MISSY GIRL: SERENA LI
MISSY GIRL is our periodic feature of a sassy lass that echoes the spirit of MISSY SKINS. She's modern and thrives off the pulse of big cities. She's a rebel and a free spirit. She's spicy and sweet.
Serena, with her wild hair and most infectious of smiles, is our go-to makeup-artist here at MISSY SKINS. Having done makeup for more than half our photoshoots, her eye for beauty, can-do attitude and innate charm make her an absolute dream to work with.
Upon graduating from Parsons, Serena worked as an assistant editor for three years before joining a Hong Kong-based image consultancy – that’s when her career as a makeup artist began. Serena moved to Shanghai in 2011 and has since beautified famous faces such as Ziyi Zhang, Chris Lee, and Taiwanese singer Amei, as well as working with major magazine editorials and top-tier luxury and beauty brands.
1. How did you become a makeup artist? Have you always wanted to be one?
I’ve always been fascinated with all things beautiful from a young age. I’m especially fascinated with the face – every face is different and possesses unique features. It feels special to be able to make someone beautiful – I derive joy from making people happy. Being a makeup artist is my dream job, you need to find that passion you’re willing to die for…
2. You have the most wild hair! How do you manage it?
I don’t usually do anything to my hair, whether I fuss with it or not, it has its own mind anyway!
3. You’ve travelled to some amazing places to shoot – what’s your fave destination and why?
I guess I’d have to say Hawaii. The ocean is so beautiful, it’s the bluest waters I’ve ever seen. There are so many gorgeous sights that take your breath away. I love that there are so many water sports there, in particular surfing!
4. What’s your fave beauty trend right now?
The ‘no makeup look’. Less is more, for sure!
5. What's your holy grail product?
Hydrating masks, particularly ones from Sisley, Laneige and Lanocreme. I use them every day.
6. Care to share a beauty tip with us?
The best tips I can give are to keep your skin hydrated and sleep early! Also, dare to be yourself – stay weird, be different.
Photos of Serena by Shen Yi @ Central Studios