LYNDHURST, N.J. — Award-winning Lyndhurst makeup artist Victoria De Los Rios says she's addicted to making women feel beautiful.
"It's like a high for me," De Los Rios, 40, told Daily Voice. "It never gets old to watch a woman look herself in the mirror after I have finished working on her."
De Los Rios' addiction has propelled her business, " My Makeup Artist Victoria ," to be hired for more than 250 weddings annually.
It has also earned the mother multiple KNOT Hall Of Fame Awards and opportunities to showcase her "work" on TV commercials on Bravo, Food Network, Style Network and Lifetime Channel.
"With all of this success, I feel that nothing is impossible," De Los Rios said. "I have had a lot of mountains to climb in my life and I feel that I knocked every one of those mountains out of the park."
Following in her father's footsteps, De Los Rios began painting when she was 4 years old. At 8, she found makeup in her mom's purse.
She put the two together and, ouala !
De Los Rios' childhood discovery ended up saving her when she was laid off from her job in the mortgage industry during the financial crisis of 2007.
"There were a lot of doubters and naysayers when I first decided to pursue makeup," De Los Rios said. "But it was in my head and in my heart so I had to do it."
Today "My Makeup Artist Victoria" employs twelve hair and makeup artists, and De Los Rios spends her weekends traveling to weddings around the country to provide her services.
"I think I've been successful because I love what I do," De Los Rios said. "I'm not focused on making money I am focused on making my clients happy."
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