Davisha started doing makeup when her mother ran away and joined the circus.
orn and raised in New York City, Davisha attended the prestigious Fiorello High School of Music and The Arts as a Fine Arts major, which provided a solid formal education in all mediums. Finishing school at SUNY Purchase as a Fine Arts major as well, she had all of the tools in color, texture, and three-dimensional practice well under her belt, but still hadn't discovered a love for makeup. Skin care was her first obsession, laying the groundwork for a lifelong product addiction.
An idle afternoon at the home of a friend who was a working makeup artist for Sebastian Cosmetics was all it took to dive headlong into a new medium. She began an informal apprenticeship, and quickly transitioned into a full-time artist, in a way that she'd never expected.
oon afterwards, she was working with photographers and clients such as Patricia Field, Carla Dawn Behrle, and Betsey Johnson, and doing music videos that got heavy rotation in the heyday of MTv.
This led to a retail job with MAC in 1995, and a great amount of exposure as an artist with the up-and-coming company. Earning a name as a creative and enthusiastic artist and teacher, her work was seen in several local publications, at NYFW shows, and she made a name for herself nation-wide within the company. The comprehensive nature of the training and art as corporate structure became lessons that she would apply to many subsequent jobs.
Eventually settling in at an early moment in Make Up For Ever, she started when the major US presence was a lone boutique in Soho and a few scattered locations throughout the country. Seeing the need to prepare for inevitable expansion, Davisha set about re-establishing MUFE as a staple in the kits of Makeup Artists far and wide, from students in Empire Academy in Florida to Department heads on Broadway productions, setting standards and practices for the company as a whole. She wrote the first American MUFE Handbook, helped found the new Pro Team, co-wrote the MUFE chapter of Paula Begoun's "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, Edition 12" and established a curriculum for teaching the massive influx of Sephora employees as they became a greater part of the company. On the Pro Team, her work was was seen in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle Girl, and was quoted on the AP and in Vogue US.
Throughout her entire career, she's done repeated appearances at New York Fashion week, working with so many talented artists and designers. Among many others, she's had the pleasure of working with Betsey Johnson, Patricia Field, Jill Stuart, DKNY, Mara Hoffman, Patrick Chai, Baja East, Perry Ellis.
Some of the celebrities she's worked on:
- Betsey Johnson
- Carre Otis
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Richard Belzer
- Courtney Love
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