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I’m Mary

I’m focused on providing luxury hair and make-up services centered on extenuating natural beauty 

As a New York City trained makeup artist I use my expertise and experience to provide completely custom, luxurious, and relationship-centered beauty services.

My goal is always to provide unmatched value and clear communication to help clients feel and look flawless.

While my area of mastery is natural makeup, I am also very well-versed in full glamour makeup applications. At the heart, my aim as a makeup artist is to show women how beautiful they already are and how to softly enhance that beauty.

As Bobbi Brown said, “ I believe that all women are pretty without makeup- but with the right makeup, can be pretty powerful.” 

Before all the Make-Up

As a little girl at the age of 7,  I vividly remember sitting on the floor of my Mom’s bathroom watching her put on her makeup for an occasion. Seeing how my Mom transitioned from just my Mommy into a stunning, confident woman hooked me into the beauty world. I remember the immense joy I would feel when I played “beautician,” jumping with excitement when someone would let me do their makeup (including an amazing uncle). 

My passion continued throughout high school when my friends strangely wanted to get ready at my house. Despite my love and talent for makeup, I honestly didn’t believe I could make a living as a makeup artist. So I graduated high school and took the “usual route,” which was going to college.

After graduating from MIZZOU (University of Missouri Columbia), I decided to go ALL IN and get a Masters’s degree. Sure, that will help, right? I graduated with a Master’s in Mass and Political Communications from Webster University. Soon after, I got my “dream job,” only to realize after just four months that it was less of a dream and more of a nightmare. I knew I had to find my way back to my first love, makeup! I mustered up my bravery, jumped off my safe path, and moved to New York City to attend makeup artistry school.

I attended the Makeup Designory in SOHO. It was the absolute BEST decision I’ve ever made. I immediately felt like I was “ with my people.” The teachers were professionals who worked in fashion, television, movies, and photography. We spent days learning about different cultures, eye shapes, skin colors, and products. We even learned character makeup, makeup for black and white photography, and how to mix our own foundations from the primary colors, black and white. “Thorough” isn’t a strong enough word for the outstanding program I was a part of at MUD. Ha, yes, thats what they call it! No, really, look it up! This made me extremely prepared for any makeup job thrown my way. 

Who I Am Today!

Now I’m living the whirlwind life as a successful business owner and loving Mom… that I wouldn’t trade for a billion dollars! As a Mom of two beauties, I see my business as my third child. I want to nurture and help it grow so that, like a family member, it can contribute to the happiness and success of all clients who grace me with their presence and sit in my chair! 

a little about me

NAME

Mary Shope “hope with an S in front”

ZODIAC SIGN

Scorpio

Hometown

Fenton MO

Education

Masters of Mass and Political Communications

Favorite Places

My parent’s house, New York City and any makeup counter

Fun Fact

I had a pet monkey when I was a kid. Her name was Abu.

Free time activities

Playing with my two daughters, reading, Gilmore Girls or Friends re-runs, and cursing the internet to learn new things.

Favorite guilty pleasure

Reading in a bubble bath with a glass of wine

New obsessions

Personal excellence, white cheddar Skinny Pop, and interior design

Bucket list travel spot

Greece

Meet the Rest of Your Glam Squad

Jenna Brown

@jennabrownartistry

Jenna Brown’s decade of professional makeup artistry experience began assisting on sets of high-fashion photo shoots where she fell in love with the ability to uplift someone’s confidence through makeup artistry. Jenna’s signature elevated effortless makeup aesthetic has evolved from her experience in fashion.

From selecting the perfect customized color palette to making women feel their absolute best, Jenna is passionate about bringing the luxury experience of a transformation to everyday women.

Sara Knaggs

@sbknaggs

Sara has an extensive sixteen-year career teaching haircutting, coloring, and cosmetology. She is also known in St. Louis as one of the top hair extension specialists, and freelance hair and makeup artists for weddings, special events, and trade shows. Joining the MW Beauty squad with her expertise ensures all clients leave the chair feeling and looking their best! 

Lucie Ramsey

@Looksoflucie

There’s no one definition of beauty – and thus there should not be one makeup look that fits all. 

Lucie Ramsey is a sought-after makeup artist based in St. Louis. While she enjoys working in all sectors of the beauty industry, including fashion shows and editorial shoots, her true passion is bridal, and what led her to work at MW Beauty. Being a communications and marketing graduate from Saint Louis University has led to assisting MS’s social media.

 

By The Number:

30+

weddings a year

22

years in business

100+

publications

2

cups of coffee a day

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