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This Week We Feature Young Professional Akeema K. Crabbe

Our Young Professional of this week, Akeema K. Crabbe, is all about achieving that flawless look in persons and her skills in achieving this appearance have caused her to be one of the most in demand makeup artists in the territory. Photo: VINO
Akeema has done a lot of bridal work and fashion work for photo shoots in addition to working with clients on a number of music videos. Photo: Norman Allen photography
Akeema has done a lot of bridal work and fashion work for photo shoots in addition to working with clients on a number of music videos. Photo: Norman Allen photography
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: supplied
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: supplied
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: Norman Allen photography
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: Norman Allen photography
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: Norman Allen photography
A model displays some of Akeema's fascinating makeup artistry. Photo: Norman Allen photography
By Ron M. Henry

Our Young Professional of this week is all about achieving that flawless look in persons and her skills in achieving this appearance have caused her to be one of the most in demand makeup artists in the territory.

Akeema K. Crabbe told Virgin Islands News Online that while growing up she had always been into the arts and had participated in drama, music and visual arts at various times. Much of her interest in the arts was heavily influenced by her older brother who is himself a talented musician and teacher.

A former student of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Missouri State College, Akeema related that she draws much of her inspiration from things that are around her but her skills have been largely self-taught in the field of makeup artistry.

Akeema has also worked at Harney’s for the past several years as a Legal Secretary and has managed to balance these two jobs expertly with her role as a wife and mother of two young children.

Describing herself as a very visual person, Akeema said she considers herself to be very teachable and explained that she has managed to “figure stuff out” as her career in makeup artistry progressed.

She also disclosed that some of her training has come from award winning celebrity makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff but she also continues to enhance her skills through studies in skin care technique.

A passionate and dedicated worker, Akeema revealed that she has never received a negative comment about her work and this is particularly significant given that much of the work she does comes on the basis of referrals from prior work done with other clients.

For the moment, she hasn’t quite settled on a specific name for her signature look, but our Young Professional prides herself in producing a very natural appearance on her clients and this has been the hallmark of her work over the years.

Akeema is one of the most highly sought after makeup artists in the territory and part of her success is due to the fact that she is keen on ensuring clients get just what they want.

Many of her clients often reveal an initial fear of appearing as if their makeup has been overdone but this has never been a complaint with her since she is sure to keep them engaged every step of the way.

Akeema has done a lot of bridal work and fashion work for photo shoots in addition to working with clients on a number of music videos. Apart from this type of work though, she is also skilled in theatrical makeup and creating an airbrushed look without the use of an actual airbrush machine.

She related that although the demand is relatively low for special effects work, she plans to enhance her skills in this area as well, noting that this would allow her to apply things such as prosthetics and plaster in creating a non-human appearance on her subjects.

One of the most challenging aspects of her work, Akeema explained, is applying simple makeup techniques while maintaining the natural appearance of her clients.

Our Young Professional explained that in makeup artistry, the skin is very much like a canvas and explained that one’s skin condition often determines the way that their makeup looks.

This is one of the reasons that she often recommends skin care techniques to her clients wherever the opportunity presents itself. This is especially so for brides and other clients she consults with in advance of applying makeup.

Much like her mentor, Ashunta, Akeema said her personal skincare philosophy is based on the principal that less is more. Using simple and all natural techniques goes some distance towards ultimately creating that fascinating look that Akeema is well noted for.

Akeema advises youths that it all starts with passion in choosing a career. “It isn’t always about the money,” she said, “I just used to do it because I love it and I realised that I’m happy when I do it.”

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