— Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist Christiné Copeland —
“I am one of the Best Makeup Artists in Las Vegas…”
“Without a doubt I am surely one of the most experienced and versatile. I do both Makeup and Hair Styling. Working as a Freelance Makeup Artist in Las Vegas has been wonderful for me. We have lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1994. The city since, has become ever more cosmopolitan and fashionable. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. Even now when it seems everyone is suddenly a “makeup artist” and the cosmetology schools pump out new artists every few months, I still remain busy and in demand.”
“I love doing beauty, glamour, fashion, and wedding makeup and hair”
“My earliest jobs were for photographers. I have found that I really enjoy doing wedding makeup and hair styling. The Las Vegas Wedding is famous the world over and my Saturdays are often spent giving brides their dream look for their special day. For our photo shoots I work with women of all ages, sizes and ethnicity. Making women look beautiful and exciting for these important occasions just makes me feel good. It makes me feel very satisfied to know that when I finish, they feel happy and proud of how they look…
“I also do many Corporate Events, Conventions, Live Feeds, and Media Tours.”
There are many conventions and corporate events in Las Vegas and for them I work almost as much with men as with women. I work regularly with everything from politicians, realtors, attorneys, doctors, nurses, to CEOs to “Soccer Moms’, while doing glamour make-overs and boudoir sessions and magazine layouts as well.
“I always work to make every client look and feel like a celebrity…”
My clients hire me for that reason. They want and need to look their very best no matter the event or the purpose.
I do my best to make it happen. Visit My Website Here
— Christiné Copeland
Christiné (pronounced Kris-tee-nuh) Copeland has lived in the US since 1987
August 17th 1986 she married American photographer John Copeland who she had met and worked with in Munich, Germany.
She left her small village in Germany and moved to Munich at age 16 for Cosmetology School
After finishing her training she worked several years as an esthetician for a highly respected Cosmetic salon and worked in all the different areas of the beauty and skin care business. One of her clients, was Ursula Borsche a well known make up artist and hairstylist from the German film industry. She had just opened a large photography studio that was fast becoming a hub for much of the fashion and commercial photo productions being done in Munich at that time.
Frau Borsche asked Christine to be her assistant at her new photography studio
There she assisted with makeup, and handled much of the model grooming as well as helping in the studio operation, scheduling and customer service for clients such as the German Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Clare, and many others. It was exciting and fun and she learned a lot. While working at the Munich studio she met John, who was shooting there. At that time he worked shooting glamour, centerfolds, editorial and ads for the German edition of Penthouse magazine. Christiné had learned English in the school and they hit it off right off. Seeing her natural talent and love for the work, John asked Christine to do some of the makeup and hair on his personal productions when Frau Borsche was unavailable. She jumped at the opportunity and worked hard. She learned quickly and in the time also took training classes under another famed German makeup artist, Horst Kirchberger.
When John started shooting for Playboy he asked her to come and work for him full time.
From that day on Christiné did all of his makeup for his shoots, including all his covers, and hundreds of feature magazine layouts and centerfolds. She also helped with the styling, translating and working with the models. It was a great time and they worked a lot together. John’s personal work was popular and models were plentiful. They traveled together to Paris, Ibiza, Mallorca, Athens and Hawaii. His syndicated work was profitable and working for the magazines on staff became very confining. The art director at the German Playboy and John did not get along well. John decided to concentrate more and more on his private photo productions. After four years living in Germany John was ready to move back to L.A.
Once in L.A. Christiné was hungry to work in the fashion industry
In L.A. they found a 2400 sq. ft. photo studio / loft in the funkier part of South Hollywood. They had met some agents who sent them models and singers, and lots of hopeful actors and began doing model portfolios, headshots, portraits as well as John’s men’s magazine layouts. She worked with one of John’s photographer friends, Rick Swinger who at the time was shooting almost everything for fashion magazine California Apparel News. She was accepted with HMS Bookings Agency for fashion and commercial makeup work. Through HMS and other contacts she worked with a wide variety of different photographers and production companies.
The L.A. Riots of 1992 and then the 1994 Earthquake shook things up…
In 1992, the fires and looting from the L.A. riots came very close by to their studio on LaBrea Avenue. Buildings burned down on all sides of them. Then in 1994, the earthquake shook the studio so violently it damaged much of their belongings. They decided that it maybe was time to leave Los Angeles. A couple of friends suggested they check out Las Vegas. They did just that and found a city that most didn’t even know existed.
June 13th 1994 they moved to Las Vegas
They bought a large older ranch style home with a huge pool on 2/3 of an acre just 4 miles west of the Strip. It was something they could never have afforded in L.A. They then rented a 2,000 sq. ft. space just a couple of miles off the Strip in what is now Chinatown and setup a studio there. They have never for a moment regretted moving to Las Vegas. Las Vegas had plenty of models that wanted to be in the magazines in the early 1990s. In 1996 John had started his own Internet site and she helped out in every aspect of running the websites. The magazine business was slowing down and John’s work on the the websites had slowed his time for photography work. A friend in the video production business suggested she contact a company that provides news feeds and satellite transmissions for the big News channels and the networks.
In the early 2000s an average of 10,000 marriage licenses a month were issued in Las Vegas
It turns out that there were a lot of opportunities for an experienced and talented makeup artist who could also do hair. Bridal hair and makeup for Las Vegas Weddings was one of those. Christiné had always thought that she did not want to do weddings. She did not want to work with Bridezillas. But she began getting a lot of requests for wedding makeup and hair and after doing a few bridal makeups found out she really liked working with the brides and their families. Bridal makeup and hair became a much larger part of her business.
In 2003 John built a website for Christiné for her makeup business
Christiné’s website was a success! It was one of the first websites for a makeup artist in Las Vegas, and it got a lot of action. She often did as many as 20 weddings a month and combined with her other work there was more work than she could do alone. John was doing more and more shoots as the word got out, and life was good. Property values were sky-rocketing and Las Vegas was known as one of the fastest growing cities in America. Las Vegas was living its dream and everybody was euphoric.
John was back shooting again and one of her favorite jobs in those days was doing editorial makeup and hair for Scott Santos and STRIP Las Vegas magazine (Now called StripLV) from 2005 to 2010. He is a very good photographer and shot the prettiest of the girls in the adult industry. He liked a fun, edgy, glamorous, fashion style of makeup and hair and the magazine was very well done and had very good printing. Much of the work she did for him can be found in her Portfolio of Editorial Makeup and Hair. These were extremely busy days for Christiné and with John shooting once again it seemed like it would never end.
The Recession hit Las Vegas hard.
By 2009 home values had plummeted. New major constructions just stopped, apartment complexes, hotels, casinos and businesses, and hotels were shutting down. It was world wide and weddings in Las Vegas lost their attraction. Weddings licenses issued in Las Vegas dropped by almost 30% Christiné’s wedding work dropped off as well.
Makeup and Hair in Las Vegas is bigger than ever. Vegas is Back!
Weddings have never come totally back to the numbers from the early 2000s. Las Vegas, however, has come back. It is not the “bargain” it once was and there are still the unfinished hotels and apartment buildings, but they are being finished, and the real estate market is coming back. There is a lot of excitement here now. Christiné has continued unfazed through it all. She still does dozens of weddings annually and the LasVegasStudios.com work has grown through the years keeping her busy doing all the hair and makeup for their glamour, boudoir, fashion, headshot and fitness shoots. She also works regularly doing convention event, video productions, TV media and women who just want to look great for a night out. Las Vegas has given her the opportunity to meet the VIPs of Las Vegas and top artists, executives and politicians from all over the country giving her a VIP Client List with many well known names.