The eye-catching styles of Nhu Quynh Le's work demonstrate her enthusiasm for make-up and her efforts to try new creative things.
Nhu has produced an assortment of looks and enjoys experimenting with her make-up kit. As a person who is influenced by a variety of sources, she expresses her talent through her ability to transform her ideas into creative looks that often inspire others to replicate her creations.
Is there anything in particular you do to incite a creative spark?
It really depends, I usually scroll through social media not necessarily to look for inspo, I let it happen organically. Lately I just sit down and let my hands do all the business, if I am lost then I go back to Instagram, TikTok, or even my own gallery and try to look for guidance.
Do you find inspiration in your environment or from places you've been?
I have always been very interested in architecture and geometry. I love symmetry, I love exploring new shapes and etc. I am more of an abstract creative person and I am very much influenced by what is around me; not only do I use anything as a source of inspiration, but surroundings can also affect mental health, mood and so on.
How long have you been an artist or producing artistic work?
I honestly never and still don't consider myself one. I'd rather say enthusiast, someone, who enjoys art itself. I spend most of my days with a brush in my hand [but] before makeup I wanted to study either graphic design or architecture. I never pursued that path so this is my first time actually putting myself out there.
Have you had other creative interests different from what you do now?
My biggest dream was to become an architect, I always wanted to leave a mark on this planet, before I go. But I enjoy anything creative, I love embroidery, I am trying to learn how to sew, the list goes on :)
What drew you to make-up and why do you choose to use it as a form of creative expression?
I was always so drawn to it, especially ever since YouTube OG makeup gurus became popular. I loved what makeup can do with one's appearance, with confidence. It can literally change how you perceive yourself and that is an important thing nowadays.
Do you have any preferred brands?
I am a bit of a scrooge, simply because I was always taught, that there is a certain limit I should spend on such things as makeup. So unless I NEED IT, I don't buy it. I still have a very small kit mostly consisting of my daily routine makeup products from Catrice or NYX. I am trying to splurge on more, I adore my ABH eyeshadow palette or my Glisten Cosmetics Wet Liners.
Have you thought about using another canvas to create work? For example painting, sketching etc.?
Honestly, for some reason I get so shy, when it's not my face. I'd say, that I am very much able to create anything on my face and be very confident, yet if you told me to recreate it on paper or canvas, I'd be like 'I could never'. But I do occasionally paint or sketch, simply to help anxiety.
Have you set any goals for yourself to accomplish in the future, or thought about something you'd like to achieve?
I have few projects in mind, that I won't reveal just because they are simple ideas that need a lot of time. I would love to work on bigger projects, with brands or celebrities. Instagram wise I would love to hit 10k before my 1 year of doing it, also maybe get my name on any PR list.
In the process of creating work, what have you learned about yourself?
I have learned a lot actually. I learned that I am powerful and strong and I can do whatever I set my mind on. It changed how I see and pursue things, I learned to appreciate myself and never let others put me down.
You can view more of Nhu's make-up looks on her Instagram page!