The A List with Karina Smirnoff


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You probably know Karina Smirnoff from Dancing With The Stars, she is a professional ballroom dancer and has been dancing from the age of 9. Karina is originally from the Ukraine and moved to the US at the age of 12.  She studied at Fordham University where she got a double degree in Economics and Information Systems Programming, after university she went to pursue her career in dancing and that lead her to win many titles and championships.  Karina is a five time US National Champion, World Trophy Champion and Asian Open Champion.  She also won the title at the UK Open, five time champion for the Dutch Open, three-time champion at the US Open and so many more.  She is also the first woman to ever make the final for the British Professional with three different partners. She has also been ranked #2 in the world for Latin Dance.  While on Dancing With The Stars, Karina designed all her own costumes and choreographed all her partnered routines.   Karina also starred in two Broadway shows, Burn the Floor and Forever Tango. She also won the 13th season of Dancing With The Stars.

Today Karina shares some beauty tips with us.


Name:  Karina Smirnoff

Hometown: Los Angeles

First Job: NY Public Library in the Bronx

Dream Job: To love what I do, and I love what I do so I guess I have my dream job. Even though I always wanted to be a lawyer. Lol

One Beauty Product every woman should own: My own lip stain Karina by LASplash Cosmetics! It’s incredible! I have no idea what I did before it!

One beauty tip you learned from your mother: A spoon of olive oil first thing in the morning on an empty stomach-great for ur health and skin!

Recent Beauty Splurge: Myofascial therapy-great for body and mind.

I don’t leave home without: Smile, cause everything else can be bought and it helps to set the tone and positive attitude for the rest of the day!

Drugstore Favorite: L’Oréal sublime bronze mist for a quick and easy tan.

Beauty Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn

How I relax: By going to the beach and enjoying just sitting and watching the ocean.

Always in my fridge: Sparkling water

Guilty Pleasure: Dark chocolate

Beauty Product that should be invented?: Wow! Hmm, I thought everything was invented by now. But if there was one thing that would do to the skin what photoshop does, I’d take that!

Beauty Tip for our readers: For me, beauty lies in someone’s energy, confidence and ability to light up a room. Finding your true happiness will result in your inner beauty. Don’t look for beauty only in external things.

Follow Karina on Instagram @Karina_Smirnoff