BORNNew York, NY
Vice President of Education and Artistry
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING FOR/WITH MAKE UP FOR EVER?
Simone Ciafardini brings more than 25 years of experience to her role as Vice President, Education and Artistry, The Americas, for MAKE UP FOR EVER. After working with top beauty brands in the U.S., Europe and Asia for more than two decades, Simone is often referred to as a go-to beauty industry expert with extensive expertise in education, artistry and sales. In this position, Simone is responsible for establishing MAKE UP FOR EVER as a leader in education both in Sephora stores and the brand’s network of freestanding boutiques, and ensuring the highest standards of education, artistry and service for MAKE UP FOR EVER clients. She develops all levels of artistry techniques used by MAKE UP FOR EVER educators, as well as the curriculum used to educate Sephora cast members across The Americas.
WHERE DID YOUR PASSION FOR MAKEUP COME FROM?
As an actress in the late 1980’s and ‘90s, Simone was amazed at how make up could be as dramatically transformative as an actor’s performance itself. To hone her skills, she started working as a mortuary make up artist at the age of 17, and then went on to work at a make up counter in New York City. Simone believes that the fundamentals of art, be it sculpting or painting, are just as valid and useful in make up artistry.