🌹❤️ A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:17pm PST\n"My main goal was to be part of many different projects, practice on different people, and build my personal clientele. In my first year, I worked on fashion shows, hair shows, TV shows, photoshoots and magazines. I was very hungry for success and one project led to another."\nHow did you start gaining such a large following? Did it happen gradually or in a short period of time?\nClaudia: "Since I began my adventure as a makeup artist, I've been lucky to have a platform like Instagram to promote my services. I think the combo of showing off my work and my personal life on the same page works best for gaining followers because it's very authentic. It's always about beauty, but I make it personal."\nView this post on Instagram #makeupbyclaudiav on these beauties @khloe & @katiiecarpenter ✨ . We did Twin looks ↓ @ctilburymakeup Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil - Champagne Diamonds @toofaced Born this Way Sculpting Concealer @benefitcanada Precisely Brow Pencil - 03 @beccacosmetics Be a Light Palette - Light to Medium Blush @beccacosmetics Champagne Pop Highlighter @makeupforeverca Lipliner - 5C @anastasiabeverlyhills Liquid Lipstick - Stripped @morphebrushes Continuous Setting Spray . . . . . #montrealmua #montrealmakeupartist #makeup #beccaglow #beccacosmetics #benefitcanada #morphebabe #charlottetilbury #makeupforeverrepost #benefitcanada #benefitcosmetics #benefitbrows #benefit #benefitcanada #benefitbrow #friendswithbenefit #24hrbrowsetter #gimmebrow #tfbornthisway #beccaskinlove A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Dec 3, 2019 at 4:15pm PST\n"Another way that I've gained a huge wave of followers is through content creation. I really like experimenting with makeup, sharing the final looks with my followers, and tagging the makeup brands along the way. Working with local and international influencers has also helped me gain such a following."\nJessica: "I’ve had my page for the past five years now and slowly people started knowing me as Montreal makeup artist for brides, glam makeup, and fashion campaigns. And, their love for makeup got people interested in supporting my work."\nView this post on Instagram La belle Alix! Sweet fire cracker 💎🤍 . . @alix_dmx à MONTRÉAL 🧿 #makeup #makeupartist #mtlmua #montreal #montrealmakeupartist #alixdmx #france #maquilleuse #alafrancaise A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Jan 16, 2020 at 1:17pm PST\n"I also think that having a clean and specific style helped me gain some visibility."\nWhat's your favourite part about what you do?\nClaudia: "That's a hard question. I'd have to say making women look and feel their best — it's a magical feeling. Once you finish a makeup session and you see them look in the mirror, it always melts my heart and really reminds me why I love what I do so much."\nView this post on Instagram Birthday Dinner Glam ⚡️ @beatricebouchard #makeupbyclaudiav . s k i n 💧 @tartecosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Hydrating Primer @makeupforeverca HD Foundation @tartecosmetics Shape Tape Concealer @beccacosmetics Khloe Blush and Glow Palette . e y e s | b r o w s⚡️ @stilacanada Shimmer an Glow Liquid Eyeshadow - Kitten @benefitcanada Gimme Brow Gel - 03 . . l i p s ✨ @makeupforeverca Lipliner - 5C @tartecosmetics Color Splash - Siesta @nyxcosmetics_canada Butter Gloss - Tiramisu . . And of course my @tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist 💜 . . . . . #montrealmakeupartist #montreal #makeupartist #mtlmua #maccosmeticscanada #tartecosmetics #makeupforeverrepost #benefitcanada #benefitcosmetics #benefitbrows #24hoursofslay #shapetapenation #rethinknatural #tarteskin #busygirlbeauty #doubledutybeauty #tarteparadise #marinepowered #seathechange #tartetalk #benefit #benefitcanada #benefitbrow #friendswithbenefit #24hrbrowsetter #gimmebrow #tatcha #beccacosmetics #nyxprofessionalmakeup A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Feb 25, 2019 at 4:13pm PST\n"I also get the chance to meet amazing people — I end up becoming friends with a lot of my clients. And, every day is different. I don't always deliver the same look, I don't always work with the same faces. So, it never gets boring. I've also been so lucky to get the opportunity to travel for work."\nJessica: "My favourite part will always be the satisfaction of giving good faces. Because being a makeup artist is not only applying shadows and light to the face. We create memories — it’s an experience."\nView this post on Instagram What a beauty this girl! Loved every minute of this bridal glam with you! ❤️ . . . #montreal #mtl #montrealmakeup #montrealmakeupartist #canadianmakeupartist A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Aug 11, 2019 at 7:50pm PDT\n"They won’t remember what you did but they will definitely remember the confidence they had and how beautiful they felt. That is by far the best feeling ever."\nWhat advice or tips would you give to any inspiring makeup artists?\nClaudia: "I would say to always stay true to yourself, to your style, to your personality. Every artist is different, that's the beauty of the industry. Also, keep practicing. Never stop going, never stop learning and never be too hard on yourself."\nView this post on Instagram Tried something different tonight 🔮🦄 #makeupbyclaudiav . 💜 @colourpopcosmetics Lilac you a lot Palette @benefitcanada 24Hr Brow Setter Gel @diormakeup Backstage Foundation @tartecosmetics Shape Tape Concealer - Medium @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Powder - Banana @beccacosmetics Champagne Pop Highlighter @kkwbeauty Nude Lip Liner - 02 @colourpopcosmetics Lux Liquid Lipstick - Can U Even @maccosmeticscanada Gold Light Fix Plus Spray . . . . . . #morphebabe #fentybeauty #maccosmeticscanada #beccaglow #shapetapenation #tartesea #rethinknatural #tarteskin #matchmakermagic #busygirlbeauty #doubledutybeauty #tarteparadise #marinepowered #seathechange #tartetalk #makeupartistsworldwide #kkwbeauty #colourpopme #benefitbrows #24hoursofslay #benefit #benefitcanada #benefitbrow #friendswithbenefit #24hrbrowsetter #gimmebrow #benefit #porefessional A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:41pm PST\n"It's easy with this generation to compare yourself all the time, but we're all different. Stay ambitious, push yourself to have more goals. Staying true to yourself will make your work stand out."\nJessica: "It’s going to sound very cliché, but in being a makeup artist, you have to sacrifice a lot to be successful. Get ready to work hard and be dedicated to your goals."\nView this post on Instagram Ok you guys saw this face yesterday anddddd today!!! What you want, I LOVE this palette 🤪💕 . . Coach me I will learn, challenge me I will grow, believe in me and I will win 🕊 #2020 ❤️ . . Wanna see more looks done with this palette!? @norvina @amrezy @anastasiabeverlyhills @anastasiasoare #amrezyXABH #ABHXAMREZY . PRODUCTS BELOW ⬇💄 . 💧Prepping spray: @urbandecaycosmetics coconut mist 🥝primer @farsalicare dry oil& coverfx illuminating primer 🥨Brows• @anastasiabeverlyhills perfect brow in caramel and tinted brow gel in caramel 🍦Eyes: #amrezypalette eyeliner @anastasiabeverlyhills 🎀 @aliexpress lashes 🗿Skin: @coverfx g60 🙈Concealer: @narsissist creamy concealer in color . #creme brulee and #shapetape inmedium . 🧖🏼♀️ @lauramercier translucent powder . 👹Contour• @maccosmeticscanada C8 . ✨Highlight: @anastasiabeverlyhills sugar glowkit . 😊BLUSH: @narsissist blush palette 💋Lips: @anastasiabeverlyhills naked liquid lipstick and stripdown @maccosmeticscanada lipliner and venus gloss from @anastasiabeverlyhills 👏🏼 . . #montrealmakeupartist #mtlmua #montreal #makeupartist #anastasiabeverlyhills #amrezy #amrezyfeatures #abh #abhpalette A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Jan 14, 2020 at 7:15pm PST\n"You can never stay in your comfort zone, you have to be open to constructive criticism because art is subjective and very important never give up because giving up won't allow you to get better. The world of makeup can take you very far if you trust the process."\nIs Montreal a good place to get involved with the industry?\nClaudia: "I love Montreal — it's a beautiful city. I truly believe that if you're passionate about something, you can make it anywhere. I'm definitely aware that Montreal isn't the biggest city for makeup, especially if we're talking price point."\nView this post on Instagram g l a m on this gorgeous babe 🔥 #makeupbyclaudiav @claudiatihan. ⚡️. . @beccacosmetics Backlight Primer @tartecosmetics Shape Tape Concealer @benefitcanada Hoola Bronzer @makeupforeverca Pro Light Fusion Highlighter - 02 @anastasiabeverlyhills Soft Glam Palette . . . . . . . . . #tartecosmetics #makeupforeverrepost #benefitcanada #benefitcosmetics #benefitbrows #24hoursofslay #shapetapenation #rethinknatural #tarteskin #busygirlbeauty #doubledutybeauty #tarteparadise #marinepowered #seathechange #tartetalk #benefit #benefitcanada #benefitbrow #friendswithbenefit #24hrbrowsetter #montrealmakeupartist #mtlmua #makeupartist A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Jul 17, 2019 at 7:32am PDT\n"For example, in Toronto, you could make double what you make in Montreal. So, it really depends on the outlook of your work and what your goal is behind it."\nJessica: "I think Montreal is getting there — with social media and the beauty industry booming. These past couple of years, it's been easier to show your work and connect with brands and build an audience than it was before."\nView this post on Instagram Félicitations aux candidats OD AFRIQUE du SUD ❤️ mais particulièrement @claudie.od_officiel et @trudy.od_officiel je vous souhaite une belle finale! Qui est pret pour dimanche 🙈 . MAKEUP : me 🙋🏻♀️ . HAIR : @industriacoiffureofficial @t_triassi @colorbyjoannie . #OD #occupationdouble #montrealmakeupartist #mtlmua #montreal #industria WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN? A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Nov 28, 2019 at 6:46pm PST\n"People and companies are giving a lot more importance to the looking good feeling good aspect of life, work and pleasure. So, in my opinion, everyone has a chance!"\nDo you have future plans for your business?\nClaudia: "I have a very exciting upcoming project. It's going to be a kind of booking platform that's going to make it easy for anyone in the city to book a makeup artist in the city. It will also help empower other makeup artists since I will have a group of them working together as a team."\nView this post on Instagram Obssesing over this Lip Combo ✨ @kkwbeauty Nude Crème Lipliner - 02 @nyxcosmetics_canada Matte Lip Cream - Cairo @colourpopcosmetics Lip Tint - The Strand @nyxcosmetics_canada Butter Gloss - Madeleine . . ⚡️necklaces @thenewicon_official earrings @laboiteabijouxcanada . . . #makeupbyclaudiav #makeupvideo #makeup #makeuptutorial #makeupartist #mua #beauty #wakeupandmakeup #makeupvideos #makeuplover #muas #makeupaddict #makeupoftheday #makeupideas #makeupparty #sephoracanada #makeuptime #makeuplooks #makeuplife #makeupartistsworldwide #kkwbeauty #nyxprofessionalmakeup #colourpopme #kkwlipliners #nudelipstick #nyxcosmeticscanada #nyxprofessionalmakeupcanada A post shared by MONTREAL (@claudiav.mua) on Jan 7, 2020 at 4:52pm PST\n"It's going to expand what I've been doing already. So, stay tuned Montrealers!"\nJessica: "Yes, absolutely. I’m at a point in my life where I want to share my knowledge with other upcoming makeup artists!"\nView this post on Instagram Fulls face full of huda beauty 😍 how to use Melted shadow From @hudabeauty ! Ladies its so easy to use it unbelievable its good for pros and for people that rarely puts on shadows! 🤲🏻 . . MAKEUP DETAILS: Skin: #tresleches & #toffee From #hudabeauty faux filter foundation Nougats the overachiever concealer Powder to set I used pound cake super light powder to set my under eye and face! Nars orgasm loose blush And my new favorite creamy shadow i Used 1 silk bomber & 2 bubble gum 3 in the inner corner bamboo hoops and finish it up with nude palette! And #scarlettlashes . Hope you guys enjoy it! 😘 #montreal #montrealmakeupartist #montrealmakeup #hudabeauty #hudabeautynewnude #hudabeautymeltedshadows #hudabeautypowerbullet @shophudabeauty @hudakattanbeauty @hudabeauxty @hudakattan A post shared by MONTREAL MAKEUP ARTIST (@aj.makeup) on Jan 1, 2019 at 7:38pm PST\n"This year, 2020, I am opening a school for future makeup artists. Stay tuned!"