Makeup Shop – NYC

Angelique Velez

Ever since Angelique can remember, she has been interested in the beauty industry. She should have known that make-up was going to be her passion, but growing up in a household where she wasn’t allowed to own clear lip-gloss until the age of 16 wasn’t exactly her ideal start.

Angelique fell head-over-heels in love with make-up during her college years. The colors and brushes and blending, oh my! She knew she was a make-up junkie and there was no way to control it. Soon after finishing college she knew she wanted to pursue make-up, and that is what she did. Unfortunately, it was not until a while after graduation that she was able to afford the products. All the money she saved went directly into buying more cosmetics and building up her kit. In the mean time, while living off of hot pockets, she practiced on family and friends to become more familiar with the craft. Finally she auditioned for a position in a leading make-up company and the rest is history!

Angelique has had the opportunity to work with leading artists such as Christian McCulloch, Hung Vanngo, Makky and Tom Pecheux and has been a part of shows for Cynthia Steffe, Peter Som, Karen Walker and RAD by Rad Hourani.  Angelique worked at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 where she was able to work on celebrities such as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg and Taylor Lautner.  She has experience working for companies such as MAC Cosmetics, Make-up Designory, Tony and Tina and Anna Sui.  She has also used her make-up techniques for art therapy purposes in various hospitals to help improve self esteem in adolescents.

Angelique currently resides in New York City, but enjoys traveling, particularly between New York and Miami.  Being a make-up artist is a dream for Angelique and she therefore considers make-up her career and not a job.  Angelique feels that beauty comes from within and make-up is the tool she uses to help boost confidence to let that beauty shine out.  She enjoys helping others feel good about themselves and she can’t wait to see where this dream career leads her!