When and how did you get started in this industry?
I was born and raised on Long Island, New York before moving to Manhattan. It really was where my strong desire to work in the make-up industry began - being surrounded by such high fashion and all the stimulation that the Big Apple creates.
What brought you to Madison, Wisconsin?
Following my stint in Manhattan, I moved to Chicago for a great opportunity to work for Laura Mercier - a French make-up artist and businesswoman. This business was awe-inspiring thereby driving me to launch my own business. Since then, I’ve had the honor to work with many high profile brands including Estee Lauder, Aveda, and M.A.C.
It was in Chicago that I met my husband, fell in love, got hitched and together we moved to Madison. We have two beautiful children and currently live in a small suburb called Middleton.
As a make-up artist, what makes you unique?
I've been in the makeup industry for over 25 years. During that time not only did I obtain all Glo Skin Beauty certifications, but I am also trained in semi-permanent lashes (Xtreme Lashes company) and eyebrow threading (Chicago Spa Institute). I work with all ages, and all skin tones, giving personalized step by step instructions to my clients, and offer hairstyling and wardrobe styling tips. It's important to me that my clients feel comfortable, so I created a more intimate atmosphere by setting up my space in a quiet niche within The Purple Goose Boutique.
Where are you now in your career?
Once my children became more independent, I decided to open a location in Verona at the Purple Goose. I began my business on March 18th, 2014 and opened my first location on December 7th, 2014. This entrepreneurship has allowed me to share my passion, and the strong belief in the Glo Skin Beauty products I use.The reward of seeing a client's initial reaction to seeing parts of themselves now enhanced and highlighted and witnessing the confidence that often comes with it reminds me of why I do what I do, it truly never gets old.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your beloved work?
In my spare time, I love to travel, cook (I’m Italian!), work out, and spend time with family & friends.