Berta was born in Havana, Cuba where she was surrounded by both art and fashion from an early age. Her mother, who she credits as one of her biggest inspirations was both an illustrator and fashion designer in Cuba. Berta not only inherited her artistic calling from her mother but also from her father's side of the family whose relatives included several successful artists in his native Madrid, Spain.
Continuing on in the family creativity Berta studied art and worked as an illustrator for a few years, while at the same time she developed a side business of selling personally created hand painted shirts.
Berta was introduced into the New York Fashion industry while working successfully as a model, but she quickly discovered a passion and an innate instinctual talent for the art of make-up.
As a makeup artist for Rolonda Watts, she met Kevyn Aucoin, a guest on the show. The two artists quickly developed a rapport, and Berta began assisting him on fashion shows. After becoming one of his top assistants, she worked extensively with his celebrity clients.
Berta has since worked independently with celebrities and musicians such as Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Vanessa Carlton, The Pussy Cat Dolls, Blondie, Natasha Bedingfield, Claire Danes, Molly Ringwald, Katie Couric, Sonic Youth, George Clooney, Benicio Del Toro, Michelle Williams, Donna Karan and many others. She has worked with magazines that include Vanity Fair, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, InStyle, Latina, Entertainment Weekly and US. In addition, Berta has appeared on several MTV make-over specials and acted as key makeup artist for music videos and fashion shows. Fluent in Spanish, Berta has been hired as a makeup product spokesperson on Latin TV and done makeup specials on their shows. Recently she completed a series of Pro M.A.C classes, "Working in the Music Industry" which turned out to be quite enjoyable for both the teacher and the students! After years in the business Berta is still in love with makeup bringing her talent, professionalism & enthusiasm to every job.
Berta Camal is based in New York.