Meet Denver Make Up Artist | Deven Collins
Can you Introduce yourself to our readers? Tell us how your passion for Make Up began?
I wasn’t much of a makeup wearer in high school or college. I was attending the Art Institute of Colorado for Fashion Design and working backstage a lot at Fashion Shows. After helping touchup models, models began to ask me one by one to do their makeup rather than the hired MUA. Then I began freelancing for MAC (a rite of passage) worked at a counter at Nordies (Lancome- we hit $1 Million in sales that year and won many awards). Laura Mercier recruited me and I began freelancing for her in addition to other cosmetic lines until I found my way. To date, I have been trained in 17 luxury brands.
I worked my way up at Laura Mercier and became a National Artist, Trainer and Event Coordinator resigning after 9 years so that I could have a family.
I stayed home for a bit with my two children, then Covid-19 hit, so I’m finding my way back. In just two months, I have done MU for two runway shows, have a handful of weddings and boudoirs booked, have been asked to do some styled shoots and set designs and have collaborations with many wonderful industry professionals; a fine Art Photographer and Fashion Photographers. I’m grateful to bounce back after a hiatus doing something that I love! Anything that is creative: Fashion, Runway, Makeup, Interior and Set Design brings me such joy. I also do Lifestyle shoots and wardrobe styling, as well as Event/Gala Makeup and Freelance Event planning and set design.
What are some of your top projects / looks you have done?
Are you from Denver? Why did you choose to call your neighborhood home?
I am not originally from Denver. I am from Traverse City, Michigan area. I moved here when I was 13 , however, so this has been home for quite some time. I love it here and don’t envision moving any time soon. We had a historic bungalow in Congress Park for 8-9 years or so and when I became pregnant with my first child, we moved to Lowry to have more space. I was 8.5 months when we found this home and luckily she was 2 weeks late so we could unpack a bit. Now we have 2 children: 6 & 8. Love the Lowry Community, the parks and the walkability.
What are your favorite local Denver businesses/places?
Every birthday and Mother’s day I check into a local Denver Metro hotel solo. Spa and shopping twice per year and a good nights sleep is so restorative. Brown Palace, Manor Vail for a girl’s only trip, The Maven at Dairy Block is fun. The Jacquard in Cheery Creek with the rooftop pool. Anywhere that I can get to in 2 hours or less.
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