Shara Strand, celebrity makeup artist and licensed esthetician, is excited for the next chapter of her makeup brand at her new storefront UES location. She became interested in makeup and the arts at an early age working in professional theater. With decades of experience as a professional makeup artist, her educational pursuits have brought her to NYU where she received her BFA at The Tisch School of the Arts. As a young makeup artist, she established herself working with brands such as Estee Lauder, Bare Escentuals, and Nars. She worked closely with clients in her territory of Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman. She then became a leading makeup artist at Nubest Salon and Spa, artist and brow technician at Sharon Dorram at Sally Hershberger, and a partner at The Dominique Shara Salon at The Pierre Hotel for over a decade. Shara was the head makeup artist for Direct TV’s lineup of Sunday television, and has had great success working in all aspects of the makeup business. Her client roster includes many high profile celebrities and politicians. As a two time Billboard charted pop singer, Shara was her own makeup artist and has the unique point of view which enriches her work. She developed Shara Cosmetics, which uses natural based ingredients to create glamorous and effortless looks. Shara's most notable makeup applications have been seen on WNBC, MSNBC, Fox 5, ABC morning news, Hamptons Magazine, and numerous bridal magazines. She has a growing, active Instagram following of over 35K @sharamakeupstudio. Shara is proud to create beautiful makeup applications and brow services for her exclusive clientele.
Maggie Esmond has been a staple of Shara Makeup Studio for more than eight years, when she started as a head makeup artist at our Pierre Hotel location. She is highly requested and is an expert at color matching, lashes, and any sort of natural and advanced technique makeup look. As an art major in college, her creativity soared and she found makeup to be the most stimulating and satisfying. Since then, she has worked on thousands of clients for events, weddings, tv, film, magazines, lessons, and parties of all sizes. She is also a wonderful teacher of makeup lessons, and has a very open minded and relaxed personality-which makes every client of ours feel comfortable in her chair. Prior to working at Shara Makeup Studio, she was one of the most requested makeup artists at her Upper East Side Blushington location. Maggie has also worked on many shoots and is a very efficient makeup artist. She leads every application with a vision of how she sees it after consulting with her clients, and then masterfully completes the look in great timing. She is up to date on all new makeup trends, and is great with airbrush makeup.
Alexandra is a professional makeup artist. She has a degree in linguistics and master’s in psychology. She worked as a teacher and started her own business at the age of 22. Since her teenage years she has been obsessed with makeup, and in 2018 she decided to change her life. She finished Makeup Religion school (Moscow) and actively started working with clients and photographers. She does different kinds of makeup, from very natural to creative editorial looks and special effects makeup. One of the most important things for her: neatness in work and sanitation. She has experience working on the commercial, music video and film sets. She had a chance to work with popular singers and brands. Her works were published in a lot of magazines and she was a lead makeup artist on several runway shows. She constantly attends master-classes in makeup to follow the latest trends, master her skills and learn different techniques. She believes that the key to perfect makeup is communication.