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Last Activity:
Jan 01, 2016
Very Experienced
Depends on Assignment
Jun 04, 2006

About Me

Leisa Kanienberg is a Professional Makeup Artist with more than 15 years of experience.  She is also a licensed Esthetician and Instructor and holds a Bachelors of Fine Art and Photography that fueled her passion for Makeup Artistry.  After graduating, Leisa worked to establish herself as a freelance Makeup Artist while beginning a more than a decade-long career with M.A.C. Cosmetics.  During this time, she trained extensively in Makeup Artistry and began working on photo shoots and fashion shows, in addition to teaching makeup classes at a modeling agency.  Her degree in photography lent itself to working in front of the camera, creating editorial looks for print and runway.  Additionally, brides wanting to get camera-ready for their wedding day sought Leisa out.

In 2006, Leisa established iMakeup Artistry so that she could offer her makeup services independently.  As a seasoned Makeup Artist, Leisa specializes in a wide range of makeup applications and techniques.  Her expertise includes beauty, bridal, film, television, editorial photography and fashion runway - having worked backstage at fashion shows such as Vanity Fair’s Fash Bash.  Her work has been featured on NBC and in an episode of “Cake Boss,” as well as published in several magazines including Elléments, Stardust, Missy Ink and Fusion Flowers.  Leisa has worked alongside top Makeup Artist Leslie Munsell and Hair Stylist Ted Gibson of the hit t.v. show, “What Not To Wear,” whose celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie and Jessica Simpson.  Currently, Leisa is completing a prestigious global advanced-education program that is based out of London, with the iconic editorial and celebrity makeup artist, Val Garland. Val Garland has works with every major fashion designer and magazine, including Vogue, i-D Magazine and Alexander McQueen just to name a few.

When Leisa is not painting faces or spending time with her two beautiful children, she works with her husband Christian, who is also a Professional Artist but in the realm of murals, sculpture and design.  His business WISH Design + Painting + Sculpture is a one-stop art house that offers both residential and commercial art, furnishings and design work.  The husband and wife team recently launched an offshoot called WISH Creatives that consists of up-cycled antiques, salvage-inspired art pieces and other unique hand-made crafts.  Additionally, the pair teach after-school art classes at their son’s grade school where Leisa volunteers. 
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Vanity Fair, L'Oreal, Val Garland School of Makeup, Ted Gibson Salon New York, STARDUST Magazine, Jute Magazine, Missy Ink Magazine, Ellements Magazine, New York Fashion Week, Semisonic, Goodwill, Camel Cigarettes, ATP Tennis, Marshall Fields, Macy's, Miss Teen Ohio, Cincinnati Magazine, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati BenGals, K Magazine, Matt Bradley Salon, MAC Cosmetics, Aveda, The 48 Hours Film Project, New View Model Management,