Maria Pecoraro began her career brimming with passion and natural creativity. Using makeup as her medium, the skin as her canvas, and the eyebrows to frame. For more than 15 years, Maria has been committed to elevating her skills and mastering her techniques. She enrolled in the prestigious Jemma Kidd Makeup School in London, UK, and began working tirelessly with private clients in her hometown of New Jersey. She soon landed a full-time gig as the makeup lead on a popular morning show in New York. With a daily 2 am call time and a roster full of faces, she worked with the show’s hosts and the elite few who were guests of the show. Guests that included celebrities often arriving behind schedule requesting full makeup, which wasn’t a part of the original plan. This experience was priceless.
In her free time she pursued the world of beauty and fashion. She made connections with many top artist agencies. Streeters, Julian Watson, and L’Atelier often called upon Maria to assist their artists for NYFW, on editorials, and for larger campaigns. She took every job never asking the rate. Before long fashion and beauty photographers were reaching out and asking her to collaborate on shoots with top models.
Before she ever received her first paycheck in New York, however, it was a 2013 vacation in Los Angeles, California that left Maria and her husband, Chris, wanting a future that included living on the West Coast. They spoke about it often, not knowing how or when. And if you have come to know Maria on any level, she undoubtedly talked about her plan. And that plan was to make a career for herself in LA. As it turned out, the pandemic made plans that no one saw coming. Closing old doors and opening new ones.
Maria finds that her most rewarding work lies somewhere between enhancing one’s raw, natural beauty and defining that beauty through the most flattering artistic expression. She is fearless in the creative process, learning everything she can about her subjects well before a collaboration begins. Her understanding of color and composition, combined with a refined hand and superb eye for detail, continue to make her an artist of choice and one that is trusted implicitly.
Maria lives in Los Angeles.
Full Disclosure: Maria is fully vaccinated having received both Pfizer vaccines in 2021 and the Moderna booster in 2022.
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Drawing by Jamie Lee Reardin, Los Angeles