The founders and co-owners of Dorothy & Delora, Susan & Rebecca, are both classically trained make-up artists certified by the International Make-up Association. Both artists have a passion for artistry and for providing their clients with an approachable, naturally enhanced beauty experience.
SUSAN STALEY FOUNDER & MAKE-UP ARTIST
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Susan's love affair with the beauty industry began at a young age with one of her first vivid memories being of her grandmother Delora applying her signature cranberry red lipstick. From there, it grew to her first job in cosmetics during high school at the Trish McEvoy counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in her hometown of Pittsburgh. While studying at the College of Charleston, Susan began to explore her other passion, event planning. Working in a top wedding destination city, she gained invaluable experience in a premier wedding industry network and developed a strong connection to working with brides. Upon moving to Chicago in 2009, Susan became the studio manager & bridal coordinator at a then newly established, and now leading bridal make-up & hair studio where she was able to put both her business and creative minds into action. After two and half years, she decided to pursue a more well-rounded freelance career in both event planning and make-up artistry. In January of 2012, Susan traveled to the London School of Beauty & Make-up where she received certification from the International Makeup Association. She also worked as a planner for two prestigious Chicago wedding planners. Her freelance resume has expanded to include employment with a national, luxury beauty boutique, an artist with Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and an established role as a bridal make-up artist both on her own and with several Chicago based companies. She is thrilled for this new partnership with Rebecca, an artist she truly admires.
REBECCA MALES FOUNDER, MAKE-UP ARTIST & AESTHETICIAN
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Rebecca began her career in the makeup industry over 15 years ago, with a passion for gorgeous skin and a love for beautiful natural makeup. Rebecca's career started with a diploma from the University of Aesthetics in Chicago, IL as a licensed medical aesthetician. She was classically trained as an International makeup artist at one of the most recognized beauty schools in the world, The London School of Beauty and Makeup, London, UK. Her extensive training has also included working with some of the countries most renowned makeup artists in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. Her resume includes some of the top ad agencies and production houses in the city of Chicago, and her celebrity clientele boasts some of the biggest names in history. Before starting Dorothy & Delora, Rebecca worked with Chicago's top wedding makeup artist Sonia Roselli. After 6 years and over 300 weddings as Sonia's most requested celebrity artist Rebecca has partnered with Susan Staley and thus they have created Dorothy & Delora - The Make-up Room.
To provide the best for their clients, D&D's founders have selected a team of artists each with their own experience and established career in the beauty industry. Along with their own talents, each artist has also trained with both Susan & Rebecca to represent the vision of Dorothy & Delora.
ANNA MAKE-UP ARTIST
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Anna began her professional make-up career when she moved to Los Angeles in 2011, where she graduated from the prestigious Make-up Designory. She further developed her artistry alongside the best in the industry on the sets of feature films, award winning shorts and national campaigns. She now brings her passion and experience to the Midwest and looks forward to growing with Dorothy & Delora's beautiful clientele.
MELISSIA MAKE-UP ARTIST & AESTHETICIAN
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Melissia began her career in the beauty industry over five years ago after a career move from working as an executive assistant for a Chicago search firm. She graduated from the University of Aesthetics Chicago in 2012 and has since worked for several high-end spas in the city as a lead aesthetician. From 2010-2013, Melissia worked for a Chicago bridal make-up artist as an assistant artist. Melissia regularly attends continuing education classes and workshops in order to further her knowledge in this vastly evolving industry. As a licensed aesthetician, she focuses attention on educating clients about their skincare, as well as helping them look and feel their best.
MANDY MAKE-UP ARTIST & AESTHETICIAN
Mandy began her career in the beauty industry 12 years ago as a medical aesthetician after receiving her license from Pivot Point International. She worked with one of Chicago's top doctors performing a variety of specialized skincare services with the goal of obtaining beautiful and healthy skin. During her career Mandy has also done advanced training with Chicago based, Bioelements Professional Skincare and the International Dermal Institute. She now brings that same passion for gorgeous skin to her makeup artistry and enhancing her client’s natural beauty.