Make-up should never be the first thing people notice. Makeup is a tool to enhance your skin and beauty - not to hide it!
These words have particular resonance for me. As a successful teen model, I saw first-hand how make-up techniques highlight the best features of an individual's face. With my own face as the canvas, I witnessed how professional make-up artists transformed me - and I was inspired.
At the prestigious NYU Film School, I took a series of make-up and design courses and completed my education at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology
I started working at the New York City department stores: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys promoting over 80% of cosmetic lines from 1989 to 1997. I worked on a freelance basis with the top of the industry French Luxury Cosmetic lines: Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain, Sisley and continued with the trends as things started changing in the early 90's with the onset of the branded Make Up Artist lines. I had the greatest opportunity to work for a startup company called Bobbi Brown Essentials.
My opportunity began as I worked along side of Bobbi Brown in 1993 at the 7th on six fashions shows: Vera Wang, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Tommy Hilfiger, Mary Mc Fadden, Donald Deal, Isaac Mizrahi and much more. With the expansion of Bobbi and Bobbi Brown Essentials my career grew with the experiences of being On-Camera (The Early Show, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and all personal training videos.) it was a great start! When Bobbi Brown's Company started to go global with the takeover of Estee Lauder the company changed, I went on to starting up the One-to-One programmer for the Saks first club, where I taught the basic make up applications and more advanced techniques. In 1997, just like the rest of the team I needed to move on being my own artist. I started freelancing with other well known makeup artists and their projects. Each of them had their own style, which is the most important thing I learned at that time. Laura Mercier with the flawless face, Kevyn Aucoin the master of manipulating features, François Nars with bold colors taught me to find my own identity in the industry. From assisting the best make-up artists, to freelancing in the Top salons: Frederick Fekkai, John Barret's, Warren-Tricomi and building a small clientele, I started my own business in Fashion, Television and Celebrities as a make-up artist.
My work has been featured in various publications including Cosmopolitan, Allure Elle, Town and Country, Seventeen, "W", Black Book and more. My clients have included women and men of every ethnicity. I have worked for the top Television Networks; ESPN with "Mark Shapiro " 50 Greatest Athletes and " A Century in Sports" Lifetime CEO Carole Black, CBS with Martha Stewart, Food-Network 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray, CNBC The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, NBC with The Apprentice and Donald Trump to name a few.
You may have seen me on or mentioned in: Style Network, E! Entertainment network, MTV Wannabes, American Idols in NYC MTV awards with Kelly Clarkson, Cosmo Girl with Carole Black, 30 Minute Meals and Book 2 with a Quote from Rachael The Look: "I never had one". Thanks to JoAnne Noel for giving the country girl as much of a city veneer as possible. You are the ultimate uptown girl; a Bronx Bomber in high heels! Your hard work and heartfelt advice are much appreciated". Working with Rachael Ray, I had the chance to use the experience I have gained in all the years of being in the industry with the help of a few friends, a great hair stylist and the magic of a fabulous colorist, we created Rachael Ray's new image.
I have also freelanced as a Beauty Editor: for Stitch Magazine, DK publisher books: FABULOUS HAIR and SUPER STYLE.
Yet through all of this, I have the same Philosophy as mentioned above: Make-up should never be the first thing people notice. Make-up is a tool to enhance your skin and beauty, not to hide it! Skin should look fresh as if you had a perfect nights sleep. My Mission is to help people appreciate their own unique features and learn how to enhance them. Your face is the first thing people notice, so remember beauty starts from within and ends up on your face.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my life, best to you and the world around you, Smile.