By Saira Toppin
Meet Thalia Michel, one of our makeup artists for “Leather & Lace”. I have known her for years. She even showed me how to put on my make-up for prom. I think that was the first time I ever wore the stuff. Thalia is a woman who loves bright colors and is not afraid to show it. Her love for make-up began in high school and she has been freelancing for about ten years now. She is a MAC Certified Makeup Artist and Product Specialist. She has started her makeup artistry business and has been busy working on models, designers, and artists like Fantasia. Thalia believes in the three B’s: Everyone should have their face Beat with Brushes while enhancing their Beauty.
Women’s Mafia: You loved make-up in high school, but what specifically called you to do make-up professionally?
Thalia Michel: Well, I used to wear make-up and got so many compliments. I decided to try doing my friend’s faces and it all started from there.
WM: Ten years is a long time to be in the business, what do you think is the best part?
TM: The best part is the before and after. Sometimes I amaze myself. I love the feeling I get when a bride sees their face after I am finished. It makes my job so worthwhile.
WM: What are you favorite products to use, besides MAC of course?
TM: I love MAC but, Smashbox, Nars, and Urban Decay are some of my favorites.
WM: What type of client do you like to work with the most? Actor, artist, model, etc.
TM: Brides then models. With a bride I can be part of their special day and enhance their beauty. With a model I can be creative and edgy.
WM: Tell me a little about your makeup artistry business.
TM: Well, it is still in the works but so far I have been able to make a name for myself and get clients to keep coming back. I really love what I do.
WM: What was it like working backstage at the Women’s Mafia Leather & Lace Fashion Show?
TM: Working backstage at Women’s Mafia Leather & Lace Fashion Show was a wonderful experience. I loved the rush and working with all the gorgeous models.
WM: What can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?
TM: I am hoping that Women’s Mafia can give me some exposure. I am ready to take over the world with my knowledge of make-up.
To reach Thalia, contact her at TMichel@khny.com or 917-673-1397