Makeup Artist and Fashion Stylist

Ania Basak is an European Makeup Artist and Fashion Stylist and the founder of Fashion Calgary. She received her training at Maestro Academy in Poland, held by the international Champion of Makeup&Style Olaf Tabaczynski.

Fashion Calgary is a Canadian company that combine the social and cultural needs of, residents and tourists by providing them with a wide range of exciting offerings from Calgary’s top four social entertainment areas, and leading cosmopolitan businesses in Fashion, Beauty, Art & Design, and Cuisine.

When did you decide to become a make-up artist?

Make-up has always been my passion; it probably started at the age of 16. I was always doing my friends’ make-up and eventually got asked to do make-up for other people at their birthdays or events.

After I finished my MBA in law I knew that while law was part of my path, I also wanted to learn more about fashion and beauty, so I decided to attend a make-up and image school back in Europe. When I graduated and moved to Canada, I decided to proceed with my make-up career.

Is there anyone who inspired you throughout your career?

I don’t have a list of people or names to mention. Life is such a beautiful journey and I meet new people everyday. People with passion are the ones that inspire me ever day.

How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get started in the industry?

It will be 15 years this year. My husband does wedding photography and when I first moved to Canada, I started to do make up at those weddings, TV and private functions. I also donated a lot of my services to silent auctions throughout the city and eventually, word of mouth got me to where I am today.

How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

I don’t have a signature look. I think my signature approach is enhancing beauty, not changing it. Many make up artists have an approach that doesn’t make people feel like themselves. I am rather trying to have a natural look, using lightweight products that are not harsh on the skin. That way, I am enhancing the beautiful features of my clients and they feel comfortable.

What is your favorite make up product?

Definitely foundation and primer. I barely leave home without it.

What does beauty mean to you?

It is such a big word. I think beauty is what we have inside of us, who we are and how we like to express it. It is a mixture of our inner beauty and our visual side.

What are the must-haves in every woman’s makeup bag?

Eye-make up remover, cleanser, toner and moisturizer. This is the first thing I always say to my clients. Great skin is a foundation for great make up. I can only have one make up item on me, but I definitely need a whole range of skin care items. Always remove your make-up!

Other items would be primer, foundation and highlighter. YSL Touché Éclat is one of the best highlighters that every woman should have. After having a baby, this is a great product for me, as I have a lot of sleepless nights. Finally, mascara, lip-gloss and bronzer are also a great must-have.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get it from people and their work when it comes to make-up. By checking and seeing images of faces every day, you capture details that are captivating to you and you incorporate that into your work on a constant basis.

If you want to know more about Ania Basak, please visit: Ania Basak

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