Makeup Artist Katia Garcia Taking Her Creativity All Over The World
We recently caught up with the highly focused and down to earth makeup artist Katia Garcia about her passion for creativity and her art. Here is what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work:
My name is Katia Garcia. I am half French and half Spanish. I was born in Spain and I grew up in southern France. I have officially been a Makeup Artist for two years now.
What were some of your influences growing up?
Growing up I have always been attracted to fashion and makeup, I would always buy Glamour, Elle or Vogue and spend hours looking into these magazines. I also have been really influenced by music videos from artists such as Lady Gaga who is always so creative or Rihanna. The one makeup artist that became my biggest influence for years was Bobbi Brown -I love how she has helped to spread the culture of “nude makeup”.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
After finishing high school I decided to go to university in Aix-en-Provence to study foreign languages and international business. I always knew that creativity was my path -but at 18, I wasn’t ready to follow my dreams just yet. After getting my bachelor’s degree and working for a year, I finally knew that I should pursue a career in makeup.
I went to the Makeup Designory MUD in Burbank California and completed the Fashion Program. The teachers in this school were incredible and they truly prepared me for this career. My teacher Shanna Cistulli was the first person in the industry to see my skills and passion for makeup. She has given me confidence in both myself and in my artistry. I got to assist her for the IMATS in Los Angeles during a Swarovski Crystal demo which was an amazing experience.
What has been your favorite project to work on so far?
I have loved every project that I’ve worked on, I love the fact that every photo shoot and every project is different. I get to create something new every time -but one of my favorite projects would be the first photo shoot that I collaborated for in Los Angeles. It was my editorial with the very talented Maud Chalard for the brand IRO Paris. It’s one of the best makeups I have ever done and I’m really proud of it.
What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?
My biggest achievement would be the editorial for LUI Magazine that I did in collaboration with Olivier Zahm the owner of Purple Magazine. I was really nervous to collaborate with someone that big in the industry. I sometimes get really anxious before photoshoots, but once I get a brush in my hand I know exactly what to do and all the stress is gone.
If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
I would love to work with Pat McGrath. In my opinion she is one of the best makeup artists, and that’s why everybody wants to work with her. She has a very special vision of makeup, she is unique.
What have you learned most about this business?
I have learned that being professional is the key. Be professional, be on time and respectful. That’s why people want to work with you again. It’s a small industry.I also understood that people can see if you are genuine about your work, if you are passionate and most of all, if you are willing to work hard.
What is your best piece of advice for aspiring makeup artists?
As I’ve said before, being professional is everything! Another thing I consider very important is to just be yourself, don’t follow all the trends you see and don’t try to do what everyone else is doing. Do your own thing. You have to believe in yourself, in your skills, in your ability to achieve your goals. If you work hard enough, nothing will ever be out of reach.