Born in 1976, Nur Toktay studied stage arts management in Istanbul Bilgi University, where she was inspired to pursue a future as a makeup artist. Upon graduation, she began participating in workshops and became a freelance makeup artist. Since 2003, she has worked with prominent fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Instyle, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Arena and Hello.
In 2007 she earned diplomas from Joe Blasco West Make-up School in Los Angeles for “Advanced Glamour Makeup” and “Prosthetic & Special Effects”. In the next several years, her career in professional makeup took a turn when she started making her own one of a kind handcrafted head accessories and fascinators of various shapes, colors and themes.
Her aspiration to design and make accessories from scratch grew in the following years, as she started experimenting with handbags and clutches, which resulted in designs that stand out in their unique and original aesthetic. In the past two years, her designs have successfully reached Istanbul’s fashion scene, and are now expanding to New York.