Growing up in Cuba in the 1960's watching her mother rim her lips and eyes with dark liners was the start of Leslie Lopezís love for makeup. "The look was so typical of the time, but I never liked heavy makeup." Once she hit high school, friends were lining up for subtle makeovers created with nude radiant hues. In her 20's, Lopez began posing for a prominent fashion illustrator, who noticed her talent for makeup artistry and recommended her to editors at top fashion magazines. After a year-long makeup course, Lopez got her big break in 1987, when she filled at the last minute for a makeup artist who called in sick to a big editorial shoot. That day sparked the beginning of a 12-year working relationship with the magazine, among many others.
Lopez adapts to the taste of every client and has established herself as one of the most renowned and called upon artists in the industry. Known for creating immaculate faces on the most beautiful people in the world including clients Alicia Silverstone, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Debra Messing, Hillary Duff, Iman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Michael Michelle, Kidman, Rebecca Romijn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson, and Talisa Soto. Leslie's luminous, glowing dewy skin has become a coveted red-carpet look. "Beautiful makeup should look like no makeup. I like to accentuate the physical beauty of each person," she says. So think the clients of hers who work with her so regularly for such magazines as Cosmoplotian, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Harper's Bazaar Espanol, InStyle, Marie Claire, Vogue, Vogue Espana, Vogue en Espanol.
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