We had the pleasure to talk to and photograph @mirumorna, she is a cruelty-free make-up artist from Lisbon. She is on a conscious journey to create more awareness around the usage of animal ingredients in makeup products. Through her beautiful creations, she shows that creativity doesn't have to include cruelty.
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Why did you decide to go into the field of sustainability, and what do you want to change in your industry?
I decided to look more into green areas and suitability in my teens years and when I was in college I turned to vegetarianism. This was my first step, after that, I saw much more in my life and had to adjust and readjust, for a less polluted world. So when I started to study and working in makeup it only felt right if it was vegan and cruelty-free, because the animal doesn't have to suffer just because people, in general, want to feel more pretty.
How would you define your mindset towards manifesting your dreams, what did you have overcome to get to where you are now?
Life has thrown some rocks at me but at the same time has been very good to me. The only thing that happens really often is because vegan and cruelty-free products normally are more expensive and harder to find, people always want to bargain the prices of my work and that just show me that people still don't understand what cruelty-free means and why it's so important for me and only look at the cheapest resource not caring about the resources nor the planet.
Can you tell us a bit more about your workflow/creative process, like what inspires you?
I get inspired by the world, I love nature, I love color, I love people, we can do much greater things together, my environment is my inspiration. I always love to hear people what people have to say and come up with new concepts together. For the most part, I like working with a team way more than working my ideas by myself, I just work better in a team environment.
Tell us about a project that didn’t work out. What did you learn, and what was the positive side of it? (positively impacted your work in a big way)
Through years of working, I there are a few shoots that never seen the light of the day and that's because we didn't prepare enough, as a team, we all have to work at 100 percent and if someone fails, we all fail. So it's always a team effort, research, talk, really communicative with your team and speak your truth. And never forget, we are people, we fail, we are wrong sometimes, so be good when telling people some constructive criticism.
What Advice Would You Give To Someone Wanting To Enter The Industry?
Do your research, invest in good products and cleaners, be educated, and support your colleagues, and ask for help if needed. We are not a competition, we are people with the same interests and fighting for a better world. A better future.
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