Having collectively touched thousands of faces of all ages, colors, and skin types, our team of award-winning Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists takes pride not only in making everyone feel like their most beautiful self but also, as the very first vendor you see on your wedding morning, we ensure that we set a happy and fun tone for an unforgettable day.
Straight out of high school from the DR, I moved to New York at 18 and started a temporary job in a retail store as holiday help in the clothing department. “I think you’d be a good fit in cosmetics” said my department manager to me one day, not knowing those words would change my path forever. I introduced myself to the Cosmetic Manager shortly after and started working behind the Estee Lauder counter with no experience. Here began my love for making women feel beautiful.
I continued my retail career through college and became a trainer with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics after a move to sunny Miami. I worked in over 20 locations across South FL and began coaching, training, and developing other artists. I was trained by senior Artists who worked side by side with Bobbi herself and even got to meet her on multiple occasions. Working for Bobbi, a pioneer in the “natural look” greatly influenced my aesthetic.
The internet happened and the retail world as we knew it got flipped upside down, I was no longer happy. On the day I quit my job my boss and I cried, fixed our makeup, and cried again. We went to lunch, “We’ll have two glasses of Prosecco, we have something to celebrate” she told the waitress, this moment meant more to me than she will ever know. 2017 marked the end of a 12-year career in retail and the beginning of Gia Despo Hair + Makeup.