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Celebrity make-up artist Jamie Dorman began her career by assisting some of the best artists in the business including Dick Page, Pat McGrath, and Mark Carasquillo.

Since deciding to pursue make-up artistry full-time, her work has been featured on America's Next Top Model and in publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and Glamour.

With celebrity clients like Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black), and chart-toppers Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha, Jamie's only just get started.

Amuze.com caught up with gorgeous glamour girl to discuss all things fresh, glowing skin, the most surreal moment of her career thus car, and all things berry lip — her current make-up obsession! 

How did you get your start in the make-up artistry business and why did you decide to pursue it as a full time career?
I was invited to a shoot to assist a make-up artist and I arrived to the shoot only to find that the make-up artist who was booked, never showed! I didn’t think twice - I just started working.  No one even knew the original make-up artist hadn’t showed. I took the images from the shoot and made a website to try to book more shoots.  I soon realized I was shooting quite often and even though I didn’t go by the title, I was a working make-up artist.  It wasn’t so much a decision, but rather a series of events that occurred over a period of time.

What’s the make-up aesthetic you’re most well known for?
Fresh, glowing skin and specialized elements like unexpected texture or color placement. However I apply make-up, I never want it to take away from the person wearing it.

How would you describe your personal make-up style?
Skincare is number one for me so I take good care of it. I’m a fan of a big, natural textured brow. I love cream blush paired with a cream or liquid highlighter. I wear a ton of mascara and if I want to take my look to a party I apply a perfect matte berry lip.

What do you like to splurge on?
I love to splurge on fragrance and skincare. I think you can tell a big difference in both categories when you invest in them.

What inspires you to create statement make-up looks for your celebrity clients?
The person I’m working with. Their face always dictates what I end up doing. I look for distinct facial features I love and see how I can enhance them.

What has been the most surreal moment for you?
Getting a hug from Anne Hathaway after I worked with her.  In that moment all I could think was, “Oh my God, I’m hugging the Princess of Genovia!”

Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?

Laura Vandervoort. I worked with her on a cover shoot for Lucire and that cover received an award for ‘Cover of the Year’!

Fave make-up brand and why?
M.A.C Cosmetics. They have a winner in almost every category.

What are the three tools in your make up kit that you just can’t live without?
The Surratt Lash Curler, Senna Brow Pro 40 (this is the most precise brow brush I’ve ever worked with!), and the original Beauty Blender.

What is your current make-up obsession?
A berry stained lip. I keep trying different products to see what looks the most effortless.  Currently my favorites are Glossier Generation G in ‘Jam’ and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in ‘La Sensuelle’ applied in sheer layers.

What was your first job?
My first make-up job was for the fashion brand, Bohemian Society.

What is your must-have beauty product?
I am in awe of how Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster makes skin look plump and youthful. I love it!

Do you have a secret make-up how-to tip for us?
I love to fill brows in with a color a touch lighter than the brow hairs. Then I go in with a color the same shade or slightly darker than the hairs to draw in individual hairs. The result makes the brow look naturally full rather than filled in.

Do you have any hobbies?

I went to school for music and I still love to play guitar.

What's your favorite product in your make-up kit?
For skincare I love Paula’s Choice Brightening Essence - it makes skin so soft and hydrated. For make-up I can’t go without Koh Gen Do moisture foundation - it evens skin while still letting the texture shine through.

Who's your style icon?
Sophia Loren. She was told her nose needed to be fixed so she just applied more eyeliner to draw attention to her eyes rather than getting work done like a lot of the starlets of her generation. I love her cookbook too! She is unapologetic about eating pasta and exercises by taking a walk on her estate. Hopefully walking around my tiny New York apartment will do!

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
You are not responsible for anyone else’s feelings or reactions. Those words lifted years of false guilt off of me. It also helped me take responsibility for my own feelings and I became more self aware so that I could change how I would react to things.

What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?

I’m a big fan of made-for-TV movies. Nothing brings me joy like a low-budget, filmed in Canada, predictable, rushed-to-release movie.

If you could paint one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? 
I would loved to have painted Rita Hayworth. I’ve heard stories that her hair and make-up artists encouraged her fears about her marriage to Orson Welles. That broke my heart; I would have loved to have been a voice of reason for her in that situation.

Favorite quote?
“Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”- Unknown


Coffee or tea?
I feel more strongly about coffee, but I can’t deny the dependable nature of tea. Coffee is the guy you fall hard for, and tea is the guy you marry.

Movie night in or night out with the girls? 
Movie night in with the girls, preferably watching a painfully bad made-for-TV movie.

Matte lip or glossy lip?
I don’t like people to know where my real lip line is, so I always wear matte.

Bold brows - yay or nay?
Yay! Bold brows will always have my heart.

Heels or flats?
Flats - I know I’ll have more fun in them!

Check out Jamie's website HERE and follow her on Instagram HERE.

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1 comment

  • Posted on by Mary Fortunato

    You are an amazing woman!

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