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Makeup by MasKara

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

  • Operating Hours: Closed (Tuesday)
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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

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Ainsley Anderson
12, 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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29, 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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Antonia Patiniotis
28, December 2018
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Kara is the best hair and makeup artist! She always makes me look amazing for my competitions. Kara is a very sweet person and I enjoy working with her every time. I love getting #karafied!!!!

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Angela Schmidt
28, December 2018
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Best hair and makeup artist around. She is so good at what she does woth a heart of gold. She helped my daughter get to the next level as a national queen.

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Therese Cooper
28, December 2018
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Kara and her team are truly a blessing to the pageant world. Not only is she highly skilled in her profession, she takes the time and energy to know her clients and demonstrates her care for them in all she does. During busy pageant schedules, her hair and make-up suites serve their purpose while also providing a place where a contestant and their families can go to re-energize in an atmosphere of loving support.

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Shana Owen
28, December 2018
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Kara is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met ! Proud to call her a dear friend She continues to Pour her heart and soul into everything she sets her mind on . True talented gifted artist ! She is the girl that will go the extra mile to make sure you are looking and feeling your version of perfection ??

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Serene Singh
28, December 2018
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Kara has been the SWEETEST and most incredible makeup artist I have ever worked with. She not only spends quality time with each woman that goes through her doors, but she boosts the confidence of young ladies just by her words and character. This past pageant, I had a particularly worrisome event happen and I went to Kara. Even though she was busy with a million girls, she reminded me why I mattered, how I was special, and that I could do whatever I set my mind to. I walked out of her doors feeling not just great on the outside, but truly amazing in the inside. That is the power of a truly incredible makeup artist - someone who can make someone believe in themselves and their dreams from the inside out. Kara is the BEST!

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Amanda Starrantino
28, December 2018
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Kara is more than a makeup artist, she is a role model to the women she works with. While she helps you feel confident from the outside, she is extremely inspiring and motivating to make you feel just as confident on the inside. Kara helped me win numerous pageants when I came from zero experience and I could never thank her enough for the life skills she taught me as a pageant coach. Now, it has been years since my last pageant, but Kara's wisdom is something that stays with me to this day. She has s pent time with me to help me succeed in my career so I can perform at the best of my ability on a daily basis. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Kara and to have her knowledge last with me throughout my career.

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Dane Udas
28, December 2018
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Not only is Kàra a talented artist , she’s one of the sweetest people I know! She’s kind and generous to everyone. We need more artist like her in our industry!

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Mildeen Sammons
28, December 2018
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Kara is amazing! We love her professionalism and dedication to all of the young ladies that come through her door. My daughter has been using her for a few years now and once you've been "Karafied by Team Maskara", there is no one else.

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Jean Shockley
28, December 2018
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There aren’t enough fantastic words for this woman!!! She is so amazing at what she does!! My daughter always feels so confident after working with Kara!! She makes sure everyone walks out the door looking better then they could’ve imagined!! I can’t imagine my daughter not having Kara and her amaizing team bye our side during any phase of competition!!

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Vannie Colon
28, December 2018
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Kara is an incredible hair and make up artist. She creates an atmosphere where people feel confident, important and beautiful. I met Kara a few years ago through pageantry, and this last year she did my hair and make up for my wedding. Whenever you get the chance to sit in her chair, don’t miss the opportunity!

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Jamie Swetalla
28, December 2018
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Words could never express my gratitude for Kara. She’s honestly the light in so many pageant girls life. Her ability to beat a face is unsurpassed but what makes her the true queen is how she’s made so many girls and women feel. If you know Kara she is the most generous, kind and uplifting souls! I know I could not be where I am today with out her. She’s truly one of the best humans on this planet!

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Laurie Love
28, December 2018
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Kara is the absolute best hair and make up artist. She has the ability to perfectly match the look to the clients personality and to the pageant she is competing in which is the perfect winning combination for a pageant make up artist. She is professional and treats every girl as an individual and makes them feel special and confident! When they walk on that stage! My daughter won two state titles and Kara was her hair and makeup artist for both!

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Sectra Okundaye
28, December 2018
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Kara and her team =DREAM TEAM! Every pageant , I always have to work with Kara. It’s hard finding MUAs that can work with darker complexion, but Kara and her team always make me feel soooo beautiful and so confident! It’s never a dull moment working with her team and I’m soo blessed to have Kara in my life. Seriously don’t know what I would do without her.

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Ana Tovar
28, December 2018
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Kara has worked with my daughter along Shana Owen for headshots, she’s nothing but amazing! Kara was also the first person that I hired for hair and make up for a Natioanal pageant and I was 100% satisfied!! Honestly, I really appreciate her professionalism!!!