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Donna Mee

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Donna Mee
Born(1964-06-27)June 27, 1964
Lynwood, California, USA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, Makeup Artist, International Educator and Speaker
📆 Years active  1982—present
🌐 Websitedonnameeinc.com

Donna Louise Mee (born June 27, 1964) is an American international makeup artist and beauty industry entrepreneur.[1][2] She developed corrective beauty makeup methods and color usage which are based on science.[3] Donna has also invented several makeup brushes that are considered basic staples in makeup artist’s kits.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mee is single and lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Career[edit]

As a teenager working in cosmetics at J.C. Penney’s in the Buena Park Mall, managed Stagelight cosmetics along with Coty and Max Factor.[5] She owns a massive museum collection of over 2,800 of unusual beauty artifacts, dating back as far as the 15th century.[5][6] Being the youngest account executive at 19, Donna got a position with At Beverly Sassoon Cosmetics. But the launch of the brand got caught up in the ugly divorce of her and her husband Vidal Sassoon, and it never came to fruition. She had worded for Christian Diorcosmetics after meeting him at The May Company.[7]

She was one of the top 5 sales people in the entire chain in Nordstrom before a finally opening on Christian Dior. By 1991, Donna was doing freelance artistry for television, editorial and commercial work and corporate image consulting. In 1994 Nordstrom executives hunted her down to offer her a new position as their Beauty Director to better train all their cosmetics staff, beyond what the beauty brands taught them. On a trip to New York, Donna discovered a little, unknown brand, Make Up For Ever.[8] Knowing that MAC, a faux, pro brand was breaking sales records, she knew that society would not know what hit them with this true professional brand.

She helped to convince the Nordstrom buyers to launch the brand retail, starting with her biggest account in South Coast Plaza, California in 1995. It was either watch them fail or join their team to help them achieve what she knew was possible. Donna became Make Up For Ever’s only full time employee in the U.S., launching them to success as she opened 44 stores and did events side by side with Make Up For Ever creator, Dany Sanz for a year. Donna opened Empire Academy of Makeup in 1997, a school for makeup artists that train to contribute to the growth of makeup industry in the US.[9][10]

Makeup article[edit]

Medical Makeup For Concealing Facial Scars, that explains the makeup methods Donna developed, featured on a medical journal published by Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Orange, California[11]

Celebrity work[edit]

She has worked with celebrities, fashion designers, magazines and TV.[6] Including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brendan Frazier, Cindy Crawford[12], Jennifer Tilly, Joanna Krupa, Judith Light, Mandy Moore, Rachel Hunter, Steven Tyler, and Tony Danza, as well as working with designers like Christian Dior[5], Christian Lacroix, Gianfranco Ferre, Maggie Barry, Richard Tyler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Valentino. And the following print publications, Beauty Biz, Digital Photo Pro, Harpers Bazaar, In Style Weddings, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Professional Beauty Magazine, Skin Inc.

Philanthropy[edit]

Volunteering for charity, Donna with her colleagues donated their earnings to Save the Children’s Tsunami Relief Fund.[13]

References[edit]

  1. "Jennifer Ellis: Beauty Specialist". Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. "Sydney International SPA and Beauty Expo Aspire Trade Guide 2014". Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  3. Mee, Donna (October 28, 2012). "Medical Makeup For Concealing Facial Scars". Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Orange, California. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. "Behind the Brush". Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Alimurung, Gendy (October 9, 2014). "Donna Mee, The Makeup Guru of Southern California". Los Angeles Weekly. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Williams, Sharrie (November 9, 2012). "Meet Make-up Artist Donna Mee and See". Sharrie Williams. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  7. Alimurung, Gendy (October 9, 2014). "Donna Mee, The Makeup Guru of Southern California". Los Angeles Weekly. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  8. "International New Face Models". Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  9. Alimurung, Gendy (October 9, 2014). "Donna Mee, The Makeup Guru of Southern California". Los Angeles Weekly. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  10. Yvette, Melanie (February 24, 2017). "Black Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Talk About Their Careers". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  11. Mee, Donna (October 28, 2012). "Medical Makeup For Concealing Facial Scars". Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Orange, California. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  12. "International New Face Models". Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  13. "Makeup Artists from California Agency Donating 100% of Earnings for Services Provided at Academy Awards to Tsunami Victims". Retrieved 12 October 2020.

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