Samantha Reese's fascination with beauty started back when she was just an overactive toddler. It was her mother's morning routine, that sparked her infatuation with beauty, hair and makeup in particular. At 11 years old, Samantha convinced her mother to let her transform half of their finished basement into a full-service salon, as she had taught herself how to do basic hairstyling, makeup, and acrylic nails. To find "customers", she and her childhood best friend set out on foot, in her quiet East Lansing, Michigan neighborhood, literally going door-to-door, soliciting her neighbors asking if they "needed [their] hair done."
Now, 2 decades later, after trying her hand at acting, hair and makeup artistry was still a part of the picture, as she did side jobs for film, TV and Music videos as a Makeup Artist. At the time, she didn't realize that those small (and some not so small) projects working behind the scenes, were seeds being planted for what she would ultimately be doing, and have such a passion for.
Today, Samantha works full time as a freelance makeup artist. She workshop on runway shows such as Atlanta International Fashion Week, Escada, Christian Dior, Etro, Versace, and more, for brands such as Porsche, BeachBody, The Home Depot, and a myriad of independent films and commercial ads.
Client List includes:
Revolt TV, VH1, WETv, Escada, Christian Dior, Taye Diggs, TwelveSouth, Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha, Nieman Marcus, Racetrac Fuel, Porsche North America, Wahoo Fitness, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Georgia Regional Transit Association, 20 Grand Vodka, Beachbody, The Home Depot, Dr. Jart, Indique Hair Boutique, and more.
Watch her story below:
She's just getting started!
In My Kit:
Make Up Forever
Anastasia Beverly Hills
"The best part of my job is helping my clients see the beauty that I see in them, in themselves."