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Meet The Pro's: Grant Karpin - Gerard Cosmetics

Meet The Pro's: Grant Karpin

Connect with Grant on Instagram @gkarpinmua

Meet Grant Karpin: Pro Makeup Artist Extraordinaire

Hey everyone! I'm Grant Karpin, a professional makeup artist, designer, and model based in the vibrant heart of New York City. My journey in makeup artistry is quite unique because I am entirely self-taught. I've always been captivated by the transformative power of makeup, and this passion has driven me to where I am today.

My signature style is bold and editorial, often pushing the boundaries into avant-garde territory. I love to challenge traditional beauty norms by using unconventional textures, colors, and facial appliqués in my work. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of collaborating with some incredible brands like Danessa Myricks Beauty, Kevin Aucoin Beauty, and Mehron. Through my artistry, I aim to empower my community, championing fearless self-expression and unapologetic glamour.

Advice for Aspiring Makeup Artists

To all the aspiring makeup artists out there, my biggest piece of advice is to remember that kindness is key. People are drawn to artists who are not only talented but also compassionate and up-lifting. Your skill and talent are important, but your ability to bring positive energy into a room is your greatest superpower.

Reflecting on My Journey

Looking back on my own journey, authenticity has been the cornerstone of my success. It's easy to get caught up in the competitive nature of our industry, but I've always found that staying true to myself is what sets me apart. Be the best version of yourself, and let your unique qualities shine through in everything you do.

Maintaining a Successful Career

A huge part of my success comes from the power of word of mouth. I've never been represented by an agency for my makeup work, so I owe a lot to the connections I've built within the industry. Early on, I realized the importance of reaching out to artists I admire and proposing potential collaborations with brands. As long as your intentions are positive, the worst anyone can say is no.

My Favorite Gerard Cosmetics Product

From the Gerard Cosmetics products, the Clean Canvas eye bases have quickly become an essential in my kit! I love how smoothly the formula applies to the eyelid, creating a perfect base for layering shadows. They are fantastic for extending the wear time of any eye look and ensuring a seamless finish.


Gerard Cosmetics Clean Canvas Eye Base & Concealer

My Pro Tip for Elevating Your Artistry

One of my favorite pro tips is to always focus on the details. Whether it's achieving the perfect lip line or ensuring each lash is perfectly separated, attention to detail is what elevates good makeup to great makeup. It’s the little things that make a big difference in your artistry.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Remember, stay true to yourself, lead with kindness, and never underestimate the power of details in your work.


Grant Karpin's campaign work with Omnia Brushes


Grant Karpin's recent Editorial work for ScorpioJin Magazine

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