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Olympia is a highly trained, Makeup Artist based in the heart of the DMV. Her love and passion for the beauty industry has been passed down in her family from generation to generation. Her late grandmother, Pattie Smith Mariano, was the owner an operator of a successful hair salon in North Carolina, where she also manufactured and distributed her own products which embedded entrepreneurship into Olympia at an early age. As Olympia transitioned to Richmond, Virginia, she started her freelance business growing clientele and founding the company, Olympia’s Canvas, in 2018.
While attending Virginia Union University, Olympia studied Biology while simultaneously freelancing at her university and in the surrounding community. At 19, she went on to work for the prestigious, coveted makeup artistry brand, MAC Cosmetics. Olympia spent over 4-years refining her skills and broadening her makeup experiences through the make up brand. She completed a rigorous, comprehensive certification, makeup-artistry training program, the 'Mothers of Makeup' class by Danessa Myrick, and continues to acquire education on current makeup trends, techniques, and latest product knowledge.
Olympia describes makeup artistry as "painting on living canvas". She explains, "Every canvas (face of a client/model) is different. Whether that be in shape, color, texture, etc. each canvas has a story." She specially preps and paints to create a customized and flawless application. In makeup artistry, no canvas is exactly like another. No face is exactly like another.
Olympia has worked with many talented photographers, prestigious brands, tv, published authors, and celebrities. Her work has been featured on VH1, Black Bride Magazine, Fenty Beauty, and many more established and published social media outlets. Olympia is making a name for herself in the Bridal makeup industry, creating beautifully timeless looks for her brides and wedding parties, all while utilizing her skills with traditional makeup and airbrushing.
Post-Graduation, Olympia took her love of science and married it with the product knowledge she gained throughout her career and in 2019, launched her very own cosmetic line Olympia Canvas Cosmetics. Olympia's Canvas Cosmetics focuses on formulating products that are not only good for you but, look great on every skin tone by incorporating all natural animal cruelty-free, vegan products.
Today, Olympia continues to work passionately by her favorite quote “I dream of painting, and then I painted my dream”, creating exquisite makeup looks on faces everywhere and helping her Canvas Queens to feel confident and look their best!