Rick DiCecca has worked for the world’s biggest beauty brands: Lancome, Chanel, Estee Lauder, and is currently global makeup artist for the ARTISTRY® brand.
His experience spans product development to training and education, runway to red carpet. He has collaborated with industry arbiters and counts many models and celebrities as clients and friends—Heidi Klum, Iman, Aerin Lauder, Liu Wen and Teresa Palmer.
But, what has driven Rick’s desire to work as a makeup artist for more than 25 years is the satisfaction that comes from teaching real women—with real lives, kids and time constraints—how to feel more confident through the transformative powers of makeup.
Born and raised in Boston, Rick graduated high school a year early with an interest in architecture. But good friends and a good dose of curiosity led him to cosmetology school where he fell in love with the craft.
Upon graduating, and later earning a degree in graphic design, Rick went to work at a salon on Boston’s famed Newbury Street. One of his clients, a senior executive with Elizabeth Arden, recognized his talent and recruited him for the role of creative director, developing new products and application techniques.
Rick was soon in demand by Chanel and Estee Lauder where he expanded his portfolio beyond product development to working behind-the-scenes on global ad campaigns and backstage at fashion shows in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris. His runway work includes Derek Lam, The Row, Anthony Vaccarelo, Pamella Roland and Ji Oh. He has been featured as an expert, espousing tips and tricks for fuller lips or finding the perfect blush, in publications around the world including Elle, Glamour, Self and Harper’s Bazaar. And, among his claims to fame is the Guinness Book of World Records Award in 2010 for fastest lipstick application.
A friend once told Rick he’d learn something new from everyone who sits in his chair—a piece of wisdom he carries with him always and makes every day fun.
Sonia Kashuk for bringing luxury to the mass market. Pat McGrath for her innovation and creativity. Tom Pecheux for his ability to bring ephemeral translucency to women’s skin.
About 10 years ago at the suggestion of Evelyn Lauder, I attended a Look Good Feel Better event at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I was part of a team of artists doing makeovers on women undergoing cancer treatment. It was a day I’ll never forget. I met these unbelievably courageous women who were fighting for their lives, and by adding a little bit of color and glam, I noticed it really made a difference in their spirit. I think it helped them fight a little harder that day. For me, it reinforced the transformational power of makeup.
I’d probably be an architect or a surgeon because they’re both very creative professions, but also deal with space, placement and volume.
Practice! Hone your craft, keep learning, do the work. Even if that means recruiting family and friends. The more makeup you do, the better your technique gets, the more intuitive you become.
ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair. I’ve been using it for 25 years on everyone I touch! It’s my absolute favorite product of all time.
Makeup is meant to be fun. It’s about play and self-expression. Find some whimsy in your process. Take risks. And do what makes you happy. It’s the kick in your step that turns heads.