Felicia York is a make-up artist based in New York City. A true child of the city, she is heavily influenced by many facets of urban life.
Felicia has an extensive background in administration on the corporate level. Leaving it behind for the pursuit of her love for beauty and glamour, she says, “I had a thought. Every woman is beautiful. I feel like it is my calling in life to find it, make her see it, appreciate it and enhance it.”
Through her make-up artistry, that is exactly what she has done. In 2009, she opened DaLipstickBandit Cosmetics (DLB) and began her work freelancing all throughout the city. It was through this company that she was able to work on countless videos, photo shoots, tv shows, proms, weddings and more. She also made natural bath and body products. In 2010, she became Beauty Editor for MANIK Magazine, fashion and lifestyle publication for the plus-sized fashionista, she has built ties with the very community she calls her own. In 2011, the doors closed on DLB but not on her dream. She began working for many prestige makeup brands on the retail level and kept hope alive that DLB would once again know glory.
A woman of many talents, Felicia is also a writer and poet. “Before I was a make-up artist, I was a writer,” she says. “In fact, I’m grateful for my literary roots. It forced me to imagine a world of my own creation that was completely in my own mind and I was forced to express to other people and have them see it too through my words. That is the same approach I apply to all facets of my life. My art is the truest expression of that principle.” Create her own world, she did with her upcoming release of fiction novel, Counter Girls. Art imitating life, Felicia drew on her experience working in many department stores to create a story about three women working at a makeup counter in NYC. The novel is set to be released in November 2012.
If the past is any indication of what is to be expected in the future, it is imperative that all eyes remain on Ms. York. For she is a dynamic individual and it is for certain that great things are to come.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Counter Girls is all about the life of women(and men) working for our favorite makeup brands. Deeply analytical, light-hearted and chock full of makeup tips and tricks; it is a great read for everyone from the cosmetics connoisseur to the person who doesn't know their lipstick from their eyeliner. Root for the underdog, despise the villain and then realize that they may be one in the same.
The book also reveals how ugly beauty world can get and how low a person can stoop to get their work done. While reading this book I also got to understand the 'business of makeup' better. It tells us to 'keep our friends close and enemies closer'.
Counter Girls revolves around three main characters: all female ~ KELLY, LEXIE & PILAR and how they go through ups and downs in their life and still try to bring the pieces together, struggling with their love life, work, sex, loneliness and the like.
Kelly Parker, a recent transplant to Manhattan, she is a Southern belle with big city dreams trying to live her happily ever after with the love of her life. Just when she thinks she has it all, she comes to find that things aren't as they seem. She must learn the difference between circumstance and self-sabotage and when things fall apart, she alone is left to pick up the pieces.
LEXIE After five years in the company, Lexie begins to feel dissatisfied with her position and decides to try for a promotion. If she thought climbing the ladder was tough, finding a boyfriend in NYC is even tougher. Read as she discovers that to find her Charming, she has to kiss many many frogs and as she finds out just how ugly the beauty industry can get!
PILAR , the twelve-year veteran, thinks she's the puppet master behind the scene. As she faces the fact that she's only getting older and the new artists are only getting younger, she finds herself looking over her life and realizes the pretty wall she's put up around her has cracks in it and eventually comes tumbling down. She must ask herself who is really pulling the strings.
Being a Beauty Blogger, I really enjoyed reading this book especially the makeovers and the tutorials :P Definitely a must-read.
Readers can set their own price via Smashwords. It's 2.99$ on Amazon.The paper version will be available on August 1.
p.s. I was provided with a coupon code to buy this book by the writer. However, this has not affected my opinion which is honest as always. :)