THE THIRTIETH INSTALMENT OF THE BELLEBOSS SERIES
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I hoped 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 you to take a little bit of your time to realize how incredible the women around you are.
Could you give us an introduction to yourself?
My name is Novela, I just turned 16 and I live in Paris, in France. In my childhood, I was a little girl who was full of dreams; I’ve been the happiest little girl on the planet thanks to my parents. My dream as a 6 years old girl was to shine like a star and be a super famous woman and be in a sparkly world ha-ha! Today, I am an Influencer on social media, I love creating content especially on YouTube where I post:
Make-up tutorials, hauls, vlogs and lifestyle videos as well. I have a channel in French that I created in 2014, and at the beginning of this year, I decided to put myself into a new challenge and project which was to open my English channel. I am very happy to publish content in two different languages to help as many people as I can! I am also very proud to represent the Sri Lankan community in France which is not that represented.
How did you become interested in makeup?
I remembered when I was 8 years old, that I’d be in my mom’s room with all of my aunties getting ready for a family function, and I’d play with lip glosses and eyeshadows for hours and hours! Makeup is my number one passion since I was young, I love playing with textures and colours.
For me, that’s my way to express my creativity and my personality. I think that makeup, helped me to feel more confident in my own skin, I was very insecure about my skin, my style and I wanted to create my own style and discover new stuff and today I can proudly say that I found myself, my style and who I am. I love being unique, different and that is the vision of my life today!
What are your Holy Grail makeup products?
During these last years of work for YouTube, I’ve partnered with a lot of different types of brands in the beauty and makeup industry, and obviously, I’ve got my preferences! I had the chance to work with Urban Decay, and the Naked palettes are definitely a must have for me! I have to say that my favourite one is the Naked 3, I love warm and rosy tones, I think it looks so beautiful on darker skin tones. Too Faced is also a brand that I appreciate a lot for their creative ideas and the Chocolate Bar palette is my favourite for a few years now. Nude or Bold Smokey eyes, you can do so many looks with this palette!
I feel like you don’t necessarily need high-end products to have flawless makeup, there are so many amazing drugstore products today; my favourite one is Nyx Cosmetics!
I’ve tried a bunch of products from them and I have to say that their lippies are absolutely amazing, you have tons of shades, different formulas and you can just play with them
Do you have any makeup tips for the heat in Sri Lanka?
I was in Sri Lanka this year for summer, and the heat is kind of a nightmare for all of us beauty gurus and full coverage queens lol! But I do have some tips to stay a fleeky princess on tropical weathers! First of all, the less you put makeup in hot temperatures, more your skin will breathe!
I recommend using like a BB cream or a light coverage foundation because you sweat a lot and the amount of sweat combined with the heavy full coverage foundation is going to cause major breakouts! Use a light formula! If you are an adept of full coverage and you still want to cover your imperfections I recommend using concealer to cover them. I also really suggest you guys use waterproof makeup only because we don’t want to look like a panda at the end of the day! And last but not least, powder! Mattify your skin to don’t look like a greasy mess!
How have you changed since starting your youtube channel?
When I started YouTube, I was a super shy little girl, I mean, I was 12 years old and pretty much everyone in middle school put a huge pressure on me and kind of bullied me because of my YouTube videos, so it was something very hard to handle especially if you are shy. The 4 years in middle school made me become an introverted person, scared to meet people pretty much and I’ve lost all of my self-confidence. When my YouTube community started to become bigger and bigger every day, receiving love from people who didn’t really knew me, saved me from depression.
Without the amount of love that my community gave me, my self-confidence wouldn’t grow. Today, I am not the most confident person on the planet, but I’ve learned a lot, through my middle school bullying and hate comments. I am in a positive mindset today, I do not care about what people can say about me, I am just minding my own business and doing my own thing and I couldn’t be happier today!
There was a time in my life when I was insecure about my skin colour. But I am very lucky to be in a generation that accepts who I am. It’s truly awful when you see people who are put down and bullied because of their skin colour. A skin colour does not define a personality.
I’m really happy to see how some makeup brands and make up artists who are aware of the situation.
I am someone who loves trying different things, I love wearing bright colours but sometimes I love being simple and classy.