Aina Lee has always loved makeup from the time she was a young girl watching with fascination as her mother softened her Maybelline eyeliner by lighting a match. It was when she began apprenticing a makeup artist and wig master for off-Broadway productions 7 years ago that Aina decided to pursue makeup fulltime. That’s how she got “strung out on the brush”. After completing the Fashion & Glamour makeup program at Empire Beauty School,she took the risk of leaving the 9-to-5 life and became a full-time freelance makeup artist and has been working ever since.
"I believe in making my clients look and feel their best without taking away the characteristics that make them who they are,”- a philosophy she adopted from assisting some of the top artists in the industry, and lists Eve Pearl, Anne DeMarco, Jared Janas and Frederick Saunders as one of her mentors. She has worked with celebrities such as Eve, Kenya Moore and Kid Cudi. She is the Key Makeup artist for the Web series "Lenox Avenue" starring Al Thompson, Dorian Missick and Ryan Vigilant, and is key Makeup & hair for the upcoming feature film "Wifed Out" starring Eve, Dustin Diamond, Scott Rogers & Amy Flanagan. She enjoys working in all facets of the industry from film and television to fashion and runway.
"When I’m doing makeup, I don’t feel hunger, thirst. I don’t get tired. That’s how I know this is what I’m supposed to do.”
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