Sam Visser

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Sam Visser began doing makeup when he was seven years old, and by 12, he began working professionally.

After several years of making connections and working with the likes of photographer David LaChapelle and celebrity makeup artist Sharon Gault, Visser began building an impressive client list of his own. At 16, he moved from his hometown of Ventura, California to Los Angeles, enrolled in an independent study program to finish high school, and dove into his career as a celebrity makeup artist, working with the Kardashian-Jenner clan and other starlets.

Visser has recently moved to New York City and set his sights on pursuing more editorial work and unlocking his creativity.

His vintage-tinged touch and penchant for decadent, dramatic beauty aligns with the current craze of ’80s and ’90s fashion, and has been seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Ariana Grande, Lily-Rose Depp, Alexa Demie and Bella Hadid.

He has always loved art and he was always a creative kid. He loved to paint and to draw, and that is what consumed most of his days when he was a child. His mom and grandma loved makeup and had a lot of it. They would give him all of their extra makeup and he would play with it all the time. He thanks them both because they would just let him do whatever he wanted on them; his parents didn’t hold him back from it.

Some of his most recent coups include collaborating with Kardashian West on KKW Beauty campaigns, giving Ariana Grande a gothic black lip on her Thank U, Next album cover, and encasing model gazes in graphic neon pigment at Maisie Wilen’s Pre-Spring 2020 presentation.

Dabbling in photography and creative direction, Visser, who describes his aesthetic as “glamorous, but always with a touch of rawness,” wants to keep pushing himself as a makeup artist while exploring new mediums.

In 2021 he was given the title of Dior Makeup U.S. Ambassador.

He is represented by Forward Artists and you can find his portfolio HERE