Hi, I'm Dana!
I established Dana Michele Makeup to create a feeling of beauty and empowerment. I am a nerd, I find the science of skin and makeup just as fascinating as the art of applying it. It’s important for me to educate my clients about makeup and introduce simple techniques that can be used everyday.
My passion for makeup began long before I could actually wear any! I’d page through magazines, gathering all of the beauty tips and how-to’s, and study the details of every face of every single celebrity on the red carpet. I still remember the day I got to experience makeup for the first time. My sister did my makeup for my 8th grade dance. It was the first time I wore more than just eyeshadow and mascara. If I were to go back and see now… I might not be so amazed, but that feeling of seeing myself in the mirror. It was still me, but different. I felt beautiful and powerful (as 14 year old girl can), and needed to immediately persuade my mom to allow me to start wearing makeup for real. From there I went on to practice on friends and family, finally using all of those tricks I read about previously. During the summer of my junior year at Elmhurst I decided to go to school for makeup and that’s where it all began!
Aside from the pure aesthetic of makeup, it has the ability to transform how a person feels about themselves and how flippin’ amazing that is. There’s no greater pleasure than a satisfied client that not only looks beautiful but embraces the power of beauty.
I’ll always remember the first time I did makeup for a bride. She was a lovely heavyset woman but extremely self-conscious. While I did her makeup I took my time getting to know her. I worked so hard to pump her up for her big day.
When I gave her the mirror, she looked at herself as if it was the first time she’d ever seen her face. She cried tears of joy as she told me how grateful she was that I took my time to make her feel beautiful.
It’s in those moments of self-love, that I love being a makeup artist the most.
I am a classic beauty. I like crisp and clean, timeless looks. There’s a time and place for everything, you can edge up the most simple look with a pop of color or flick of eyeliner. In the age of Instagram, I feel working artists get overshadowed by the eye-catching dramatic faces. I pursue to stay true to my style and what I see as “timeless”. Constantly pushing myself to learn more about products and technique I’m able to use what works best for me. Makeup is such an individual preference, there’s no real “right” or “wrong” it’s more of a “trial and error” approach to find what products and placement is best on the individual face shape. My heart yearns to work with people, not only to get my hands on that raw beauty of theirs, but to also show them that it’s not about the most expensive or raved about item on the shelf, it’s how we maximize our potential with what we already have.
I love to travel and explore new places, try new restaurants and coffee shops, and go on outdoor adventures. On most days you can find me with my two crazy kitties Boots and Nash and enjoying life with my husband Mike.
Notable Accomplishments & Features
- Certified Makeup Artist through London Eyes International Academy of Makeup
- Licensed Aesthetician through GillTech Academy
- BA in Communications from Elmhurst College
- Makeup for Steve Martin & Martin Short: “A Night You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life”
- Makeup and Hair for “The 60 Yard Line” Film
- Makeup & Hair for “Be The Light” Film
- Represented makeup brand Jouer for the Chicago Trend Show
- Touchdowns for Hope charity event, House of Hope.