The career of make-up artist Alphonse Wiebelt is one of considerable accomplishment. His technical skill and painters eye for color, texture, and detail have firmly established his unique approach to beauty. His twenty-plus years of industry experience has allowed him to achieve widespread recognition for his contribution to the cosmetic industry — from product development, to education to brand conception.
Born in New Orleans, Alphonse’s first notion of make-up came from his mother’s precise application of 70’s liquid eyeliner. His interest in color and application quickly moved to painting on canvas. His medium transformed from canvas and oils to the face with an expressive palette of pigments.
In 1989 Alphonse was awarded top honors for his work in editorial print in New Orleans which led him to New York to work with CHANEL. Assisting the American Color Director, Guy Lento, from personal appearances to the CHANEL runway, the experience further launched his career. Soon his talent was recognized by Kevyn Aucoin, where he became part of his runway team working the shows of Donna Karen, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham and Ralph Lauren. Landing editorials in top industry publications, his work in Allure and Glamour segwayed to working with Pat McGrath, Sonia Kashuk and Diane Kendal.
The business side of beauty beckoned as he began working simultaneously with product development, education and brand development for Trish McEvoy, Prescriptives and Paula Dorf. In 2004, Alphonse was called upon to co-develop BeingTRUE Cosmetics, introducing a new level of beauty to the spa/salon professional market – acquired and re-branded for TRUE Isaac Mizrahi BEAUTY in 2014.
Alphonse’s work in the fashion and cosmetic industry to the celebrity client and everyday woman has built him a well rounded background of experience. In 2010 he co-founded MUSE BEAUTY.PRO as a resource for makeup artist & beauty mavens from advanced education to professional product. In 2012, Alphonse created a professional line of makeup brushes, esum – “tools with intention,” for MUSE BEAUTY.PRO. As Creative Director, he is currently working on the the second phase for esum, the next collection for VISEART Paris and a direct to consumer, lifestyle line of products for LA MIENNE. He is proud to have a platform that has been created to share his vast knowledge and offer a place of inspiration and exchange for make-up artists and future professionals.