With a long list of celebrity clients, it’s no surprise that celebrity makeup artist, Dionne Wynn has made quite a name for herself in the beauty world and in the entertainment industry. In this exclusive interview with Sheen Magazine, Dionne discusses leaving the south for the big city lights in California and the celebrity that left a special mark on her.
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Born and raised in Atlanta of an elementary school principal and a state trooper. I’m a southern girl, not country. There is a difference. I’m enjoying my California life of seven years now.
How did you get into the world of makeup?
I always wanted to do makeup since I was a little girl but it wasn’t anything offered in the south for artists of color. I used to sneak and put my mother’s makeup on dolls, my sisters, friends. Red lipstick was offensive to some back then so it got me in trouble sometimes (laughs). After college, I went to work for a doctors group and was doing makeup on the side for weddings, videos and any type of event to hone my skills as a self-taught beauty makeup artist. Then I decided to step out on FAITH. I went to esthetician school in Atlanta then later airbrush school in NYC and SPFX (special effects) school in Burbank. I still didn’t know where I would find work but I was determined. At one point I was doing makeup in strip clubs on dancers all over the city of Atlanta for $100/$150 and sleeping under coats until leaving sometimes to go work on my day gig. Then I started in print video and commercials. I have been privileged to work with various photographers and video and commercial directors over the years, some that have become life long friends. Some that you might recognize that I’ve worked with are Shawn Dowdell, Marie Thomas, Jonathan Harper, Jonathan Mannion, Sean Cokes, David Rams, Lil X, Hype Williams, Benny Boom, Nzinga Stewart. Working on movies was the ultimate goal. My first mentor in movies taught me set etiquette, how to read a call sheet, film terms and told me to go to the various departments to ask them about what they do; she also got me into NY makeup & hair Union Local 798 20 years ago.
So there begin my film life. It was definitely LOVE and it still is.
You have a long list of celebrity clients but has there been someone that has left a special mark on you?
A celebrity that has left a special mark on me is Curtis “ 50 Cent” Jackson. I worked with him at the beginning of his film making career when he was funding his own movies. Despite his media persona, 50 is a wealth of information and always willing to share. He said to me, “always act as you belong in the room and own that room.” I live that and I share knowledge and info with others as well.
What do you hope to accomplish in the years to come?
In the future, I want to win an Emmy and an Oscar as a makeup artist. Then win Emmy and an Oscar as a Producer.
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