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Meet Kasha Lassien of Kasha Lassien-Makeup Artist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kasha Lassien.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I can remember artistry for me beginning around 4-5 years old singing in my church choir. Between 11-15 my outlets of expression changed mediums from song, to writing, to drawing, to makeup.

When I was in 7th grade, I was obsessed with makeup but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it. Her rule was no makeup until she felt like I was old enough; but, I was a resourceful kid. I would save up loose change to buy my mascara, eyeliner, & gloss without her knowledge. When I got to school in the morning, the bathroom was my first stop. I would go in and start my makeover and take it off before I got on the bus to go home.

Ten years later, while studying psychology, I discovered YouTube. My study breaks consisted of watching a tutorial, running to the store to gather products, and completing a full face of makeup. That led me to apply for a position at my MAC counter. Honestly, I was shocked when I got the job because I was bad at doing makeup on others. Around this time, a new makeup studio was opening and looking for artists. I applied and began working there as well doing makeup for events (prom, weddings, etc.).

I learned a lot from these places like understanding your client, face and eye shapes, undertones, skin types, product knowledge, etc. A couple of years passed and my creative needs weren’t being met. That need led me to SFX makeup. I loved the freedom of this expression and transforming myself into different characters. I would paint my face or slit my throat and walk around local grocery stores. Seeing and hearing people’s reactions fulfilled me. I loved this, but I had no idea how to make a career of it.

A friend of mine showed my work to a film makeup artist and got me an intern position on a film set. I was so inspired and refreshed by that experience that when I left there, I started researching makeup schools. I flew to LA to tour schools. Every day I would set my intention and say affirmations with conviction. Six months later, I enrolled in school, packed my car and drove from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Los Angeles. School helped me to hone my artistry. It strengthened my weaknesses and most importantly, my confidence as an artist.

I graduated from Elegance International in October 2017. I learned how to maneuver through this business from some of the information I gained from school but the majority of the knowledge I received simply from my own research and experience. I have since assisted on campaigns, commercials, music videos, department head and keyed films, runway shows, editorials, and red carpet makeup. I’m grateful to be in love with what I do!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing worth having is easy. The biggest struggle I’ve had to face was simply believing in myself. Confidence. Being confident in myself and in the work I knew I could produce. Not being afraid to put myself out there.

Not being afraid of rejection and looking at like it a failure but viewing it as necessary and an opportunity for growth. Don’t let fear keep you comfortable. It’s amazing the things that can happen when you decide to take a chance on yourself and to just believe in yourself. That’s one of the biggest things I can speak to.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I specialize in fashion and editorial makeup. I’m known for my ability to work with all shades of beauty from the fairest to the deepest complexions and for my skin work. For creating clean, realistic, breathable skin. My goal is to take a perceived “flaw” and enhance it and make it interesting, show how it’s unique. I feel a makeup application fosters a vulnerable space between myself and the client. It’s a trusting process.

That skin to skin connection allows me to see insecurities and doubts and confidence and to see myself within that person as well. In understanding my power, it’s a space that I honor and that I cherish. I’m most proud of my ability to recognize this and to connect with people in that way. To be able to inspire people to see themselves as perfectly imperfect and to love themselves because of that.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Family gatherings. I grew up in a big family with four other siblings in my house. I love(d) family vacations, reunions, spending weekends on the beach and having cookouts, game night, all that.

I love my family to life! They are instrumental in my growth as a person. We are very raw. We check each other when needed, we encourage and protect each other, and we support each other’s dreams. They have been really supportive of my career!

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Desi Bee Richardson, Piene Burgers, Trystin Valentino, Raf, Chris Motley, Claudia Lamprea, Scarlet Sage, Nyadhuor
Armon, Eugenie Nahume, Natasha Williams, Deonna Tillman, Kachay Dorsey, Xavier Albert, Crystal Yueyaoli, Cisco

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