Christiné Copeland Las Vegas Makeup Artist – About Me
Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Christiné (pronounced “Kris-tee’-nuh”) Copeland and I have been doing makeup and hair professionally since 1985 and have lived in the US since 1987.
I left the small town where I grew up and moved to Munich at age 16 where I studied cosmetology. It was there after finishing my training that I began work as an aesthetician for Carmen Wallstein Salon a highly respected Kosmetik Salon in Munich. It was great way to start out. I worked in all the realms of the beauty and skin care business. After working several years there, I was offered a position as an assistant for a well known and respected make up artist and hairstylist from the German film industry, named Uschi Borsche. Frau Borsche had been a client of mine at the salon and she had just opened a photography studio that was fast becoming a hub for much of the fashion and commercial photo productions being done in Munich at that time. I assisted with the management of the studio, the scheduling and customer service for clients such as the German editions of Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Clare, and many others. I also did much of the model grooming, waxing, nails, and began doing makeup and hair styling for some of the”small budget clients” as well.
While working at the studio I met an American photographer named John Copeland who was working and living in Munich. He was shooting glamour and centerfold layouts and was at that time the staff photographer for the German edition of Penthouse magazine. I had learned English in the school and he needed someone to help him organize his shoots and do makeup for tests and such. I was soon doing makeup on some of his production work, when Frau Borsche was not available. I jumped at the opportunity and studied hard. I took training classes under another famed German makeup artist Horst Kirchberger. When John started shooting for the German edition of Playboy he asked me to come and work for him full time. From that day on, I have done all of his makeup including all his covers, feature layouts, centerfolds and commercial work. I also helped with the wardrobe, styling, translating and working with the models. John decided to return to the U.S. We had been working together closely for almost two full years.
We had become more than co-workers and he asked me to marry and come to Los Angeles with him. He had lived in Munich 4 years and was tired and wanted to do other types of photography work. We moved to LA and pretty much started over from scratch. We rented an old commercial building in the funkier part of South Hollywood and made it into a live-in photo studio/loft . We worked with a couple of agents who sent us models and singers, and beginning actors and we began doing model portfolios, headshots, portraits, make-overs, glamour shoots and magazine layouts. I was accepted with HMS Bookings agency for fashion and commercial makeup work and through them and our other contacts, I worked with a wide variety of different photographers and production companies in L.A. from ’88 to ’94..
In 1992 the riots in L.A. left buildings burned down that were only a couple of blocks from our studio, and in 1994 the earthquake shook the studio so violently it damaged much of our belongings. We decided that it may be time to leave Los Angeles.
We moved to Las Vegas in June of 1994 and bought a home in the Southwest. We setup a studio just off the strip in what is now Chinatown. We have never for a moment regretted the move and have only on a few special occasions been back to L.A. since. After taking off a few years to see if being a housewife suited me, (“it was fun at first…and I love to cook, but it got boring pretty fast”) I came back. I was more excited and invigorated about doing makeup and hair in Las Vegas, than ever before. I am among the top and most experienced and versatile makeup and hair artists in Las Vegas, doing both makeup and hairstyling. John and I still work a lot together as LasVegasStudios.com and being able to do both makeup and hair keeps me traveling through the city 15 to 20 days a month, as a free lance makeup artist… working hard to help keep Las Vegas one of America’s most beautiful cities.