Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrice Evangeline Dragicevich.
Hi Patrice, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with faces, skin tones, unique features and how the magic of makeup can enhance and transform them. I like to think it’s part of my DNA, as I come from a long line of portrait artists. My love of the arts and my outgoing personality led me to study Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan.
After graduating, I headed off to New York and quickly realized I enjoyed creating characters through makeup for myself and castmates, more than actually performing in the shows! Working in Los Angeles, both in feature film and television art departments, I witnessed firsthand the importance of creating a flawlessly blended makeup application that translates beautifully on camera. It was then I decided to attend Makeup Designory School in New York City to hone my skills. After graduating, I began working on editorial, catalogue and event makeup but found my true passion was working with brides. I joined forces with Sally Duvall, former assistant to the famed makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin and built up a wonderful bridal clientele. I loved creating a natural yet glamorous look on such an important day filled with so much love. Many of my bridal clients have become friends and I’ve had the chance to work with some on their newborn and maternity shoots. I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband and two children.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have certainly been bumps along the way. My two biggest ones have also been my greatest blessings – my children, Charlie and Evangeline. The direction of my career changed once I had children and I decided to be home with them and work less. Before that, my first challenge came when I moved back to Los Angeles (my hometown) after starting my makeup career in New York City. I was sad to leave all of my clients behind but eager to build up my clientele on the west coast. And finally, the struggle that we have all recently faced, Covid, has been both a time of frustration and reinvention.
At first, I felt discouraged, realizing that all the weddings and red carpets would be canceled. I wondered when I would safely touch another face again. With so much extra time on my hands, I decided to go live on Instagram with makeup tutorials. Even though I was a performer years ago, I really dislike being in front of the camera, so it was not easy for me. I much prefer to focus on my client instead of my own face! I had so much positive feedback from the live posts. Women started booking zoom lessons and in-person, socially-distanced makeup lessons when it was safe to do so. I have always offered lessons but never over zoom or at a distance. I feel incredibly grateful to be busy sharing my expertise every week, working with women from all over the country.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an artist specializing in beauty makeup. In recent years I have focused on the faces of women-owned brands, getting them ready for press, photoshoots and website content. I love to do red carpet makeup and will always have a special place in my heart for bridal work. I’m known for helping women achieve the most beautiful version of themselves and empowering women to look and feel their very best through makeup. What sets me apart from other artists is my attention to detail and communication skills. It’s very important to find the vibe and style of my client and how to translate that into the perfect makeup look for her face.
How do you define success?
For me, success is helping women feel their very best, empowering them through their unique beauty.
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