Rie Omoto is one of the leading names in makeup artistry today. As the Creative Director of Three cosmetics in Japan, Rie has reached a level that few artists achieve. However, her success has only reinforced her commitment to her editorial and freelance career both in New York and around the world. Her trademark is her deconstructionist approach to makeup. "A face is something that should be explored more deeply than what you see in the mirror," explains Rie, "I want to bring out those qualities that are hidden in your soul."
Her career began in Tokyo where she experimented with different forms of makeup. Powder, liquid and grease applications were uniquely combined to allow Rie a customized approach to creating her looks. It was here that she discovered how to manipulate skin with unconventional products, creating sensational looks on models for editorial and advertising campaigns. In early 1992, having mastered the market in Japan, Rie longed to test her abilities in the European fashion scene and made the move to Paris where her incredible talent was recognized by the top names in fashion photography. Rie collaborated with celebrated lensmen: Paolo Roversi, Steven Klein and Peter Lindbergh, who utilized her skills to present shocking editorials and flawless advertising campaigns. Despite this overwhelming success, Rie wanted to challenge herself even more as an artist and decided to make New York her home in 1996.
Once in New York, Rie's gift for achieving flawless skin was recognized by In Style magazine who continue to fly her around the country to work with some of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. WWD named her one of the top makeup artists in the world in 2005. Famed department store, Lane Crawford of Hong Kong flew Rie over to speak to clients for a week about modern makeup techniques as well as to perform live exhibitions to help launch their new cosmetic department. She was selected by Maybelline New York in Japan as their brand ambassador for many years prior to her being chosen by ACRO to create a new cosmetic and skin care line in Japan based on the synergy of technology and organic ingredients called Three.
In keeping with her commitment to perfecting her art, Rie continues to collaborate with many of the industry’s finest names in photography such as: Sofia & Mauro, KT Auleta, Karen Collins, Guy Aroch, Sarah Silver, Pamela Hanson, Norbert Schoerner, Kutlu, Lee Broomfield, Doug Inglish,Magnus Unnar and Serge Leblon. In addition, Rie maintains wonderful client relationships with Revlon, Tommy Hilfiger, Bergfdorf Goodman, Burt's Bees, J.Crew and Matrix as well as publications such as Elle, Japanese Vogue, Numero Tokyo, In Style, Flair Italia, Commons & Sense, Korean W and Glamour.
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