Over the course of her profession, Ariel has trained with some of the top celebrity makeup artists from around the world. She attributes her signature “timeless” style to some of her most influential tutors over the years. The list includes Bobbi Brown (of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics), Eve Pearl (academy award winning makeup artist), Ojas Rajani (Bollywood celebrity makeup artist), and Gucci Westman (Natalie Portman’s makeup artist). Ariel has been a makeup artist for over 10 years. She received her airbrush makeup training and certification from Temptu in Los Angeles in 2010.
“Airbrush Makeup By Ariel” officially launched in early 2011, and became a thriving business very quickly. To meet the demands of her growing business, Ariel hired and trained other Airbrush Makeup artists in her unique application techniques. She then brought on an amazing team of hairstylists to help her complete her mission for the company: “A beauty couture experience that is as unique as you are”.
Ariel recalls being 16 the first time she had her makeup applied by a makeup artist at the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counter at Nordstrom. She loved Bobbi Brown’s “natural & soft” makeup philosophy. She was determined then to become a “Bobbi Girl” just like the gorgeous artist at the counter. Little did she know that just a few years later, she would not only become a top selling licensed Bobbi Brown Artist, but she would have the privilege of meeting Mrs. Bobbi Brown herself and training with her in N.Y.C.
Ariel trained with Bobbi Brown in 2004 while completing her degree and becoming a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). While she loved her job in the school system and found it very rewarding, something was missing. She never let go of her passion for makeup.
Over the years, she continued to apply makeup on anyone that she could get her hands on. It started small; doing wedding makeup for her co-workers, their daughters, and friends. She started giving private makeup lessons to teens and adults, applying makeup to local public figures, local newscasters, and donating her services at silent auctions. With the demand of her growing clientele and encouragement from her husband, Eric, she made the decision to focus solely on “Ariel Lewis, LLC”.