Mastoorah Burki strongly believes that her 4 years of international training in professional make-up & styling is more imperative than her creative mindset. She believes that knowledge with a desire to continue learning is what makes her more assertive about her professional skills. Aieena Make-Up Studio & Salon is cultured with the right products may it be for make-up, hair or skin care. In a very trendy ambience of Aieena (The Mirror) supported with trained staff, Mastoorah is aspiring to reveal the true reflection of your beauty!
Did you stumble upon your career or was it something that you always wanted?
I was always a creative person and loved fashion, interiors, makeup & esthetics.
13 years ago I decided to join makeup school in Toronto with a vision of constantly growing and learning in this field.
What was your “aha!” moment?
My bachelors degree is of Business administration from Southern New Hampshire University and I thoroughly enjoyed my studies and the corporative world was somewhat very attractive in the west, but the day I decided to join Makeup school and work for myself was the moment I knew this is who I really am, passionate, creative and a perfectionist for results.
Did you ever consider or experience a career change?
No, not after becoming a makeup artist.
When was time you felt completely discouraged and how did you push through it?
I am a very optimistic person by nature and so I believe in positive outcomes. I have never felt discouraged but yes I have felt not in control when we moved to Pakistan few years ago. I had to stop work for a while due to new place and little kids and I felt it was going to be hard starting and getting established in a new place. But if one is focused everything falls in place at the right time with a little patience.
What was the best advice that your mentor gave you?
The best advice, which has stayed with me and will stay forever is that, consider yourself always learning, we must keep up with the learning process in order to improve.
What are the top 3 things you cherish in your life?
Family, health and travel. Family is everything and are there for you through thick and thin. We have their unconditional love whatever the situation. Health is a blessing and we must cherish it. Traveling gives us knowledge and wisdom plus it broadens ones horizons.
What is #1 thing that is yet to be ticked off your bucket list?
Completing my travel destinations.
What does nobody tell you about being the boss?
You cannot be afraid of making tough decisions.
1. It’s a bad cop job at times
2. Everything is not black & white
3. Mastering the worst.
Name on boss lady that you admire and how she still inspires you?
I admire many so won’t name one but they all have the same admirable qualities. They are highly disciplined, hardworking and progressive minded. Excellent bosses along with amazing housewives and mothers.
Describe a day in your life
Waking up early by 6 am. Sending kids to school. Giving all house running instructions to the staff and checking on what is needed. Have breakfast and get ready, leave for my Salon. Checking with my PA for appointments plus dealing with clients, training my girls on anything new that needs to be communicated. Enjoy my work. Checking on my kids if they have reached home safely from school, reaching home by dinnertime. Enjoy dinner with family. Catching up with each other’s day and so on
Complete this sentence: To me, a #BossLady is…”
Someone in control.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I do not believe there is a failure if one has tried and given their best shot. Every failure is an opportunity to learn from. We improve with our failures if we take them as a learning experience rather than sobbing over it.
Which world leader would you most like to have dinner with?
I would have loved to have dinner with Mr. Jinnah. His personality is one of the most admirable and respectable to me.
What advice would you give to young girls out there who have dreams and goals like yours?
Be yourself, learn, explore and believe in yourself. Nothing is easy in life one must work hard to achieve one’s goals and keep your focus right. It’s always hard work and patience that pays in the end.