She’s just a girl next door, until she puts on some makeup. With a few strokes of makeup brushes and intelligent conceptualisation, 22-year-old Promise Tamang Phan from Nepal can turn herself into any celebrity — be it actors Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson, singer Taylor Swift or legendary King of Pop Michael Jackson.
One would think that it takes years of experience and professional training to achieve such a feat, but Promise springs another surprise by calling herself an amateur artist who is purely self-taught. “I was always passionate about art and drew portraits when I was younger. But now I have taken it to the next level. I use makeup instead of pencils, and my face has replaced paper,” says the talented video blogger, who regularly posts makeup tutorials under the YouTube handle dope2111.
Talking about her inspiration, she says, “Growing up I never felt that I was pretty, so I used to constantly try different techniques to enhance my facial features. But this insecurity turned out to be in my favour; it gave me the idea to experiment with different characters. However, I don’t wear too much make up in real life.”
Promise is currently working on turning into singer-actor Jennifer Lopez, musician Chris Brown and late singer Amy Winehouse. Her first video tutorial was on Na’vi princess Neytiri’s look from filmmaker James Cameron’s Avatar; and it got her an encouraging feedback. Promise is also a die hard Bollywood fan and says she would love to work in the film industry. “I love India, and I keep watching Hindi movies all the time. I have done a few Bollywood bridal looks as well. I simply love everything about John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra,” she says.
Talking about her current projects, the makeup genius says that her plate is full working on a new YouTube network called FAWN (For All Women Network) and the beauty website MyGlam.com. She’s also trying to increase her Indian fan base. “I am planning to transform into Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she’s one of the world’s most beautiful women, and Bipasha Basu because she’s gifted with such exotic features,” adds Promise.
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