Top Women in Focus: Galit Strugano

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

galit-struganoGalit Strugano was born and raised in Los Angeles, California – the city of dreams. And, dreams came true for Strugano as she found success working as a makeup artist to the stars. She got discouraged using glittery makeup as it made a mess while applying it on her many clients. Determined to find a solution, she decided she would develop a sparkle formula that would work effortlessly. She soon created her own line of glitter makeup, which has garnered a cult-like following from celebrities (including Carmen Electra, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera) and makeup junkies alike. We sat down with Strugano to get an inside look at what inspires her, and what direction she plans on taking Girlactik to.

How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I started working as a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles and found that I had trouble finding fun and sparkly makeup (read: girly) that worked well and stayed on for hours.

Is there an age limit on your makeup?
I believe that sparkle makeup is for everyone. From the “subtle shine” to the “glam sparkle” look, anyone can enjoy and have fun with Girlactik!

How do you go about creating your products?
When it came to creating my line I just did what I liked. When I create makeup I go to the lab and start with basics. I look at an eye shadow color for example and say: “I want it to feel silky, have a lot of pigment and be a little more of an icy pink,” then we go from there.

What inspires you when you’re designing and creating?
I don’t really look at other lines when I’m creating. I just create things that I would want and what other makeup junkies would need to enhance their beauty regime.

Did you study your craft in school or are you self-taught?
I did not study makeup or business. I mean I did take a makeup class, but that was something fun for me to do.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
This a really hard question ’cause I’m so passionate about what I do that I don’t find it to be challenging.

What advice would you give to up-and-coming entrepreneurs?
Be confident and passionate and you will succeed. Success is not served on a silver platter. Hard work and passion will pay off – you just need to want it bad!

Where would you like to be in 10 years?
I just want to continue being successful and continue inspiring people.

Girlactik is such a fun line. I am disappointed it is not available at Sephora anymore, but it sounds like the creator still has big plans for the line. I cannot wait to watch it come together.

Teri said on October 5, 2009 1:10 pm

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