New York model turned Makeup Artist, Tamara Figueroa, loves to PAINT! She defines her craft as "makeup artistry" because her technique stems from her background in fashion, fine arts, visual communication and graphic design. For her, "face" is the ultimate canvas.

Photograph: Jens Look

Tamara (Tuh•Mar•Ruh) is no stranger to the industry. This 6'1" Dominican, Panamanian, Jamaican, African artist has many years of experience in the fashion world. First as a high fashion runway model for Wilhelmina Models in New York and Imagé Model Management in Paris. Her modeling jobs has taken her to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Paris. She has also held the role of host and key moderator for various film, entertainment, music and television events in the New York City area.

Tamara honed her makeup skills while modeling in New York City where she would apply makeup on friends and other models during test shoots. Her interest for makeup continued to grow after talking to various makeup artists on her modeling assignments. Tamara attended New York City's renowned Fashion Institute of Technology and after graduating with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Visual Communication/Graphic Design, she worked as a designer in advertising.

Photograph: Anthony Vaine

However, one day she did the makeup on a test shoot that would forever change her life. She felt a depth of creativity, passion and fulfillment which mirrored the energy that she felt on the catwalk. From that moment, she released her artist within. Tamara soon enrolled at Makeup Designory New York and was certified in Beauty Artistry for film, television and print. She found makeup to be the perfect bridge for her love of fashion, art and travel.

Since pursuing her passion, Tamara's work has been featured in various advertisements, magazines, commercials, music videos and televsion shows. She's created beauty looks for innovators ranging from high end designers to small boutiques owners and New York City socialites. In addition to serving her private clientel, Tamara is also a Beauty & Fashion Contributor and an On-Air Media Host.

Now based in South Florida, Tamara's artistry takes her from coast to coast with projects in Miami, New York and Seattle.



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