In Ksenia Knyazeva’s works there is a special something that modern brides are attracted to. They have confidence, courage and immense beauty. Beauty that is not pretentious or feigned, which is given to girls by nature. We asked Ksenia how she feels this beauty and what mission she sees in her work.
"My path in the beauty industry began at the age of 19"
At this age, I had my first thoughts about the work of a makeup artist. I remember very well the moment when I saw the work of a professional and wanted to be able to do the same. But then I was getting into a "serious" profession - I was studying to be a lawyer. There was no time for makeup brushes, but I had a dream. I returned to her a few years later: first I was trained in makeup, then in hairstyling. During the training, it became clear that I have goosebumps when I help other people to realise their beauty.
“I immediately realized that I wanted to work with brides”
All this atmosphere of communication and the morning preparation are wonderful moments for any girl. I love the beauty of what is happening during these moments, and the emotions that we all experience on this day. It's insanely inspiring.
It is interesting to work with the bride who has her own personality and isn’t shy about expressing it. When she sees her image in her own way, presents an idea, and dreams with a smile. Most often this happens with girls who follow trends, understand fashion and know what details they want to see in their look. Even if it is difficult for them to make a choice, I am always ready to give advice using my experience. It is easy for me to find a common language, and therefore difficulties never arise. I try to “maintain” my portfolio in the same style, and that's why brides who have similar tastes always come to me.
“There are difficulties in my work, but I love them”
I am glad that my style of work is chosen by brides not only from Russia, but also from other countries. During this time, I have acquired several favorite and most popular routes around the world: I am invited to projects in Italy, France, Sweden, and Greece. I am proud to have worked at weddings that took place on Lake Lugano and in Tuscany. These are all amazing places.
More often difficulties can occur in my foreign projects. My flight can get canceled or the route to the destination can be a real labyrinth. In Italy, for example, taxis are available only in cities. If you need to get to some castle or mansion, you need to be ready and plan the route in advance.
"My mission is to instill confidence"
Creating a beautiful image on such an important day and seeing a smile on the bride's face is the biggest reward in my work. This is the very moment when a girl looks in the mirror and experiences genuine emotions. This can be seen through her face, facial expressions and gestures.
I am happy that I can instill confidence in girls. Stylists need only a few things to do this: to be able to emphasize dignity, to listen to brides’ wishes and to constantly improve in our profession. This is the only way to get amazing results.