Latinos Doing Their Thing presents…
Diana Manzanares was born July 7, 1985 in New York City, and raised by her Salvadorian mother in Queens. As a child, she always enjoyed creating things. Her favorite section at the toys store was the arts and crafts, where she found things like supplies for making jewelry, painting, or anything along those lines. Growing up she thought she wanted to be a fashion designer. This was not surprising, since her mother would sew her own dresses as a teenager, and was always into fashion.
After high school Diana went to college to study Fashion Design, but in the midst of it decided to switch directions to makeup. She took several courses at Dawn Til Dusk Professional Makeup. There she studied different mediums of makeup including fashion, airbrush, bridal, print, and basic special effects. Upon graduation, she started her career at Sephora, where she remained for a year. During this time, she simultaneously built her confidence and gained a wealth of experience, before venturing out on her own.
For the next few years, Diana had a fire lit under her, determined to do it all. She went back to college while working at Make Up For Ever, and building her book. She began working with different photographers and working on fashions shows. In 2005, she began working for L’Oreal, and became a part of there pro team. As a member of this team she was able to travel and interact with, and educate all different types of women about makeup and proper skin care. While still in college, she remembered how much she enjoyed skin care while at Sephora, and decided to obtain her license as an esthetician in 2007. She felt that being a qualified skin care expert would enhance her skills, as well as marketability as a makeup artist.
Diana has worked on many photo shoots and shows. Some of her work is published both online and in print in publications such as Paper, Yerevan, C-Heads online, and Cosmopolitan. Some of her makeup tips can be seen in different publications, including SELF Magazine. She has currently developed great relationships with several photographers. Many of which she works with on advertising gigs, runway, and most recently on Broadway’s Mary Poppins, in which she assisted as a makeup artist. Working with L’Oreal has allowed her to participate in seminars given by Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer/ Speaking of Women’s Health. At these seminars, women received information, guidance, and tips about physical and mental health, Skin care, and beauty. It is through events such as this, that Diana is able to touch the lives of numerous women, from several different cultures. This professional experience combined with her personal knowledge of which issues are most relevant to Latinas that allow her to reach them so effectively.
Professional Makeup Artist