rber Bytyqi (previously here, here, and here) is a professional makeup artist and beauty influencer with over 450,000 followers on social media. But his success and popularity didn’t happen overnight. The two were long in the making.
Arber knew what he wanted to do pretty much since his childhood but his family opposed it. “In our culture, a male in the beauty industry is considered taboo,” he explained in an earlier Bored Panda interview. “So, at first, I got a master’s degree in economics, and only then did I follow my dream and started working as a makeup artist.”
Years later, he is as passionate as ever, working with more than one thousand brides per year. Here are some of the latest transformations that Arber and his team have done.
But he has trained even more people. “Some of my students are working part-time and some are full-time employees.”
Arber has enough resources to attend to up to 100 clients per day. “We start our workdays early in the morning and make sure our schedule has absolutely no impact on the quality of services, satisfying all of their needs.” Of course, the coronavirus has had its toll on these numbers. “In the Balkans, the wedding is one of the biggest events in a person’s life. But due to the pandemic, a lot of them were postponed,” Arber said.
When the pandemic isn’t ravaging the world, Arber and his team usually serve more than one thousand brides in a year. “The summer, in particular, is a very demanding season for wedding makeup. During this period, we serve as many as 60 or more clients daily.”
Naturally, such a big client base requires a lot of help. Arber’s team consists of 25 people (15 makeup artists and 10 hair stylists).
“When I meet my client, the first question I ask is what kind of occasion are they getting their makeup done for,” Arner once told us. “I also ask my clients if they have any specific requests. For example, if they want a natural or dramatic look.
“Then I ask them [to show me] the dress that they are going to wear. The design of the dress and its details reveal the style of the look the client is going for. Then, I analyze their facial features.”