Steffanie Strazzere is one of four extremely talented professional makeup artists hand-picked by Kat Von D herself to be part of the The Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective.

The internationally published travelling makeup artist and self-confessed cat lover caught up with Professional Beauty when she touched down in Sydney for a whirlwind 48 hours to launch Kat Von D’s 100 percent vegan Go Big Or Go Home mascara.

Getting into beauty:
“I have a long history of water colour portrait painting and wasn’t sure how I would be able to turn that into a career. When I saw face charts I realised it may be easy to transition from painting faces to painting on faces.”

On the industry:
“I love that makeup allows you to transform yourself or others. It helps with confidence, self-expression and creativity.”

On social media:
“It’s a blessing and a curse. I love the ability to connect with people all over the world. But it can give lots of unrealistic expectations for beauty.”

Fave Instagram account:
“Has to be @girlsandtheircats!”

Signature ‘looks’:
“I don’t know that I have one – I’m a chameleon and am always transforming. I am loving clean fresh skin right now and fluffy full eyebrows.”

Fave makeup product:
“Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Hydrating Primer. I use it for so many things, I mix it into my foundation, I use it on the body to create a sheen that lasts all day with no sticky, greasy residue. I use it with our everlasting lipsticks to create a long wearing sheer stain.”

Makeup icon:
“Twiggy’s makeup has inspired me since I was young. I’ve painted so many portraits of her. She really started my love for make up with her glorious doe eyes and perfect eyeliner.”

Maintaining passion:
“The number one thing that inspires me is nature. I always look at flowers, crystals and insects especially. Something about Mother Nature never disappoints.”

Fave go-to winter look:
“I’m really in love with the ‘no makeup make up’ right now. Something about beautiful skin never goes out of style.”

On her true loves:
“Adopt don’t shop! As a cat mum of seven rescued cats it truly has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

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