Samelia | Make up Artist | Biography
Samelia was born and raised in Miami, where fresh skin, bold color, and a natural glow are celebrated as beautiful. From a very young age, she was exposed to the drama and theatrics of beauty by spending her childhood as a professional ballet dancer. Having spent the majority of her life on stage, it was her need to master her own make- up for rehearsals and performances that laid the foundation for her future career in make up. Samelia began doing make-up not only for her own professional dance performances, but for her fellow dancers and friends alike. She just couldn’t get enough of all things of beauty!
“The” memorable moment in Samelia’s career was her first make up job. Sony Music selected her to do a featured artist’s album cover, which was being shot by renowned photographer, Alexei Hay. Inspired by Hay’s passion to capture beauty, it was suddenly clear to her that creating an image through make-up was her true calling. Working on that album with Hay taught her the business of make-up and drove her to attend a professional school in order to hone her talents.
Samelia then moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the Make up Designory (MUD), specializing not only in beauty, but in special effects make-up and airbrushing as well. During that time, she assisted Make-up Artists such as Pat McGrath and Sharon Gault on fashion shows and editorial shoots. When her make up studies were complete, she immediately signed with an agency.
Since then she has worked her make up magic on celebrity faces and music’s chart- toppers. In addition to working at such events as the Oscars, the Grammy’s, and the VMA Video Music Awards, Samelia has also been featured as a Celebrity Make-up Artist on VH1’s “American’s Smartest Model” and “Flab to Fab.” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Dave Chappelle Show” can also be added to her TV list. And in the way of editorial, she has worked for magazines such as British Glamour, Vogue, Surface, Yoga Life and Playboy to name a few.
Samelia moves seamlessly between editorial, commercial, TV, and music video shoots. She says, “I just love making people feel sexy, sophisticated and true to themselves, while bringing out their best.” It is her creative versatility working amidst all mediums of fashion and beauty that sets her from the rest.
Samelia is represented by Rouge Artists.
CELEBRITIES & PERSONALITIES
naomi watts, mia maestro, camila alves, kristin cavallari, joy bryant, kobe bryant, leslie jordan, kerry washington, kristen wiig, lisa seiffert, alice evans, ioan gruffudd, kevin connelly, lily collins, tina solan, julieta venegas, stephanie lemelis, mercedes yvette, leanna, snoop dog, usher, nelly, ludacris, paul wall, mike jones, bun b, scarface, avant, dwele, too short, slick rick, terrell owens, danyell sargent, sean scott, andi muise, ryan davis, sean murphy, howie bell, train, jagged edge, keke palmer, corbin bleu, omar gooding, godfrey danchimah, chris titus, avant, killer mike, omar gooding, dave chapelle, mary firestone, ira bezroukova, toni trucks, jeanene fox, matthew davis, angie akers, aj johnson, robin givens, jackie harris, dallas roberts, tomiya bowen, fonzworth bentley, randy couture, the game, henry simon, clifton powell, seane corn, carl lewis, lindsey e. vuolo, flavor flav, aubrey o’ day, avenged sevenfold, david cook, deborah wilson
antoine fuqua, sean thonson, moses edinborough, erica forstadt, nadia pandolfo, brian briskman, michael mayer, damion “coke” daniels, brian barber, charles jensen, alex lehr, dr. teeth, heather urban, heather scott, jill modabber, little X, rage, angelia alvarado rosa, victor pearson, ron pomerantz
andrew matusik, robert erdmann, malcolm venville, richard mclaren, neal spector, alexei hay, sacha waldman, jill greenberg, ian white, julie dennis brothers, shay peretz, nick horne, gian andrea di stefano, philippe mcclelland, berry behrendt, don daiz, robert sebree, craig decristo, fiona garden, joaquin palting, kurt iswarienko, erica mcconnell, william hames, peter jameson, becky ollinger, justin ruhl, joe schmeltzer, sarah mccolgan, jim wright, gino domenico, josue pena, sinden collier, anand jon, joe hill, malcolm neo, sarah dunn, lynn misa nishimura, dave landlords, sam lam, patrick frasier, myril schreibman, coral vonzumah
vogue, british glamour, surface, revolver, ESPN magazine, all access, company, soma, the new york post, celebrity living, natural health, playboy, venice, alternative press, lemonade, ESPN rise magazine, FW, ION, 944, gestalt, king, urban city, yoga life, oyster, guitar magazine
AWARD & FASHION SHOWS
MTV video music awards, BET awards, golden globes awards, oscar awards, grammy awards, baby phat/ phat farm fashion show, guess fashion show, DKNY fashion Show, anand jon fashion show, frankie b. fashion show, sheri bodell fashion show
COMMERCIALS & TRAILERS
NIKE, cartoon network, chevy malibu, yamaha, GMC yukon denali, SONY AVP pro volleyball, barbershop, dave chapelle special, disney “Jjump”
TV SHOWS & FILM
VH1, MTV, america’s smartest model, flab to fab, ellen degeneres, jimmy kimmel, dave chapelle, showtime, oxygen, HBO, good morning america, outfest show, borrow my rrew, lifetime, busted crime TV, CBS, the early morning show, gangsta rap, the weekend, soul train, daisy in love
NIKE, seven jeans, coors light latino, hewlett-packard, famous stars & straps, forever 21, columbia coffee
the game featuring lil’ wayne, usher, nelly, the game featuring ne-yo, mike jones, paul wall, snoop dogg, too short, one chance, the game featuring keyshia cole, justin reaves
florida state university, bachelor fine arts – tallahassee, fl make-up designory (mudd) beauty & special F/X – burbank, ca