Hello everyone! My name is Melissa Michelle, and I am a professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician. I love human connection and creating custom looks that inspire you. Whether you're interested in soft, natural makeup or a full glam dramatic look, I will elevate your look and make you feel flawless because beauty is my duty!
I am originally from Alabama but have lived in Austin, TX, for five years. I started my career as a freelancer for MAC Cosmetics. I relocated to Southern California to pursue my dreams. I began working first as a Business Manager for Benefit Cosmetics, managing one of the largest accounts in South Coast Plaza Mall. After a successful first year in my role, I was promoted to a Regional Trainer for the west coast. I traveled and trained other makeup artists on artistry techniques and sales during this time. This experience has enabled me to work with people who want to look poslished without feeling heavy or cakey. I have mastered shade matching for even the most hard to match complexion, and I know how to make tired eyes look well refreshed. After four years in Cali I was relocated to Washington, D.C. During the recession, I was laid off and motivated to launch my career as a full-time freelance artist and makeup line Melissa Michelle Cosmetics. Through word of mouth and digital marketing my business grew each year expanding to brand partnerships ABC, BET, and a Cosmetic Partnership with Toyota. I was based inside Basic Necessity Salon in Washington D.C., servicing customers with brow waxing, makeup services, and Melissa Michelle Cosmetics. I have worked on video sets, photoshoots, weddings and have had the opportunity to work with celebrities like Britney Spears, Faith Evans, Steve Harvie, and Justine Skye, to name a few. My experience has taught me to value each client, be empathetic, and give the best experience. I am passionate about connecting with people, using my artistry skill to boost confidence, and making others feel happy when they look in the mirror. I look forward to creating memorable, magical makeup moments with you.
I am a foodie! I love cooking, trying new foods, and appreciating beautiful food presentations. My favorite dishes to prepare at home are manicotti, sweet potato casserole, and crab cakes. I have also mastered my grandma's famous pound cake recipe, which is delicious!
I understand how planning a wedding can be stressful. I was a bride and have been in plenty of weddings. Let me take your beauty worries away so you can focus on other things. Check out my wedding story here.