KJ began his career in retail cosmetics in the 80′s. This evolved into photo, runway and celebrity makeup. The next step was TV and within 3 years he received his first Emmy nomination. In less than 10 years he had received 5 nominations and won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. His broadcast resume includes prime time network and cable productions (including the Law & Order franchise), talk shows, news magazines, daytime dramas (Another World and As The World Turns) and regional/national commercials.
KJ has appeared on international entertainment and news shows including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Today, “E” Entertainment Network and HSN (Home Shopping Network).
He has also appeared on a number of realty shows for MTV, VH1, TLC, Style, HGTV and TV Land, where he was featured Makeup Expert on “She’s Got The Look”.
His insightful, honest and sometimes irreverent beauty advice has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Good Housekeeping, Self and Health magazines as well as respected trade publications WWD, American Salon, Skin Inc and GCI. He is also quoted regularly by popular on-line publications, beauty blogs and in YouTube videos.
KJ is a contributing editor for Key Publishing’s Make-Up Artist Magazine, which is the #1 international makeup artist trade publication. He also contributes to the “Expert Advise” section of their very popular Makeup411.com website.
KJ is an “Industry Expert” for BeautyPress.com and the ”Cosmetics Expert” for NY Times best-seller, Dr. Leslie Baumann’s International Esthetics Advisory Board. He is also a contributes to Dr. Baumann’s popular Skin Guru blog on Yahoo Health.
Meet Detroit-based Fashion & Beauty Photographer Laura Nash: The Eyes Behind the 2012 Whip Hand Cosmetics Launch Campaign
It’s an exhilarating time to be launching a fashion or beauty business in Detroit. Over the past 16 months, the city has been rapidly redefining its fashion and design aesthetic, thanks in large part to a crop of young agent provocateurs who are challenging the style status quo in the city and surrounding suburbs.
And the center of this new movement is an unassuming 23-year-old fashion and beauty photographer named Laur Nash.
If you met Laur on the street, you’d never know that she’s one of a small core of Detroit-based photographers that are at the center of a style and creative revolution in the city.
For being a self-professed “introvert”, Laur seems to be everywhere these days. In other words, the girl has hustle. And people are taking notice, not just because her laid-back West Coast demeanor makes her a breeze to work with, but because what she lacks in years of experience, she more than makes up for in skill, originality, vision and creativity. Laur is one of those rare photographers who was born with “The Eye” — give her a 60 second creative brief and let her go. She makes the rest happen.
Watching Laur’s portfolio and style develop over the past year has been thrilling. We consider her to be one of the most promising and talented up-and-coming new photographers not just in Detroit, but in the country. So we were ecstatic when Laur accepted the Whip Hand Cosmetics Launch Campaign assignment earlier this year. We were even more thrilled when we saw the first round of proofs come back. Not only did she capture the vibe we were going for with this first round of editorial for Whip Hand Cosmetics, but she also captured the energy and beauty of models Cassie Keller and Nia Scott (who had never shot with Laur before.)
At Whip Hand Cosmetics, we like to share the love and highlight the talented models, stylists, makeup artists and photographers that make our brand shine. The more successful they are in their careers, the happier we are. Earlier this month we asked Laur to play a game of “21 Questions” and here’s what she came back with:
1. If you could photograph one person alive or dead who would it be and why?
Andrej Pejic – his androgyny is so beautiful and mesmerizing. He can pull off anything. I’d love to have him as a muse.
There are so many out there that I look up to, including many in Detroit. One photographer that I always go back to for inspiration is Lara Jade. Bruno Dayan is a new favorite. I’m always stumbling upon amazing photographers.
4. If you could take credit for any famous photo, which would it be?
I couldn’t pick. I’d rather have the experiences that went in to many famous photos, than credit for the photo itself.
5. What’s your favorite piece of photography equipment?
I’m assuming the camera body itself is a given, so I’d have to go with my 50mm 1.8 lens – I love using it for natural light fashion and beauty work.
6. Apple or PC?
7. iPhone or Android?
8. What inspires you?
Exploring places. Meeting new people. Looking at photographs. Fashion. Makeup. Movies. Books. What doesn’t inspire me would be a question just as difficult to answer. My eyes are constantly open and searching.
9. What’s in your purse?
Nothing out of the ordinary. Definitely a few business cards – never know where you’ll go and who you might meet!
10. What’s your favorite music to play during a photoshoot?
Anything upbeat and fun. I’m not too picky when it comes to music as long as it sets the right mood.
11. The one item you could not live without?
My camera will always be number one. Aside from that, I’m not the kind to get too attached to the things I own. My bed would probably be the best bet, though!
12. “Beautiful” is ….
In everything, everyone, every story and experience. It’s in life itself.
13. What’s your favorite thing about Detroit?
The supportive community. My experiences here have been amazing thanks to the people who are optimistic, helpful and energized about the future of Detroit. I have received so much support and love from everyone I’ve met here that it’s completely overwhelming. It’s definitely a beautiful thing.
14. Your pet peeve?
People who are unwilling to learn, or admit they are wrong.
15. When I grow up I want to be ….
Fashion photographer, artist, designer, writer, teacher, creator, traveler…If you can’t tell, I’m already a dreamer.
16. What’s you favorite thing to photograph?
Definitely people. For being such an introvert, faces are my favorite subject. I’m specifically interested in pursuing fashion photography. I don’t think I could shoot fine art landscapes without thinking they could be improved with a fashion model.
17. Where did you grow-up?
I grew up in Northern California, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area. I moved to Michigan right out of high school – and love it here!
18. What’s the one thing you could not live without?
I couldn’t live without the love + support of my family, friends and boyfriend. I’m truly lucky to have so many people that believe in my abilities!
19. Money, Fame or Art?
Art. Money, only if it stems from the art. Fame is not really conceivable or desirable to me.
20. Personal Motto?
“If you’re not scared, you’re not living.” I’ve been scared and excited a lot, lately. And it’s all been worth it.
21. Favorite Quote?
“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”-Ayn Rand
Luxury cosmetics brand Whip Hand Cosmetics launches the “Fame Your Name” Cosmetics Naming Contest, which asks fans to name the company’s new makeup remover product. The Grand Prize winner’s name will be featured on the product and packaging.
Who better to name your new cosmetic product then the people who are most passionate about makeup, beauty and fashion? And who better to promote alongside that new product than the next generation of up-and-coming beauty and fashion talent who developed the name?
Luxury cosmetics and beauty brand Whip Hand Cosmetics is launching the “Fame Your Name” Cosmetics Naming Contest, which asks makeup artists, cosmetics junkies, fashion designers, models, photographers, stylists, beauty and cosmetics bloggers and fans to help the edgy, up-and-coming, Detroit-based cosmetics and beauty company name its new makeup remover product.
In return, the Grand Prize recipient will have their winning name featured on the Whip Hand Cosmetics makeup remover product and packaging at the company’s official launch and debut at The International Makeup Artists Trade Show in New York City, April 14 & 15, 2012.
Even better, Whip Hand Cosmetics will include a card profiling the Grand Prize Winner with every bottle of the makeup remover the company ships for the next year. The winning entry will become the official, permanent name of the makeup remover product.
“Whip Hand Cosmetics was built on the idea that we wanted to create a company that included beauty, fashion and cosmetics professionals in the process of creating exceptional, innovative and trend-setting products that met and exceeded professionals’ needs,” explains Riese Lauriat, Whip Hand Cosmetics Founder and Chief Makeup Artist. “Even more importantly, we believe in promoting great talent, regardless of their level of experience, credentials, pedigree, or connections. That’s why we took the step of upping the ante, by giving the person with the winning name the opportunity to be promoted alongside our product when it ships.”
The contest asks beauty, makeup and fashion professionals, as well as the public, to come up with a name for Whip Hand Cosmetics’ new makeup remover product.
Whip Hand Cosmetics is accepting entries for the first round of the contest until midnight EDT Monday, March 12, 2012. The contest is open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older.
A group of judges at Whip Hand Cosmetics will choose the final five most promising names from all of the entries and announce them Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 on the Official Whip Hand Cosmetics Facebook page. The product name that receives the most “Likes” during the public voting period will become the official name of the makeup remover product.
The four Runners-Up will receive a $25 Whip Hand Cosmetics Gift Certificate and a free 8 oz. bottle of the makeup remover when it’s released.
For more information on the Whip Hand Cosmetics “Fame Your Name” Contest, including officials rules, please visit WhipHandCosmetics.com/fame
About Whip Hand Cosmetics
Whip Hand Cosmetics offers luxury cosmetics and skin care products developed and manufactured in Detroit, by women for women, with attitude. The company’s innovative and trend-setting cosmetics and beauty products are made in small batches by hand. This process, while more labor intensive, sets Whip Hand Cosmetics apart from many large, corporate-owned cosmetic brands and manufacturers who “private label” the same product to multiple distributors and salons, often at different prices. The only way to own Whip Hand Cosmetics products are to purchase them directly from Whip Hand Cosmetics through their online boutique or from a select, approved Whip Hand Cosmetics salon or retailer.
The Whip Hand Cosmetics Collection will officially debut at The International Makeup Artists Trade Show (IMATS) April 14 & 15, 2012, in New York City. To regist or attend, visit: http://www.imats.net
Whip Hand Cosmetics. Ultra-premium, professional makeup artist quality cosmetics. Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Concealer, Foundation and Body and Skin Care products. Made in the USA by women for women. Whip Hand Cosmetics: Practice The Art of (Makeup) Control.