She has since ditched the nail polish remover and uses skin cleansers on real women, sometimes men, to transform the look of brides, grooms, prom teens – even celebrities from the ABC TV series “Desperate Housewives.”
In the restaurant business for most of her life, and currently co-owner of Prevot’s Oyster Bar & Grill on First Street in Brentwood, the native of El Salvador is drawn to makeup like Rembrandt to paint. “I’m very artistic and love to draw and paint with oils and acrylics. I’ve painted murals in my house,” said Prevot. “I love the art of everyone having different facial features, eyes and bone structure. I use colors to enhance the beauty of their individuality and I love to put my art in the makeup.”
Prevot studied makeup in European studios, mostly in Rome, for seven years and has worked for Oscar De La Renta, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Gianfranco Ferrer fashion shows. Last November and December, she painted New York Yankee’s pitcher “CC” (Carsten Charles) Sebastian’s wife, Amber. She said working with her celebrity clientele is no different than working with anyone else.
“It’s very beautiful working with the celebs. I love that glamour life!” said Prevot, who lives in Antioch and dreams of one day hanging up a shingle on her own makeup studio in Brentwood.
For now, her studio is her clients’ homes, and unlike some studios that make the customer “wipe the slate clean,” she prefers that her clients keep their normal makeup on so she can analyze what they’re doing right and wrong. “I tell them to have good eating habits,” said Prevot. “Drink lots of water, hydrate their face and before a wedding or event, exfoliate or use a hydrating mask.”
She also advises brides to block off about an hour and a half of makeup time “because they are the center of the whole day,” while others can expect to sit in the chair for an hour. Her greatest satisfaction is hearing a client say, “Thank you for making me feel so beautiful!”
Visit Prevot’s Web site at www.doriseprevot.com.