Vanessa Elese | Makeup Artist | Beauty Expert

Vanessa's Biography

I’m a horse loving Arizona native who moved to New York to build my career dreams in beauty and the world of entertainment. Working in a career I simply love has led to my 2010 EMMY Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Makeup” and most recent honor, the 2015 Variety and NYWIFT (NY Women in Film and Television) "Designing Women Ensemble Award" for “Orange is the New Black.

From feature films, TV (ABC, Food Network, CBS, Netflix, FOX, NBC, WB, CW, Martha Stewart, HBO), to having the extreme pleasure of working with celebrated celebrities: Susan Lucci, Glenn Close, and Giada De Laurentiis, to name a few, I feel honored to have a career doing what I love.

While my recent work continues with the hit series “Red Oaks” and “Alpha House” (Amazon), my true passions drive me to reveal each woman's true beauty. I dare you to be as glamorous as those who inspire you, making your beauty “Uniquely Yours."

Vanessa's talent lies in allowing each person's inner beauty to shine through. It's about nature, a sense of intrigue, and a truly personalized approach that unites the senses and nurtures the spirit.

There is nothing more satisfying than replicating celebrated looks and beauty that we all can enjoy, not simply for special events, but as part of our daily routines to ALWAYS look, feel and be our best. It’s a transformation without really transforming. That’s where my nickname, “The Beauty Fairy” comes in, a name I’ve grown fond of, working magic with a simple wave of my “wand” (brush) to bring beauty from within, something that already exists in you, to life with a few simple tips and tricks. We each contain the basic raw materials of beauty to become red carpet glamorous. Beauty is not exclusive to just the few it is a privilege to be able to maximize our best assets and have all the working knowledge to be our best and even more importantly, to feel our best. It’s an honor to embark on a journey for all things beauty, something we venture on together and it’s something I cherish. My mission is seeking out products that are good for you that execute flawless celebrity worthy results while investing in the best you with those choices to help maintain and preserve with more natural ingredients. My approach is to get the best with the best, drawing on the SPLURGE from the most exclusive labels and balancing the SAVE with those diamonds in the rough from every corner imaginable! It’s not about blowing your beauty budget but getting those items and using the tricks that truly work.

With each of her endeavors, Vanessa focuses her efforts on encouraging and nurturing a healthy inner beauty before focusing on the exterior.

My most exciting news is a pilot and development of a series of heart warming episodes where I appear as on-camera host and beauty expert lending easy to replicate insider tips for men and women to achieve celebrity inspired glamour on a daily basis. Stay Tuned...!

I love lending my tips and tricks as a featured beauty expert in numerous editorial articles and “how-to” videos, and am able to further continue my mission, Be Uniquely You!, in my blog, "The Beauty Fairy Diaries™".

Vanessa is always welcomed as a positive ethereal spirit who ventures with courage and confidently inspires your true beauty. Her pursuit is to enlighten others with a sense of intrigue and confidence in themselves.

Child Crisis Arizona

I delight in philanthropic ventures catering to women and children who inspire our future, contributing my time as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors (2014) to Child Crisis Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona provides a loving and encouraging home to many children as their families navigate the stressors of life and crises. The center holds a special place in my heart having once been a part of the community almost 30 years ago. I am honored to continue to participate in loving the children and the community that provides care to special families much like mine.