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“Donna has changed my life and career and I am so glad I discovered her at IMATS back in 2010. I remember she was talking about the bugs that are in your eyelash shafts and I remember being grossed out but also enthralled. Who was this woman? When I first started taking Donnas classes, I worked a little backwards and took the business ones first. Even without strong makeup skills I would implement a few of her business thing and would see results immediately. I had known of her for a few years and knew that my skills were not up to her standards but once I took a 1-day hands on, I knew that I needed her and wanted to succeed more than I wanted to not be embarrassed or nervous.
I was hooked on her knowledge about business and makeup, and have never experienced the same thing with any other instructors. I had tried out different classes and had a 1 on 1 with a well known artist/instructor in the industry, but I was always left unsatisfied. Sometimes they weren’t really lessons, more like demos. While picked up a few things from watching, I still didn’t know the why behind it. Donna has always been honest and generous with her knowledge as she teaches the true science behind her techniques, and is truly unlike any instructor out there.”
– Lisa Teller San Francisco, California
“I’ve been a self taught makeup artist for 4 years doing makeup for film. I have taken Brush Utilization and was blown away with all the information and light bulb moments. Before the webinar I would take 30-40 minutes doing natural makeup on just one person. After I was much faster was more efficient by reducing the time to 15 minutes per face.
The actors were taking selfies of their makeup just after to applying which was new to me and they were amazed by how quick I was able to apply it. I had never felt more confident in my work before as, I was now getting great recommendations for amazing jobs. I know I still have a long way to go but Donna has inspired a new lease on life for me. Instead of looking at “unpaid work” as a negative I now see it as a stepping stone to a much healthier looking resume.”
– Katherine Watts Brisbane, Australia
“What have I learnt form Donna Mee? I really don’t have words to truly express the amount she has taught me and how thankful I am. By taking two of her training courses I couldn’t believe how much I learnt in just four days. Looking back on some of my work, I now see it in such efferent light, just as many makeup artists around the world who have trained with her do. It is truly incredible t have your mind and eyes opened in such different ways to an art form you felt you knew so much about. To then have a whole newfound love, appreciation and view of what you do, is such a gift. If you ever have the opportunity to train with thus talented woman so not hesitate and just do it.”
– Lilah Glow Canbarra, Australia
“About three years ago I volunteered for a friend to model and get their eyebrows done where I got to meet Donna Mee for the first time. Donna gave such detailed answers to every student who had questions and was very sincere. If anyone asked me if the money was worth it for one of Donna Met’s classes I would answer absolutely! She was everything I had been looking for in a mentor. I’ve spent over $30,000 in school to get my license in cosmetology, esthetics and for a certificate at a makeup school. When it came to spending money of course I was skeptical, but Donna always tells us to do our research and I did! Donna’s experience is legit and her classes are well worth every penny ad more. Donna Mee is more than just a mentor. She is someone I look up too and I am so glad I took the leap of faith and followed my dreams and pursued more education because in less than a year I have grown so much as an artist and in my beauty career.
– Jenn Mendoza Anaheim, California
“When I finished my makeup diploma, I felt like I knew how to do makeup, but not how to get my business started, or even which way I wanted to go; let alone how to go about getting there. I felt swamped and consumed with the thought that I was a huge disappointment if I couldn’t get work. I met Donna when she was speaking at Salon Melbourne in 2015 expecting to get a few tips and that was it. Instead Donna blew me away with about 1.5 hours of pure gold. That was the first time I felt excited as I found someone I believed in and could truly follow. Yet I felt annoyed when I walked around the product stands after that class. Every question I asked the exhibitors was met with “not-so-correct” responses, I was told I couldn’t use this product for a certain purpose, even though Donna had just explained how to moment before.
Because of those classes, webinars and all the daily advise she gives on social media, I have become more driven, directed and ACTUALLY passionate about makeup. What I have learned about application, how to get into certain industries, even how to look at situations or opportunities in a different light, has been life changing.”
Victoria Marie Melbourne, Australia
“I have been a cosmetologist for nearly 30 years with a keen interest in makeup. I bought ever book that got my attention and studied them as if my career depended on it. Yet, I still always felt as though I was missing something. I never thought a girl like me could go to a big city to pursue a passion of makeup until much later in life. After I graduated I went straight to work and from there, dreams of becoming a makeup artist were pushed to the side and life took over. I have a great life and love my career, but hungered for more. I joined makeup groups, reading posts, learning who’s who in the field and I started taking names. Donna was one of those names and wow, the wealth of information was mind-boggling. Her teachings on the wisdom of business, how to choose the right lighting, how important portfolio is, bridal makeup, my value as an artist and basically just knowing your job have just changed my career and though process about it. The biggest thing I have learned from Donna was to invest in myself and my career.”
– Joei Sanger Gehren Germantown, Ohio
“My work has improved tremendously since taking some of Donna Mee’s classes. I have a long way to go but I can honestly say that Donna has changed my life. Not just professional but personally as well. I come from a makeup school who solely focused on trends and Youtube/IG makeup to gain likes and follows. When I came across Donna’s makeup group on Facebook it literally changed my life. I learned the right techniques, how to value myself as a makeup artist, it gave me confidence in my art and made me realize that I am capable of so much more with the proper training. Donna gave me the push I needed to succeed. I am always left feel 100% more confident in my artistry after any training of hers. I have so much passion for the beauty industry and now know I can be successful in it.”
– Tatiana Pineda California, USA
“When I started to Follow Donna Mee on one of her Facebook groups I started to learn something I didn’t expect to learn. I expected to learn little tricks and tips to help my skills; I thought this because I thought that is all it would take to become a makeup artist. However, I found that what I was truly missing was confidence and people skill. I am a naturally introverted person and was scared at not making a client happy or seeming stupid. Then one day I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw a post from Donna, “Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Will.” I hadn’t thought about anything to so with m makeup for others or really even myself in weeks, and that’s when I started having dreams about doing makeup on the sets of photo-shoots. This is when I realized I was killing my soul by not giving myself the opportunity to achieve what I really want and contacted a makeup artists that runs a freelance company and told her I as ready to do what I love. Fast forward 9 months and I am now a certified makeup artists working to grow my portfolio and build my skills. I am honestly the happiest I have ever been and cannot wait to continue to grow with knowledge from Donna.”
– Rachel Montoy
“Donna, I took your Mastering the Art of Eyebrows class in Melbourne. I added brown shipping to my list of services and in the first nine days I did 16 brow reshapes on clients. Just three months after your class, I’ve already done 56 brow appointments and I’m getting bookings for new clients everyday. Within three months I was able to quit my job and work part-time doing nothing but brows! Because of you, I was able to start my own journey, become my own boss and follow my dream job. Now I am able to work from home and spend more time with my children. Words can never truly begin to describe how happy I am and how grateful I am to have met you.”
-Brodee Kernaghan Mildurah, Australia
“My life has changed in the most epic way in the last week…..I cannot explain it. Donna you have changed my life forever. Thank you! With the information from this past weekends classes in Johannesburg and the information still coming up in the Cape Town classes, if I took a clean break and focused like you said, do my test shoots, align my self with agencies to get pull power and lord knows what other awesomeness you will tell us at the rest of the workshops. Once I do everything you say… Thank you a million times! When I make my first million, which will be pretty soon because the skills and information you are giving me is absolute, I’m going to find you wherever you are in the world and take you out. You have no idea how much you’ve changed my life in just 2 days. I’m going to be one of your awesome success stories.”
– Ntombane Nhlapo, Johannesburg, South Africa
“Had an amazing class with Donna Mee today. I learnt so much… I can truly say it was my monies worth. I got some of the best advice I can ever use to help further my career. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing Donna. Thank you for brightening my future as an artist and helping me realize it’s that easy… I just have to put my mind to it. I appreciate you coming to share your life experiences with us all today! You think straight outta the box and I admire that. Your experience and knowledge is world class and what an honor it was to have you share that with me.”
– Bianca Comer, Cape Town, South Africa
“When you mentor gives you some amazing teaching lessons to help you succeed in your career: PRICELESS. Four people came to me today and said to me “Rene I follow you on Facebook because you make your dreams come true” It touched me so much and I would like to thank you for making me realize I am good enough to be a success and giving me career advice and shortcuts. Thank you Donna. I am so honored to have you as my mentor.”
– Rene Ferreira, Johannesburg, South Africa
“Donna said ‘you don’t know what you don’t know until someone enlightens you’. I stand in awe, so amazed, and all of me has totally change since your presence in my life .. every time I look into your eyes, I see a glimpse of all I always wanted to be. Let me be changed by you Donna.. I thank God, my Daddy, Jesus for your presence in my life which totally influences my passion, my soul , make my confidence from 10 to 99%!! I learn how to have a heart seeking knowledge knowledge knowledge more and more.. I see what God do for you not only talented hands, but also heart to see someone change. You are a change agent Donna Mee in the Beauty field, art-entertainment mountain, and you are on TOP because the world knows you… and I pray that divine connection more and more upon you.. the doors will be open for you because God honours your heart to make people change in better way.
– Clerence Victoria, Jakarta, Indonesia
Hey Donna, I don’t know how to express my gratitude after your Master class in Melbourne. Saying thank you x1000 times is definitely not enough! I’ve heard plenty positive things about you before, and it took me a while to make the decision taking your classes. It’s not easy for a stubborn, skeptical, scientist to fall for anything without hard evidence. I certainly expected your classes to be informative, helpful and of course, great. But putting all these words together is still such an understatement of how brilliant it is.
My vision as an artist as well as a businesswoman has been expanded to an unbelievable extent in just two days. I will never look at my artistry or business the same. I am so determined and motivated now, and I can’t wait to experience more of your awesomeness!
In a few days, it’s impossible to cover everything, however you were able to point out the right path to me unambiguously, like nobody else. There is so much information and ideas behind everything you said, that I haven’t stopped brainstorming ever since! Going to your Beauty Boot Camp in Bali would be my number one goal next year! Please take care and I will see you again.
– Mary Li Canberra, ACT, Australia
“The best thing I did was make the decision to fly to Perth to meet the amazing L.A makeup artist & CEO of Donna Mee Inc, Donna Mee. Her workshops have already taught me SO much about business, marketing and the ins and outs of the industry that you just don’t learn unless you have YEARS of industry experience. Many makeup artists have inspired me throughout my career, however Donna has inspired and motivated me like no one before. Not only is she an incredible person, but a successful business woman, and an amazingly talented artist who delivers all her workshops with passion. Xx Thankyou for sharing your knowledge.”
– Kerry Tseros, Melbourne, Australia
“Donna, you are MY IDOL!!! Words cannot explain how incredibly smart and inspirational this woman is! Oh and SUCCESSFUL! I have you to thank for the “highs” in my life at the moment. The abundant amount of info I’ve learnt from you has been insane and this has given me so much more drive to achieve bigger and better things in my career. Things that I’ve wanted but didn’t think I could get. So thank you Donna! I can’t thank you enough for all you have taught me over the past 2 weeks. “Holy Shit!” You have helped me to improve my career tenfold now and in the future.”
– Priscilla Christine Gontran, Perth Australia
“I did a makeup techniques class with Donna Mee the first time she came to Australia in 2010 and was BLOWN AWAY by how much I learned with her. I learned more in 2 hours than I had in a whole year of studying makeup at school!
Earlier this year when Donna came back to Australia, I decided I wanted to have a private lesson with her. I just knew how valuable her knowledge was and needed it to be a more personal experience to really help me with my ambitions and goals as a professional makeup artist. I was going for a new job as head makeup artist with a new high fashion brand, I was really stuck with interview techniques and I was up against a woman who had been with the company for 13 years!
Everything I thought I was doing right for the interview was wrong! Donna made sense of everything and just amazed me with every word that came out of her mouth. After my private session with her I felt so ready for the interview and confident. The interview I had with the international brand manager and educator was an incredible success and I honestly don’t think I would have gotten that job even slightly without Donna’s help. I have always been horrible with interviews, but this really changed everything for me. She also advised me on tips on having a successful freelance business and now I am able to balance working both for an amazing brand and working independently.
I believe her knowledge of the business side of makeup is incredibly powerful and just as inspiring as her knowledge of makeup application. Thank you for everything Donna, you have changed my life!”
– Kaysia Joy Fair, Melbourne, Australia
“Donna Mee, you’re such an inspiration to me. Your workshop at IMATS, LA 2012 was definitely the highlight of the show. I bought every product you suggested from Senna cosmetics and I love the brand! I was busy running around to many different classes trying to soak up tips and knowledge, but none of the other speakers made an impact on me. You truly have a gift for teaching and inspiring. I am truly blessed to have been able to attend that class. Your tips on contouring and highlighting made so much more sense than how I was taught to me years ago…
I’m a trainer and photographer at a makeup academy in South Africa. I would love doing some courses with you, Empire Academy of Makeup looks mind blowing! But until then I will follow your career with much enthusiasm and excitement. Keep up the amazing work. You’re a legend!”
– SJ Van Zyl, Cape Town, South Africa
“Are you sitting there wondering “Should I do a Donna Mee Master Class, and Whats in it for me? Well let me tell you briefly about my experience. I did 3 of her classes over the past week and… OMG OMG OMG! I don’t care if you have been teaching makeup for 25 years like me, You NEED to do her class for inspiration and motivation. If you are trying to build a business, you NEED to do her class to make real money. If you are a student, you NEED to do her class to prevent years of frustration and to ensure you are always re-booked! If you love makeup, you NEED to do her class for yourself. I guarantee you will never regret it because you will look better everyday of your life forever more. If you want a successful competitive retail business you MUST do her classes! If your wondering what I really need in my kit? You NEED to do Donna’s class. Never before have I witnessed such a generous class, Donna shares her own personal kit with all and will give constructive criticism on your products. Donna Mee is one hell of a classy lady who is way to modest! The chick worked with “KEVYN AUCOIN!” Her wrap sheet is mind blowing! Most of her classes are full of ladies that have attended previous classes of Donna’s (What does that tell you?!) They have traveled from all over Australia, at much expense to sit before her again and again. Several already signed up to study with Donna in California at her massive academy for a year even after they’ve taken multiple classes! She has changed my view of makeup forever! I can’t stop staring at peoples faces and seeing them differently, I can’t sleep thinking about painting faces. BEG, BORROW OR STEAL To be at the last remaining classes! Do yourself a favor!”
– Cal Butler, Coffs Harbour, Australia
“Dear Reader/ Donna’s student or graduate/ person who wants to really learn about Beauty, makeup and skin care: Before I tell you what you’re getting yourself into, I’m going to brag a little bit about how Donna Mee literally changed my life in FOUR hours. Yes, four hours! (You know, the eight thirty minute episodes of Family Guy or the Kardashian’s that you may typically waste time with.)
Within the first four hours of my first class with Donna, she had given me way more knowledge to me than I had learned in high school, college, and pretty much LIFE all together. You are about to embark on a seriously scientific and life-changing book. Well, not a book, not really a manual or a guide either. But a bible for everything to do with beauty. Yes, I went there. BIBLE!
Donna Mee owns, runs and teaches at a professional makeup artistry academy. (who DOES that?) She changes lives daily with her knowledge in skincare, color theory, the epitome of beauty, makeup placement, application techniques, usage of brushes, proper hygiene, product knowledge , and everything in between. It’s not enough for her to just teach you how to achieve a smokey eye or perfect brows or whatever the curriculum is for the day. She will teach you to really grasp, the “WHY” behind everything she teaches. Most people have no idea why they do makeup the way they do but everything Donna teaches is based on science and she makes it interesting and memorable. So if you are curious to know why we do anything we do with makeup, the hang onto your makeup brushes, you’re about to learn! You’ll understand the purpose of each product and application technique and you’ll never be confused on what to purchase or do with your products ever again.
You will learn to accept, and EMBRACE your BEAUTY that lies beneath that smokey eye in which you will soon know how to properly “ROCK.” This beauty bible is going to be passed on for many generations. Read this. Keep this. Forever. Don’t let your friend borrow it. Make them buy their own, or buy it for them.
A lot of self-taught makeup artists, or even the ones that have gone to makeup schools have to learn by trial and error, but Donna Mee gives you the TOOLS to fully understand the makeup world in order for you never to take the confusion out of things. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for life”? Enough said.
Not only did I learn an extreme amount to prepare me for my career growth, but Donna has been there for me through my personal growth as well. Like I said, you read this and learn to embrace your beauty, you’re about to feel HOT! (Cue the music, please) Now move along and prepare to learn how to improve your own makeup and anyone else’s you do in the future.”
– Stephanie Jun Cerritos, California
“I am extremely excited I took the time to go to all of the different makeup schools in and around Los Angeles and then chose to be taught by Donna. I enjoyed the small class sizes, the hands on instruction, and the level of professionalism from all of the staff. I feel I got more than my moneys worth with her and know I received the tools to be successful in the industry. I immediately found work that allowed me to travel all over the United States. In turn, those jobs lead to exposure wish resulted in being accepted for representation to the famous Cloutier makeup artist agency! I have since written a beauty book and am in love with my career.”
– Kenetia Lee Burbank, CA
“I am doing really well and living my dream. Donna MEE gave that to me. She pushed me so hard when I was at being taught by her to make sure I was doing what I loved, and what I wanted to do as far as a career. I took that and ran with it. I am so happy! I have flourished with all that I’ve learned from Donna, and along the way.”
– Tianna Atwood, Hollywood, CA
“I have been meaning to send you a note for quite sometime, and have always hesitated for lack of being able to truly express my sincerity. Today however seemed like the right day to do so.
It is raining here in Arizona (where my husband is currently stationed-yes he is still in the military), and with such glorious weather comes inspiration; which since 2001 (when I first met and was trained by you) I have always thought of you in correlation.
I was never one to be able to physically achieve what I saw in my minds eye the first go around, however, I rarely skipped a beat when it came to understanding the basis and premise of what I was being taught (This held true in my ability as a makeup artist). In time however, and with much perseverance I learned to keep at things until I had them the way I saw them in my own mind. This attitude I attribute greatly to you, and would like to express my deepest Thanks.
Everyone who trains with Donna is getting more than the “BEST” and most thorough education in makeup artistry; they are being inspired. I still do makeup, I write for examiner.com as a makeup examiner, and have published my first book (not makeup related) this last February. Each of these accomplishments I don’t believe would have been possible had I never learned from her.
I just wanted to let you know that I am thankful for the time, energy and emotions you put into what you do. Your passion, commitment, and honesty have and will always inspire me wherever I am in the world.”
– Amy Conklin, Arizona
“Could you please let Donna know that she is literally kicking my butt. Yes she has cleared my skin and I’m loosing some weight (she is a goddess for that) but honestly class is really hard. So point of the email, I left her class last night with the second lowest grade of my academic career thinking thank God I passed. Never have I felt that way about a grade so low without loosing sleep and asking for a re-test. Then my poor sister who I flew out here to help me with my kids, I drag her to Ralph’s to the sorry cosmetic aisle looking at colors and trying to match her skin tone. It gets worse, we get back to my house and I make her sit until I can kinda get a match; face it we went to Ralph’s.
Then I kept practicing my brush stroke on her face because I’m not used to doing anything on humans so my touch is abrasive. Then I must have prepped her face 5 or 6 times because my touch is so hard and I needed the practice, then I had to come to work at 6am. Point being, I did not work this hard for the education that I paid $42K for, hell I don’t work that hard for my current employer. BUT I like this a lot better. So could you tell her that for me because She Really Scares Me.”
– Shoniece Boughton, Orange County, CA
“We met last night at your Contouring & Highlighting Master Class, and after one class I have had the complete realization that I want to learn everything from you! You were an amazing teacher as well as personality. Last night gave me a firm indication on the lack of information & training I have had leading up to this point. To tell you the complete truth I came home and cried. It was the best night of learning and yet an extreme reality check! I knew I wanted to learn more, but it is only now I realize how much I actually didn’t know. In my first emails to you I said I wanted to be the choice for bridal makeup in Australia. That goal has not changed, and if anything it has grown to be more than just bridal from listening to your inspirational training session last night. I know that I have a lot to learn before this dream is a reality. When you almost cried talking about the change in people’s lives you made with corrective makeup, it hit my heart. I know that feeling of wanting to change people’s lives and make people feel amazing. Thank you in advance!!”
– Mieke Stevinson, Sydney, Australia
“The Print, Runway and Bridal class has been the most beneficial class to my career as a freelance makeup artist. After completing the P.R.B. class with Donna, I had my first tear sheet in a national magazine within a month of graduating! This was largely in part of the contacts I made while networking as Donna Mee taught me. I am booked nearly every day at a photo shoot, fashion show, with a bride or private client. I often find myself working with graduates from other makeup schools or “self taught” artists. I always have a line of models waiting for my chair and have been constantly asked by the photographers and models to “fix” other artists work. There is so much science and theory to understand and take into consideration to achieve the best makeup possible and so many factors that need to be analyzed. My experience working with many artists in the industry is that they don’t posses the skills, knowledge and often the right products and tools necessary to apply the makeup as required. Not a job goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for finding Donna. It was the best decision in my life to choose her as my mentor. Now I am living my dream and loving every minute of it.”
– Lucy Meza, Costa Mesa, CA
“I met Donna Mee about eight years ago. She came into the classroom on day one to share her story of how she got to where she is now. It was one of most inspiring stories I have ever heard. It’s not just about all she has been through, it’s that she stayed strong through it all and didn’t let anything stop her from what she wanted. She got knocked down many, many times, but still kept on going to pursue her dreams. She knew she could do it even when many other people told her she couldn’t. I remember leaving school that night thinking that I wanted to be just like her. I come back to her school at least once a year to sit in on a class. Tonight, eight years since I experienced my first night of training, I sat in on that first day of Intro to hear the story again. It still inspires me. Regardless if makeup is the career for you, anyone listening would be inspired. Donna has such a commanding way about her. You want to listen, you want to do better and you want to succeed because she makes you feel like it’s all possible (because it is!) Above all else, she cares about you and she wants you to succeed just like she did. She gives you her secrets and tells you exactly what you need to have the success that she has had. There are a lot of teachers out there doing what she does, but I challenge you to find one that will do what she does for her students and graduates. Those she’s trained often come back and tell her about their accomplishments because they know she will be proud of them. For me, it’s like telling my parents; I get that same feeling when I share with her my successes. I want her to be proud of me because she has done so much for me. She really is an amazing woman. I actually feel sorry for makeup artists out there who haven’t met Donna and/or had the privilege of hearing her speak. They have no idea what they are missing. Thank you!”
– Devyn McArthur, Orange, CA
“I’d be unemployed right now if it wasn’t for Donna Mee. She’s changed my life in such an amazing, positive way that no one else has. I’m simply honored to not have only learned from her as a teacher and mentor, but just to have been able to meet such an amazing, inspirational, humble person in my life. I feel extremely privileged to be able to say that I know Donna. She was there for me when my dog died and my brother died all within the same month. I feel that she is awesome and I can’t wait until she is on Oprah to show the rest of the world how amazing she is!”
– Stephanie Jun, Cerritos, CA
“Before I started school here, I had a vision and goal to become a makeup artist, traveling around, doing what I loved. But I didn’t know how I was going to get there. I was hoping and searching for something that was going to give me the knowledge, strength, and passion I needed. Now after finishing my courses I feel so empowered and ready to start my career. It’s really difficult for me to put into words the gratitude and admiration I hold for you, Donna. I can see how hard you have worked to get where you are. I see how your passion for makeup has not gone away after all these years. Makeup is the one and only thing I have found in my life that motivates me!”
– Okie Yun, New York, NY
“Donna!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. My personal website is now done. www.kennethpfeifer.com is now live! Can’t wait to show you! You realize I’d be NOWHERE without your help, encouragement, generosity, faith in me, and sheer amazingness. You’re the BEST, Donna.”
– Ken Pfeifer, California
“Donna, This may seem totally random and really out of nowhere but I really have to say this to you. During your classes, I complained that you were too hard on us, and I didn’t understand your tough teaching ways. But, it wasn’t until the night of our Print class finals during the two-day photo-shoot that I realized how much you really did care about the success of your students. You stayed way past the 10:00pm end of class… and worked with all of the students until 2:00am making sure all our photo shoots were perfect. Right down the hairstyling, makeup, wardrobe, posing, and everything! You were wearing heels all day and eventually after midnight, were running around barefoot. You didn’t know this but, for about five minutes, I was just watching you go from set to set, helping and fixing everything and I realized, “Wow she really cares about all of us.” So my point is, that I just really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your tough love during my time at your school.
I hadn’t done anything for myself before attending your school. When I was young, my dad left us and right after high school, my mom kicked me out. In my early 20′s, I had to take responsibility for and take care of my sister who got heavily into drugs and became a homeless runway. I became depressed for the longest time – I was even suicidal. Yeah, I fought thru the depression but I had never had anything to make me feel proud of myself. For a long time, I felt like a loser… And that’s not a good feeling. But the bright side to all this, since finishing your school, I didn’t know if I was going to be strong and brave enough to continue doing makeup. What made me continue doing it was the need to make other women feel beautiful on the outside, even if they didn’t feel so great on the inside, which is what I had felt for SO MANY YEARS. I know that when it comes to my skills, I’m not super great at makeup yet. But I’m working on it. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for giving me this gift of knowing how to make other women feel super amazing about themselves. Because of this, I’m starting to feel super amazing about myself. Which is something that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I feel so much better already now that I’ve finally told you! I have been wanting to tell you all of this for the longest time. You are amazing! Thank you. Xoxo”
– Student from the Class of 2013
“Donna Mee is the ULTIMATE BEAUTY GURU…from her experience launching Make Up For Ever in the US, personal stories with late friend Kevyn Aucoin, or extensive success with Dior just to name a few! Donna’s experience is unparalleled and she is a plethora of information. Her life’s work has been focused on the client’s needs and beauty of the everyday woman. She is a master makeup artist with a focus on makeup for photography. (Selfie or otherwise! Donna shapes her clients experience through in depth education, legendary makeup application skills, and her previous retail expertise. Because of her impact, I not only build large baskets (huge sales) I also satisfy clients that return and they trust me implicitly. Donna has an excellent relationship with clients off all ages and walks of life. I am just one person of thousands she’s impacted and it was over a decade ago that I was trained by this beauty legend.”
– Leah Ague
“Donna thanks for an amazing weekend of master classes. You have inspired me beyond words. Inspired me to take charge of my life and want to be the absolute best that I can be. You have boosted my self-confidence and allowed me to see how great I really can be if I put my mind to it. I actually have a great idea for my business that I thought of when I got home on Sunday and cant wait to share it with you. I feel so privileged to have been your student and cant wait until we meet again when I’m rich and famous LOL… You really are a SUPERSTAR!!! Oh and wait…. I’m a SUPERSTAR too, thanks to you! I look forward to your upcoming online classes. Take care and thank you Ms. Mee.”
– Ayesha Khan, Cape Town, South Africa
“A few years ago I helped sponsor a good friend and role model attend Donna Mee’s training in London. Shortly after this I decided regardless of the odds against me, I was going to finally be true to myself and follow my dreams. I wanted to become a makeup artist. I had done makeup here and there over the years for friends and myself for a variety of events such as weddings, photo shoots and random special occasions.
This is when I started following Donna Mee, and I started to learn something I didn’t expect to learn. I expected to learn little tricks and tools to fine tune my skills; I thought this because I thought that is all it would take to become a makeup artist. However, what I found that what I was truly missing was confidence and people skills. I am naturally a shy person when I first meet people. I was scared; I would stumble over my own words. I was scared of the client not being happy and scared I would seem stupid.
Realizing that lack of confidence and fears was one of the biggest things holding me back from achieving my goals in life. This was scary enough I wanted to give up and just settle for my industrial dirty job, I was certain that would be good enough for life. I even allowed myself to start to settle into this rut. Life had kicked me around enough; I wasn’t going to allow myself to feel like a failure again. I didn’t think I could handle it.
Then one day I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw a post from Donna Mee “Doubt kills more dreams than failure will”. I saved the image and set it as my background but didn’t relate it much to makeup, at the time I was just getting back from spending a few months in Japan, settling back into home after living in a hotel, getting back into the routine of chores, work schedule, taking care of all the fur babies, and getting to spend time with my hubs who I had missed all so much. I hadn’t thought about anything to do with makeup for others or really even myself in weeks, when the dreams started. I kept having this dream about being on the set of a photo shoot doing makeup, it became a nightly dream.
This is when I realized that I was killing my soul by not giving myself the opportunity to fear. I thought about it long and hard and decided to contact a makeup artist that runs a freelance company and told her I was ready to learn more about something I love so much. Fast-forward about 9 months, I am now a certified makeup artist working to grow my portfolio and build my skills. One day I hope to be able to live my dream life in every aspect but for now I am happy learning more and more and build steady and compassionate business.
I feel like I wouldn’t taken this leap of faith it wasn’t for the inspiration that Donna Mee has continued to share on a regular bases through her groups, videos and personal Facebook page. I am honestly the happiest I have ever been and can not wait to continue to grow and become a better makeup scientist and artist, with knowledge from Donna Mee.”
Rachel Lynn, Oregon
“I’ll start with the obvious, learning Donna’s unsurpassed techniques in applying makeup as well as business tips for those focused on becoming a successful makeup artist. Donna doesn’t just show you how to put makeup on people. She teaches the science of it. That’s right, it’s not just an ART. There is SCIENCE behind her makeup techniques! She goes way beyond on teaching how color theory applies to makeup, choosing the correct foundation, contouring and highlighting (it’s not what you’ll find on YouTube!), applying shadow to different eye shapes, and the list goes on. She even covers skin care and clears up the skin care myths so many of us have heard. However, this isn’t what I consider my biggest take away from knowing Donna.
To be honest, it’s been 12 years since I’ve taken Donna’s classes, and unfortunately some of those methods I’ve learned from Donna have been forgotten. Life somehow seemed to get in the way of my goals of becoming a successful makeup artist. I fell into the fear trap that so may of us do when we’re about to give up on our dream. I continued doing makeup. I did a few weddings here and there, but most of my experience has been working for several different makeup lines in retail over the years. Something Donna said was to get a job in retail to get some practice under your belt, but only stay 6 months, maybe a year. Well I was sucked in. It was a steady paycheck. When I had my first son, I decided I needed to try something different. I am so thankful to my friend Khadijah, Misses Blessed Hogan’s, for recommending I get my license to become an esthetician. She kept pushing me until I finally went and got the info to start at the Skin Institute of St. Louis. That’s what got me away from retail. Now, there is nothing wrong with working retail, but I had different plans for myself. I have been working as a licensed esthetician for almost 4 years now and to this day recommend Donna’s skincare methods. Much to the dismay of some my fellow estheticians out there. Most know how I feel about a foaming cleanser!
Through the years I have followed Donna thanks to social media. I would check her website just to see what’s new. I have been wanting to take some more classes for several years now, but always told myself I didn’t have the funds to do so. I have a family now and have financial obligations. How selfish would I be to spend money on going to California to train with Donna AGAIN?! Recently something struck a cord with me though. I happened to catch a live Facebook video training from Donna. I got a notification that she was coming on and thought, “This is as close as I’ll get to training with her again!” Boy am I thankful that I happened to jump on that call! The Golden Globes were on, and she talked about getting a gig doing makeup for celebrities for shows of that caliber. It isn’t something I necessarily aspire to myself, but I listened to every word. That’s when she mentioned the contest. The 2 winners of the contest win a 1 year Beauty Mentorship with Donna. That was the first time I had heard of the program, but I knew I had to be a part of it. I wasn’t planning on entering the contest at all because the voice in my head said “You’ll never win. You’re going to make a fool of yourself.” I could feel my cheeks getting warm.
Hearing her voice again lit me up. I started basically stalking her on Facebook. Those that follow her know that she shares a lot of inspirational quotes. Every one I read felt like it was directed towards me! Donna has one of the biggest hearts. It shows in everything she does. Take one minute to Google reviews on her and you’re sure to find at least 100 right away going on and on about how kind and caring she is. Donna will lend a helping hand any way she can. She’s known to help out those that are less fortunate, often giving warm food to someone living on the street. Even wrapping a homeless mans wounds in bandages because she couldn’t just walk by watching him suffer.
I’ve been following Donna’s pages a little more closely now. I’ve gone back and watched her past live videos, taking notes on all the wisdom she’s laying out. I shed some tears watching her video about overcoming life’s challenges. I’m following artists she’s trained that have also been inspired by her. The amount of love for this woman is unbelievable. I’ve connected with another artist from my hometown that has taken her classes! I was so excited to learn another Donna grad was so close!
I look back at just this past week and realize the impact Donna has made on me in such little time of reconnecting with her. First of all, I overcame fear and entered the contest by submitting a very scary photo. That is huge for me. I was surprised by the support everyone has shown. I’ve been so quiet on social media and wasn’t expecting people to even see or care about my post. I’ve even had a few inquiries for makeup lessons after that post! Something I so wasn’t expecting! I’ve made a few other small moves to help my career that I’ve been putting off for years. I drove past a homeless man on my way to the store and didn’t have money to give him. I ended up buying socks, gloves, chapstick, and a few protein bars for him. I couldn’t stop thinking, “What would Donna do?” I can’t sleep at night because all I can think about is starting this mentorship. (I’m up several times nursing my baby. Each time I check to see what Donna has posted in the middle of the night. I know she’s up at all hours. Putting in the hard work to help others is what drives her.) I feel like it is my last opportunity to show myself what Donna has known all along, that I am capable and I deserve to have the career I once dreamed of. It is going to be life changing.
Fast forward to where I am today. Sitting here typing this as my oldest son is playing with my 3 month old. I am determined to set the example for them in hopes that in the future they too work hard to not only chase after their dreams but to fulfill them and find happiness in their successes.
Donna Mee has reignited this fire inside me to make my dreams become my reality. I am no longer calling it a dream to be a successful makeup artist. It is my PLAN. There is no other option. I’ll forever be thankful for Donna and truly have never met any other person like her.
One of my favorite quotes from Donna is one she shared in a recent heartfelt video. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.“ by Henry Ford. I’ve heard it a million times, but it really hit home this time. I realized how important it is to be your own cheerleader and to believe in yourself. Otherwise, no one else will.
After all of that, I have to say the most valuable lesson I learned from Donna Mee is not to sell yourself short. Don’t give in to the fear. You are going to make mistakes. Those are just lessons. Don’t give up.”
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