Ashley Frato Makeup
Ashley Frato Makeup
New York based makeup artist

I was two years old when I fell in love…

My love affair with makeup began when I was old enough to climb a chair, look in a vanity mirror, and pretend to apply blush. I remember watching my mother get ready for work and as she was about to apply her lipstick, I would yell, “let me do it!”

I drew a lot of inspiration from my mother at a young age. She is an incredible seamstress, talented artist, and accomplished textile designer. Being around her creativity has had a huge impact on the way I see and interpret color.

At the age of nine, I can remember sitting on the floor of her very chic NYC office, in a sea of Pantone chips mixing and matching different color palettes. It intrigued me to watch her make beautiful designs come to life by enhancing it with the appropriate color palette. While her canvas may have been that of a dress, bedding design, or window treatment, mine was a face. I’ve always loved the idea of enhancing a person’s features with the right palette, while staying true to who they are. Its a matter of experimenting and figuring out what does and doesn’t work for you. There’s no better feeling than loving what you look like on the outside because it makes you feel 100 times better on the inside, and makeup is something that can do that for you.

“That’s why I began doing makeup in the first place: I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me.” – the late, Kevyn Aucoin