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Multiple Emmy Award-winning Makeup Artist Kevin-James Bennett has spent more that 20 years in the industry honing the skills that have brought him accolades from his peers as well as viewers of the numerous television, film and commercial projects he has worked on.

Kevin began his career in the early 80s where he was mesmerized by the dawn of the "Supermodel". Intrigued by the idea of creating "living, breathing art", he began training with and assisting some of NYC's best and most creative makeup artists on everything from fashion models to drag queens to department store mannequins (yes, he painted mannequins for Bloomingdales).

After years of training and thousands of hours of freelance and retail makeup work, his career hit the fast track working at the famous Peter Coppola Salon on Madison Ave. With a combination of obvious talent and a gracious, professional manner with society and celebrity clientele, he was promoted to Resident Makeup Artist and was now working with the salons top stylists on magazine, editorial and commercial shoots. He also participated in "make-over" segments on television talk shows that featured the salon. He soon began getting calls directly from the television studios to do work for them on a freelance basis.

The demand for Kevin's talents grew steadily in the early 90's as he worked on fashion runways, print advertisements, commercials and of course television, working consistently on News and Magazine type shows including the infamous "Ambush-style" talk shows. Eventually, he landed in the world of Daytime Dramas (better known as soaps) where he spent 9 years as Key Makeup Artist for two network shows. During that time he received Four Nominations and Two Emmy Awards for his work. He is also credited as being the first artist to introduce "airbrush makeup" to a daytime drama. A skill he now uses extensively for HD (High Definition) Video projects.
Looking for new challenges, he left the world of daytime to "play" with makeup in new arenas. He found renewed excitement and fulfillment working in Film, Primetime Television, Commercials (TV & Print), Documentaries, and Reality Shows including the recent TLC hit "Town Haul". He has also designed the look of a number of "pilots" (shows in development for network and cable television consideration).

An admitted 'Makeup Whore', Kevin loves to be anywhere he can work with, design, buy, talk or write about makeup. He continues to live and work in NYC as well as travel extensively as an artist for Film, Video, Commercials and Photography.
Kevin is also an accomplished educator, teaching intermediate to advanced make-up techniques and is a frequent guest speaker at workshops and seminars covering diverse areas of the makeup industry and how to achieve success in them.
His editorials and advise on beauty, fashion and lifestyle cover many genre's and can be found online and in such magazines as Glamour, Town & Country, and Health. You can also read his weekly fashion critique and monthly beauty column in Soap Opera Digest.

For more in depth info about Kevin, please visit kjbennett.com.

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