I was born in Madrid (MAD), Spain. My interest in beauty started at a very young age. I remember using strawberries to tint my lips red as a young child, coloring my nails with pink markers and dotting "freckles" on my cheeks. I was fascinated with the way makeup and hair styling could transform the way a woman looked, and also with the way it could make her feel about herself. I was determined to learn these "magic tricks" when I grew up, and began experimenting around the age of 13, practicing on myself, friends and family members

      I have practiced makeup artistry on clients for almost a decade. While I am mostly a self-taught artist, I completed my Illinois MakeUp Certification in 2014 through Makeup First School of Chicago. Earlier in 2005, I completed a makeup course in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Norbert Engler Cosmetic School. I am always learning, so I continue to take workshops in special makeup techniques and hair styling regularly. I use regular and airbrush foundation, and I am knowledgeable in theatrical and some special effects makeup. I have worked in weddings, special events, dance and ballroom performances and competitions, fashion shoots, makeup for media/professional head shots and comp cards. I have volunteered as a makeup artist in charity work with the Help Portrait organization.

      Additionally, I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and I worked in the Social Work field for 5 years after moving to the USA in 2006. During this time, I continued to practice makeup artistry on the side. In doing so, I kept up to date with the latest techniques and products. In 2013, I moved to Chicago and decided to dedicate myself more fully to my lifelong passion. I believe I can blend my knowledge of people and personality with makeup artistry to better understand and meet my clients' needs.


Why "MAD"?                                    

mad​ - adjective ​\'mad\

4:  carried away by enthusiasm or desire <mad​ about makeup>

Aside from referencing the city I was born and grew up in, Madrid, I am mad about beauty and creativity. I am mad about artistic expression, using the face as a canvas. I am mad about making women (and men) feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. I see beauty in every single person, and I am mad about enhancing each client's best features. 

I am a perfectionist and will work with you until you are completely satisfied. I believe that my precise attention to detail results in a flawless and long-lasting makeup application.

Makeup Mad

by Farah