Hi, I'm Carrie
A glimpse into my life as an artist
Since a young age living in Ohio I have been imaginative and creative in many art forms. I am blessed to have supportive family and friends that have always encouraged my artistic expressions.
I used to draw intricate sharpie designs on my arms in high school, knowing full well that it probably was not good for my skin and body. It was good for my soul.
I explored polymer clay and made miniature creations for a couple years in middle school leading into high school. My small business was called Creartive Clay. It was my first go at running my own business. I created YouTube videos and connected with clay artists around the world who would send me their miniatures to review and share. I sold my clay art at craft fairs and had my mom by my side to support and assist. As I transitioned into high school I gravitated toward playing with makeup.
In 2012 I began wearing colorful eyeshadow to school each day. By 2013 I was using eyeshadows and eyeliners to produce creative makeups that were similar to body painting. I began entering Instagram makeup competitions and doing makeup on friends. I spent the weekends with my show choir friends creating full-on themed makeup and body art photo shoots. We planned everything ahead of time: outfits, time, location, props and of course the makeup design. Looking back, I really miss these times and cherish them dearly. I was able to dedicate a lot of time and energy to every detail of those projects.
My social media platforms began to gain traction. I started getting hired to do makeup, content creation and custom artwork. Leading up to college, this helped me gain confidence to study entrepreneurship at Kent State and dedicate my college experience to working on my business, Makeup Madhouse. I am incredibly grateful for the many resources, supportive professors and encouraging classmates that were there through that chapter of my life.
Throughout my makeup career I have spent countless hours doing competitions. My first entry to the NYX FACE Awards was in 2015. I entered again in 2018 where I was selected into the Top 30, then voted through multiple rounds before being eliminated after the Top 12. I competed again in 2019 and advanced all the way through to the Top 5. These experiences helped me grow my creative skills and recognition in the industry.
Post-college I happily moved back home with my parents for two years. I spent a lot of time doing makeups, booking jobs and going to events. After working my first table at Wizard World Comic Con in Cleveland March 2020, the Pandemic forced most things to a halt. I moved from working in-person services and events to focusing my work to be online. I am grateful that I was able to continue my career in this time and adapt as needed.
Fall of 2020 brought an exciting adventure to me as I was selected to be in the Snapchat Original illusion makeup competition show called Fake Up. We filmed in October and Season 2 aired on Snapchat in April 2021 (when I first moved to Arizona). This is one of my favorite experiences in my journey so far. It lead to me being a content creator on Snapchat. I absolutely love this platform and staying connected with the Makeup Madhouse Snap Family <3
After visiting Arizona in January 2020 I fell in love with the mountains and was drawn to the idea of majorly stepping out of my comfort zone and moving there. In March of 2021 I moved across the country to sunny Arizona with my best friend Julia.
Since moving, I have made many memorable experiences: flying to Vegas to shoot the Ilios Beauty Ring with Kelly Mondora and Jerry Ghionis, attending my first brand retreat with Mica Beauty at the seaside Terranea Resort in California, body painting at Phoenix Fan Fusion (bringing back the comic con life!), winning the 31 Days of Mehron Halloween competition (with $3500 of makeup product as the prize) and being invited to stay at the Marriott in Puerto Vallarta for a press trip. With all of these insanely amazing experiences, my most notable highlights has been being a part of the American Influencer Awards.
In August 2021 I was nominated and selected for the category of Creative Makeup Artist of the Year with a total of five artists in the running for it. On November 3, 2021 the results show aired and I won the title! It was an incredible shock and validation for what I have worked so hard for.
As I write these highlights and "successes" from my journey, I can't help but acknowledge and share my gratitude for all of the moments in between. The times behind the scenes that are not shared on social media. The self-doubt as an artist and business owner. The conversations to get advice from my parents or closest friends for a new project. Fully dismantling my art space and taking hours to reorganize it. The excitement and joy when receiving feedback that my art has impacted someones life. And often, the simple yet complex act of showering off a painting that took 8 hours to do.
This website, store and rebranding has been a big and meaningful experience for me. This space will be ever-changing and growing as I am.
I am going to leave you with a few random facts about me:
I love Bob's Burgers
Hiking and time in nature is necessary to me
Nature inspires me the most
AJ and I did a long distance relationship for two years
I'm directionally challenged (GPS is my bestie)
Hozier, Noah Cyrus, Tones and I, Sam Smith and Billie are some of my favs
I will go to Iceland
Dancing and going to shows with my friends energizes me
I love my parents and family so much
Did I say cats?!
Thank you for being here. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I have immense gratitude to be able to share myself and my art with you.