Makeup Artist Carla Balzano discusses makeup, Creative Contour by Carla, the name origin, her biggest challenge, services, and more!

Beyond The Lens – Independent makeup artist Carla Balzano has broke the ice with some warm info to carry through the spring as she prepares to take on the goals she put in place to conquer her goals and I was happy enough to be the person she was down to share it with. We started the interview earlier this month but certain cybersecurity issues involving my team’s devices caused the release of all interviews to be halted. But now that things are back in motion we are in full swing and many interviews have been appearing on our front page. It was an honor speaking with someone as talented and patient as Carla and I look forward to writing about her a whole lot more in the future. I hope you enjoy reading the interview!!

~~Interview /w Carla Balzano~~

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Internet Hollywood: What’s up Carla?! Thank you for taking me on with this interview. It’s always great to share time with new faces that I could learn about. I look forward to reading some of your answers to my questions and I’m happy to be a moment in time in your journey. How are you enjoying your 2019 so far and what are some goals you made and projects you been working on?

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Carla: My plans for 2019 are to grow CCBC! I started Creative Contour by Carla in 2017. Building this business has been a longtime goal of mine! It’s been amazing to be able to achieve my dream job as a makeup artist! I am currently working on building my bridal biz. I am also working on some really cool editorial photoshoots that show off my creative skills!

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Internet Hollywood: To shine a little insight on your background, could you give us a little background story on what inspired you to want to be a makeup artist and what was the whole vision of the dream you have painted for yourself in the future?

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Carla: It has always been my dream to become a makeup artist! When I was little, I used to play with my mom’s old makeup from the 80’s! As I grew up, every year for Christmas and my birthday she would buy me beauty sets from the drugstore. Those sets really brought out my inspiration and dream! I loved playing with the different eyeshadow and lipstick colors! As far as the dream is concerned, my interests have changed and developed as time passed. First I wanted to specialize in FX makeup and be able to transform the talent into every creature imaginable. As I have developed in my career, my inspirations have changed! Now I love beautiful bridal makeup and the fun creative side of editorial makeup!

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Internet Hollywood: And what would you say was the biggest challenge in trying to bring that dream to life when you took those very first steps to get started?

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Carla: There certainly were challenges presented! I passed my esthetics state board in 2013, and had a hard time finding makeup work. I eventually was lucky enough to start assisting a local makeup artist and eventually growing into a senior artist in her company over the course of 4 years. My inspiration to go out on my own and start this business came in May 2017. I attended The Makeup Show NYC and met so many amazing makeup artists. These folks were beginners like myself all the way up to seasoned veterans with 20+ years experience in the industry. I learned that it was those folks who worked hard and slayed their businesses and had companies with employees. Meeting them made me realize that I could do it too– I just had to start somewhere! I started CCBC in September 2017 and there were a LOT of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Even though I was an experienced makeup artist, I was basically starting from scratch. I had to learn everything about running a business– which I knew nothing about. I can confirm to you that even two years out, I am still learning everything: business, my craft, you name it. In this industry, you never stop learning!

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Internet Hollywood: Are there other ventures you are hoping to jump into to expand your name in other things that your good at?

Carla: I really enjoy being a makeup artist! I would like to expand my business to create a team of fabulous employees and have an amazing studio!

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Internet Hollywood: When did you come up with Ceative Contour by Carla and what is the vision behind the creation of it and where do you see it going?

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Carla: It’s funny how the name came about! I couldn’t think of a name for the business at all, and didn’t want to just use my name and “makeup artistry” at the end. I was asking one of my best friends for help and she just said: “how about Creative Contour by Carla?” And it stuck! That was it! My vision behind CCBC is to create beautiful makeup looks for my clients by customizing each experience. We create your custom look with beautiful airbrush makeup, which leaves you feeling glamorous without the heavy feeling foundation tends to have. I believe that every client should look as great as they will feel upon leaving my chair!

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Internet Hollywood: What kind of people are you hoping to connect with and what is the best way for someone to reach you if they want to collaborate or use your services?

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Carla: I love to collaborate with genuinely great, talented business owners! I believe in supporting small businesses and creating collaborations that benefit everyone! The best way to contact me is via email: creativecontourbycarla@gmail.com or submit a website inquiry: www.creativecontourbycarla.com! Feel free to check out the site! You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram: @creativecontourbycarla!

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you so much for the interview, Carla!

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~~Photos~~

Photographer: Ella Farrell Photography
Photographer: LJR Images
Photographer: LJR Images

~~Links~~
Carla Balzano: WebsiteInstagram

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