THE THIRD INSTALMENT IN THE BELLEBOSS SERIES!
I hope that with this series I would find a way to appreciate the incredible South Asian women of our generation who are breaking boundaries and paving new paths for themselves. Moreover, I would like other people to take a little bit of their time to realize how incredible the women around you are. Especially if you are a woman, I hope that at least one woman’s story in my #BelleBoss series will inspire you to follow your dreams, your vision and most importantly your heart. Even if that means breaking a few rules and many societal prejudices along the way.
Could you give us a small introduction about yourself?
My name is Risikga Singam, my nick name is Risi. I will soon be 24 years old. I was born in Zurich, Switzerland and live here in Zurich. I did my apprenticeship of hotel management for 3 years in Zurich.
I worked at a receptionist for 2 years afterwards. Besides that, I attended a Makeup School for Art in Zurich. I then decided I had enough of working irregular working schedules so I decided to search for another job.
I have always loved to travel so I searched for a job at the travel agency. I’ve been working in the headquarter of Kuoni for 1.5 years I’m a sales agent and my main work is to clarify all the questions from various travel agents from all over Switzerland. In order to sell our hotels, we must have seen it and experienced it personally. That’s why my boss sends u to different countries to inspect our hotels. Most of the time I’m in my office.
2) What made you want to get into makeup/ passion for makeup emerge from?
Since I was 12 years old I’ve been so passionate about makeup. Everything about it was intriguing. My neighbour worked as an in-flight crew for Pan American Airlines.
Seeing how confident she and her friends were, looking so glamorous in perfect uniform, hair and makeup really caught my attention. I was amazed at how makeup would transform a women’s face and later on.
I came to appreciate how it even had an effect on her self-esteem. If she looked good, she felt even better. I absolutely loved the world of makeup and how diverse it is today
. I took an opportunity to do makeup on friends. It was something I loved doing. It sparked creativity. I was always excited when given the chance and there was always something new to learn from the different faces I worked on.
You can literally transform anything with the right tools and skills. I must say I am extremely grateful for my God given gift with makeup artistry. But when you do what you love , everyday it is an opportunity for happiness.
3) As a dark skinned beauty did ever find it difficult to find products to suit your skin? Did you ever want to use lightening products? Or were you comfortable in your own skin?
I always struggled to find products for my skin colour especially from a normal drugstore, they always show dark skinned girls in advertising but when you want to buy these products then they can never be found.
Finally, I found my perfect match from MAC (Mac NC 45) I’m using Mac foundation over 9 years over nine years now. I love it! Last month, I did find a cheap foundation from NYX. The control drop foundation I just fell in love (NYX number 19). I’m using the NYX foundation for everyday makeup and the MAC one for special events.
As a South Asian girl, I tried fair and lovely with the hope of brighter skin.
But I realized quickly that was not the solution. During the age of 12 -15 I struggled a lot because of my dark skin. I always asked my mother why I was born dark. Sometimes some of my family members would make jokes about how dark and chubby I was.
My friends always said I was absolutely gorgeous and they told me how beautiful I was and how rare chocolate is and how gorgeous their skin is.
All the things I was worried about seemed to fade away. I was like “Yeah!” and a light bulb went off.
Embrace everything that you are as a woman, even your flaws. The things that you want to fix, make you better .
Who are your beauty icons and makeup icons?
My beauty icon is definitely Naomi Campbell. Her makeup and hair are always on point before I cut or colour my hair. I always check if she did already. So I can compare it with skin colour if it would match me. My fashion icon is Karrueche Tran. Love her fashion sense. No word to say.
What are your holy grail makeup products?
My holy grail makeup products at the moment are Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette because they are so pigmented. I also love MAC Liquid Lipsticks. I just love them! Long lasting lipstick which stays the whole day. I wish I could find more drugstore eyeshadows … but that is difficult because they usually do not show on our pigmented skin. But the urban decay eyeshadow base is the best!
7) You have quite a few stunning tattoos! Would you mind sharing a story behind one of them?
My first tattoo was everything happens for a reason written on my shoulder. In my life, I had so many ups and downs but everything works out in the end. That’s why I got it tattooed as a reminder.
8) What do you love about living in Zurich? Do you have a lot of makeup outlets there?
What is love about Zurich is that the city is international.
You can see people from everywhere and you have so many opportunities to do something night and day. Unfortunately, we do not have so many makeup outlets here but it’s getting better. We just got a Sephora in Zurich and in Base. They do not have everything yet. Hopefully, with time it will.
What kind of lessons do you learn at the makeup school of art?
I was at makeup school for a half year. I’ve learned everything that a makeup artist has to learn: hygiene, dermatology, complexion, the different face shapes. Bride makeup, red carpet makeup, 50 + makeup, airbrush makeup, Asian and dark skin makeup and marketing. We had exams. We had different looks and theory.
10) As a travel sale agent what has been your favourite place to travel and why?
I went to Dominican Republican: Punta Cana last year. That was a mind blowing experience. The beach was indescribably beautiful. I would definitely go back there.
And of course New York. The city never sleeps. That’s my city. The open minded people, the buildings, the fashion, the food. Everything was mine. I would love to live there! Maybe one day I will do just that!
12) How did you start making Instagram videos? Will you start youtube one day?
I never wanted to do Instagram videos because I’m really shy among cameras. But so many followers wrote me to open you tube channel. But you tube is something big and I’m not ready for that. I don’t speak fluent English and if I start a youtube channel I would have to talk to my international followers in English. I don’t feel I’m ready for that.
Do you have any dreams or goals relating to the future either in makeup or travel?
I want to do a fashion college degree abroad. I don’t know when. My dream destination is New York or Barcelona.Let’s see.
Honestly, I’m so bad at draping saree on myself. My mom drapes it for me!
What is the message you want to give to #Girlbosses out there?
Because of my dark skin I want to inspire women of colour and empower them, let them know we are all goddesses inside and out! The message I have for you is, that how you look doesn’t matter, as long as you feel beautiful on the inside!