When Nikki van der Vaart was in middle school, she didn’t know a thing about makeup. However, after becoming inspired by her sister’s best friend, she decided to take it upon herself to learn how to do it and to master the art that is makeup in the 21st century. After watching YouTube videos and practicing, Nikki has cultivated a passion for the art and has become one of Lake Forest High School’s most renowned makeup artists. Her Instagram page (@glambyniikkii) has become a source for people to view her skills and admire the creativity Nikki puts into her work.
When she’s not doing people’s makeup for dances, she uses her friends as canvases to experiment and create her magic. In high school, most people don’t try too hard with their make up, but seeing her experiment with make up in unique and different ways is very inspiring and I think everyone should be inspired by people to get involved in doing what they love, regardless of the size of their platform. She experiments with winged eyeliner and bold colors, things you would not typically see in the LFHS school hallway.
“When I do someone’s makeup I love seeing their confidence go up and then smiling,” van der Vaart shared with a smile of her own. “It makes me feel good and gives me confidence.” Nikki wants to pursue a career in makeup and it’s clear to see the depth in which her passion has developed. Whether her future includes beauty school or a traditional four year college is undetermined, but van der Vaart’s name is certainly one that is common in most fashion circles at LFHS.