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Derek Medina MUA
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  • Jersey City, NJ
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About Me
This Bronx native has been a graphic artist since his early years. Having father Atiliano Medina and Uncle Benjamin Patino nurturing his craft. Around 19 years of age Mr. Medina found refuge in fashion and beauty. In 2000 enrolling in Katherine Gibbs New Fashion Design & Merchandising program, in producing his very own fashion shows is where Mr. Medina found his true calling in Make-Up Artistry. Mr. Medina began freelancing for fashion photographers such as Ralph Azulay, Pieter Henket, Frank Rocco, Eugene Gallegos, Phedmos Prophet and most recently teaming up with the talented Manny Roman. Having his work published in the cover of Ocean Drive Puerto Rico, HUFF Magazine, Elle Girl Magazine, Lucire Magazine, Black Woman Magazine, also an in store ad for Lounge Soho clothing store and Honee Jeans. However Mr. Medina’s true passion is being back stage at fashion shows. Mr. Medina has had the privilege of working for several designers to name a few Lemington Riddley, Edwing De’angelo, Dead Birds & Lion Heart, and Jedda Kahn.

Mr. Medina hopes to someday follow in the footsteps of some of his make- up idols like Kevin Auqcoin and Sam Fine. Mr. Medina has recently had the privilege of working with Hip Hop Artist Lil’Kim. The Imgaes will be used for her upcoming Holiday EP. Of course Mr. Medina can’t really go into detail due to confidentiality for the safety and respect of Lil’Kim. Mr. Medina also has an extensive background in cosmetic retail haven worked for such prestigious companies as Make Up For Ever, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora, and Victoria Secret’s. Mr. Medina also enjoys and has a great deal of bridal experience! His experience in Fashion/Editorial work allows him to understand the needs of his bridal clients prepping them for their special day and a day of photos. Mr. Medina can be found can mostly be found working independently around NYC & NJC performing make-up applications for photo shoots and holding make-up classes.

Mr. Medina has also recently signed to the star studded agency.
Fashion Industry Experience
I am currently a freelance make-up artist working independently and non-exclusively for The Star Studded Agency. I have had the opportunity to work on Celebrity Hip Hop Artist Lil’Kim for her EPK Images featured on single covers “Keys to the City” and “If you love me”. I have also recently keyed make up for the cover of Ocean Drive Puerto Rico Anniversary Issue ft. Jaslene Gonzales, Huf Magazine October Issue keyed Make-up for feature story on Sheena Sakai. I held a 3rd Key position at M.AC. Cosmetics in Macy’s Herald Square. In a management team of seven; we were responsible for supervision and development of 50 plus artist. Accountable for meeting Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual sales goals for the artist, individual, and the three counters. Actively responsible for creating events, looks, theme days, and inspiring the artist. Herald Square was and still is the number one door for M.A.C. internationally!
I have worked in cosmetic retail for the past six years and have had the privilege of working for such brands as Benefit San Francisco, Sephora, and Victoria Secrets. I’ve held such titles as Boutique Proprietor (Benefit), Beauty Consultant (Sephora), and Lead Make-Up Artist (Victoria Secrets). As the Boutique Proprietor for Benefit I was the store manager accountable for staffing, training, scheduling, payroll, sales, maintenance of day to day for the entire boutique to assure that the boutique met the very high expectations.
I have worked closely with several modeling agencies such as IMG, New York Models, Women, and several others, conducting make-up at test shoots for there models. I also worked for W.A.R. Models NY as the administrative assistant duties included scouting models, freelance MUA also conducting make-up for test shoots, assisted with model development creating there look , shoot set up, portfolio set up, catwalk lessons. Also assisting with the production of WAR on fashion Week, a designer showcase held every fashion week in NYC. My work has been published in magazines such as Elle Girl, Lucier, Urban City, and today’s Black Woman. My work was also featured in the Fall/Winter Lounge clothing store advertising campaign, displayed from September 04 to March 05.
In closing with my extensive background and experience you can see why I would be a great asset to your company. I am a fast learner; I have excellent time management skills, and most importantly a team player. So, please contact me at your earliest convenience I would be delighted to come in and meet with you to discuss my salary and start time. Thank you for your time.
Derek Medina
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