I first met Cassandra during a photo shoot for Lulu Frost. She is one of the head make-up artists at Bobbi Brown and the right hand girl for Bobbi Brown, the woman herself. Cassandra immediately had me laughing with her sense of humor and vibrant personality. She's truly one-of-a-kind, a genuine person with a contagious positive attitude. You want to work with Cassandra, not just because of her artistic genius (she makes any face look damn good) but also because of her energy. She's one of those people who makes you feel comfortable right off the bat - New York City is better off because she's here!
Learn more about Cassandra's NYC perspective in the Q+A below:
Where are you from?
San Diego, CA
When did you move to NYC and why?
2008 - I wanted to work for Bobbi Brown, the woman herself. I had started working for her at a Nordstrom counter in Downtown San Diego in 2004 while I was in college. I was inspired by Bobbi's message and I wanted to work for a woman who was empowering and inspiring.
What is your background?
Graduated from SDSU with a degree in Child and Family development, back then being a New York Makeup Artist was a dream. I thought to myself, "Well, if I don't make it as a makeup artist I can always try something completely different."
What's something memorable that you've taken away from one of your clients?
You can always add more - women don't always want makeup to change the way they look but they usually want to feel their best.
What's the best beauty advice you've ever received?
I always remember my mother telling me to take care of my skin, she engrained in me that I should never touch my face unless hands were recently washed, ALWAYS take off all of your makeup before bed. Whenever I come home and I am out late she leaves a bottle of makeup remover and cotton next to my bed.
What's the most valuable thing you've learned from your job?
My work as a make-up artist has taught me patience. If you work hard and stay positive, great things will happen.
Looking back, what advice would you give to the freshly arrived version of you?
Don't take things personally and speak your mind.
What's a moment of vulnerability you can remember?
When I was searching for my apartment. Moving in New York is an experience that you will never forget... Luckily it all worked out but I am not moving for a very long time.
What can you call your proudest moment?
Personally, when I was able to afford my own apartment. Professionally when I was invited to do spend the week at SNL doing makeup with one of my favorite people Gabourey Sidibe. It was a dream come true for me to be there and I could not imagine being there with anyone more fun than her! And she did an amazing job!
When are you the happiest?
When I am laughing ha! I am so fortunate to have met some amazing friends here in NYC!
What was going through your head the last time you were really frustrated with NYC?
I am usually frustrated when I am jumping from shoot to shoot and cab's won't pick me up because of my suitcase - they usually think I am going to the airport. I have started to hide my suitcase behind the nearest car while hailing a taxi or I just use uber.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received and from who?
My mom, "Always trust your instincts."
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The best nights are... spent with the people you love
I'm not a tourist but I still... Love a New York Christmas!
You'll usually find me... laughing and making jokes.
Most famous celebrity you've done make-up for... Bobbi Brown!
If NYC was a lipstick color itd be RED because... you have to be confident enough to wear it and the right attitude to pull it off.
If I'm going to go out... I am probably going to have a good time.
It's completely okay to do this alone... Shop!
Don't trust... people who dont have a sense a humor.
Do trust... people who over tip.
When it comes to NYC I hate... being COLD.
When it comes to NYC I love... that I am never bored.
I'll move out of NYC when... another adventure calls.
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