Shauné Hayes is a professional makeup artist in Washington D.C. working in print, television, weddings and events.  With over 10 years experience in the industry, she is inventive and creative in her approach to makeup yet knows how to bring out the natural beauty in her clients.

Shauné discovered her passion for makeup after doing a friend’s face for a hair show. From there it was no turning back for this former assistant news editor and systems consultant for the Washington Post.

She worked for Lancôme Cosmetics where she sharpened her skills as a freelance makeup artist. She has also dedicated years of education and hands-on training — studying in Toronto, New York and D.C. — to learn from some of the best in the business. She is a firm believer that great makeup begins with great skin, and her experience as a skin care specialist ensures each client achieves her beauty potential. “If the skin is amazing, everything else will fall into place.” But with the various brushes, palettes and products she uses to paint a face, she insists her best tool “is my imagination. If I can think it or dream it, then I can do it.”

Shauné has worked on a number of celebrities and public personalities including Beyonce’s band “The Suga Mamas,” Tatyana Ali, Carla Hall (co-host of “The Chew”), Bernadette Cooper of KLYMAXX, Jean Chatzy, Cornell West, Roland Martin and Richard Smallwood. Her work has been featured in World Fashion House’s Rock Your Fashion campaign, Miss Black USA, Grammy Salute to Gospel, BET, Scripps Networks, The Washington Times, Ebony, Global Woman and Black Enterprise magazines to name a few.

Shauné particularly enjoys working with brides. Her work has been featured on Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Essence.com, Bayside Brides and Love and Lavender wedding blogs. She is a recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award (2009-2012), and she’s also a makeup artist with Bridal Artistry, a multi-ethnic team of makeup artists and hair stylists who provide quality on-site service to brides in the greater Washington DC area. Bridal Artistry was voted The Knot Best of Weddings for 2011 and 2012.

Shauné’s passion for makeup artistry doesn’t stop when her brushes are packed away. She volunteers for various charity events throughout the year including the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” program, where she teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment. “My mother is a breast cancer survivor, so to use my love of makeup artistry in this way is tremendously rewarding,” she says.

Shauné enjoys every minute of her work and is so blessed to have discovered her true passion. “I used to say I stumbled into makeup by doing a favor for a friend. But now I realize that whatever you are destined to do will find you. And makeup artistry found me.”