Saturday Spotlight: Orlando Santiago

Bio (taken from his website — please see link below)

 Orlando Santiago is an International Trade and Marketing graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He began his career as a freelance makeup artist a tChristian Dior, where he advanced to become the regional makeup artist for the Central and Northern region of Florida in just a few years. He is fluent in Spanish. In 1999,Orlando was offered a position as a member of the National Art Team for Toni & Guy,where he traveled nationwide doing platform makeup, educating and demonstrating his makeup talent while launching the newly developed Bed Head makeup line. In 2000, he moved back to New York City to join MAC Cosmetics as a trainer. He managed MAC’s largest account, and was instrumental in introducing new seasonal makeup trends worldwide to the company’s new and existing artists. He also participates in many shows
for Fashion Week each season.
His career also includes commercial, film, and editorial for:
Editorial:, French Vogue, Essence, On Makeup, Source, King,Catalina, Free, Black Women, Hair, Sync, Esquire, Flaunt, Smooth, Time Out,Velvet Addiction, Amber, Vibe Vixen, Jewel, Time, Paper Television: NBC (Appearance), NY1 (Espanol), Inside Edition, Fox-Comcast,Movidisimo, American Star Academy Runway Designers: Rosa Cha, Julie Chaken, Luella Bartley, Adrienne & Nico, Monarchy,Vessel 
Musicians: P-Diddy, Teyana Taylor, Heather Headley, Tyra, Franz Ferdinand,Kali Campbell, Ludacris, Juelz Santana, Irazema Music Videos
: “LiL”Wayne-Husler Musik, John Legend-Heaven, Rhyme Spitters
Actors: Carmen Electra, Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls), Lauren Velez, Hill Harper, Terence Howard (Acadamy award nominee), Hassan Johnson (HBO show “The Wire”) Idris Alba
Campaigns: L’Oreal-Matrix, Walmart, Jeep, Meukow Liquor, Burger King,Revlon, Verizon, Azzure Denim, Old English Beer, Corona Beer, Miller Beer,Love Boat (Japan), Ashley Stewart, Mickeys Liquor, Taxotere (Pharmaceutical),Models: Selita Ebanks (Victoria Secret Model), Natalia Vodianova (Calvin Klein
Model), Nnenna, Danny, and Jasline (America’s next top model winners).
 Orlando is a renowned specialist in Air Brush work, Body Painting and has included Special FX to his portfolio of talents. As the lead instructor and coordinator for the makeup program, he continues to partner with Empire Education Group makeup school in the New York City area. He is also a New York State licensed educator, teaching the fundamentals of makeup for Film, Theatre and Television up until the advanced Special FX techniques. In 2005, Orlando launched his company called the Mantis Design Group.This endeavor featured a makeup accessory tool holder for beauty professionals called the mantis glove, and it was marketed worldwide. Makeup shows stretching from LA to NYC exhibited this adroit tool.He is taking the industry by storm not only as a makeup artist, but as a young entrepreneur as well.
He is currently expanding his makeup techniques throughout the United States as well as overseas to London and Japan. Orlando is a proud member of The Powder Group, an internationally recognized team of makeup educators for his professional technique in advanced airbrushing for beauty makeup and has spoken and presented in several national makeup shows including New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles. He is currently represented by
The Montgomery Group in New York. His work can be viewed at
I was lucky enough to take two of his classes at The Makeup Show Dallas. High Intensity taught us how to complete a face under any weather conditions and make it beautiful, brilliant, and long lasting. The second was in regards to Bridal work. He shared his business knowledge and beauty knowledge to his class. Since the area I live in is mainly bridal this class helped me build on what I learned in the first class.
I found him to be a concise teacher with caring demeanor and spot on knowledge of the craft. I desperately wish I could take his classes in Orlando. It’s good to have goals/dreams right? 😀
On Makeup Magazine featured a list of schools in their Spring 2014 edition. It included a quote from Orlando Santiago that I believe reiterates why I think he is one of the best teachers of beauty on the planet.
“I believe in setting my students up for success from the beginning not only upon graduation. My extensive background of 15+ years (trust me he doesn’t look old enough to have that much experience!) in both the beauty makeup industry and education globally, it was only natural for me to fuse the two together to create the ultimate makeup school experience. I teach my students from my personal philosophies on everything from color theory and technique, to how to have the proper mind-set while approaching makeup and clients for every job.”

His social media sites: Facebook website Twitter instragram his makeup academy



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