Dee Marcelli is a celebrity Make-up artist and she has been doing this for 20 years and here is the scoop of her career. Please see my interview with Dee Marcelli below:
How long have you been in the cosmetic industry?
I have been working in industry in one form or another for 20 years. I have been working in television for 15.
And what made you want to be a celebrity make-up artist?
I just enjoy being creative. I started my career in department stores and after working my way up the ladder, (and becoming the National Artist for Christian Dior and Chanel), I wanted to continue to grow and challenge myself. Moving into doing makeup for television was (for me) a natural progression.
Who has been your favorite celeb client?
I have felt very honored to have worked on some pretty incredible people. Some favorite memories would include working with our First Lady Nancy Reagan, George W. Bush and Sir Paul Mcartney.
My favorite recent job was working with The band “One Republic”.
My favorite long time client is ET Canada Host Cheryl Hickey. She is beautiful and one of the sweetest people I know.
ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli
Former ET Canada’s Rosey Eden
Dee Marcelli with ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey
Do you get some tips from celebrities on make-up?
I am always open to learning tips from anyone!
Sometimes a celebrity will know something that works particularly well on their skin and I’m always happy to give it a try.
What Make-up trends are you looking forward to work on?
I look forward to seeing all the new colors when they launch for each season? I always look to the runway for the new fashion to get inspiration. I have been working on “Americas Next Top Model” for the last 7 yrs, and just being apart of that show always feeds my creativity!
What are your favourite make-up products?
I have so many go too s…I always feel one of the most important thing you can have is a great primer. I either use Laura Mercier or Mac.
I love Smashbox, Dior and Chanel foundations. The Dior “skin” loose powder ( I think), is simply the best I have found. Oh and my new fav lip colors are from OCD. They are beyond vibrant and absolutely don’t move!
How many TV/Films did you do make ups on?
I’m guessing here – but I’d say at least 300? I’ve been at it a LONG time 😉
Have you ever been on TV for an interview?
One of my favorite interview moments was being interview by ETCanada’s (and my talent) Cheryl Hickey. I helped to develop and create a Brow line called Chella and was in Canada launching the product. We spoke about Red Carpet Brows for the Academy Awards.
My interview was with my client Mary Murphy (“So You Think You Can Dance) for an up coming infomercial for “Luminess Air”.
I have done different “on air” appearances over the years and it’s always challenging and fun!
What do you like to do outside of work? like hobbies etc?
Well I’m a single Mother so— I spend a lot of my time with my girl.
Aside from parenthood, I love bike riding, hiking, yoga, painting, antiquing, and spending time entertaining friends.
What tips do you offer to be successful celebrity makeup artist?
Be ready for anything! Always make sure you have your kit filled with everything you might possibly come across. I’ve had some crazy situations thrown at me – so always keep on your toes, and have a CLEAN, well stocked supply of possibilities. I would also advise to remain, calm, thoughtful and polite. You are coming into someone else’s personal space and sometimes they want to chat and be playful and sometimes they don’t. Try to assess the situation and then act accordingly.
I believe to be a successful Makeup Artist (you of course), must have the talent but you also need to be a good listener .
My website for additional information is:
I can also be found on Facebook and please come follow me on Twitter: @ddmarcelli and Instagram
Thank you, Dee for your time and consideration to do an interview with me.
By: Carolyn Bulsink