When art fuses with makeup, one may first think drama.  For Lisan Sootim, Owner/Head Makeup Artist of Iris Image and Makeup Studio, the culmination of both worlds means an opportunity to create a stunning transformation, in turn leading to a satisfied client.  Sootim, who hails from Arima, has been impacting the makeup industry in Trinidad & Tobago for the past seven years.

She was inspired by her mother; in fact her first training in makeup came from her, a beauty specialist who has been in the business for the past twenty five  years.  Sootim furthered her training with Ephraim Hunte Makeup Academy in Trinidad, then moved on to strengthen her knowledge in New York with Makeup Forever Academy, Chic Studios and Sterling Style Academy.  Sootim is also a certified instructor for Sterling Style Academy.  In 2013, she formed Iris Image Consultancy with the goal of helping clients enhance their image with finishing touches of gorgeous skin, make up, and a well put together outfit.

Sootim’s joy comes from art – it is what she loves, it is her passion, but like any other artist she utilizes multiple mediums for expression. She evolved her talent in art into the landscape of make-up.  She relates that as a makeup artist you are constantly challenged to create based on the composition of the face before you.  The fundamental techniques of application are the same. However, understanding what will work well for the client’s body type, shape, tone and personality is vital.

With makeup her creativity knows no bounds. According to Sootim makeup is her avenue of effecting positive change with her clients.  When a client completes their makeup and they look in the mirror and witnesses their own transformation – that smile of contentment and absolute amazement – is priceless!   The ability to touch the lives of women one face at a time and transcend their beauty through makeup is an awesome feeling.

Sootim uses Artistry products only and personally endorses the brand, not because it’s one of the top five largest premium selling skin care brands in the world but because from her own experience using the line, she attests that the products do exactly what they say. It is a quality line which is constantly being tested, researched and very consistent with trends and developments.

Her advice for the style conscious woman who wants to keep it trendy but cool is “Less is always more, it’s timeless!”

In January 2017, Sootim opened the doors of Iris Image and Makeup Studio, at Suite 107, Cascadia Hotel, St. Anns, Trinidad, offering a wide array of services.  She envisions taking her brand regionally in the near future.

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