After growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico with a father who was a talented artist, RJ discovered her love for the arts in high school – specifically, special FX makeup. She followed her passion and received three certifications from Empire Academy, a private makeup artistry school in Costa Mesa, CA and went on to train under, and be mentored by, Donna Mee — a legend in the beauty makeup industry.
RJ specializes in corrective beauty (symmetry using the science of light and dark highlights and contour.) She also brings a wealth of experience from other industries, including TV/film; beauty; fashion, runway/high fashion, airbrush makeup, special effects, and hairstyling. Her hobbies include balloon art, completing challenging puzzles, and embracing her inner foodie by visiting authentic, family-owned, independent restaurants.
“I love working with my “regular clients” — the everyday women. I have learned so much from them, and together, with each story they share, or I share with them, we are building our self-esteem.
A lot of my clients have never experienced having makeup done for them, or even wear makeup because no one taught them how. When these women see themselves in the mirror, they change. They light up. They become someone they didn’t know they could be.
A lot of people see makeup as a surface. As a mask. As vain. But, if you are in this profession, you know that makeup can change lives. Makeup can be therapeutic.”