D’Andre Michael is a Peoria, Illinois native, who made his way in the beauty industry by apprenticing and assisting hairstylists Paul Mitchell and Carol Morrow and celebrity makeup artist Gwynnis Mosby in Atlanta.
D’Andre had the opportunity to meet the one person who inspired him: Kevyn Aucoin, whom he wanted to assist. But Kevyn told him that he should try to make a name for himself, not getting caught up in assisting. That sage advice remains one of the most defining moments of his career.
Making his way to the Big Apple, all of his dreams began to come true. He became a highly sought after makeup artist, by some of the worlds most prestigious celebrities (recording artists, models, actresses and personalities).
D’Andre Michael worked with some of the world’s most influential Fashion and Beauty Magazines (Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle Magazine, etc), he also worked on the latest videos, album covers, commercials, fashion campaigns, working with directors and photographers such as Patrick Dermarchelier, Albert Watson, Annie Leibowitz, Odette Sugarman, Mike Ruiz, Lionel Deluy, Klinko and Indrani and many more.
Now residing in the land of celebrities (Los Angeles), D’Andre Michael’s career has soared to heights one could only dream of.
Michael, in spite of his shyness, was featured on shows such as the “It Factor”, “Access Hollywood”, “E-Television”, “BET”, “MTV” and several BTS clips and videos. With published works, interviews, advice columns and highlights on his craft in several of today’s top magazines.
D’Andre Michael has also launched his own brand “By D’Andre Michael”. Its first product was a luxury line of candles which was sold in high-end resorts and spas across the country. As well as creating and developing his own cosmetics line, called U.G.L.Y. Girl Cosmetics (Undeniably Gorgeous Lovely and Young). By upending the idea of what U.G.L.Y. really means, D’Andre Michael challenges young girls as well as young women/adult women alike to look inside themselves and to defy conventional aesthetic labels.
Now a partner with three other highly successful celebrity makeup artists, they are set to develop a high-end global cosmetic line that will be sure to take the world by storm.
Aside from the beauty industry, D’Andre Michael is also a self-taught photographer. He has a few album covers, magazine covers, feature spreads and advertisements to his credit in just a short time. He is also currently writing and shooting three beauty books which he says will be informative and very visual.
So whether it is doing makeup, creating makeup, photography, planning upcoming and future projects or just simply being D’Andre Michael, he will always remain humble in a world that he thinks has way more than enough room for other aspiring artists to come in and do their thing.
You can check his personal website HERE