Sketching and painting as soon as she could hold a pen and pencil, Nikki has been an inherent artist from childhood. Her training as an artist, understanding of lighting, color, and texture, directly translates into the skills she uses in her makeup career each day. Grateful to have gained priceless knowledge in her early years, Nikki has learned from leading industry innovators, most prominent being Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist, Dick Smith-often refered to as “The Godfather of Makeup.”
A Massachusetts native, Nikki’s blossoming career led her to New York City in 2015, where she thrives working as a full time artist and is a proud member of I.A.T.S.E, The Film and Television Makeup Artist Union Local 798. Amid many noteworthy projects, her favorite has to be teaming up with Mike Marino, owner of Emmy nominated Special Fx Makeup team Prosthetic Renaissance, and Art Director Mike Fontaine. Together, they are responsible for the transformation of Heidi Klum, the proclaimed "Queen of Halloween" in her annual star-studded Halloween bash. These transformations, include Jessica Rabbit 2015, the Heidi Clones 2016, Michael Jacksons Thriller 2017, and Fiona & Shrek 2018. Her crucial work in developing a system of applying beauty makeup over silicone prosthetics has solidified her position as a member of this highly sought after team.
As the Makeup Department Head for CBS’s Emmy Award Winning series Daily Mail TV, Nikki thoroughly enjoys bringing her vision for artistry to Host’s Jesse Palmer and Alicia Quarrels, as well as their celebrity guests each day. In addition to her television work, creating signature looks for her celebrity and elite clientele attending high profile events, film premieres, red carpets, and weddings is a true passion as she thrives on connecting and sharing her artistry to empower others. With special attention to enhancing the unique beauty in each individual, cruelty free makeup, natural skin care, and brow design, this in demand makeup artist strives to create an unsurpassed beauty experience.
“I am thrilled to be on this journey, living out my passion and vision for the art of beauty each day. It is an honor and privilege to share my artistry with you!”