Naseem Rafiei. Minneapolis Makeup Artist

Naseem - Minneapolis Makeup Artisan

What makes your artistry unique?: I look at makeup as a series of lines, textures and colors. Because of my design education, I consider the Gestalt philosophy (an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts) as I'm working in order to determine the best approach and execution for the task at hand. I'm so grateful that my fine arts background lends itself seamlessly to my career as a makeup artist. My favorite element of makeup artistry is the nuance of color correction. One of the most rewarding moments each time I work is seeing my client's reaction when they see themselves in the mirror, and the exciting synergy of my artistry bringing their vision to life.

What inspires you? I am inspired and moved by many lovely things in this world, like the perfect sunset palette or the texture of feathers, but I always find myself drawn to simplicity and minimalism. I believe in minimalism as a lifestyle and philosophy. When "less is more", the whole entity can speak for itself. When I'm working with an incredible team of people on commercial projects, the shared vision gives me such joie de vivre. When you feel alive and fiery in your heart, that's the magic moment.

Style Icon: Disney's Maleficent from the animated film, Sleeping Beauty. She's poised, eloquent, graceful, and equal parts terrifying and beautiful. Plus, her eyebrows are absolutely striking.

Hobbies/Interests: When I'm not employing my makeup artistry, I work in the service industry as a server/bartender. I am incredibly passionate about well-crafted cocktails, fine wines, the nuances of cheese, artfully plated food and the whole song and dance of the restaurant industry. I am lucky to have jobs in both fields that bring me joy and life. I'm always on the clock for making a bad dad joke, too. When I'm not at work, I enjoy relaxing at home with my cat and trying out all the new digs opening up in the Twin Cities.

WarPaint Artisan Since: December 2014

Specialty: Commercial and editorial photo shoots, bridal makeup, and one-on-one client education.

Education & Experience:

  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) 2012.
  • WarPaint International Academy - Hair & Makeup Master Skills 2015
  • WarPaint International Academy - Safety & Sanitation 2017