Mayia was born in the Basque Country of southern France, and upon time for school, her passion for painting and photography landed her a spot at the prestigious Les Beaux Arts school. Shortly thereafter, Mayia moved to Paris to begin her career as an artist. She soon met and connected with Topolino, one of the world's most renowned makeup artists, who quickly became her mentor. Topolino taught Mayia the secrets of studio makeup and introduced her to the world of fashion.
Mayia expanded her career over 15 years as a top makeup artist in Paris, working with some of the fashion industry's most prominent photographers, stylists, models and celebrities. Her work has since appeared in magazines including, but not limited to, Vogue, Numéro, V Magazine, CR Fashion Book, Glamour and ELLE. She has also keyed runway for LACOSTE, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Chopard and frequently works with Dior, CHANEL, Valentino and Cartier.
In 2013, Mayia began to work more extensively in New York City in an effort to expand her experience as well as her portfolio. She currently works with some of fashion’s biggest photographers, such as Paolo Roversi, Karl Lagerfeld, Éric Guillemain, Cedric Buchet, Josh Olins, Ellen von Unwerth and many others. Although residing in the states, Mayia continues to be in demand on both sides of the Atlantic, working with established clients in both Paris and New York City.