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Vendor Spotlight: Carla Abruzzo, Makeup Artist

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We are starting a new feature here at Joshua Albanese Photography in response to inquiries from our brides asking for vendor recommendations.  Although we provide a list on our webpage, we thought we would get a little more personal with some of our favorite vendors, from florists to videographers and anything in between.

I’m so excited to start our new Vendor Spotlight with Carla Abruzzo, Makeup Artist!  She is a person who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside (and she is really gorgeous).  Our headshot clients absolutely love her and rave about her – they’ve even been known to contact her after shoots for makeup lessons.  She is one of the hardest working ladies in Chicago and you might recognize her from a range of media/advertisement sources since she’s not just a vendor, she’s talent, too.

 Name: Carla Abruzzo

Location: Chicago, IL

Company Name: Carlucce Inc.


Tell us a little about what you do.

I am a jack of all trades and a workaholic. The most enjoyable occupation i have is enhancing an individual’s natural beauty with the combination of art and makeup.

How long have you been in business?

I have been in this business for nearly 10 years.  Between modeling, getting my bachelors in fine arts, and becoming an artist at MAC Cosmetics, I have collaborated all I have learned to start a business.

What inspired you to start your business?

My business as a freelance artist is a near shadow of my future aspirations of starting a mineral-free cosmetic line that will target various markets and educating the importance of skin care at all ages.

What is your favorite thing about your business?

When I finish an application and the customer looks in the mirror with pure satisfaction.  Never applying an abundance of makeup, I show them how with minimal product and the right placement they can achieve a completely fresh everyday look.

Was there a defining moment when you knew you picked the right career path?

Never.  It was second nature or even just expected [from friends and family] that I would do everyone’s makeup for the high-school dances, or even for my mother on a night out.

When you built your business what style would you say you built it around? (i.e. classic, modern, vintage)

As I put together my inspirations for the cosmetic line, I think classic.  I refuse to ever go out of style.

Where do you go for inspiration? (i.e. blogs, magazines)

museums, exterior architecture and magazines

Is there anything else you want people to know about you and your business?

From her webpage bio:

Carla has always thought of herself as free-spirited, artsy and vocal but has one continuous way of expressing it…makeup.

Carla, like many young girls, admired the glamorous life on the silver screen.  She looked forward to being in the entertainment industry as a teen for many years.  As she participated in modeling, acting and beauty pageants, Carla worked with artists from around the globe.  Taking from each of these experiences, dabbling into her makeup at home and practicing on friends proved her talent was apparent. Carla knew makeup artistry was the next step in her career.

“Faces are like a blank canvas.  With different brushes, colors and techniques, a face can be turned into a masterpiece, just like art on a wall.”

Carla attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL.  While pursuing a degree in Fine Arts and working at MAC Cosmetics, she combined ideas from one place to another to form her vision.  As Carla describes her influences, she reviles that creating depth and illusions on paper can just as easily be executed with makeup on the face and body.


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