BEHIND THE ARTIST w/ KATRINA RAFTERY

// Katrina Raftery is a Sydney based internationally recognised makeup artist represented by DLM, which is not surprising after traveling the world expanding her knowledge of her craft and assisting legendary artists like Val Garland
Not only does she do fabulous makeup. Katrina has designed, developed and distributed a range of hair accessory carry-alls under her own label – KATKIT ROAD

 

How did you get your start in the industry?
Persisting to assist the top artists in town at the time and I never took no as a answer. I emailed all the top agents and kept pursuing an assistant job.

Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
My signature look is very beach style, bronzed skin, salt spray hair. I may put hair wefts in to create tousled beach hair and even ensure a summer tan applied before the shoot.

What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
One of my biggest career challenges was to remember to take the right adapters to the right country's. You will never achieve the effect you want with the wrong appliance. I learnt this from a trip to Mexico. Alway have the right adapter for the hair style needed.

Must have product for your kit?
Dermalogica Super Rich hydrating cream. You will never achieve great makeup if the skin is not prepped perfectly first.

Who are the role models who have inspired you?
Val Garland who I assisted in London for a year. She is the absolute best makeup artist ever, I worked under her in The UK for fashion shows. She taught me so much about makeup and the industry.

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