Our amazing make-up artist Carla
We would like to introduce you to: Carla Rep. Creative centipede, beautiful lady and a very talented make-up artist. We would be lost without her brush, her creativity and sharp eye. Today she does the make-up for the photo shoot with model Elisabeth yet again, we took a moment to talk to her!
Carla Rep started her career as make-up artist after having worked at an advertising agency for years. She was trained at the House of Orange – which was totally hot and happening at the time and it was the best make-up course in the Netherlands. She was taught by make-up artist himself, John Kattenberg. Carla: ‘An extremely fruitful period in my life; his way of working inspires me still to this day.’
What or who inspired you to become a make-up artist?
“After my bachelor I did some modelling for a while and got a glimpse of the ins and outs of the fashion world. I then decided to go work for an advertising agency, where I had a great time. Eventually it started to get at me. Now that I am telling you this, I suddenly recall a moment from my youth; I was a big fan of teen magazine Tina and always colored in all the models faces. Maybe I was already busy with my big dream back then; becoming a make-up artist. During my job at the advertising agency I started my training at the House of Orange. If I’m going to do it, I am going to do it well, was my motto. I was so excited that from the first week on I already knew this was what I was going to do with my life.”
What is your strength?
“I obviously follow a lot of trends but I am also constantly busy making women more beautiful. I think that is one of my strengths; bring out the best in someone. A smoky eye can be beautiful, but if it doesn’t fit a person then it is just not going to work. Sometimes it is difficult to explain these things to a client but in the end the pictures are most beautiful when the make-up matches the personality and look of the model".
Who is you role model?
“That would be John Kattenberg; he is my teachers and inspiration. I have learned so much from him both technically and creatively. In the Netherlands John belongs to a selected group of world class make-up artists. But he is also very special as a person. In addition I think Pat McGrath and Lisa Eldridge from Chanel are great too.”
What are your dreams for the future, is there anything you would still really like to do?
“Yes, I certainly have more dreams. I would love to work for Vogue some time – that would have to be the ultimate experience. I would also like to start coaching: the combination of inner and outer beauty intrigues me. I think there are still so many opportunities there. People that sit in my chair tell me so many personal stories, it’s really quite special. I would love to let people find their own power again by means of this combination. Being head make-up at Chanel sounds wonderful too, or developing my own cosmetics line. Even so all my dreams are alingned with what I am doing right now: make-up. I don’t know what else I would do! Doing this work makes me feel comfortable and it suits me.”
What we would all like to know; what are the make-up trends for autumn/winter 2012/2013?
"An important trend is eye-liner, in all forms; thick, thin, heavy or with a dot. Aside from that we still see a lot of color-blocking. Dark lips are new".
We, as busy women don’t have a lot of time in the morning to do our make-up perfectly. Imagine you have 5 minutes, what is a definite must-do?
"Start with tinted moisturiser. Then you can apply gel blush and mascara. Fix your eyebrows a little and finish the look with lip gloss. A super quick but groomed look.”
Today we shot a lot of basics: our new brand Mellow Rose and beautiful pieces from Michael Stars and Majestic. Keep an eye on the website this week for brand new updates!
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