Anita Warszawska is a creative genius with a passion for makeup and photography. A girlboss that founded her own company, she’s stepped from outside her camera to chat to us at House of Coco.
Here, she tells us more about her brand, her plans for the future and more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
I officially launched it this February but my brand has been going for almost two years and I have been working as a professional make-up artist for six years. I always wanted to have my own business and I knew it had to be something creative because of my interest in art. I have been lucky enough to meet really good and supportive people in my life. They always encourage me to push my boundaries and urge me never to give up.
What’s your background?
I studied dental technology in Cracow (Poland) and then did further training in Southampton. I worked in cosmetic dentistry for 10 years but after a while I found it very stifling. Over the years I took various fine art courses including at Central Saint Martins before I decided to study at ‘Greasepaint Make-Up School’ to get my professional training.
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
I have two great girls working for me at the moment and I am in the progress of bringing on a third. They are qualified make-up artists and hair stylists and you can always rely on them. Apart from them, I am make-up artist, hair stylist, photographer, my own PR and everything else! I love what I do but sometimes it can be a lot.
If you could start over with the business would you do anything differently?
I think I learned a lot from my own mistakes so the answer is ‘no’.
What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?
Not to get frustrated when people don’t do what you have asked them to do for you. It is so nice to be able to rely on people but it doesn’t happen all the time.
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I love dancing – salsa and tango especially.
2017 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
At the moment I don’t plan to be big. My goal is to concentrate on quality not quantity and I believe in organic growth of my company. I would love by the end of this year to do more photography including outside of the studio. I already have lots of photo-shoots planned for after the summer.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
My first editorial in a magazine, ‘Absolutely London’. It is hard to convince someone to feature you for the first time especially on the beauty cover page, but they were really impressed with my work, so agreed.
Which city you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
Definitely London, I love this city! London is my home, despite everything that is happening now, I still feel safe here. Paris is beautiful but doesn’t feel the same and New York is just too busy and too loud for me. I love visiting them but wouldn’t like to live there.
Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
Hourglass lip-gloss, Shu Uemura eyelash curler and a brow pencil by Kevyn Aucoin – I love them!
Statement shoe or statement bag?
Statement shoe. Since I took up dancing I realise just how powerful a statement a shoe can be. I think beautiful and comfortable shoes can really make you shine in a crowd as long as you know how to wear them.
Favourite love song?
Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ always brings happy tears to my eyes.
Best place for a coffee?
I love my coffee. ‘Fernandez & Wells’ in Somerset House makes an excellent cup of coffee from beautiful blends – always spot on. I have never been disappointed!
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
Never think about the money you make, always concentrate on enjoying your work, do your very best and be in the moment.
I love cashew nuts and I eat a lot of them!
If you spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Maldives, Baros resort -24 hours of pure relaxation. I went there last December and I completely fell in love with the place!
In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?
Expanding the company, or in my case, keeping it fresh and up-to-date means always having lots of projects on the go, besides making clients happy on a daily basis.
Find out more…
My website, of course, and social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+, where you can find lots of reviews from my wonderful clients.