My name is Carrie Esser and I'm a self taught makeup artist & body painter. I'm currently studying Entrepreneurship at Kent State University.
I've been doing different art forms my whole life and when I discovered makeup in high school, the idea of makeup and art came together for me. I became interested in body painting October 2013 during Halloween. I created a half sugar skull makeup for my costume and wore it to school. My friends and other students thought it was extraordinary and this pushed me to do more! I continued to create superheros and mythological creatures using colorful eye shadow palettes and eyeliners for over a year until I finally got water based body paints in 2014.
Once I started developing a following on social media for my body art creations, I realized this would be a dream to make a career out of. I continued to paint new designs, experiment with different techniques and essentially teach myself nearly everything I know to date.
In April 2018 I was called by NYX Professional Makeup to be in the Top 30 of the FACE Awards. This national recognition was a huge honor for me. Being a "smaller" artist in the crowd, I fought my way to the Top 20 and then the Top 12. This experience helped me grow as an artist of course, but I also learned a lot about marketing for myself and campaigning! I connected with many new MUA's and have kept many of these strong connections since then.
Body painting and makeup are very creative art forms. They are the perfect outlet for self expression and bringing out confidence in people! If you'd like to be a canvas for my next piece don't hesitate to contact me, and we can set up an appointment!
Thanks for supporting my work and checking out my page!
Creating awareness through paint
It is my honor to be able to spread awareness and express it through my painting and makeup. I was able to work with Proteostasis Therapeutics and create two pieces to celebrate those who live with cystic fibrosis. The design above with the lungs is inspired by the touching story of "65 Roses" which you may read here. The designs with the purple robe represent the achievement of high school graduation for individuals with CF. Many do not make it to this occasion, so when they do it is an extremely joyous celebration! I will always give thanks to Proteostasis Therapeutics and the individuals I was able to communicate with to put these pieces together.