What I would have wished for in life would have been different four months ago, but now all I want is peace in my country and peace around the world. My second wish is a happy and long life for my child Matvey (8 years old).
Today he is doing well, his English is improving and he has friends in his class. He asks me every few weeks when we’re going back to Ukraine. When we arrived he asked every day.
Today my sister lives in Russia, my mother and another brother live in Ukraine. I don’t know when I will see her again, my younger brother is getting married in Russia this September. They invited us to the wedding, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to go to Russia. Maybe we’ll visit her later.
I am very happy that girls in Ireland like to do their makeup, they want to be beautiful and have their makeup done by a professional.
But on the other hand, it is not so easy to connect with people, to show that you are a good make-up artist and want to be their artist.
My workday is hard to describe because it changes every day and can start very early when I’m working on a shoot – around 3-4am – and run very late at night, around 9-10pm.
I usually work on Fridays and Saturdays with individual makeup sessions and start early, around 7am. I don’t do many weddings as they are booked a year in advance, but I do makeup for guests a lot and there are a lot of weddings, not just at the weekend, I could easily get a Monday morning appointment.
Ukrainian women like to put on beautiful makeup, to go to parties, to go on dates. They want the total look and Irish women are like that too.
They want to be made up for all sorts of reasons. For work events or when going to a wedding. I also work once a week at the beauty salon in Oslo and recently had a woman there who wanted to get her makeup done to finish her divorce papers.
Post Covid I think people have changed their minds about life. Things they thought were unnecessary, like getting makeup on, they had never done before and decided that they would like to do it now. And why not?
I grew up in a small town in Donbass region of Ukraine. I had a difficult childhood because in my family there were three children besides me and I was the eldest. This period was tough in Ukraine – in the first years of independence from the USSR there was high unemployment and a shortage of consumer goods – lots of food, clothes and household items.
When I finished school, I was glad to leave this small town because I felt something big and interesting was waiting for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I was full of enthusiasm and I went to a much bigger city, Luhansk, and enrolled in a lyceum.
In addition to studying at the lyceum, I worked as a waitress in a cafe. After two years of study, I did an apprenticeship as a designer tailor. I never worked in this field because the companies and studios there only wanted a tailor, not a designer.
I liked to design, did a few sketches, but I didn’t like factories – they asked me to attach pockets to a jacket all day. I did that for half a year and then decided to become a make-up artist at Matvey during my maternity leave.
Because I wanted to spend time with my baby, I decided to start my own business and work on my schedule.
When my son was one year old, I completed my professional makeup courses. It was two weeks of intensive training from morning to night. It was hard work but very interesting and made me very happy with my small success.
In 2014 war broke out in eastern Ukraine and my son and I moved to Kyiv. We were one of the last families to leave our big block of flats where about 60-70 families lived because I didn’t think the war would last long.
But when the war in Ukraine started on February 24, I didn’t want to be in a dangerous area any longer. Saying goodbye was very difficult for me, especially after everything had become so nice and settled for us. But I saved my son from all this hell.
Security in Ireland
Our trip to Ireland took place thanks to my friend Sergey. He knew a good man and journalist from Ireland, Johnny O’Reilly. And when we left Ukraine on the second day of the war and were still in Poland, Johnny offered us help in Ireland. We got a lot of support from locals. Sile and Brendan McVeigh, Angie Gough, Christina Hurley and many others with big hearts.
If I hadn’t known that there are so many nice people and so much support waiting for us here, I probably wouldn’t have flown so far from Ukraine, but the war decided everything for us
We are so lucky to have so many nice people around us. Thank God.
Right now I’m working on a job for Riot games. They broadcast video games to Singapore, so it works at night because of the different time zones. It’s weird for me as I don’t know that much about video games. There are four men and one woman – they play six hours at a time. The men from Cyprus and the UK just need powder to keep them shiny and the woman from Malaysia needs makeup.
I got the job because I met the PR manager for Riot games. Luckily, Sile and Brendan, my host family, can take care of Matvey and he can call me anytime.
I am fortunate to have many interesting projects with my job. The key was collaborating at the Cannes Film Festival this year with Ukrainian influencer Jenny Gordienko. She was nominated for an influencer Oscar and won.
I met a fashion show organizer and was supposed to work at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, but then the war broke out and there were more important things in my life. I recently contacted her and she invited me for a job at Paris Fashion Week this September.
I like my job because I like working with people. Worst experience at my job? That hasn’t happened yet and I hope it won’t happen.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/this-working-life-when-the-war-started-in-ukraine-i-didnt-want-to-stay-in-a-dangerous-area-any-longer-41888567.html This work life – “When the war in Ukraine started, I didn’t want to stay in a dangerous area any longer”