Inspiration to pursue a career in makeup came at a young age for Victoria Stiles as she would study seasonal makeup trends published in various fashion and beauty print media. She began experimenting with makeup and developing her own technique in applying cosmetics. A family friend noticed Victoria's talents early on and urged her to continue development of her craft and begin a career path as a makeup artist post graduation.
While attending college at George Mason University in Virginia, Stiles secured a position with a popular cosmetic company. During her four years with the Esteé Lauder Company, she gained experience in event and stage makeup. Under contract with the Lauder company, Stiles provided makeup services for concert productions including Cher and Missy Elliott.
In 2003, Victoria took a short hiatus from makeup to volunteer in an orphanage and school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During her time in the depressed country, Stiles lived life away from the mainstream and regards her experience as one of the highlights of her life.
Victoria's desire and passion for wanting more out of her career as a makeup artist led her to start her own business providing on location makeup services for events. Her dedication to providing quality service earned her accolades from national publications.
Her creative flair in makeup quickly caught the eye of photographers whose works were published in various forms of media. Those working relationships prompted bookings for Victoria with publications such as Glamour, Vogue Bambini, Surface, O (Oprah) Magazine, Capitol File, JCK Luxury, Virginia Living, and Washingtonian. In 2008, Stiles traveled to Paris to work with Verve Music Group's Melody Gardot for her album cover, My One And Only Thrill, photographed by editorial portrait photographer, Nicholas LaClair. In that same year, Victoria provided makeup for designers Alexandre Herchcovitch and Rad Hourani during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and keyed a show for Shoshanna during the AER Walk With Style Event benefiting CancerCare.
In 2009, Stiles was chosen as a presenter for The Powder Group—an organization uniting makeup artists worldwide with relevant industry information and career guidance. She has presented seminars at The Artist Summit in Miami and Chicago and The Makeup Show in Los Angeles and New York.
Today, Victoria's clients include ESPN, Fox News, CBS's 60 minutes, Inside Edition, Bravo's Real Housewives of DC, and various national and international publications. Celebrity clients include legendary singer Roberta Flack, indie film actress Olivia Thirlby, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, ESPN's Emmitt Smith, Magic Johnson, Tony Kornheiser, Steve Young, Mike Wilbon, Real Housewives of New York's Jill Zarin, and CSI NY's Gary Sinise.
Stiles' knowledge in makeup and experience with print and celebrity makeup earned her a position as a beauty editor for the popular online publication, Beyond Beauty Basics, a member of Daily Makeover—a site which receives over 7 million visitors weekly. Her articles for the site include insider information to the world of fashion and beauty, including the latest backstage beauty information from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Furthermore, Stiles founded and authors Makeup Artist Backstage, an online beauty site which provides product reviews and behind-the-scenes for various shoots and projects, including video. Victoria's expertise in beauty products and application can also be viewed on a variety of television networks including MBC and WJLA. www.VictoriaStiles.tv was launched to promote Stiles' expertise in on-camera beauty advice.
In addition to artistry, Stiles actively promotes awareness to 501(3)(c) cancer charities and has organized events to raise money for non-profits such as Cancer Schmancer, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and Critters For The Cure. In response to the 7.0 earthquake which hit Haiti in January of 2010, Stiles organized an online promotion to generate funds for Food For The Poor and its initiative to bring immediate emergency relief to those affected.
Victoria Stiles currently divides her time between New York and Washington, DC and is available for travel worldwide.