My Make-Up Artistry Career began at Nordstrom, Mall Of America, where I joined the MAC Cosmetics Team in April of 1994. Through the 15 years I worked with MAC, I was able to become a well known make-up artist in Minnesota, moved to Chicago to be a Trainer for 7 years and gradually moved my way up the corporate ladder as a Regional Director of Artist Training and Development.
I was responsible for overseeing and facilitating the training and development of MAC Trainers and their training staff. I helped develop, instruct, educate and demonstrate the values of the brand, product knowledge, make-up theory, technique and superior customer service.
My passion has not only been for the artistry; but the clients I've had the opportunity to meet, develop long lasting friendships with and of course, making every single person feel and look beautiful.
I have worked side by side with some of the best make-up artists in the world, had the wonderful opportunity to participate in New York Fashion Week, applied make-up on a handful of celebrities such as; Fran Drescher, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Fergie, B52's, the Ambercrombie Twins and Missy Elliot's back up dancers. In addition, I've been the key make-up artist for several shows throughout the Midwest.
Mici was an absolute pleasure to work with. She did make up for me, the bride, 5 bridesmaids, the mother of the groom, & the mother of the bride; all in 4 hours! She came to our venue and
was not only on time, she was early.
Mici was extremely pleasant, sweet & took time with each person. She even helped us to understand her logic for colors and explained her techniques.
I would have paid triple to have Mici there , she made my beautiful day even more beautiful.
- Ryan, Bridal Client
Mici has done my makeup three times: My wedding day, the day after for my reception, and this last Christmas for a work holiday party - and she has blown my mind each time. I truly cannot say enough praise about her. Not only is she an outstanding makeup artist, but she's a genuinely kind and fun person as well!
The first time we met for our trial run (so I suppose she's done my makeup 4 times!) she was nothing but professional. She was very attentive to my wants and needs, and made sure to ask lots of questions about how I wanted to look on my wedding day vs. my reception day. I've never felt so beautiful in my life. I now refer to her as "Mici the Makeup Magician" to all my friends.
Whether you'd like to be made up for a grand event or just for an outing with the girls,
Mici O'Grady is your woman.
- Amy Boulay, Bridal & Event Client
I met Mici at Nordstrom Mall of America, she worked for MAC & I worked for Trish McEvoy. We were both just getting started in our careers.
Over the years (20+) I have hired Mici as an additional artist on events at the Walker Art Center & the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, for a private event or wedding client. I have confidently recommended her not only to personal clients in Minneapolis but also to editorial & commercial clients as well. Everyone I recommend her to has nothing but amazing things to say about Mici, her work ethic, & her bright personality.
She is consistent, she is experienced, she is kind, & she can do some beautiful make up; you never have to worry when Mici O'Grady is on set.
- Suzy Martin, Make up Artist, Moore Creative Talent