30 Sep

Amber Rose
Makeup Artist

After years of working as a freelance makeup artist in the Twin Cities, Ms. Rose has a plethora of clients ranging from stunning brides to Minnesota’s own: Prince. “Although we are all trying to make a living doing what we love and naturally there will always be competition, we all look out for each other.”

I moved to Minneapolis in 2004 from a very small town in Southern MN (ninety eight people to be exact) called Walters. I had always wanted to do something with fashion, whether it be modeling, wardrobe styling or hair and makeup. I had always had a niche for doing mine and my friends’ hair, so it just seemed natural to choose the path I did. I sought after the best cosmetology school (in my opinion) in Minnesota and chose the Aveda Institute.

It did not take me long to feel at home in Minneapolis. I lived with a couple of my closest friends for the first year in 2004. After driving around and trying to get myself lost in different neighborhoods, I quickly became comfortable with knowing how to get around and where those local ‘hot spots’ were. Minneapolis is known for new restaurants and cafe’s opening all the time. One of my current favorites is Nico’s Taco & Tequila Bar in Uptown. I’m a sucker for Mexican food and margaritas; so I was happy that they opened up a family run spot in my neighborhood!

As I worked in a salon from 2005-2009, I networked with many photographers on the weekend when doing weddings with local beauty guru, Julie Swenson. She taught me the ropes of makeup, the bridal industry, networking and promoting yourself as a freelance artist. Quickly I fell in love with being my own boss; having more creative freedom and being a part of someone’s big day. I chose to go completely freelance and on my own in 2009 and have not looked back. Those first weddings have led to commercials, film, fashion editorials and being on a worldwide tour with one of Minnesota’s very own celebrities and his band, the purple yoda himself.

The great thing about Minneapolis is that it is a close knit group of creatives. From musicians to models to photographers… you really do get to know the majority of creative people if you’re willing to put yourself out there. Everyone in my industry has all been so kind and adamant on wanting to collaborate. We are always sharing new ideas and I think that is great. I think having a smaller creative community like we have in Minneapolis is actually somewhat beneficial. Although we are all trying to make a living doing what we love and naturally there will always be competition, we all look out for each other. We network like crazy helping one another get work by referring. I have plans to move to Los Angeles at the end of this year and to be honest, I am quite worried about meeting such honest and down-to-earth creatives like I’ve met here in the Twin Cities.  The only thing that calms me is knowing I can always come back. Minneapolis will always be home to me.