@MAKEUPBYORIN Orin has had a big win this week – she now has 3000 followers on Instagram! A proud accomplishment to celebrate! Orin is an Australian Instagrammer and make up artist who has been a makeup junkie since they day she stole her mum’s lipstick! She talks to me about finding inspiration in others, having both a social media and non digital life, tackling the Instagram algorithm and her holy grail face masks!
Welcome to Inside The Influencer’s Studio! Please introduce yourself with our first basic five – who are you, what do you do, where are you, when did you start and why?
Hi! My name is Zarrin but many know me as Orin. I am currently in my first year at university studying Human Resources and Marketing and I am also a part time employee in retail. I was born in Sydney, Australia and I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve been wearing makeup since forever, but I’ve been posting since 2015, maybe earlier in 2014. I started wearing makeup when I was young, just starting with lipstick but I really got into it when I was 10 years old and I got a makeup kit for my birthday. It was a Models Prefer Kit. I started using eyeliner for my water line, eyeshadow and mascara and my love for makeup just grew over time.
- MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer in ‘NC42’ it gives me such a beautiful finish under my eyes and the coverage is amazing!
- Nivea night cream, Im on my third tub in 4 years!
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, the shades, pigment, colour story and blend is amazing. I always use this palette in almost every one of my looks because it just brings everything together.
- Stila Magnificent Metals. I own two shades ‘Smoky Storm’ and ‘Gold Goddess’ and I plan on collecting more, it is much easier to apply on a flat brush and with a delicate hand ontop of a base creates the most stunning look.
- The Sephora eye and face sheet masks! They are my everything the day where my skin has to be FLAWLESS before I put makeup on. Best thing they are so cheap yet so worth it to buy it in bulk
What lighting and camera do you currently use and what did you use when you started your social media journey?
When I first started I had an iPhone 4s with the front camera smashed, I don’t know how I got through with that over 6 months before I got an iPhone 5s and now the 7 which I feel like picks up on A LOT of detail which I am not sure if I like. I used to have a lumee case and it was always best to use in darker lighting, but now with my 7 the front camera flash is AMAZING. I don’t use any lighting though I am dying to pick up a ring light. My room is at the front of my house so my window welcomes heaps of sunlight, I also find standing infront of a white wall does all justice.
What apps/programs do you use the most to create your content?
I don’t use any editing apps unless it is to lighten the photo incase I was in bad lighting or my camera couldn’t pick up the intensity of colour which I could see in the mirror. Occasionally I use ‘Aden’ the instagram filter but I lower it down cause it makes photos look really tan or bronze!
What has been the high and low of being on social media?
The high being I meet all these people that know me and I don’t know them and how much they love my work and that I am not shy about what I do. I think those people admire my confidence and it inspires me to be true to myself and enjoy what I do without a care. A low I would say is sometimes the amount of likes I get on photos, I hate to admit it bothers me since Instagram had changed their algorithm so I lost half of my engagement. I also have caught myself being so consumed with social media to the point I would forget how to live reality, and that is why I put such a heavy emphasis on putting my phone down and doing something non-digital related.
Who have been your biggest influences on social media and what makes you want to follow an account?
My all time favourite YouTubers have been BubzBeauty, Michelle Phan and Promise Phan since I was very young. While I still admire them, Youtubers like Stephanie Nicole, Shaaanxo, Nikita Dragun, Leyla Rose, Alissa Ashley, Nabela Noor, Batool Rizvi, Val Mercado, Melly Sanchez, Sabina Hanan, Nikkia Joy and many more influence me in so many ways whether its fashion or just a bit of inspiration to be who I wanna be.
Orin can be found on Instagram at @makeupbyorin
*Due to a computer issue, I can not upload my inspiration photo like previous interviews. Once this issue is fixed, I will add it, but for now check Instagram.