I was initially intrigued to explore makeup as an art when I discovered Kevyn’s books in the 90’s. I was obsessed with fashion and super models. I collected tons of glossies and discovered Kevyn Aucoin was the Makeup Artist for most of the images that inspired me. I quickly bought The Art of Makeup and Making Faces. This was my daily homework after school – to study and re-create these looks from Kevyn’s books.
As an educator, I believe it is always important to continue learning. I started off as a college student studying Psychology and dance. Now, after many different types of advanced learning classes my background includes beauty, editorial, fashion, body painting, film and movie makeup with a concentration in prosthetic lab designs and SFX. I have had the opportunity to work closely with key players in this realm such as, David Arquette in addition to the cast of So You Think You Can Dance and Parks and Recreation. My experience has afforded me the opportunity to work on Pat McGrath’s team for Fashion Week in New York and Paris. Shows include Versace, Tom Ford, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Victor and Rolfe, Givenchy, Maison Margiela and many more. In addition, I’ve worked New York Fashion Week with Kevyn Aucoin for Lela Rose, Claire Pettibone and Marchesa. These have all been extremely fulfilling experiences where I was stretched beyond my imaginable capacities. Each experience has allowed me to evolve as an artist and elevate other artists. I have travelled to Paris, Brazil, Mexico and China to educate and create brand videos. Educating empowers Artists to find their creative voice, hone their skills, develop their techniques and inspire others.
Kevyn Aucoin’s message of inner beauty transmits into each piece of work I do. It is incredible to be able to have things come full circle, to be able to carry on the legacy of the man that led me on this lifelong journey through makeup and art in the first place. Being a part of communicating this brand’s story and essence makes me know that I am right where I belong.
Favorite Kevyn Quote
I'd rather have huge success and huge failures than travel in the middle of the road.