Make up Artistry was my first love. Growing up with a mother who was a make up artist and hair stylist, My passion as an artist began at an early age.
At the age of five I began doing hair and make up on my mothers manikin heads and my Barbie dolls. By the age of ten I was practicing on my sisters, cousins, grandmother, and young aunts. At the age of sixteen I had accelerated my skills and began doing make up on female impersonators in downtown Portland Oregon.
I have now evolved into a make up artist in demand for photo shoots, print and commercial work.
Now as a stylist I incorporates my make up artistry into every aspect of my work in the salon
I have also worked as an educator for Mt Hood community college as a cosmetology instructor and and at Image Designers college of cosmetology I have taught advanced makeup application & air brush make up along with an introduction to special effects make up.
Also, I have worked as an educator for mirabella (mirabellabeauty.com) cosmetics as well as iStraight japanese hair straightening system, (http://www.ibsbeauty.com/)
Being an educator has helped me strive and achieve top quality work and service. I am in a never ending competition with myself proving that there is always room for improvement.
Name: Maria Florez
Lives in: Gresham, Oregon
Occupation: Makeup Artist