Tara Young is Director of CNN Hair and Makeup Worldwide. She is responsible for overseeing the team of artists in the Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, and Miami bureaus, as well as a nationwide freelance team. As the “face of CNN”, the CNN Hair & Makeup Department work with some of the most recognizable on-air talent and high-profile guests appearing on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, and HLN networks.
After receiving her cosmetology license and spending a short time behind the chair, Tara began her career with MAC Cosmetics while seeking out opportunities in the news media. In 1997, she was hired on as a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist at CNN and by 2001 she moved into the CNN Hair & Makeup supervisor role, overseeing Atlanta. Tara’s organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work well under pressure, and love of beauty and business propelled her career. Throughout her tenure at CNN, she has been afforded the opportunity to develop a hair & makeup department from the ground up, utilizing her experience, relationships and industry knowledge to create a best in the business brand.
Tara has also participated in several industry events including, The Makeup Show NY, Makeup Forever Pro Road Show, and the Midwest Hair Show. During her time with CNN, she has been a part of CNN’s award-winning coverage dating back to 2000 and participated in presidential campaigns, town halls, debates, and many political conventions. With the everchanging news landscape, the role of hair and makeup within the industry has never been more relevant or respected and the excitement never stops.