About Me

Donna Mee is a 33 year-veteran Makeup Artist, Educator and Beauty Entrepreneur. After honing her skills working in catwalk, print and television, she now specializes in beauty makeup for print and giving international educational tours. She is known for developing extremely advanced techniques and application skills known as ‘The Donna Mee Makeup Methods.’ She is considered the number one artist in corrective beauty makeup and one of the top beauty educators in the world. Donna is often referred to as the Beauty Prodigy due to her self discovered methods and her extreme passion for generating successful artists through her training.

Some of Donna’s resume credits include working with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brendan Frazier, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Tilly, Joanna Krupa, Judith Light, Kevin Costner, Mandy Moore, Prince, Queen Latifah, Rachel Hunter, Raquel Welch, REM, Steven Tyler, and Tony Danza. As well as working with top designers such as Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Gianfranco Ferre, Maggie Barry, Richard Tyler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Valentino. And the following print publications, Beauty Biz, Digital Photo Pro, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, In Style Weddings, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, ME, People, Professional Beauty Magazine, Skin Inc., Vogue Italia, Women’s Wear Daily.

Donna is also responsible for discovering Make Up For Ever and bringing them to the United States which led to their abundant growth before being bought by Louis Vuitton/Moet Hennessy which also owns Sephora. She opened her makeup studio in 1995 followed by a makeup artist agency and a makeup brush line in in 1996, and launched her Academy 1997 which had the highest success rate percentage of working graduates than any other makeup school in the USA through 2014. In the fall of 2014, MEE INC Industry Workshops was launched to bring Donna’s intensive training into 3-10 day workshops for those not able to spend five months at a time pursuing education.

She is known for her commanding presence and her ability to articulate complex science and theory in a way that is easily understood. Donna has a gift for painting a picture with her words, analogies and stories in which she delivers with conviction and humor. Her passion for beauty is evident and contagious as she passes out major ‘light bulb moments’ that positively alter the outcome of artists and beauty therapists work and success. Her training is considered imperative for those whom are serious about mastering their craft.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Hello Donna! ok so it was really nice to find your article about freelance artist and the legalities of being one. I have been doing Makeup for 10+ years, mainly just for fun and recently I have had a lot of opportunities to do weddings and special events and I decided it was time to launch my own website and start advertising for service. Then the questions came from my hairstylist friends about licensing myself. They told me I could get in a lot of trouble for what I’m doing and be fined or sued etc.. So ofcourse the fear set in. I’m praying that thats not the case. My goal is to become a well-known freelance make up artist and youtuber.
    A few questions I have regarding your programs you offer. Is there any certificate needed to be a freelance mua? Does your programs provide a Make up Kit, including brushes, some make up essentials etc? I have spent so much money in materials for these side weddings and jobs and it’s almost breaking even with the money I make from the jobs.
    I’d love to speak with you about growing my business. Thank you in advance!
    Sincerely,
    Charlene Law
    Instagram: chachalaw

  2. Hi my name is Kiki and I am a 15 year old aspiring makeup artist. I have done professional makeup before, as well as makeup for a theater production. For the past few weeks I have been researching how to build a business as a teen and I’ve found it is very possible, but have discovered that there is already a makeup studio just like the one I was imagining in my area. Would you suggest that I abandon the idea and wait until I can become a licensed professional makeup artist, or still attempt my business idea?

  3. Hello Donna Mee!
    I was just reading your “DO YOU NEED A LICENSE TO DO MAKEUP OR HAIRSTYLING AS A FREELANCER?”
    And let me tell you, I was so shock to read this and how crystal clear you make this to be because just a month ago a was about to register to school to recv an esthetics license just to become a Makeup Artist. However one thing lead to another and didn’t register. I was able to register to a Makeup Academy near by that inform me some of what you state. However you clearly nailed it! I thank you so much for all your information and hope that within a couple of months I can become an Makeup Artist. If I was to need any assistance how can I reach you?

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