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Felicia York is a make-up artist based in New York City. A true child of the city, she is heavily influenced by many facets of urban life.
Felicia has an extensive background in administration on the corporate level. Leaving it behind for the pursuit of her love for beauty and glamour, she says, "I had a thought. Every woman is beautiful. I feel like it is my calling in life to find it, make her see it, appreciate it and enhance it."
Through her make-up artistry, that is exactly what she has done. In 2009, she opened DaLipstickBandit Cosmetics (DLB) and began her work freelancing all throughout the city. It was through this company that she was able to work on countless videos, photo shoots, tv shows, proms, weddings and more. She also made natural bath and body products. In 2010, she became Beauty Editor for MANIK Magazine, fashion and lifestyle publication for the plus-sized fashionista, she has built ties with the very community she calls her own. In 2011, the doors closed on DLB but not on her dream. She began working for many prestige makeup brands on the retail level and kept hope alive that DLB would once again know glory.
A woman of many talents, Felicia is also a writer and poet. "Before I was a make-up artist, I was a writer," she says. "In fact, I'm grateful for my literary roots. It forced me to imagine a world of my own creation that was completely in my own mind and I was forced to express to other people and have them see it too through my words. That is the same approach I apply to all facets of my life. My art is the truest expression of that principle." Create her own world, she did with her upcoming release of fiction novel, Counter Girls. Art imitating life, Felicia drew on her experience working in many department stores to create a story about three women working at a makeup counter in NYC. The novel is set to be released in November 2012.
If the past is any indication of what is to be expected in the future, it is imperative that all eyes remain on Ms. York. For she is a dynamic individual and it is for certain that great things are to come.
Felicia C York
Delve into the secret world of the makeup artists that work at your favorite brand at the largest department store in NYC. Kelly, Lexie and Pilar are in various stages of their careeer but face a monument of drama in love and lipstick. Sweet Southern belle Kelly tries to live her happily ever after with the love of her life. She believes she has it all together but one mistake unravels the life she's trying to build completely. Was it self-sabotage or just plain circumstance that left her alone picking up the pieces?
Liable Lexie always plays by the rules but when she tries for a promotion, she realizes that nice girls finish last and decides to play to win. If she thought climbing the ladder was tough, finding a boyfriend in NYC is even tougher. Once she finds out just how ugly the beauty industry can get, she plays by her own rules to get the job and the man.
Poisonous Pilar, the twelve-year veteran, thinks she's the puppetmaster behind the scene. As she faces the fact that she's only getting older and the new artists are only getting younger, she finds herself looking over her life and realizes the pretty wall she's put up around her has cracks in it and eventually comes tumbling down. She must ask herself if she is willing to leave behind the life she has to pursue the life she really wants.
Counter Girls reveals the secret life of the women (and men) who work for your favorite makeup brands. Deeply analytical, light-hearted and chock full of makeup tips and tricks; it is a great read for everyone from the cosmetics connoiseur to the person who doesn't know their lipstick from their eyeliner. Root for the underdog, despise the villain and then realize that they may be one in the same.
- Publication Date:
- 0988318822 / 9780988318823
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Contemporary Women