I contacted Scott and Lynn from Mindseye Multimedia Studio in Oceano the other day to help launch the Bridal Division at Star Brows. They are a very gracious couple with great ideas, and I look forward to working with them.
A big surprise was that they recommended I contact June Westmore. An internationaly renowned Makeup Artist who lives and works in our backyard? Who’da thought? Excited!!
I took Ms. Westmore to lunch and was blown away by her story. What a lovely woman – an industry icon who’s still doing makeup at age 70-plus. (I can only hope I’ll still be working then.)
June lives and works here on the Central Coast and currently does weddings. Here’s her Facebook page. I’d love to take a course from her, but in the meantime I hope to become a friend. 🙂
June Westmore is an accomplished and award-winning makeup artist who has spent many years working in the television and film industries. She is a multiple Emmy nominee. Her list of awards includes a Prime-time Emmy for Star Trek: The Next Generation, an RIM Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild Award for “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
“I was born in Kentucky and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I knew from the age of eight that I wanted to make women beautiful. I saw the television program Queen for a Day where the lady who won got an unbelievable makeover on the show. It was one of the famous Hollywood makeup artists, Perc Westmore, of the royal family of Westmores who created the fabulous look for the lucky contestant who won Queen for a Day. From that time on, I knew what I wanted to do…I wanted to be a makeup artist.
“I grew up and became a hairdresser. Years later, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Perc Westmore’s nephew, Monty Westmore, with whom I had the opportunity to study and work on various projects. Years passed, and in 1994 I became Monty’s wife after years of lovely friendship. We were fortunate enough to be able to work together on many projects before and after we were married. When I asked Monty what I could do to repay him for all his training and insights into the makeup industry, he asked me to pass on the knowledge and tradition of professional makeup artistry. Monty is no longer with me, and I try to fulfill his wish with every face I transform. Monty was and will always be my best friend. I am still a makeup artist even though I’ve given up the Hollywood life; I still love making women feel beautiful.”
I was touched by the love story she told of herself and her late husband Monty. I feel it is really important to honor women who have worked so hard, contributed so much, and still have so much to offer.
See you at the spa!