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Life and Work with Lee Madison

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Madison.

Lee, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I was little, I’ve loved everything about makeup. I started doing ballet at the age of three and started doing my own theatre makeup at the age of twelve. When I was fifteen, I started assisting the ballet company’s makeup artist, helping her with weddings, proms, and other theatre productions. Then, I got the opportunity in high school to go to Newberry School of Beauty and get my license before graduating high school. After completing beauty school, I attended Makeup Designory in Burbank and graduated from their Master’s Program. Since then, I have worked on music videos, commercials, weddings, print shoots and so much more. Makeup is my passion and there’s nothing in this world I would rather be doing.

Has it been a smooth road?
The world of a freelance makeup artist is not easy, there isn’t an easy way to get into the industry. I had to work for free for a long time in order to establish and build connections and my portfolio. Also, there are a plethora of makeup artists in LA, so it can be really difficult to stand out. Every job is competitive, so when you apply for a gig, another 100 makeup artists did too, so how do you get work? I have to apply and reach out to people every day for gigs, but that’s what you have to do in order to be successful.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lee Madison Artistry – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in beauty makeup for print, weddings, and other special occasions. I focus on women’s natural beauty and how I can enhance their best features. I do not view makeup as a mask, I see it as a way to empower women and showcase individuality by being an artist.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Mentoring is a huge necessity for starting out in this industry. Find an artist, whether it’s on Instagram, magazines or TV, who inspires you and has a career that you could see yourself having. Then try and connect with them, send them a message and talk about how much you love their work and it would be an honor to observe them. You can learn so much just from watching someone and then when they start to trust you, they will give you more responsibilities. Practice what you’ve learned and ask for their opinion on what you could work on. I have learned more from my mentor than I did in school.

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Bettina Bogar, Francesco Secci, Cindy Emily, Erica Claire, Ranie Mac, Johnny Vu

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