“My aim is to show the world that Muslim women are quite capable of expressing themselves through art, just like everyone else,” says 24-year-old Somali-Canadian creator and early childhood educator Khadija (@muakhads). “Growing up, I would often see the women in my community matching their hijabs to their outfits and jewelry. While my culture doesn’t inform my makeup art directly, I have picked up on the matching and incorporate it into my looks daily. In the beginning of my makeup journey, I wanted to create looks only on my eyes and have that be the focus of my art. When we went into quarantine, I found I had more time to work on my makeup. I continued to practice and started adding little drawings to my makeup looks, until I eventually felt comfortable enough to do full face looks. I also realized that not everything I draw has to resemble something. The pandemic really pushed me out of my comfort zone, and in turn I feel much more confident about myself and my art. Makeup has helped me discover that I love a good challenge. It is definitely a little challenging having an idea for a look, and not knowing how you will execute it. This is translated in my everyday life as an educator because you just never know how children will react to a lesson. Knowing and planning for every event isn’t possible, and sometimes you just have to think on your feet and adapt.” Photos by @muakhads

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