The Story

Not many makeup artist has the same amout of passion and skill for makeup and for hairstyling. That is not the case for Donny Liem. He mastered both therefore his name became the synonym of a professional MUA. An all round artist. His career begins dating back to 1999 working as an in-house makeup artist in a bridal and beauty salon, honing his skill for 7 years, in charge of both makeup and hairstyling naturally, before finally in 2007, Donny decided to start his journey as an independent MUA in Jakarta.

Most of his clientele are brides desiring a flawless and classic looks. "For brides, I only lean towards trend not more than 30% in creating a look. Trends come and go, a wedding is a staple in a couple's journey - the look needs to be timeless!" Donny's advice given to his brides. He recommends his brides to try to picture, seeing their wedding photos 20 years from their wedding day. A classic holly matrimony look will stay relevant through time. In creating a look, Donny also weigh in his client's personality, needs and wants. Nothing exudes natural beauty more than a confident bride, "To achieve that as an MUA, we need to create a look that feels comfortable to her like a second skin!" Donny says. Understanding this different needs in every brides, Donny cater his wedding makeup service in a very personalized manner.

Donny Liem's portfolio varies from model and celebrities both for editorial fashion spread and magazine covers ; Bazaar Indonesia, Herworld & Cosmopolitan to name a few, to handling commercial makeup. In 2015 Donny Liem upgrade his skill by mastering the art of makeup and technology majoring in movie and theater in one of London's prestigious makeup academy. He understand that learning is a never ending process and that inspirations for beauty may comes through many forms ; theater, movies or runways. His well sorted inspiration and meticulous eyes for beauty has earned the trust of Yogie Pratama, Hian Tjen, Didi Budiarjo, Adrian Gan, Sebastian Gunawan dan Rinaldy Yunardi, making him and his associates of teams in charge of the runway look. Donny's inspiration stem from the historical beauty of Cleopatra and Marie Antoinetta, and also from the modern pop culture Marylyn Monroe, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. He idolize Pat McGrath and wish someday he could also have Pat's influence in the industry.

On being an influence, Donny realize that he is obliged to also pass on his skill and knowledge to younger generations of MUA. Since Donny is popular as an oriental makeup expert, so in 2017 he started his first professional makeup artist workshop "Oriental Corrective Eyes" opening his Pandora's box to all fellow artist in Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya and Bandung. The workshops was supported by Cle de Peau, Makeup Forever and YSL. The workshop was a big hit, many professional makeup artist benefited from the class, since Donny shared all his knowledge unhesistantly, no secret no cards are left unturned. Through this event, he discovered he also has a passion to teach. Private class or workshops, he always brings his best foot forward. He now make it his purpose too, to help prepare and nurture many professional MUA to have an international skills ready to rock global.