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Makeup by MasKara

Hair & Makeup Artist
Makeup By MasKara, #Karafied
  • Norco, California, USA

  • Operating Hours: Closed (Friday)
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One of my younger clients asked me recently, how I got good at doing hair and makeup. I replied, a lot of practice, classes and pure passion. I took a TON of art classes as a kid and teenager. I loved drawing, coloring you name it. I remember constantly looking through magazines, reading makeup books from Bobbi Brown to Kevyn Aucoin trying to mimic looks I loved. I practiced on myself, my friends, doll heads and basically anyone willing. I competed in pageants and had lots of practice getting ready for events and appearances as well. I was accepted into a ROP Cosmetology School program that my high school offered and I jumped on the opportunity. I quickly fell in love with the beauty industry and I was hooked! I graduated from cosmetology school two months after high school and received my Cosmetology License that winter. I then decided to continue with my path in college. I graduated with an AA in Humanities and AS in Health Science. I then went on to graduate with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications from California Baptist University. At that time I had already been working six years as a cosmetologist and growing my Hair and Makeup business and brand as Makeup By MasKara. Now twelve years later in the beauty industry I am still in love. My love for pageants, weddings and beauty has taken me on an incredible journey thus far. I travel across the country helping young women achieve their goals, by helping their inner beauty shine through. I not only get the privilege to witness so many incredible moments and be apart of people’s special days, but I get the opportunity to help someone feel their best. I truly believe God gifted me with these talents to do exactly what I am doing. I am the one getting blessed by it. I get to work amongst amazing people. I am truly humbled by the recognitions I have received and am grateful for my career and the people I get to work with.

-Cosmetologist
-Winner of RCC Cosmetology Hair Competition
-AA Humanities
-AS Health Science
-BA Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications
-FreeLance Makeup & Hair Artist
-MakeupbyMasKara
-#Karafied
-Coach and Co-Owner of Crowning Moments Productions
-Co-Director Miss California Elementary, Jr. High, High School & Collegiate America
-2x winner of Pageant Planets #1 Makeup Artist
-Spirit of Pageantry Award
-Published in wedding & pageant magazines
-Great working relationships with several established Pageants

Pageant Planet Awards

  • #1 Best Pageant Makeup Artist of 2018
  • Top 10 Pageant Makeup Artists of 2019
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Serene Singh
20, December 2019
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Kara and her team are truly remarkable. When I first started pageants, someone recommended Kara to me and I was worried because I had never had my hair or makeup done professionally and I felt like I wouldn't belong... A sporty girl with braces and rough skin - this was in 2013! Fast forward to 2019, I remember some of my most stressful moments becoming some of the most beautiful moments in pageantry thanks to Kara. No matter what I needed - a shoulder to cry on after a failure, a hug before a finale show, or and extra ten looks from Kara before I felt completely confident to get out there... she has done it all. I have learned so much from Kara and feel truly honored to have met a woman with so much talent in the industry, but so much love and kindness too. As I continue to chase my dream in pageantry, I know Kara has been there and will be there to support me. She is a role model, an excellent and remarkably helpful mentor, and a total queen herself. I cannot thank you enough, Kara, your words, work, and cheers to me have mattered in shaping the person I am today more than you may even know!

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Audrianna Mendoza
20, December 2019
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Kara and her team are always very professional and make the time fun and relaxed for each girl lucky enough to work with her. You always know the details of your appointment far in advance so that there are no unanswered questions. Kara puts the final touches on a well executed job and prepares her girls beyond the hair and makeup. She and her team instill confidence into all of their clients.

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Heather Cook
20, December 2019
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Kara and her team where absolutely incredible! My daughter absolutely loved them and how they made her feel so beautiful. She felt so confident and walked out of Kara’s room looking like a million bucks! Thank you Kara for your incredible work!

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Autumn Orta
19, December 2019
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We loved Makeup by Maskara! Money well spent. All week long her team kept my daughter looking beautiful and feeling confident. Can’t wait till we get the chance to work with her and her team again!

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Liberty Thompson
19, December 2019
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Kara is by far one of the kindest and talented ladies in the Industry. Kara has worked with all three of my daughters. Kara always made them feel special and went out of her way to make sure they had everything they needed.

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Lisa Soliz-Taylor
19, December 2019
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We love working with Kara and her team! It is hassle-free, super organized and fun! They always make my niece look amazing!

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Amanda Moreno
19, December 2019
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She is absolutely the best in the business and I am completely confident recommending my clients to her. Beyond her talent, she is one of the most kind and empowering women I've ever had the pleasure of working with.

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Stephanie Fletcher
17, December 2019
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Makeup by MasKara was phenomenal at our recent event for NAM Nationals in California!! My daughter Maggie was stunning the entire week!! Kara and her entire TEAM made my girl feel comfortable and I could not have asked for a more efficient schedule!! We cannot wait to book with them again hopefully soon!! Oh and Maggie walked away TOP 12 in Nation, Overall Modeling Destination Award and many more!! Thanks Kara for bringing it in California!! We love you and your TEAM!!

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Anela Djukic
17, December 2019
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Kara and her team is the best around!! Extremely talented and gifted with an amazing personality!!!! always willing to give helpful Tips and answer any questions! My daughter loves Kara and loves being #karafied.

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Lynleigh Weltzin
15, December 2019
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Love, LOVE, Love Kara and her team! Working with Kara is one of my favorite parts of participating in pageants. :)

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Maria-Teresa Duvall
06, December 2019
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I always feel at ease when clients tell me they've booked with Kara... knowing that being #Karafied is something truly special! Not only have I had many of my girls work with Kara for competitions and photo shoots, my current pageant headshots look as good as they do because of her wizardry with hair and makeup.

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Brittany Richards
04, December 2019
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Kara and her team are leaders of the industry. They know exactly how to achieve the winning look for all ages and styles of pageantry. They are patient, kind, and fun to work with. They are true professionals in their field and know what it takes to win!

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Laila Simone Edwards
04, December 2019
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I have not personally had the honor of being #Karafied but I have seen thousand of girls and women that were. I am counting down the days until i have my opportunity to be #Karafied. She is truly amazing!!!

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Monica French
06, November 2019
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Kara is amazing....in so many ways. Of course she is good at what she does and brings on a strong team to make it happen in such a phenomenal way but the most important thing to me is that every time my girls are in her hands they walk away with confidence to do what they need to do. Kara doesn't just make them look beautiful. She makes them look and feel "put together" and most of all loved and cared for. Pageantry for us isn't just about the performance and crown...its about doing something we love with people we love and Kara is a huge part of our family that makes this possible. <3

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Ainsley Anderson
11, February 2019
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I worked with Kara for the first time this past weekend and it was amazing! She was on task the entire time and very efficient. Her team is incredible and I couldn’t have asked for anything better! I ended up winning the title and I owe all my thanks to her!

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Markie Russell
29, December 2018
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Kara did an amazing job on my hair for NAM states this year. She was easy to work with and I can't wait to use her again.

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Jhoana Flores
29, December 2018
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First off Kara is simply amazing! Such a wonderful human being. She always makes you feel confident and comfortable which I admire. She is very professional- her emails are answered in a timely matter which I appreciate. Not to mention she is incredibly smart and this is backed up with her incredible resume. If you ever need to get your hair or makeup done for any event I highly recommend Kara!

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28, December 2018
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To say that Kara Knudsen and her team is incredible is an understatement. She understands her art so well that I have complete faith every time she has worked on me that she will highlight my best features which of course always made me feel confident that I look my best when I get on that competition stage. I definitely attribute her artistry during the whole week of International Pageants when I won Miss Teen International in 2017!

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Zoey Shockley
28, December 2018
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Kara Knudsen and her team are beyond amazing!! I’ve been working with Kara for 2 years now, and what an angel she is! Everytime I go to compete with her work I feel most confident!!! Not only are her and her team beyond talented and quick, but everytime I leave her room I’ve made so many friendships and have had the time of my life those couple of hours when I’m glammed by the best of the best!

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Lena Jeffreys
28, December 2018
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Kara and her team are amazing! She is able to see exactly how to make the girls feel and look their best. She knows exactly what to say to keep the girls feeling confident and ready to rock the stage!

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Ajae Richardson
28, December 2018
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Kara has a great eye for H&M. My daughter has been receiving services from her for the last couple of years. She helps you choice great styles that will look age appropriate for you child. She is amazing at what she does and praises GOD for her success. She is so thankful for where she has began and where she is going.

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