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Houda Remita, passionate about makeup art

Houda Remita discovered her love for Makeup around thirty years ago.

After an initial stint in hairstyling and aesthetics that allowed her to discern between the various aspects of the beauty industry, before eventually being steered towards a career path that allowed her to do what she liked most : plunging into the alchemy of powders and makeup, the dance with brushes and pencils, the endless play of colour and light on the skin. “Makeup can recreate the full range of emotions,” she says.

She now works across the four corners of the earth encompassing the world of fashion, photographers and stylists from every country. Her expertise is called upon by the major magazines including Vogue Italy, Vogue Germany, Elle France, Marie Claire Italy, Glamour USA, and ID in England … She has leant her support during fashion shows produced by the leading couture houses such as Lanvin, Guy Laroche, Jean-Louis Scherrer, worked on advertising campaigns

for Dolce Gabbana, Dior, Banana Republic, Hermès, Alberta Ferretti, Nike, Escada, les clips de Bjork, Julien Clerc, NTM, Khaled, Véronique Sanson. Autres stars magnifiées sous sa houppette : Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Ludivine Sagnier, Marina Hands, Léa Seydoux, Venus Williams, Marina Abramovic …

She has enjoyed a blemish free career being the avid enthusiast and perfectionist all rolled into one. And amassed a wealth of professional experience which she now wishes to pass on: the year 2011 marks the opening of the Design Makeup Art Institute in Paris, a makeup school entirely fashioned in her colours and values. “This profession requires great adaptability, she explains. For the print media, for example, it is necessary to know how to adapt to each magazine’s editorial policy: creating a chic and sexy woman for one, a rather athletic and more down to earth woman for another.

For fashion shows, it is all about blending into the themes chosen by the designers. The critical work on reference points is emphasised in our teaching, in order for students to learn how to sharpen their professional outlook.”

An approach based on Cultural Openness, always a source of creativity. Houda Remita is indeed very passionate about all forms of artistic expression: film, video art, painting, literature, dance, etc. The D-mai has a wonderful library where students can access and review various reference works on art and fashion, and even sociological and philosophical essays on beauty.

According to Houda Remita, makeup, the art of the ephemeral and seduction, certainly merits detached objectivity and reflection.


Karlie Kloss Vogue Netherlands – Film & Edit: Michelle Duijn

Portrait of Koto Bolofo for Vogue Germany