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Meet Diana Manzanares

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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.

Diana Manzanares
Professional Makeup Artist

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Great story and post. Always wonderful to see successful Latinos/as making inroads. This again provides evidence of Hispanic passion, determination, and commitment that translates well into the “real world” of work. And let’s not forget how we as Latinos/as are ready to give back and show others the path to success. Well done.

  2. Nelson R. Castillo says:

    Great article! Many congratulations go out to Diana, on her merit. One correction though The word is Salvadoran (like American) not Salvadorian (like Ecuadorian)
    Salvadoran – of or relating to or characteristic of El Salvador or its people; “Salvadoran coffee”

    Nel RC

  3. I had the PRIVILEGE of working with Diana for a fashion show during Fashion Week SS 2010. She is incredibly talented and a wonderful person! We both bonded over being Salvadoran!! Looking forward to working with her again. Such a great talent!

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