Katy Albright Named NAHA Make-up Artist of the Year
BELOW: Katy Albright, NAHA 2013 Make-up Artist of the Year winner and her entries
Beauty images and headshot: Photos by Anthony Parmelee, courtesy of Katy Albright; Award image courtesy of PBA
Posted: Wednesday August 21, 2013
On July 14, 2013, Katy Albright won the Make-up Artist of the Year
category at the North American Hairstyling Awards, or NAHA. NAHA
celebrates the artistry and the skill of salon professionals. This year
was the first time make-up artists could enter the Make-up Artist of the
Year category without being connected to a hairstylist or salon.
contestants were required to submit three different photos that
showcased a cohesive story or theme of the artist’s choosing; five
finalists were tapped to attend the show, where the winner was then
announced. Albright, a 19-year-old artist based in North Carolina, said
she chose to create a bold and contrasting—almost androgynous—look.
painted her brown and took these bold geometric shapes and really white
hair. I wanted to celebrate culture and life and break through
barriers,” she said.
Albright’s interest in make-up began when
she was studying hair at the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, N.C. As she
played with different looks, Albright said, she discovered a love of
make-up and wanted to continue developing her skills. During this time
she was accepted to the Professional Beauty Association’s Beacon
program, which offers cosmetology students education and networking
opportunities with industry professionals. Through this program she
learned about NAHA, also produced by the PBA.
“I knew that I wanted to enter and be a part of the awards and the industry,” she says.
After Beacon, Albright attended a Ryder Makeup Labs’ invitation-only boot camp, where she learned about photo shoots, set etiquette
and getting into the industry. It’s here, she said, that she truly
developed her passion for print, editorial and runway make-up. She’s
inspired by artists such as Pat McGrath, Alex Box and Gucci Westman.
really love to do artistic make-up. I kind of like to break barriers
and do things that are conceptual—anything that steps outside of the
box,” she says. “[Entering NAHA] definitely helped me gain more
confidence in myself and know that I can kind of break the mold. I don’t
have to hold myself back or question myself,” she said.
other artists considering entering NAHA, Albright said to go for it. “I
think if you have a passion for it you should not hold yourself back and
just go for your dreams. This can open so many doors as a make-up
Albright will be working on the Aveda team at the
upcoming New York Fashion Week and hopes to continue working as a runway
and editorial artist. Plus, she’ll be entering NAHA next year. For
details on how to enter the 2014 NAHA, visit probeauty.org/enternaha/; the deadline for entry is Feb. 5, 2014.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.