Claire Donnelly - Minneapolis Makeup Artist

She believed she could, so she did.
— R.S. Grey

Claire - Minneapolis Makeup Artisan

WarPaint International Artisan of the Year 2016!

What makes your artistry unique?: My devotion to fine detail and realism. Whether I am working on a beautiful bride, or a grotesque creature from your nightmares, my main focus is to capture that sense of realism in my work. In addition to my client's happiness, executing a makeup that the audience truly believes in is one of the most important things to me as an artist.

What inspires you? Most of my inspiration stems from film. When I watch movies I often take notes of not only the makeups I would like to learn to replicate, but also how I can take those makeups and tweak them to create something of my own. My fascination of and inspiration from film has also led to my dedication to realism which sets me apart as an artist!

Style Icon: Leighton Meester as "Blair Waldorf" on Gossip Girl is my ultimate style icon. Her character's ability to put a unique spin on a classic look is something that I try to emulate in both my wardrobe and my makeup applications.


  • Creating new characters and creatures through the use of SFX makeup techniques.
  • Cooking and Baking.
  • Downhill Skiing.
  • Sewing.
  • Anything "crafty!"

WarPaint Artisan Since: February 2016

Specialty: Special Effects Makeups, and creating flawless skin and perfect eyebrows!

Education & Experience: While obtaining my Bachelor degree in Communications at the University of St. Thomas, I worked as a freelance makeup artist. During that time I worked as an artist for multiple weddings, fashion shoots, editorial shoots, as well as proms and special events. Upon Graduation I was accepted into the Joe Blasco Makeup Artistry Training Center in Orlando, Florida where I graduated at the top of my class. Since the completion of my training I have continued to work in the wedding industry and beauty industry, but have also had the wonderful opportunity to expand into the world of editorial and television makeup artistry. My work has been seen on both local (Twin Cities Live, Channel 5 News) and national (History Channel & Entertainment Tonight) broadcasting networks. This past year I was also named WarPaint Artisan of the Year for the year of 2016. I am so honored to have received this award excited to continue to grow with WarPaint International!

  • WarPaint International Academy - Makeup Master Skills 2016
  • WarPaint International Academy - Safety & Sanitation 2017