Upon graduation, Lee’s career took off. She started collaborating on editorials for Dazed & Confused, assisting legendary makeup artist Val Garland, and working backstage on runway shows for Givenchy, McQueen, and Lanvin. But it was a chance meeting on a magazine shoot with up-and-coming starlet Kate Winslet that led to Lee’s big-screen breakthrough. The two established a rapport and started working together, and when Titanic catapulted Winslet into superstardom, Lee went with her.
Lee’s own star has been rising ever since. Her relationship with Winslet led to more red carpet work with fellow English beauties Rachel Weisz and Rosamund Pike, and eventually a move to Los Angeles, where she began tending to the beauty looks of Hathaway, Mara, et al. “When you are a freelance makeup artist, loyalty and trust are not only the greatest compliment professionally, but also the lifeblood of your career,” Lee says of her relationship with her high-wattage clients. “What I aim for,” she says, “and what I hope is apparent in my work, is that the eye is drawn to the beauty of my clients and not just their makeup. It’s a privilege to watch their careers soar.”
Known For: Natural beauty, elevated; classic glamour.
Where to Find Her: Los Angeles
Clients: Keira Knightley, Rooney Mara, Anne Hathaway, Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Years in the Industry: 22
Beauty Essential: Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum
Mentions in The Violet Files: Cover Story: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cover Story: Jessica Paré, The Calligraphy Eye Tutorial, The 9-Step Red Lip Tutorial, The Lush Lash Tutorial, Beauty Test: Rose Byrne, 10 On-The-Road Essentials.
Agent: Samantha Jeudy @ Starworks Artists
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