Nelse Karini is one of Boston’s most prominent makeup artists. Winner of Boston’s Best Makeup Artist in 2014 she continues to be nominated for many awards year after year. Her passion to enhance beauty has spanned over 12 years. With work ranging from fashion shows and print campaigns to commercials, and TV appearances to editorial work.

I met Nelse in 2016 when we were both judges for the Miss New Hampshire USA & Miss Teen NH USA pageant. Upon first seeing her, I remember thinking, “Wow! Now she has flawless makeup!” Fast forward two years later and I am thrilled to catch up with this beautiful entrepreneur in her Boston home.

As Nelse played with my makeup, she told me how she always had a passion for cosmetics.  She first came to this country from Albania 16 years ago and immediately began helping her cousin at their salon. 

With broken English she went to Macy’s and landed her first job. She worked for three and a half years at the Dior cosmetic counter. She explained to me what a great learning experience it was. She then went on to do artistry work in NYC during Fashion Week, while also working with local celebrities and Salon’s such as Mario Russo. From there she ventured into weddings. She beams when she talks about working with brides and said how she loves working in that venue. 

The key to her success she believes is her ability to go above and beyond for her clients. This kind of loyalty and word of mouth led her to more and more weddings. Adding destination weddings to her resume she has traveled to foreign countries, as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Today, Nelse has signed an exclusive contract to be the makeup artist for Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.  She continues to work with celebrities in TV, Sports, and also professionals.

She hopes to one day develop a makeup line under her name Nelse Karini.

For my look, Nelse really played up my eyes. She used the following products:

  • Foundation Base- Hourglass (to apply as a base before foundation) 
  • Foundation- Georgio Armani- silk luminous foundation.
  • Concealer- Tarte
  • Eye Brow Pencil – Anastasia
  • Eyeshadow- Master Palette by Mario (Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist)
  • Lashes- Ardelle- Nelse applied false lashes one by one. She says they last longer this way. 
  • Mascara- Chanel
  • Eyeliner- Stila (doesn’t smudge) 
  • Lip Liner – NYX
  • Lip Paint- Tarte
  • Lip Gloss- Iced Dream Holiday Collection
  • Setting Spray- Mac

and……….. Beautiful! 

To follow Nelse and view more of her work take a peek at her website.