Makeup artist Hala Ajam. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Makeup is an art mastered by few.This is a principle that has made Lebanon's Hala Ajam one of the Arab world's leading makeup artists, pioneering a look that blends Lebanese and Western styles.Ajam had to overcome many obstacles to achieve success, including Lebanon's 1975-1990 Civil War, during which she immigrated with her family to the United States. While she shared passions for art, drawing and film, Ajam decided to pursue a career in beauty. This sensitive topic left Ajam emotional, revealing that she hasn't shared these feelings with anyone before.When Ajam came back to Lebanon with her family she started working as a makeup artist at a local TV station.Interestingly, Ajam doesn't own her own place.Despite all of these mixed emotions, Ajam stressed that she considers herself settled, and that she's happy with her clients, but most importantly she's happy with what she does."Affection," replied Ajam when asked what made her continue working as a makeup artist. The Daily Star sat down with Ajam for a chat about beauty and the latest trends in makeup:I never worked for any makeup artist, so I learned from my own mistakes.
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