International Celebrity Hair & Makeup Artist to the stars*
With over 17 years experience in all aspects of the styling industry, from celebrity clients, international productions & the fashion industry. Nikkila became passionate about creating beauty & characters, combining colors and textures, attention to the finer details. Her Diverse talent in all areas of the film industry has seen her become a highly sought after and very successful artist. Initially developing a background in theatre, film, and advertising. Nikkila moved from film into stills where the change in direction balanced perfectly with the attention to detail and fast pace that she enjoys.
“I find happiness in the beauty of all things”
Nikkila’s extraordinary gift of being able to enhance the natural beauty of all the faces she touches is well known for her edgy makeup style and fashion flair. A perfectionist with a steady hand, She also seems to specialize in ‘making the impossible happen’, adapt to any situation and has the ability to handle high-pressure with a cool manner. She is a true professional, able to delegate, communicate and guide without compromising quality in a warm suggestive direction. Approaches of “always listening to everybody’s opinions in a real creative collaboration” are skills that have earned her reputation as a true expert trusted and respected in her field.
South Africa has seen, Nikkila’s reputation and creative skills, as an international Makeup artist, based in Cape Town and Jhb, grace the pages on top magazine titles and alongside SA’s most sought after photographers and stylists. Upon client requests, Nikkila has traveled all over SA and in the world to Mozambique, India, Brazil, USA and other exotic locations for accounts such as Levies India and SA, Terry Mugler UK and Elle India just to name a few.
Nikkila began her career after Qualifying with honors Internationally for Cosmetology, FX Prosthetics, and Body Art at the South African Hair and Makeup Design collage Face to Face in 1997 and later qualified in Hairdressing, with Tony & Guy in London UK. Theatrical wigging, weaves and human hair extensions are a favorite part of her work and she is one of the very last Hand knotting wig makers in SA.
Multi skilled and experienced her Makeup, styling and impressive arsenal of creative skills began to take her further afield. After immigrating to the UK, beauty and hair formed the basis of her business as she worked alongside world renowned makeup houses such as Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Clarens Paris, Helena Rubinstein, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, Mac, Benefit and went on to Manage a MAC store in Kings Cross UK. She then soon after receiving an internship with Tony & Guy worked further into her Hairdressing Career. It then took a refreshing turn to the likes of the London’s West end, where she had a wonderful opportunity working on one of the most famous stage productions, ‘Les Mirables’. Nikkila was contracted as the lead actor’s personal make up artist, also becoming involved in the wigging department, Making, dressing and setting 14th century period wig replicas, including beards, side burns, moustaches, etc for full productions casts.
“I am a people person and in this entertainment industry, you have to be. To get things done, with sometimes ridiculous deadlines and ultra challenging briefs, you have to be able to count on favors and get around challenges quickly. ”This is what has ensured her popularity with high-end publications, events, production companies and celebrity clients.
Nikkila has shot with the likes of MARIA MAKEBA and her celebrity clientele include – RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON, MICHALLE MECLAIN (Miss World), MICHELLE BRUCE, CINDY NEL, NATALIE BEKER, LEANNE LIBENBURG, JEANNIE D, TANYA VAN GRAAN, NATALIE BEKKER, GINA ATHENS, URSULA CHIKANE, MICHELLE BOTES, JO-ANN STROUSS, FANIE DE VILLIERS, TRACY AND KERRY MACGREGOR, YANEZ, MICHAEL MOSS, CHESTER WILLIAMS, JAMES SMALL, PERCY MONTGOMERY, ATOMIC KITTEN, CHICAN, BLUE, PAUL VAN DYK, KAI TRANCED, REVOLVERHELD, FETTES BROT, PANJABI, INESSA, MY BALOON, BETH HEART, DIE ANTWOORD, and so on.
Her many film clients include Nivea, Garnier, Andrelon, Levies, Coke a Cola, Bonaqua Schweppes, Nikon, Nandos, Five Roses, MacDonald’s, Lynx, Belgacom, Orlen, Vodacom, MTS, T-Mobile, O2, Ericsson, Mecer, Siemens, Master Card, Woolworths, Marks & Spensors, Edgars, Truworths, Foschini, YDE, Boots, Sterkinekor, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Consol Glass, Galaxy jewelry, Cape Argus, Stormers SA Rugby team, J&B whiskey, Martelle Brandy, Pernod Ricard, SABS, Guiness, Mini Cooper Smart Car, Hyundai, BMW, KFM, Metropolitan Life, Royco, Knorr, Danone, Apella, Kinder Ferrero, and for more refer to CV on request.
Nikkila has worked with a variety of top magazines such as Elle, Visi, Cosmopolitan, Luna, Asiana, Oprah, Fair Lady, Style, Equinox, FHM, Glamour, Destiny, Marie Clare, Sarie, Woman & Home, and many more, refer to CV on request.
Nikkila as an international freelance Hair & Makeup Artist offers personal image consultations and Make over’s for Models, Actresses, Corporate individuals and groups. Refresher and advanced workshops are available for all Makeup Artists Looking to develop a successful career in the Film and Stills industry – this involves (Hands on syllabus, Personalized Makeup Manual, Personal Working Portfolio and Graduation Certificate included).
Advertising campaigns, Stills Fashion, Catalogues, Music videos, live Events, Commercials, TV and Feature Films form part of her extensive and very impressive resume. I also love a Celebrity Lash, and a creative Nail or 10… for that Glamorous polished finish…shimmer glimmer and shine you Stars’.