Dana Spence is a makeup artist.
Her keen interest in all aspects of makeup began very early in her childhood, springing from studying the stylish album covers of the era and watching old school "Creature Features" on Saturday afternoons. While most of her elementary school peers were idolizing pop stars and sports figures, Dana was already becoming obsessed with makeup masters like Stan Winston, Rick Baker, and Dick Smith. When she was a teen, she answered a casting call from a theatrical supply shop seeking models for their costume catalog. After receiving that paycheck, Dana went back that same store and spent all of her money on stage makeup. While studying theatre performance in college, she also learned techniques in theatrical aging and period hairstyling, and began working in cosmetics retail as a makeup artist for Prescriptives. Dana spent a few years after college juggling part-time makeup jobs and theatrical gigs at venues in Washington DC and Chicago, with working for two fashion retail giants, Gucci and Betsey Johnson. She ultimately chose to focus all of her attention on a full-time career in makeup. After a decade working in luxury boutiques, department stores, and spas as a makeup artist and skin care trainer, she missed the creative side of makeup and decided to pursue more advanced education. Dana was selected by The Powder Group as the 2011 recipient of The Kelly Gleason Scholarship For Makeup Arts, and completed the Production Makeup program at Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated at the top of her class.