Polish make-up artist Ania Jaszczyszyn discusses creativity and her recent Kandinsky-esque project

Make-up artists find inspiration from a variety of places. For Ania Jaszczyszyn’s recent project, inspiration came from the Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky—the pioneer of abstract painting.

For the unique make-up pics in this article, Jaszczyszyn took the abstract geometric world of Kandinsky and transferred this perception onto her model.

There were many challenges in creating these looks. “I tried to make some original element of these looks,” Jaszczyszyn concludes. “I’ve made this hat from the barbecue toothpicks and Styrofoam elements. And I’m sure that it can also be used as a different part of attire.”

The key products she used were Kryolan Supracolor and Aquacolor paints, Kryolan Mastix Spirit Gum and Styrofoam elements for the 3-D effect and structure.

Jaszczyszyn has always loved art in general—paintings, photography, sculptures. When she was a teenager she used to draw and paint. She was always looking for a way to express herself. And then she found make-up.

With make-up, it all really began in 2012. Jaszczyszyn had just finished a course in Agnieszka Broda’s Biar Beauty Group in Katowice, Poland. From there she quickly improved her skills by training with the great polish make-up artist Daniel Sobieśniewski from Pro Make Up Academy in Warsaw and also with Marcin Szczepaniak from Face Art Make-Up School in Cracow. Other early influences were from international make-up artists such as Lan Nguyen-Grealis, Einat Dan, Tatiana Diakova and Jos Brands.

As a young make-up artist, Jaszczyszyn was thirsty for knowledge. Surrounding herself with creative, passionate people gave her the positive energy and inspiration to act.

She decided to take part in the make-up competition Fashion Make-up Deconstruction, organized by Make-Up Trendy magazine and Face Art Make-Up School. People from all over Poland took part in this contest, but as in most competitions, there was only one winner. After winning, Jaszczyszyn went to Cracow to further her make-up studies. There, she met amazing people, and for the first time, her work appeared on Kyrolan’s social media platform. After this, step-by-step, she began collaborating with Kryolan in Warsaw.

Jaszczyszyn has been a professional make-up artist for six years.

She says that one of the most challenging aspects of forging a career as a make-up artist is that there are make-up artists everywhere you go. “I think nowadays it’s even some kind of trend to be a make-up artist,” she explains. “So, you have to be original and be yourself to achieve something.”

Jaszczyszyn goes on to say, “You have to be determined. Many times, I wanted to give up the idea of being a make-up artist but then something happened. For example, I won a competition, met new people from the branch and that gave me a hope that someday someone would appreciate my work.”

The artist pushes herself by always being in touch with her creativity and allowing inspiration to come from anywhere and everywhere. She says, “I agree 100 percent with the sentence: ‘The only limit is your imagination.’

“I find things in every area of my life that I’m able to use in my works,” she explains. “Sometimes it is something from the kitchen, sometimes from a builder store or haberdashery. I also draw inspiration during the Sunday walks or travels, which I love.”

Jaszczyszyn quotes Pat McGrath, who said: “Creativity is your best make-up skill, don’t be afraid to experiment.” So that’s what she does, and she tries to make each make-up unique.