When Kim Kardashian’s new beauty competition TV series “Glam Masters” debuted earlier this year, it introduced viewers to some of the most talented makeup artists and beauty influencers in the industry.
The winner of the competition, Argenis Pinal, is a graduate and makeup specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Temecula. With more than 13 years of experience, Pinal showcased his makeup and transformation skills, including graphic comic-book style work, throughout the series.
“I never knew how the show would play out, but I felt prepared to push myself and make things happen with confidence,” says Pinal. “I kept telling myself to follow the judges’ advice and make sure I wasn’t making the same mistake twice. I also made sure that I did something different with each look so they could see how versatile I could be. It was such a beautiful experience and I learned a lot about myself.”
As the winner of the series, he collaborated alongside Kardashian on a five-piece collection of eyeshadow sticks for her cosmetics line, KKW Beauty.
In addition to being a makeup artist, Pinal is also a body painter, face painter and cosmetologist, specializing in colour, cuts, men’s styles and updos. He credits his education and work with Paul Mitchell The School Temecula, where he developed a passion for the craft while growing his skill-set.
“My experience at Paul Mitchell The School Temecula has been the best job I’ve had in my career! I love learning and teaching students my craft,” he says. “I love the culture, and the school has helped me grow so much as an instructor.”
When it comes to competing, Pinal says he enjoys the pressure because it allowed him to push himself and grow as an artist. “It’s such a cool feeling, and I would definitely compete in other shows if given the opportunity. I love full glam transformations and I know it would be a wonderful experience.”
Pinal’s advice for emerging artists? “Practice, practice, practice and perfect your craft. It’s also important to be inspired by everything: shapes, colour and textures,” he says. “But this goes for anyone, because it can apply to so many professions. Everything has an art to itself. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box, break the rules and make your own rules—that will shape you into a unique artist.”
Photos: Glam Masters Lifetime