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Nelse Karini is an international makeup artist known for her passion, artistry and her ability to make anyone feel confident in their own skin.


Born and raised in Albania, Nelse moved to Boston in the early stages of her career and has been enhancing beauty for over 16 years. Her portfolio includes runway, television, digital and print, weddings, photoshoots and editorial work.


Her attention to detail and award-winning artistry is why she’s sought after by Emmy-nominated and renowned journalist Bianca de la Garza, ESPN commentator Jessica Mendoza, Designer Michael De Paulo, Actress/Producer Michelle Romano, NFL Wide Receiver Julian Edelman, Former NFL Linebacker Ted Johnson, Celebrity Hair Stylist Oribe Canales and more.  She’s trained with some of the best names in the industry including Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes.


Nelse is a visionary in the beauty industry!

2010 – Motives® Training Certificate

Motives Training Consultant

2013 – Brow and Lash Boutique

Brow and Lash Boutique eyelash extension course

2014 – Institute de Epidermle

Sunless Tanning

2014 – Boston Fashion Awards

Makeup Artist

2014 – Massachusetts Board of Cosmotology

License as a Registered Aesthetician

2015 – Samer Khuzami

SK Dream Tour Masterclass

2015 – Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

600 Hours of study in Advance Esthetics

2015 – Mario Dedivanovic Beauty

600 Hours of study in Advance Esthetics

2015 – Scott Barns JLo Makeup Artist

Scott Barns JLo Makeup Artist Class

2016 – Mario Dedivanovic Beauty

Celebrity Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic Masterclass

2019 – Cynosure Certificate

Comprehensive Online Training in Laser Science

2020 – Mario Dedivanovic Beauty

The Mastercourse with Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic




Nelse is THE best! After I set my wedding date, I dug into my network for a makeup artist and all roads led to Nelse. She is so incredibly talented and a true professional. My makeup was perfection, and I received endless compliments. She would be my first recommendation to any bride, and she will forever be my go-to makeup artist!

This is so long overdue but Nelse did my makeup for my entire wedding weekend - basically three looks. She was INCREDIBLE. She has the most calming effect when she's working on you - she just does her thing, so peacefully and in control - she know's exactly what she's doing and what suits your face better than you do. I have always hated getting professional makeup done because I always think it looks weird on my face, so it was critical that I found eone I could trust and most importantly does beautiful sti .1 found both of those things in Nelse. My wedding would not have been the same without her!

Neha Kulkarni

Nelse is an amazing make-up artist. She did my trial, rehearsal dinner, and wedding make-up for a very reasonable price. She was prompt and very professional during all the events. She even drove to my hotel in Providence the day of my wedding. My Mother and my Mother in Law also had their make-up done that day and they both loved the way it came out. Thank you Nelse!!!

Nelse was recommended to me by a close friend who is beauty/make-up obsessed. The verdict? Nelse is fabulous! She is also professional, focused, and extremely talented. I was planning my wedding in in Boston from Alabama. Make-up was something that I had left to almost the last minute. I was only going to be in Boston a little over a week in Boston before my wedding. So I really had to nail finding my MUA- or else I'd really be pressed for time in finding someone else. I did a trial with Nelse in her apartment exactly 1 week before my wedding - and as soon as I saw the result, I knew that I had a winner! On the day of my wedding, she did my make-up in addition to one of my bridesmaids. I asked her for a minor tweak for my lip color and to cover up a eyebrow wax burn - and she did just that. She made me feel so beautiful and balanced my desire for a sultry-but-bridal balanced look. Nelse was so sweet after she finished our make-up. I had gotten a blow-out and curl earlier that morning but it had fallen flat, Nelse grabbed a bottle of hairspray and helped touch-up my hair. Hire Nelse as your MUA. You won't be disappointed! By the way, she was also voted Boston Best Pro Make Up Artrist for 2014 - I didn't know this when I contacted her but I'm so glad that she had availability on my wedding day!

Make up Was amazing!

Where do i start! Nelse is amazing, My make up was simply spectacular and received so many compliments. The make up stayed on all night through dancing and everything and never had to touch up once, once, except for my lip gloss. All my bridesmaid looked amazing and my mother was flawless. Nelse is definitely my go to make up artist! Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Francesca Bianco Collins