Born in Boston, MA., and raised in Fremont, CA., my family lived on a farm and worked very hard for a living. My first experience with makeup was at five years of age when I took my mothers red lipstick and painted my face, missing my lips completely. I can remember my mother never wore makeup, but there was an occasion when I saw my first transformation. All she did was her eyebrows, lashes, rouge (old terminology), and a dark red lipstick. I was amazed at how great she looked, she was actually a beautiful woman. As I recall I wasn't allowed to wear makeup, but I was invited to go with my parents to a banquet I was 14 years old and my mother looked at me and knew I needed help, she took me aside and put some makeup on me. I certainly didn't consider myself pretty in fact I kind of thought I was homely, I know it sounds cruel, but all I saw was thick lips, big teeth and bushy eyebrows. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I looked in the mirror and saw a pretty girl looking back at me. This is the feeling I would like my clients to leave with. I've been doing makeup for 33 years. The first lesson I had on makeup was reading a book by the late Way Bandy one of the finest makeup artists ever. I've trained as a Professional Make-up Artist and Color Analyst and received a certificate from Bernice Kentner, Author of "Color Me A Season." I've found that knowing colors and how it affects my clients has made my work easy and enjoyable. My education never ends I continue to train twice a year with makeup artists from all over the country and Europe.
I am backed by a parent company Mana Products Inc., that operates two highly efficient, FDA-approved manufacturing facilities; with one registered for OTC. In addition, the company has constructed three state-of-the-art R&D centers. Revolutionary skincare utilizing the latest ingredients and technology allowing me to bring to you the finest product available at a reasonable price. Without the support and encouragement of these people I wouldn't be where I am today. My mother and father who thought none of us kids could do wrong. My brothers and sister what would I do without you; I love you dearly. Business associates; Grant, Marcella, Betty, Mel and Darlene you saw that I had a gift to offer. My best friends; Glenda, you knew I could research and do the makeup from the past centuries for your fashion show.
Nita, my sister in-law I think we were separated at birth, like myself you never stop to take a break. And special thanks for getting me through Ramon's stroke. Sue, just for being there when I need to talk. Friends from the pageant; Mary McCamon E.D., Miss Santa Clara, you opened the door, Donna Jones Field Director of Miss California, and Charlotte Randolph Dir. of Training, you held the door open and Bob Arnhym President and CEO of Miss California, you let me in. Thank you for trusting me with your young ladies. It's a pleasure working with such incredible women. My nieces are the first in line to see the newest trends. And of course, my sons Allan, Kevin and John who would use my business card to meet girls. Thanks for tolerating all the beautiful women that would come to see me.
To my wonderful Grandchildren; Brittani, Allen, Damian, Frankie, Victoria, Mia and 3 1/2 yr. old Grandson Jayden. Ramon you've come a long way—love you lots.