My name is Carrie Esser and I am a creative makeup artist
and body painter based in Arizona
(born and raised in the great state of OHIO!)
Growing up, my creativity led me to make anything I could imagine. From sculpting polymer clay miniatures to coming home from school with intricate sharpie designs on my entire arm (which my mom did not approve of haha), the world was my creative playground.
I bring that artistic spirit with me every day as I continue to pursue my passion.
I began testing out makeup in my early high school years, but really dove into the creative makeup and body art realm around 2013. As a self-taught artist, my journey has been filled with experimenting, trial and error and growing from seeing how I could improve my own art.
Art provides an endless space to be imaginative and adventurous. I am very grateful to be doing what I love and being able to share that with people around the world. I am incredible blessed to have such a supportive team of family, friends and the Makeup Madhouse family to encourage me through this journey.
FAKE UP SEASON 2 FINALIST
This opportunity opened up in fall of 2020 and I jumped right on it. As the first applicant to get an interview with producers I was excited for what was to come!
In October 2020 I geared up with my face masks, hand sanitizer and a ton of makeup, flew to LA and started this journey. With 5 days of quarantining alone in the hotel before filming I did my best to relax and mentally prepare for this creative competition.
Meeting the season 2 cast was the highlight of the experience. I met a few faces that I had already been friends with from the internet (hi Krista and Kaleb!) and connected with new talented artists as well.
This Snapchat Original is an illusion makeup competition with the goal of creating original makeup looks to be turned into Snapchat lenses. Throughout my experience I pushed myself to design original, out of the box makeups and grew as an illusion artist. I know have a stronger fascination with pushing my makeups with aspects of illusion art.
*Spoilers* I ended up winning 2 challenges which resulted in 2 of my own Snapchat lenses inspired by my winning looks. I became the runner up for the show and it has helped me with move forward with many opportunities.
TOP 5 NATIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST
FACE Awards National Makeup Competition
I competed in the 2018 and 2019 FACE Awards USA. Both years I was selected into the Top 30.
In 2018 I advanced to the Top 20 then the Top 12.
In 2019 my community voted to help me move into the Top 15 and then the Top 5 in the country.
My incredible supporters were a huge factor in getting Team Madhouse to the top! I am endlessly grateful for your support.