Kristrún Sif Gunnarsdottir: 2023 Lash Artist of the Year
Kristrún Sif Gunnarsdottir of Iceland has won the title of 2023 Lash Artist of the Year in NovaLash’s annual LASHoff competition. Read all about her lash extension journey with NovaLash.
LASHoff showcases the work of NovaLash Certified artists around the world while providing them an opportunity for recognition and advancement in their careers. We hope to see your winning entry for the next competition!
Watch Kristrún’s Winning Video
“I am so honored and thankful to accept the award for Lash Artist of the Year. Winning this award means so much to me. Having this recognition will lift my career to a higher level, and it will give me an opportunity to work closer with NovaLash. I am so excited for the future.” – Kristrún Sif Gunnarsdottir
Q&A With Kristrún
Why did you enter LASHoff? I entered LASHoff to challenge myself and raise the standards of my work.
When did you start your career in the beauty industry? I started my career in beauty in 2002. I was 19 years old and just graduated from esthetician school. I had wanted a career in beauty since i was a young girl visiting the beauty salon with my mom. I always admired the beauty professionals in the salons. I wanted to make people feel more beautiful, too.
When did you become a lash artist and how did you find your way to NovaLash? I first started applying lash extensions in 2006. In 2018 I was searching for higher quality products and better techniques. I always want to offer my clients the best. I found out that NovaLash was oil-proof and physician-developed and felt this would set my services apart from the competition. I flew to Ireland for Classic Conversion training and fell in love. Two months later I flew to New York to get certified in American Volume where I trained with Sophia Navarro. It was really inspiring.
What happened after training with NovaLash? So many amazing things happened. The difference when switching to NovaLash was immediate. Clients could go longer between infills. Instead of every two-to-three weeks they started coming back every three-to-five weeks.
Also, I learned so much more about health and safety, so my clients and I were much more knowledgeable about their lashes and how to care for them. Plus, my lash work was more beautiful than ever with the new techniques I learned.
Also, I was able to raise my prices after switching to NovaLash since i was using higher quality products, I was now more skilled and educated, and my clients saw better results.
Do you have any career advice for others in our industry? Yes. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no. If you do not step forward, you will always remain in the same place.