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Meet Doris Lew of Making Up in La Jolla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doris Lew.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Doris. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
At 15 years old, I had a friend who wanted to go to modeling school and didn’t want to go alone. She convinced me to go even thought I didn’t want to go or had any interest in makeup. I decided to go because I was at that age where I really should learn how to look and be like a girl, since I was a Tom boy. At school the teacher would do 1/2 your face and you had to copy what she did in the other half. Mind you I grew up in the 70’s in Canada when the disco era was popular. On first attempt, it was so perfect that no one could tell which side the teacher did and what side I did. In fact, most people thought the side I did was done by the teacher. My teacher said to me, I should pursue a career as a makeup artist. I looked at her and said, are kidding, do I look like someone who would wear makeup? Many weeks after modeling school I started doing all my friends makeup. I then decided, maybe I should go to makeup school and do makeup on the side. At 18 I graduated with the highest honor of the Makeup School. Then while attending classes at University of Toronto, I was getting calls to do makeup for photo shoots and getting paid well. I decidedly I wanted pursue it more. I moved to Hollywood to study more advance makeup for film, TV and special effects. I graduated best makeup artist. It was an honor since the school only accepted 25 top students from all over the world.

I started off working with different celebrities from the get go and worked on music videos with artist such as Madonna and the Go Go’s back in the 80’s. I eventually ended in La Jolla. I was dating someone in LA who moved to La Jolla for a job. On my first visit to La Jolla, I thought the town was very cute and quaint. I really like the vibe and thought one day I could live here. So after doing the back and forward for 6 months, I decided it was time to move to La Jolla. Eventually I developed a good cliental and after dating my boyfriend 4 1/2 years we called it quits and it was at that time, I had to make a decision to either move back to LA and be a little fish in a big pond or continue to live in La Jolla and be a big fish in a little pond. So I opted to stay and as they say the rest is history.

Has it been a smooth road?
It was rough starting off in La Jolla/San Diego. There wasn’t as many production work or photographers in town. I would call people on a daily bases, sending letters, and making appointments to meet people to show my portfolio and trying to connect with photographers to do test shoots. It’s not like now a days, where you have the Internet and social media. So different now a days. With hard work and being persistent, I eventually built a cliental and made a living as a makeup artist.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Making Up – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a self-owned company that specializes in all aspects of makeup. I do everything from all phases of beauty makeup, including natural makeup to high fashion makeup. I do special effects including, body painting, character makeup, fantasy makeup and prosthetics. I also do hair. I can pretty much do anything hair styling related. I have a lot fun creating new looks with all my subjects.

Most makeup artist are beauty makeup artist. I’m probably one of the few well rounded makeup artist that’s exceptional good in every style and aspect of makeup application. I’m very popular around Halloween. I would say I’m quite well known for that.

I have an art background. I think that’s why it was easy for me to transition into makeup artistry. It was still doing art, but I’m a different median. I was very surprised a lot of my artist friends were not able to do that. So it must be unique to do both.

I’ve been doing makeup for 38 years and still loving it.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve lived in La Jolla/San Diego for 34 years and I’ve seen San Diego start out as a sleepy town and transform to what it is today. It’s a happening place from what it used to be. I love how you can find things in town, whereas, I use to go to LA if I need something really nice to wear or even my makeup supplies. There so much to do and see around town.

The drawback is, there’s so much traffic. I remember not long ago I can drive to downtown from La Jolla and never hitting traffic, now you better leave a few hours before or you will get caught up in bad traffic.

Its great San Diego is growing, but they better figure a better solution for traffic and parking.

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