Regarded as one of the most well rounded and diverse artists in our industry, Kate Best has built a solid reputation as a makeup artist/designer who is able to transition between theater, television, editorial and fashion effortlessly. Kate began her work in makeup artistry working with photographer Richard Burbridge in London and together they moved to New York where a chance meeting with Chita Rivera changed the course of Kate’s career and life. She was asked to design Chita’s Broadway show Kiss of the Spiderwoman and then went on to design other iconic Broadway shows including Into The Woods, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard and The King and I. When Vanessa Williams replaced Chita in Spiderwoman, it was a meeting that would start a 23 year client/friend relationship with she and Vanessa teaming up for films, television, touring and personal appearances. Kate’s television work includes Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, 666 Park, 24 Legacy and Shades of Blue, on which she is Jennifer Lopez’s personal makeup artist. Her clients also include Miley Cyrus, Farah Faucett, Selma Hayek, Adriana Lima, Naomi Campbell, Gillian Anderson, Liza Minelli and Viola Davis. Her work has been published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan and Paper and has graced the red carpet at the Emmys, Oscars, Grammys and Billboard Awards. Kate was kind enough to share her must-have products that she counts on in her diverse and unique career.
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