Featured Make Up Artist of June 2013:
Born in Florence, Italy, Virna Smiraldi moved to New York City in 1992 to study Interior Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. While at F.I.T. Virna discovered a passion for the transformational image- making power of cosmetics and began to pursue a career as a free- lance makeup artist working as the assistant to Stefano Antoniazzi
while also holding down a full-time job as an interior designer with Studios Architectures. Inspired by the outrageous club culture of NYC in the nineties Virna began collaborations with many nightlife personalities and photographers in the underground New York scene. Since 2001 she pursue a full-time career in the cosmetics industry.
After a training at the Make Up For Ever Academy in Paris
she went on to work as trainer on the faculty of Make Up For Ever
in Bologna (Italy).
In Italy she is also represented by Allure Model Agency doing commercial, editorial and catalogue work. As a free-lance makeup and beauty consultant for YSL, Dior and Guerlain Virna traveled throughout Italy to introduce sales strategies to a variety of retail outlets and to educate sales representative on the use and application of beauty products.
Virna divides her time between New York and Italy where
she continues to expand an international reputation as a free-lance
Her work has been published on Vanity Fair; Elle; Fashionisto magazine.