2014 Rising Stars: Beauty



Get to know the 2014 Rising Stars Beauty nominees!



Describe how you approach your professional work in a creative and innovative way.

"My job as a nail artist is such a unique profession that it has really forced me to make up the rules as I have gone along. This makes things very interesting and fun but can also be challenging. I make an effort to never put my work in a box and approach everything in an organic nature never making short cuts. I’m constantly challenging the way people view nail art and teaching others about nail community and culture. Never limiting myself to a salon, I have done nails at nightlife events, stores, festivals, museums like MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and I have founded the first U.S. nail art lifestyle publication; Tipsy Zine. Brands like Nike and McDonalds have utilized my artwork to build brand awareness and when I am not working on nails you can find me also working on other creative endeavors like tshirt designs, hosting a monthly  party with Chicago’s DJ Lani Love called TipsyLove at Beauty Bar or a photo or video shoot. Although I have my manicured fingers in lots of pots of honey I always make a point to keep my creative freedom in projects and collaborations so my message never gets lost. I passionately believe in quality over quantity and hope to never give any less than my all." - Ashley Crowe

Camp Cosmetics

Describe how you approach your professional work in a creative and innovative way.

"I truly believe with every fiber of my being that first and foremost a person’s face is a canvas and should be prepared perfectly before the paint job is started. I approach every person who I work on the exact same way, with respect, humility and humbleness. It is not about me, it is all about her and her needs. When a woman sits in my chair, her vulnerability is completely exposed and I handle that with the same kind of care as a heart surgeon operating. I have always operated on the fact that makeup should represent and capture who the person is, their lifestyle, and personality. Again, a beauty regime should be something to look forward to, not detested." - Michael Perich  

Claudio Riaz

Describe how you approach your professional work in a creative and innovative way.

"My collection is a showcase of my playful, daring ideas translated into instant, wearable beauty. For example, the iconic brushes are visually unique, artistic designs with very specific but versatile capabilities; the collection is a result of my zealous snipping of regular makeup brushes in order to address a very specific area of the face or to create a certain look. The colors are luxuriously soft, rich in pigment and offered in a blend of shades that look exciting in the palette, while alluring and sophisticated when worn!
These ideas and visions are in part derived from my 20 year career working for a variety of global international beauty companies across the globe, and in other part, my childhood. My Pakistani mother who was an artisan with her makeup brushes and always looked perfectly polished while still having fun with color also greatly inspired me to create a line to cater to a woman like her. ! At least once a week, I visit our Barneys New York Chicago counter and end up staying for hours. The conversations and looks I create on the women who come to our counter allow me to reign in my bigger creative visions so that they seamlessly translate into the current needs and desires of these women." - Claudio Riaz


Morgan Marie Beauty

Describe how you approach your professional work in a creative and innovative way.

"Luckily for us, our entire profession is creative! One of our favorite parts of our job is being able to work first hand with clothing designers. They work so hard to design and develop an entire  new collection for their customers and it is an honor for us to help bring their vision to life!  There is nothing more exciting than working together to create the best ad campaigns and look books. To us, there is nothing more exciting than an opportunity to create." - Morgan Byrne & Marie Neri