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Michelle Coursey is a professional make-up artist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in national and international magazines, television shows, runways and the red carpet. She has a natural talent fro making women feel beautiful and a special gift for creating flawless, beautiful faces through make-up and airbrushing. She has worked alongside famous make-up artists such as Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Tom Pecheux, and Charlotte Tilbury at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. To see more of Michelle’s work, visit her liveBooks8 website: www.michellecoursey.com.
I’m originally from Oregon and came to NYC to study acting but quickly switched my focus to makeup after graduating from college. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day and wanted to be doing something creative and then stumbled across a book about the business side of make-up and decided that is what I wanted to do. I did a ton of test shoots and got my portfolio together and eventually got some regular clients and an agency. I’ve been full-time freelance for about 12 years now. I work on a combination of commercial, editorial, fashion runway and red carpet projects.
Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?
MC: Clean, fast, striking!
Q: How often do you typically update your website?
MC: It really depends on how much new work I have coming in, but on average I’d say once a month.
Q: How do you choose the photos you display on your homepage?
MC: I choose the photos based on how much I love them and also which photos have gotten the best response in general. I like to choose a range of dramatic and natural looks so clients can see my range immediately.
Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?
MC: Ease of updating and an easy backend. I love being able to see how design changes will look as I’m doing them.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?
MC: Keep it as simple and impactful as possible. Most clients won’t look at every photo so make sure your best work is front and center.
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