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Conversations with the Inspiring Katy Taurel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katy Taurel.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a makeup and hair artist with more than eleven years of international experience in the beauty, fashion, photography, and events industry.

I also teach makeup and style workshops and do hairstyling.

I love working with Brides. I also spend most of my time in the beauty and fashion world. As part of Photoshoots; fashion, productions, lectures and special events.

I was born in beautiful Venezuela, where being pretty and looking perfect is a started crucial part of our culture. I grew up between visits with my mom to the hair salon, my family’s suit factory and my beautiful community where I danced Israeli folk dances since I was four.

My passion for beauty at a very young age when I started walking around my family’s clothing factory and playing as a “fashion designer.” Then, when I was eight years old, I began to have a skin discoloration know as vitiligo. It was very noticeable on my eyelids and legs. While searching for many treatments, my doctor suggested makeup, and that was the best gift I ever got! I started searching and researching for the best makeup to cover my vitiligo and look “perfect” and slowly my love for makeup grew into a passion.

A few years passed and I was 18 years old, studying fashion design and photography. Often, I visited the MAC counter for new makeup inspiration, until one day when I was twenty I thought “I am here so much maybe I’ll just ask for a job.” They told me that I need to be a makeup artist. I studied with one of the makeup artists for the beauty queens (a big thing in Venezuela) and started my way into the makeup world. Through the years, I have worked in the beauty industry learn and teach hairstyling and makeup.
Eleven years passed since then, and I am still in love with makeup and fashion. I now live in Aventura, work as a freelancer for fashion shoots, bridal makeup, boudoir, and workshops. I produce international photo shoots and enjoy every moment helping woman transform into their beautiful selves.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, not! Every venture is not a smooth road but that is the beauty of it! Other than the obvious many NO until you get the yes! My biggest struggle was to always get the best quality with minimum investment. It took a lot of creativity, stubbornness and asking the right questions many times until I got what I wanted. My biggest advice would be to keep working always no matter the pay, money would come on the way.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Katy Taurel Makeup and Hair story. Tell us more about the business.
I do hair and makeup for events, editorial, film, TV, workshops. I love to simplify makeup and hair for everyone so they could achieve beautiful looks every day. I specialize in people, making them feel empowered by their beauty! I believe that beauty is the transformation to your true self and makeup and hair are my tools to achieve it.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Just ask! And don’t hide your talent!

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Photographers: Rotem Barak, Anna Samenova, Anna Linden

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