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Makeup Artist Danielle Lewis: Living her dream

Kimberly Brown | 3/21/2014, 6 a.m.

— From the budding “fashionista” to the working mom, beauty editor and makeup artist Danielle Lewis offer tips for women to look and feel their best. Born and raised in West Baltimore near Coppin State University, Lewis’ fascination with makeup started when she was a teenager and later blossomed into a career.

After graduating from Baltimore City College, Lewis furthered her education at Frostburg State University where she began to do her friends’ makeup for parties and events. In 2007, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Frostburg with concentrations in marketing and advertising.

After college Lewis continued to master her craft while attending the Bennett Career Institute in Washington, D.C. where she earned certification in makeup artistry. Lewis said her humble beginnings helped her to become successful. “For me it was important to do makeup for and on everybody whether it was for my girlfriends, weddings or photo shoots,” she said. “Wherever I felt my talents were useful I was there, even accepting work that was unpaid. Ultimately, I knew what my goals were, but I also understood that I had to start somewhere.”

In 2011, Lewis launched a lip gloss line called Lip Lustre that was featured in Sister 2 Sister Magazine on various occasions, and in 2013 the product was featured on Essence.com.

Lewis’ passion and drive are evident in everything she does. She appears regularly on WBFF Fox 45 as beauty contributor and recently accepted a role as the beauty editor for Radio-One station 92Q offering tips and advice to women seeking to enhance their looks with makeup.

Lewis serves as a role model and inspiration to others who aspire to pursue a career in the beauty industry. “My advice to anyone who is interested in working in this field is just jump out there and go for it. However, it is important to network and build a dream team with individuals who share and understand your passions.”

One of the members of Lewis’ dream team is her husband of five years, “[He] has hands down been my strongest supporter and I feel none of this would be possible if it was not for his loving support and encouragement,” she said. “At times when I have to travel for work, it is comforting to know that my husband is handling home and taking care of our beautiful daughter. In everything that I’ve been blessed to be a part of, I have to credit my husband for his support and other family members who stand behind me as well.”

In addition to her regular appearances on media platforms, Lewis is the senior editor-in-chief for her blog, “That Beauty Blog” where she doles out beauty advice on trends and products.

Lewis will host The Danielle Lewis Beauty “Real Women, Real Beauty” Workshop on Sunday, March 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Harris-Marcus Center located at 1947 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore City. Registration is required to attend. For more information or to register to attend the “Real Women, Real Beauty” workshop, visit: http://daniellelewis.4ormat.com/.