After watching her first Broadway play, Cabaret, at age eight, Gela Laurel-Stehmeier developed a fascination with the ability of makeup to transform faces. It was from this moment that she knew she wanted to become a makeup artist.
Although, straight out of college she tried her hand in the corporate world, she quit after three years realizing that it wasn’t for her. She then started splitting her time between doing improvisational comedy and attended some makeup classes, including those held by Lala Flores and Kay Pagtakhan for Avon. In 2005, she fully committed to the craft and went to California to formally study Makeup Artistry at the Empire Academy of Makeup.
A few years later, after coming home and applying her studies, she was appointed the Chief Make Up Artist for Lancôme. Today a freelance artist, her home base it at the makeup studio at House of Laurel, Gela continues to beautify Manila one face at a time, whether these be for print, television or arguably one of her specialties, bridal beauty.
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