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Gregory A

I was born and raised in a little town called Westchester, CA which is close to Los Angeles International Airport and the beach. It was like being in a glorious suburban bubble! When I was 15 I learned how to take the bus to Melrose Avenue. This was the 80s…lots of punks, new wavers, and goths ruling the street. Punk shops reigned supreme and everyone was amazingly colourful. Of course I had a fake ID and would sneak into all of the hottest clubs at the time wearing more makeup than the women!

Watching my two older sisters and my mother applying makeup! Also, at eleven, my father showed me the photographer Francesco Scavullo’s Women book with all those glamorous before and after shots of the hottest models in the 70s and 80s. Of course, being a child of the 80s, I was obsessed with Boy George and Nina Hagen.

My club days are long gone, so I love spending time with friends and family. I also love to eat! Nothing makes me happier than exploring new restaurants or going to my tried and true places. Conversely, I do what I call “a date with the artist,” which consists of me alone at home, reading, painting, drawing, writing, or doing anything creative. Usually this is accompanied by a delicious piece of salmon and glass of California Chardo

Their imagination. It’s limitless.

I kind of “do it all,” from working with numerous celebrities, to being the key artist on fashion shows in Paris, Milan and New York, to conducting Master Classes worldwide for top tier makeup artists. That being said, the majority of my work involves celebrities: from red carpet to TV appearances to photo shoots to videos, it runs the gamut. I’ve had some awesome and amazing experiences, from being taken on a 10 day trip to Japan with Dita Von Teese to Fran Drescher asking me to head up the Makeup Department on her sitcom. A massive career highlight was working with Cher. I used to beg to stay up to watch her show when I was a kid…a few years later and I’m designing the makeup for her Farewell Tour, then her Las Vegas Caesars Palace show!

I’m all for it; I do it myself! Less is more. For me it’s about a small amount of Pro Longwear Concealer under the eyes or where there’s any darkness or discoloration. A small amount of Blot Powder to absorb excess oils and shine, and perhaps a hint of bronzer on the cheeks and temples for a pop of “health.”

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  • Any skin tone can use this to deepen their shadows. US$16.00
  • Perfect for a "brisk 10 minute walk in the park" look. US$22.00
  • I call this the "little black dress" of makeup. Everyone needs one! US$16.00
  • It does the work for you! US$32.00
  • Who doesn't want their concealer to stay on all day and not crease? US$20.00
  • It's the perfect shade for anyone. US$15.00
  • Ideal for precision lining or defining eyebrows with shadow. US$20.00
  • Want the perfect red lip? This one is so pretty on all skin tones. US$16.00
  • A unique pressed powder designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture. Sets foundation, finishes faces. For use in professional situations and for frequent touch-ups. Blot Powder contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface. Can be applied with the puff that comes in the compact or with a powder brush like #129 Powder/Blush Brush. Perfect for touching up Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation throughout the day. US$26.00