​​New York City based Celebrity Makeup Artist Monifa Mortis, has been working in the fashion and entertainment industry for over 15 years. In that time, she has become one of the industry’s leading trailblazers. With an acute eye for detail and an impeccable painter’s hand, Monifa has been creating looks for some of today’s biggest stars. Her execution on one’s face brings forth a distinctive glamour and signature look that embodies the concept of “modern beauty”.

“I love clean, sexy, modern makeup! I believe one should never reconstruct the face beyond recognition. The client has to feel fresh and comfortable in their makeup, not masked over”

​Since her teens, Monifa has been captivated by the magic of makeup and it’s ability to transform. Nevertheless, the constant goal is to embrace the natural characteristics of the client. Her approach: enhance the individual key features while maintaining the authenticity of the entire face. It is this philosophy that has yielded Monifa a star-studded clientele and has kept her in high demand.

Monifa is a graduate of The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in Manhattan, New York where she received her Bachelors of Science in Fashion Merchandising and was appointed an award of recognition for academic excellence by the National Dean’s List Association. She is also a graduate of the Paris Fashion Institute where she studied Fashion Marketing and placed in the top 10% of her class and was awarded the Certificate of High Merit.

In addition to freelancing, Monifa makes numerous appearances as a Guest Speaker for companies like, Make-Up Designory school New York, Crystal Wright’s PYP Summit in New York and The Bennett Career Institute Celebrity Artist Symposium in Washington, D.C.. She has presented highly acclaimed training seminars at beauty schools and makeup unions throughout the U.S. & Canada, as well as hosted her own independent productions like the Master Ethnic Makeup Class (MEMC) and Five Star Beauty Workshop.

Most recently, Monifa Mortis has been awarded the “Best In Beauty” Certificate of Expertise by Essence Magazine recognizing her published contributions to their annual beauty awards feature in the May 2015 issue.

Monifa is also creator of the newly launched Glam Kitti; a brand-new, patented, touch up kit for makeup. Learn more at