Erin Cooney. Minneapolis Makeup Artist for WarPaint International Beauty Agency

Erin - Minneapolis Makeup Artisan & Wedding Consultant

What makes your artistry unique?: I'm realistic about makeup. In an industry flooded with the same looks done up with filters and editing, I strive to create real beauty and bring out my client's unique features. I focus on clean, wearable, real makeup looks. I love being able to create work that is rough and raw as well as refined and pretty. I want my clients to leave an appointment with me looking and feeling their best, but most importantly, feeling like themselves. I believe that makeup is about enhancing, not hiding or covering up.

What inspires you? Rock and roll aesthetic. Earthy beauty. 60s era makeup. Desaturated colors. Gold jewelry. Stones and crystals. Shine. Soul. A gorgeous face of beautifully cared for skin. Bold, wild eyebrows. Gap teeth. Asymmetry. I find inspiration in unique people, those with an original sense of style who have an individual glow. People with their own unique energy who aren't afraid to stir things up.

Style Icon: Blake Lively, Natalie Dormer, Jessica Lange, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis.


  • Painting.
  • Running.
  • Eating.

WarPaint Artisan Since: March 2016

Specialty: Bridal, event, every day beauty, editorial, fashion.

Education & Experience: I have five years over all in the industry as an independent freelance artist, two years with MAC Cosmetics as a permanent artist/freelance artist.

Your makeup should never precede you, but walk with you.
— Estee Lauder