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Conversations with the Inspiring Michele Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele Lewis.

Michele, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey unto makeup was very diverse… I started out as a Medical Tech, I joined the Air Force at age 28. Then, they made me an Administrative Clerk, lol! When I left the military 4 years later, I came to Los Angeles to visit a friend for a few weeks. On kind of a dare, I went on an interview for a position at a Graphic Design Firm in Hollywood… and was offered the job! To me, that was a sign for me to settle in LA. Many years later after working in various offices for different companies (Limo Company, Fredericks of Hollywood… lol, law offices, real estate), I realized I hated what I was doing and longed for something that would allow me to use my creative side of my brain and make a living doing so. One of my good girlfriends had a childhood friend who was a makeup artist. She introduced us. He took me under his wing, taught me many valuable lessons about the entertainment industry, mentored me, etc… 22 years later, here I am, still doing what I love and telling a little bit about my story to you!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Has this been a smooth road ? Absolutely not… lol. This industry is full of ups and downs… sometimes you’re so busy you can’t see straight, then there are down times, when the phone doesn’t ring. At all… it can make you question yourself and your talent. My advice to anyone who wants to be a part of this industry is to know that it’s in those times when work may become scarce or practically non existent that you have to stay positive and know that it won’t stay that way. The work will come… sometimes, not when you want it… but it will come.

Then, you’re back to working 80 plus hours a week and dead on your feet, lol! But, loving what you’re doing. That’s the most important. It’s the passion that gets you through the rough times. This is a word of mouth industry. You never know who’s paying attention to you and your work.

what should we know about Makeup Artist? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a makeup artist who works mainly in film and television. Although, I do work in other mediums as well.

I guess most people would say, I’m known for makeup that looks like skin… not makeup. I’m not into overdone looks. I’m most proud of my ability to enhance the beauty… not to make the person look like a totally different individual. Every person that sits in my chair, male or female, I strive to make them a better version of themselves.

What sets me apart from other artists is that I realize that each face is different in structure, color and features. It’s important to work with this attributes and tailor the look to that particular individual and to know what type of lighting that person will in front of. These things are important because if you don’t have an understanding of how certain types of lighting can affect your makeup it can turn all of your hard work into a disaster in front of the camera or red caper, etc.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
There are several women who have inspired me in my life. First and foremost is my late mother. She came from very humble beginnings and worked extremely hard to provide a stable home for me and to make sure I was able to get the best education possible.

Second, I would have to say, it’s Ms. Dianne Carroll. I have always been and continue to be inspired by her beauty, grace and talent.

Third, Whoopi Goldberg. She is a intelligent, articulate, warm and funny lady. I love hearing her take on anything from politics to current events and pop culture. I’ve had the pleasure to work with her on one if her projects and I can tell you, it was one of the highlights of my career. It would be an honor to work with her
again.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Italentco.com
  • Email: facemaker2@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Shepaintsface
  • Facebook: Michele Lewis


Image Credit:

Jason Clark foto, Mr.Jeno

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