Denise Tunnell
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Special Effects Artist / Makeup Artist
Union:I.A.T.S.E. Local 798
Denise Tunnell, is raising the bar in the world of beauty. An accomplished makeup artist and aesthetician, whose expertise is grounded in the science of healthy skin, is leading the movement for women of color to empower themselves with the basis of true beauty, the best and most flawless skin they can personally achieve.

Tunnell's goal, is to help all women reach the epitome of their natural beauty with consistent proper skin care, which minimizes the need for makeup as a "cover-up". She says, "All women are beautiful, but some have trouble identifying the best way to take care of their skin, my philosophy is when you tap into the beauty within, it creates a natural glow that is so gorgeous you only need a touch of makeup to enhance it. That may sound strange as a makeup artist, encouraging clients to use minimal make up, but my dream is that all women will discover their highest level of beauty and that is only possible with great skin care."

As a makeup artist to the stars of film, television and popular music, Denise consults with clients whose livelihood hinges on their looks. She's worked with artist such as Terrence Howard, Vivica A. Fox, Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Lonette McKee, Keith David, TI, Regina King, Anna Maria Horsford, Josh Henderson, Melba Moore,Tess Harper, Reed Diamond, Kathy Najimy, Breckin Myer,and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon to name a few. She has worked with NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News Affiliates and boasts impressive film credits including Broken Bridges, The Gospel, Stomp The Yard 1 & 2, Daddy's Little Girls, ATL, Big Fish, Idlewild, The Fighting Temptations,Hustle & Flow, and Leatherheads. When asked why so many film studios trust her expertise, Tunnell explains "When you see a film, the actors are magnified 1000 times larger than life on that screen. What I do with skin care, makeup choice, as well as techniques of application, is to create the look of flawless skin and everybody wants that look. The good news is I teach clients how to achieve that look everyday."

Denise Tunnell earned a degree in Accounting & Business Management from North Carolina State University and studied skin care at The International School of Skin and Nail Care in Atlanta. She honed her skills freelancing with cosmetic lines such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Paula Dorf, and Giorgio Armani.

  • on-air talent
  • ethetician/skin care
  • bridal makeup
  • body makeup
  • beard laying
  • avant guarde makeup
  • airbrush makeup