Through the series Creativity Chronicles, we catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse behind the work and vision of the creatives that together shape the collective and what it represents.
I recently shared a chat with Natalie R Vella, an extraordinarily talented make-up artist who is championing an aesthetic vision across Malta that is rooted in good intentions and ethical beauty.
Tell us something about yourself, something not related to your business.
I’m a born and raised Londoner.
When was the first time you had any idea that you were going to embrace the profession of make-up artist?
I’ve always been interested in art and makeup, my mother was a makeup artist and I pretty much followed in her footsteps, it’s how I channel my creativity, I’ve always had a love for beauty.
Does your company have a significant name? If so, what is the meaning behind it and how did it come about?
No - just my name, I want my clients to connect with me as a person.
Did you gain a formal education in creativity? What, do you feel, played an important role in your creativity?
I didn’t, no - I find that practise in my art and experimentation is what really worked its magic for me.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Definitely couture, that feeling of naturally oozing style, creativity and luxury is really where my style comes from, everything I do has a high fashion/editorial feeling about it.
When you first started thinking about your work, did you think you would be in the place you are now? Is it where you hoped to be?
I am happy with where it’s going for sure but I definitely feel like I am only at the tip of the iceberg with vegan and cruelty free beauty and my artistry, I don’t think I will ever feel like my learning and growth will come to an end, just evolve instead.
Have you won any awards, recognition, etc., for what you do?
Nothing major, small recognitions of my work from some major brands I have worked with. For me, being asked to work on cool projects is recognition enough of my work.
What has been the most highlighted event/milestone for you, so far?
Definitely being featured on NET-A-PORTER for my own series of beauty tutorials, to see a studio set-up/project on such a high level has always stuck with me and is the level of professionalism and standard I strive towards.
Do you still feel that same passion about your business as when you first started, or when you had the initial idea?
100% I can’t imagine not doing makeup.
What most helped you get to where you are now and what helped you follow through with your ideas?
My mother for sure, she brought me up with the mentality of ‘if you want it you have to figure it out for yourself’ and ‘always be professional’ I definitely didn’t appreciate it at the time but her actually leaving me to handle all my challenges on my journey on my own is what I credit to my level of work.
If you could start things over again, what would you change or do differently?
I definitely think I’d have gotten into blogging and content creating sooner, I used to be really reluctant to do it but since I’ve started, I’ve received incredible feedback and it has actually supported my work a lot more than I could have ever imagined.
What is the one thing that you want people to come away with when they see your work and make-up artistry?
I want them to feel good. That, for me, is the crowning glory of all I do.