Sharing the spirited story of make up artist Derek Medina, Puerto Rican born and raised in the boogie down Bronx from the late 80s, known by fashion photographers and directors for his perfect makeups on flawless skin.
Derek, can you walk us through your story?
Well, I am I have always been an artist! I could draw before I could write my own name.
For years, it has just been a hobby but little by little I found out that I was surrounded by talented people in my own family from seamstresses, graphic designers to painters but no one made a real career out of this talent. I decided to change that and wanted to be a source of inspiration for the youngest in the family.
In 2000, I enrolled in Katherine Gibbs school for Fashion Design and Merchandising. While attending Gibbs school I produced about four fashion shows by myself. Not knowing much about the industry and having barely a budget I also had to do hair and makeup. My work captured some photographers and stylists’ attention, and then it snowballed. They paved the way for me and recommended me to various other photographers and industry professionals! Before I knew what had happened, I was a working paid freelance fashion designer and also a makeup artist with no complete training or real background. At the time, we didn’t have makeup artistry schools. So, I educated myself and studied makeup and cosmetology on my own. Makeup on flawless skin has become an artistic outlet for me!