"Your Face Is My Canvas"
is the creative tag of celebrity makeup artist DeeDee Kelly. Her love for beauty and fashion called her to leave the hustle and bustle of corporate America with a dream, a plan and a few brushes. "I just wanted something more, something creative." says Kelly. Upon first sight of DeeDee Kelly there is something magical about her. As a former model, of course she is beautiful, but DeeDee has that little something extra--that THING that makes people want to her, a vibrant infectious energy, a beautiful inner spirit which serves as the real secret for her master strokes of the brush in the world of beauty and makeup.
She had her first encounter with a brush, painting children's mural in 1992. From there it was onto modeling where she out-painted the hired make-up artists, even painting the faces of fellow cat-walkers. Somehow, even that was still not enough.
She left the runway to enroll in make-up licensing courses at VonLee in Baltimore, MD. With her new credentials DeeDee quickly landed a position with one of the leaders in the cosmetic industry, MAC Cosmetics. She instantly carved a name for herself and droves of customers would ask for her by name. In 2003 she began taking on a host of freelance opportunities in television and print.
Her many projects include make-up for many awards such as: Grammy's, BET, Celebration of Gospel, and NAACP Image awards. Her other experiences have included TV programs like: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, 106&Park, CNN, The View, Clean House, Clean House Comes Clean, The Ultimate Merger, Reventon, Celebrity Ghost Stories and Wendy Williams Show. Her brushes have painted some of the best faces in the business including : Mary J Blige, Nia Long, Monique, LL Cool J, Omarosa, Laila Ali, Tocarra, Eva Pigford, Tasha Smith, Naturi Naughton, Lauren London, Tamalla Mann, Corey Felman, Tempestt Bledsoe, Ruben Studdard, Tony Rock, Jackee, Mykel T Williamson, Essence Atkins, Tommy Davidson, Vanessa Williams and many more.