[REWIND] Ep. 77: Part 1 - Merrell Hollis - From Sneaking Onto Video Shoot Sets To Successfully Navigating The Beauty Industry For Over 20+ Years
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Today in the Friend’s in Beauty guest chair we welcome Merrell Hollis, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beauty Director, and Skincare Expert. With over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry we had so much to chat about that we had to split the interview into 2 parts.
Merrell Hollis’ beauty career exploded when he became the grooming consultant and makeup artist for the entire roster at Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment where he was responsible for decades of iconic and aspirational looks we still find inspiration from today. His work appears in music videos for Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, Mary J Blige, Usher, Nelly, Faith Evans, Ludacris and many more.
He's also responsible for the faces of so many beloved celebrities including but not limited to Yara Shahidi, Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg, Regina King, Jennifer Hudson, Hannah Brofman, Cassie, Adina Porter, Neicy Nash, Kim Cattrall, and Wendy Williams. This list and many more innovators have allowed their faces to be canvassed by this visionary who delivers them to the public with elegance and sincerity.
His cosmetic expertise has been prominently featured by Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the CBS Early Show among many others. Editorially, his artistry can be found in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s, Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Essence, GQ, Details, Interview, Rolling Stone, People, Men’s Health, V Magazine and so many more.
In this episode, Merrell drops so many gems on everything from the importance of networking to gain experience and grow your business, set etiquette when working with celebrities, to why male glam squads are more common than all female glam squads. Merrell also shares how he’s managed to continuously stay booked for 20+ years and gives us some tips. We dive into We even got to talk about how he partnered with the doctors at LUVANYA Beauty to launch a vegan skincare line that is a product of decades of knowledge and passion for healthy and flawless skincare, and so much more.
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Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle
The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn by Florence Scovel Shinn
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