Karina knows what
it takes to be a successful makeup artist. She has
paid her dues in the industry and now has established a
name for herself by working with fashion photographers such as; Nick
Knight, Max Vadukul, Solve Sundsbo, and working on
fashion magazines such as; Another, Interview,
Vogue Korea, Dazed & Confused Japan. Karina's work
speaks for itself and is represented by one of the top
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me, in more details, how your career
started as a makeup artist?
My career started in London where I attended a two-year
make-up course at London College of Fashion. After
graduating, I started freelancing doing numerous tests,
shoots, meeting photographers, stylists, etc. I
quickly got an agent in London, but the nature of work I
was doing was very commercial for what I wanted. I
shortly left that agency and started to make my move
towards the fashion side of the industry.
EFM: How did you start assisting
makeup artist Val Garland?
I approached Streeters asking
to assist Val Garland on her shows. I got
picked to be on her team. After my first
season working on her team Val offered me a position
to be her first assistant. I got lucky with
the timing! She was looking for a new 'First'.
important is it to assist other established makeup
I think it is very important for
various reasons. You tend to learn a lot just by
watching an artist creating amazing looks, also by being
involved in the creative process yourself and by
learning about the industry, i.e. how the industry works
EFM: You were Val's 1st assistant
for 2 years; how did you know it was time to launch out
on your own?
Val basically told me to leave!
'You are ready to be on your own!' Were her exact
words. Which, at first was a scary thought, but
coming from The Master herself I took it as a
You are represented by one of the the top agencies in the industry (Streeters).
Can you tell me how you gained their respect in
order for them to sign you?
By establishing an honest relationship with them and being
Val Garlands first assistant, also by showing them that
I could work on my own without being represented by an
agency. I did not have an agent for a year after I left
Val, but I still managed to keep on working with good
photographers, models, celebrities…
How important is it to have an agent?
You are taking more seriously in the industry if you
have an agent.
What advice can you
give to aspiring makeup artists?
hard, be patient, be creative, be persistent.
Interview by Rochell “E” James