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Meet Sidiqa Razaqyar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sidiqa Razaqyar. 

Hi Sidiqa, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
For as long as I can remember I have always loved creating, whether it was painting, drawing, singing, dancing, or even writing. As a young refugee, there were many moments in my childhood where the only outlet I had to express myself was art. My father taught me how to draw flowers when I was in 3rd grade, and I remember how much happiness it brought me. Throughout the years my passion for art went from flowers to faces. Makeup excited me just as much as a new bottle of paint or new crayons. Coming from an Afghan household I wasn’t allowed to put makeup on, but I would find my ways. Using my allowance to buy a drugstore eyeliner and practicing the winged liner look at 14 years old I became very good at it. I would take my eyeliner to school and apply it in the bathroom and wipe it off when I went home. It made me feel beautiful. At 18 years old while going to school to become a dentist, I landed my first job at a Macys. I would work all throughout the store, but nothing made me more excited than helping out at a makeup counter. I began to take my art seriously, I studied techniques, watched informative videos by professionals, and worked with some of the best brands and other artist. Today, I am a freelance makeup artist, I run my own schedule and get to create art every day, I also started an Instagram page to educate my clients and followers. Some of my clients have been with me for 6 years. Being an artist gives me confidence because at the end of the day it’s not about how I look, it’s out my skill and ability to create art on others. I eventually gave up on dentistry, because I knew what I loved most was being an artist. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Any artist can tell you that the road to success is long and difficult, but somehow no matter the struggles there are moments that make it all worthwhile. I worked for several beauty companies as an artist but always felt limited. I let go of my passion many times, in effort to make more of a living or to make others proud but I learned quickly that nothing suppresses talent like the boxes society puts us in. As an artist there is no annual salary, there would be days when I would borrow gas money from my parents, or wake up at 4 am and work till 9 pm, trying to juggle a regular job and freelancing. With artists talent doesn’t equal to compensation, you can be the most talented artist in your city but if you don’t have the clients or connections then making a living is extremely hard. There was also the struggle of not being taken seriously, people believe that your job is a hobby, and it’s glamorous and always fun. Yet no one sees the amount of work you put in. I wouldn’t consider myself to be a successful makeup artist, but to me every appointment I complete in which my client feels beautiful and loves my work is worth all the struggles I go through. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a freelance makeup artist in Tampa. I have been a makeup artist for almost nine years now, I have spent these nine years perfecting my craft, studying and learning at every given opportunity. I have worked on photoshoot sets, weddings, parties, and even professional shoots. Given all the hardships I’ve come across I have never given up on my dreams. Regardless of how much money I make, and what others might think of me I continue to work hard to make my dreams reality. 

What sets me apart? I would say my passion sets me apart, not just for makeup or cosmetics but for art. Every client is my canvas, each different and beautiful. I have spent these past nine years making sure that I am able to do my best work no matter skin color, skin tone, eye shape, face shape. As an artist, I pride myself in how I approach my craft and how I create art. 

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
I’ve learned and continue to learn so much as an artist, but I would say the most important lesson I have learned is believe in your talent, work hard and always follow your passion. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: raazartistry@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Raazsbeauty
  • Youtube: Raazsbeauty
  • Other: Makeupby_Sidiqa on Instagram as well, Raazsbeauty on Tiktok

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