Shawntay Fisher | Celebrity Makeup Artist & CEO

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

Shawntay Fisher Celebrity Makeup Artist & CEO

Meet Shawntay! With an initial interest in television production, Shawntay Fisher was determined to be a part of the entertainment industry. Upon manifesting her dreams into reality, Shawntay is now a professional makeup artist and image consultant working in the world of media. With over ten years of experience in the television, film, and broadcast industry, Shawntay has done makeup for programs such as “Good Morning America," “The Wire," and CNN. Her client list includes a wide range of public figures and politicians from Scandal’s Judy Smith to Anderson Cooper, and Ava DuVernay.

Shawntay continues to build her empire by laying down the bricks to her success. In 2006, she founded Samone Colors LLC., a makeup and image consulting firm, which employs other talented makeup artists to work on different film, print, or commercial projects. The makeup specialist's journey illustrates the product of self-perseverance, patience, and fiery initiative. Young, aspiring creatives are encouraged to follow Shawntay’s story as they make their own dreams into reality,

For those who don’t know, could you tell us who Shawntay Fisher is?

S: Bubbly, vibrant, and confident. I am blessed with an eye for beauty, style, and fashion. I am the president and founder of Samone Colors LLC., Makeup and Image Consulting Firm. My gifts and artistic skills have graced numerous celebrity faces, major television network and productions. I have been a makeup artist for numerous celebrities including: former Vice President Al Gore, Jr., Raven Symone, ABC’s “Scandal” Judy Smith, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, Bill Cosby, Katt Williams, Jasmine Guy, and many more. I’ve also had the privilege of working President Barack Obama’s first inauguration and most recently, have had the honor to work with Ava DuVernay on her Netflix Oscar Nominated Documentary “13”.

I’m truly passionate about my craft. I get joy from inspiring others. In an effort to share my knowledge, I teach my techniques to those who want to learn how to use makeup as a tool to enhance their natural beauty. I specialize in image consulting and self-esteem seminars. I’m also a devoted mother of two sons, Eddie who is 16 and Zion 13.

Shawntay Fisher and her client, Raven Symoné

What is an average day like?

S: If I had to describe a day of work, it would go like this: Arrive to the television network or on-set and locate the production manager. I would ask for a schedule rundown and find out where I can setup my work station.

This schedule rundown would provide me with details such as hit times, talent pictures, and the names of the people I would be working with throughout the day. I would set up my work station with makeup and hair supplies and wait for the talent to arrive.

Once I’m done with talent's hair and makeup, I would follow them on-set to check and make sure everything is in place with their hair, makeup and wardrobe. Next, I would go to the control room to inspect my work once again before the show starts and hang out there just in case I need to do a little touch up or make some minor adjustments.

Once the shoot is “a wrap” I clean up my work area, say “goodbye” to the crew, and I like to say “until next time” because I know they will be calling me again for more work in the future. That’s just my confidence speaking into my future!

You graduated with a communications degree and had a successful career in the entertainment industry. How did the transition from communications to makeup artistry occur?

S: After working in the entertainment business for about four years. I realized something was missing. I hopped from job to job and I did not feel fulfilled. I knew I had more to offer the world and desired a career and not just a job.

One day, I received a call from a family friend who was working on a play at the Warner Theatre. She asked if I would be interested in doing the makeup for the show run. I was honored about the opportunity, however, I shared with her that I really didn’t have the experience. She replied, “You do your makeup and family members' makeup really well! Do you want the gig or not?” Immediately, I said, “Yes! I’ll take the gig,” and the rest is history. Working this stage play was like taking in a breath of fresh air. It didn’t feel like work. It was peaceful, refreshing, and fun. I finally found my true calling—makeup artistry.

Discovering that makeup artistry and inspiring others was a passion early on in my career, I decided that lifting spirits one face at a time was my true calling. Seeking an avenue to touch the lives of others, I took a leap of faith and started my business venture: Samone Colors.

I am a firm believer that beauty comes from within and I feel that if I can uplift women and boost their self-esteem by making them feel confide