“Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful!” That’s the mantra that professional makeup artist, Kelsey Lynn Rhodes lives by.
Born in San Diego, California to an African American father and Filipina mother, Kelsey has an artistic eye for beauty and culture. Although raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, she currently calls Los Angeles, California home.
Her journey into the glamorous world of makeup began in 2008 when Kelsey decided to take her passion for makeup and turn it into a platform for other young women to learn from. She showcased her talent on her very own YouTube channel which she began while attending college for graphic design. She remembers rushing back to her dorm room from class excited to create her next makeup tutorial or haul. In 2010, Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art + Design.
During the following years, Kelsey would devote a large amount of time and money to building her makeup kit and portfolio. She would also take on freelance makeup jobs for special events, such as weddings and proms, all while managing her corporate career as a print design manager for an insight and technology firm supporting Fortune 500 executives. In this role, Kelsey’s natural talent for connecting with people and understanding their needs really shined through.
It was strength, drive, along with the support of her family and friends that pushed Kelsey to follow her dreams and move from Maryland to Los Angeles in 2015. In LA, Kelsey was eager to learn about makeup for television + film. She furthered her studies at Cinema Makeup School where she gained a plethora of knowledge and received hands-on experience from leading industry professionals on a range of makeup techniques, including character and special effects.
Currently, Kelsey is slaying her way to a fabulous career in makeup artistry and will continue to shine like her favorite highlighting powder.