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By Lisa Scott - Independent Beauty & Fashion Writer

Foregoing Contributing Writer - Chicago Defender

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Emerging Artistic Makeup Artist Gone Viral

Kaori Nik - Self-taught Makeup Artist with a birth right as a natural artist, Kaori Nik launched her vegan ProFixx lip pigment line. The fall/winter 2013 collection was showcased along with other creative professional makeup artists Nicole Richardson, Juanita Bell, and Katy Ramirez. These multi-talented makeup professionals made themselves available to apply lip color application, educate guests on the color collection and how to wear all colors successfully while performing sci-fi inspired beauty looks on their muse.

Creative freelance photographer Erin Anthony of Bittyfotos and beauty artist Kaori Nik Studios come together to display works inspired by the genre of science fiction. Influences range from space travel, mutation and Steampunk fashion. Transformations where morphed right before our very eyes. Indeed, transformations are no secretes with Kaori. She has finally found her divine niche, merging from a professional cosmetologist to a YouTube Makeup Artist demo technician gone vial.

Kaori Nik is a multi-faceted and accomplished visual artist whose specialties include creative directing, make- up artistry, and hair styling. At age 25 this creatively skilled artist is determined to inspire others to be original and feel comfortable representing individuality, evolution and possibilities. Kaori Nik studied at the Salon Professional Academy, and has been in the beauty industry for over six years. Nik’s studies at Columbia College Chicago provided her with a background in art design and management. Her capabilities expand beyond fashion as she’s curated art exhibit The Model-Art Collection in 2011. She’s also directed and produced short film Color Theory 2.0 in 2012. Nik has had the opportunity to work with recording artists Keri Hilson, Common; America’s Next Top Model, Kayla Ferrell and world renowned photographer Stan Malinowski to name a few. Her work has been featured on the cover of Goddess Magazine and the pages of Seventeen, Teen Prom and Glam Rock Magazine. She’s also been featured on dozens of blogs coast to coast.

Cynthia Thomas, Kaori's mother has always said to her, "Results of doing what you love to do, not what others want you to do will take you where you want to go"! With that said, Kaori Nik is on her way!

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