Makeup Artist KC Witkamp 858-382-5589

Thursday, March 29, 2012



Trying to soak it all in……oh this is big!!!!
Yesterday as soon as I got home I crashed. It had been a long day after running all over San Diego doing a look book in the morning and a long bridal trial in the afternoon. It was definitely a successful day but I was exhausted- “I only need 5 minutes to recharge” I thought while pushing my doggies to the side. Then I heard the “ding ding” coming from my phone….I tried to ignore it but it “ding ding” again. I turned around to reach for it just to check who had sent me a text. “oh it’s Mai” (owner and creator of Ruche) I immediately got a smile on my face and opened the text, my vision was still trying to adjust so I had to get up and read the text again because really I couldn’t believe it “KC!! We’re on Martha Stewart and they linked to u!!”…….”what? That’s crazy …where?” I replied with disbelieve as I felt a rush of adrenaline. She kindly sent me the link witch it seemed forever to download on my phone… it finally opened:


Beauty Notes: The Look of Love Posted By Sarah Smith

Ruche just came out with this gorgeous wedding lookbook and some of its images, like the ones below, took my breath away with their classic beauty.
I love the makeup so much that I had to find out who was behind the look: L.A. and San Diego makeup artist, KC Witkamp. If you're having a wedding in the area and are dying over this soft brown eye and rose lip as much as I am, give her a shout.

Oh my gosh!!! Really?!!! I couldn’t believe it….. I started jumping and screaming all over the living room as my husband and doggies were staring at me (I’m sure I looked like a crazy woman). I jumped my way down to my husband and said “I’m featured on Martha Stewart Weddings”- he took the phone from my hand and read the article making a loud emphasis on the last paragraph- “you know this is big right?” He said holding me into his arms giving me the best hug ever….”I know”- I replied with tears in my eyes.

I felt very grateful and thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way but especially because I get to work with people that are as passionate about their job as much as I am of mine. Shortly after I posted the big news on Facebook and twitter I started getting messages, texts, and calls from people that made it even more special. THANK YOU!

Among those messages there was one that caught my attention “Girl... How did you do it?? I've been dying to go big on my own forever! I need tips, cause I gotta get out of the 9 to 5 crap.” When I finished reading it I had all these emotions and memories going through my head….the truth is that it’s been a whole lot of hard work blended with professionalism, focus, tears, taking risk, believe, sleepless nights, skill, confusion, happiness, stress, success, faith, disappointment, support, energy, courage, focus, love, perseverance, passion, and a lot of driving. Really, I wish I had a straight forward answer but I don’t.

For the last few years I’ve been working nonstop to follow my dream, I took the risk and followed my heart, I decided to make my passion and love my full time career and I chose not to settle for anything less than that. I put a lot of heart in my work and try to do the best I can. I keep taking classes and learn as much as I can to improve my work because after all you are only as good as your last job.

I KNOW I couldn’t have got to this point without the help, love, and support of others. My husband Matt has been my biggest cheerleader and support, close friends and family have always been there to celebrate the good and pushed me to move forward from the bad, my teacher and mentor Donna Mee has always been there to answer my questions and has pushed me so hard from the beginning that I knew that failure wasn’t an option, ALL of my colleges (photographers, stylist, clients, makeup artist, hair stylist, models, creative directors, models, actors…) that I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with have helped me and inspired me (and continue to do so) because this is a TEAM effort.

Special HUGE THANKS to Mai and Josh Olivo and Stephanie Williams for making me part of the Ruche family and for always sharing with me their vision and success from day one. I love them like family. And THANK YOU to Sarah Smith, beauty editor from Martha Stewart Weddings for her sweet and kind words that had made a huge impact in my life and career.

I’m blessed to be able to have my passion as my career and to wake up every morning looking forward to a new adventure.

KC Witkamp

Monday, March 19, 2012

RUCHE BRIDAL Collecction is here!

Just when you thought that Ruche couldn't get any better. This is the shop many brides would love and the best part is that it's very affordable and super cute!!! Go to Ruche before they get sold out!!!

Behind the scenes
RUCHE BRIAL "To have and to hold"
photography: Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance // event coordination + design + paper details: Sugar and Fluff // florals: Bunch Studio // cakes: My Sweet and Saucy // hair + makeup: KC Witkamp // vintage rentals: Ribbons and Rust // location: Kimberly Crest // Models: Madeleine Barnes, Ashlyn Pearce and Jessica Strother
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Celebrity Makeup Artist KC Witkamp's Bridal Beauty Tips
March 14, 2012by Lara Burnap
Get a fresh and flawless look on your big day with the help of celebrity makeup artist KC Witkamp of Makeup by KC. She brought her expert touch to our beautiful fashion feature, Stolen Moments. The makeup was inspired by Brigitte Bardot with a modern, smokey eye, a look every bride loves! Here, KC shares the steps to creating this stunning look.

1. Use a primer after applying moisturizer to create a smooth canvas. KC's Pick: Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer by Cover FX
2. Apply a silicon-based foundation evenly over the skin. Silicon is a great choice as it adheres to the skin and becomes waterproof when set with powder. KC's Pick: Face and Body by Make Up For Ever
3. Use a concealer one or two shades lighter than your foundation color. Besides fixing any discoloration, this also works as a highlighter. KC's Pick: Full Cover by Make Up For Ever
4. Apply a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks to add a translucent pop of color. KC's Pick: Posey by MAC, a great shade that looks fabulous on everyone.
5. Set the foundation (and ensure it is waterproof!) by dabbing loose powder onto the skin with a sponge, paying special attention to the t-zone. KC's Pick: Super Matte Loose Powder by Make Up For Ever
6. Fight sweat and tears by using an eyeshadow primer, this avoids creasing. KC's Pick: Shadow Insurance by Too Faced
7. Get the perfect smokey eye by applying a gel liner along the eyelid and bottom lash line followed by a clean brush to blend the edges. KC's Pick: Blacktrack by MAC. If this is too harsh, opt for a softer shade like Rich Ground by MAC
8. Finish the eye by applying a couple generous coats of waterproof mascara. KC's Pick: Smokey Lash by Make Up For Ever and Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara by Urban Decay
9. When choosing a nude lipstick, keep in mind that you need to have a little bit of color or your mouth will disappear in pictures. For more definition, line lips before applying lipstick. KC's Picks: Aqua lip Waterproof liner in 1C for fair skin tones, 3C for medium, or 5C for dark tones by Make Up For Ever. A great smooch proof lipstick is #135 Super Stay 24hr Color by Maybelline
10. Spritz a setting spray all over your face to set your makeup. KC's Pick: Bridal Makeup Finish by Skindinavia, if you are concerned about about developing an oily sheen, try No More Shine Make up Finish by Skindinavia

souls of mischief VIDEO

SOULS OF MISCHIEF- Threadsence Spring 2012 lookbook



Photography by Nicole Hill
Video by Vu Bui
Makeup and Hair by KC Witkamp

Friday, March 2, 2012

California Wedding Day Magazine- I got the cover!!!



Photos by Mi Belle Photgraphy
Makeup: KC Witkamp, Makeup by KC
Hair: Nina Kairouz, Chris McMillian Hair
Men’s grooming: Sheila Stone, The Studio Agency
Models: Becky Billman and Shaun Michelsen, Next Model Agency

Coming soon RUCHE Bridal

Photographer: Stephanie William
Art Direction: Ruche
Makeup and Hair: KC Witkamp
Model: Ashlyn Pearse

Upcoming THREADSENCE Lookbook

Sneak peek of Spring 2012 Lookbook
Photographer: Nicolle Hill
Art Direction: Theadsence
Makeup & Hair: KC Witkamp


Teaser from photographer Stephanie Williams