Can you imagine a civil engineer holding a makeup brush instead of drawing pen? This might sound beyond our imagination. A civil engineer is a person who deals with planning, designing and constructing building structures and public facilities. However, there is a well-known figure in our local beauty industry who holds a certificate of civil engineering, but dedicated his life in sharing makeup techniques and aesthetics concepts, and committed to educating the public on the real concept of beauty. He has spent more than 40 years in the industry. Meet Mr. Alan Chhooi, an inspiring icon with more than 40 years of experience in the beauty industry.
It was not his original plan to end up in the beauty industry. Due to some unexpected reasons moved his thought from working in the civil engineering. Recalling those hard times, Alan humorously joke: “it was a tough war”. In spite of this, he won the battle. He started his journey from scratch, and now, he is a renowned figure in the beauty industry, as well as a respected teacher. In fact, a makeup artist and a civil engineer have the similarity in the nature of their work: planning, designing, and constructing. The only difference is the object they are working on. One is working on buildings; the other one is working on human faces.
Alan started his makeup career as early as when he was in elementary school. The talent is in his blood. Since then he has been involved in the play, he was accountable for the director, scripter, props coordinator, makeup artist and etc. He was exposed to the art of makeup at an early age; he has the natural talent in it. The love and passion that he owns have won his many awards, and his outstanding talent has earned him a good reputation internationally. In the interview, Alan shared a story about the award he won out of the blue in 1998. It was an award exclusively selected by Malaysian beauty magazines and famous makeup artist at that time. There is a Chinese saying: “The real diamond will never lose its shine”. As long as you work hard and never give up, you will be seen.
Billions of people walk their own journey, a bitter-sweet journey of ups and downs. Alan has his own story filled with tales of hope and love. His faith is the main aspiration for him to stand immovable throughout the storms in his career. Being a boss may seem easy, but it was a restless position where he must be sensitive enough to uncover the changes in the industry, generate adequate ideas, and always be at the forefront of the times. You cannot make progress if you always stay behind the closed doors. Holding an open heart to keep exploring and learning will strengthen the skills to sustain a long-term career development. Success is the result of hard work, learning from failure and persistence.
Alan joke that he doesn’t look good, but he could use his hand to transform an ordinary-looking man to a good-looking man. That made him pleased and contented. As long as there are people appreciates his talents and work, all the hard work he had done are paid off. Alan has a humble personality; he earned aspiration from the movies, especially the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers films. He named Fang Yuan, a makeup artist from Shaw Brothers Studios. His modesty and natural talent and ability make him well known in the industry and earn admiration from the students.
“Life has no take two”, even if there is, “I will still choose to be in this industry”, Alan expressed. This is something I will do in this life and even in my next life.
“There are always ways to be a better me” – An inspiring icon with more than 40 years of experience in the beauty industry, indeed a beautiful legend in our local industry. Thanks for your great contributions to the industry, Mr Alan Chhooi.