Gregory Arlt is the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics based out of Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has been doing makeup professionally for over 25 years. He started out with a major in art history and theatre, and then began his makeup career at the prestigious Los Angeles boutique Fred Segal in 1989. Gregory began working for MAC in 1993, starting out as a Technical Artist traveling throughout the L.A. region doing makeup appointments at MAC stores and counters. He then progressed to Trainer, Senior Trainer, Senior Artist, and is now the Director Of Makeup Artistry West Coast.
Arlt works with some of the most famous faces in the world including Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Fran Drescher, Alicia Keys, Cher, Sienna Miller, Minnie Driver, Anne Heche, Kim Cattrall, Liza Minnelli, Hayley Williams, Eve, and Mary J. Blige. Being one of the most in demand artists in Hollywood, he appears regularly as a beauty expert on TV shows such as “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “CNN,” “E! Entertainment Television,” and “The Style Network.” Gregory can be found backstage at the fashion collections in Milan, Paris, and New York, designing makeup looks for Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, Ungaro, Michael Kors, and Chloe to name a few.
He works regularly with Gwen Stefani and was her personal makeup artist on “The Voice” for two seasons, enjoying coming up with different looks for her each week. Gregory also designed the makeup for the last three tours for Cher, creating looks for the iconic singer, her dancers, her backup singers, and the band.
Arlt brings his wealth of knowledge and talent all over the globe, doing press, makeup master classes, editorial photo shoots, and television appearances in countries such as England, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. “I consider myself a beauty exorcist. Instead of piling makeup on the face, I bring out a woman’s beauty, respecting her features, bone structure, coloring, and most importantly, her personality.”