Thursday, April 5, 2007

Why I Love Make-up Artist Hung Vanngo!

There are moments in your life when you know you're in a good place. You know that if you just keep doing what you're doing, work hard and eventually you'll get to your destination spot in life. I haven't reached mine yet, but I think I'm steadily on my way there.

I received an email last week from one of my all time favourite make-up artists, Hung Vanngo, about my site. I remember when I first saw his name in my inbox I thought he may have sent it to me by mistake, but when I opened it I squealed with delight when I read, "Hello Joy". Here is what he said:

"Hello Joy,
How are you?
I don't think we ever met before, but I just came across your blog by accident.
I actually enjoy your blog very much and do check it often.
Hope all is well and best of luck with everything.
Take care.

I remember sitting back in my chair silently just taking it all in. Some of you may be reading this and thinking, "That's nice, but big deal". This email and my shoot with Mooishi is probably one of the highlights of my career thus far. I have admired his work for years hoping one day I could do make-up and hair as beautifully as he does. I used to study his work along with many other make-up artists I admire such as Pat McGrath and Kevyn Aucoin. He was based in Toronto and now resides in NY. Hung has worked with the best of the best and his work continues to make an impact in the fashion industry. I emailed him and told him that I actually rang in a few products for him back when I was working for Red Earth. However, I was a little awe struck and didn't want him to be scared away by a crazed fan. So, I kept my mouth shut about my undying love for him.

Hung, if you're reading this I hope you're not embarrassed about me showering you with admiration. Thank you for being the amazing artist that you are and for inspiring me. And most of all thank you so much for taking the time to read my site!

To view his amazing work and to read more about him please visit: Hung Vanngo


Ivy said...

I love Hung, I love Hung's work! I hope to meet him one day. Joy..LOL...I think I saw him on Queen St once, but I was star struck also! In hindsite I wish I had the courage to say "Hello, I think you are makeup god.."

Miss you Joy!

Love Ivy

yummy411 said...

wow joy! congrats! that's amazing to get an email like that! i'm excited for you. I have to look him up. thanks for introducing me to him =)

Ted said...

Wow...I was just Googling Hung and came across this blog.

I am genuinely excited to see a friend so revered for his talent...and to see him mentioned with Pat and Kevyn

I look forward to the day my fiancee who's also an artist, meets him when we go to NY.

Keep pursuing your passion...I've seen it work!

Make-up Junkie said...

Thanks everyone! Ted, thank you for reading my post about your friend Hung! Oh to be a friend of Hung's! Your fiancee is extremely lucky and I'm sure talented to boot! I would love to feature her on my site for my Makeup Artist Corner. Thank you for your encouraging words! Have a blast in NY...oh how I miss NY...