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Tammi McDonald

Whether it be makeup, fashion, music, or writing, art has always been a vital passion for Tammi Marks McDonald. She began her career in the music industry as a production manager, producing records, cassettes, and CDs for independent artists and labels. Tammi has published written works, and she also spent some time on stage as a motivational speaker. After managing various businesses, she began her own beauty business.


As a New York-based makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in print, bridal, runway, and fashion as well as education, Tammi has the talent to ensure her clients look and feel gorgeous—inside and out. “Art is about expression and invoking emotion. I am so thrilled to energize my creativity by originating art on a live canvas! Art, beauty, and sharing, what could be better?”, she states.

Tammi first realized her love for color as a teenager, inspired by looks from fashion magazines. She went on to start a career in selling cosmetics and managing makeup and sales teams. Tammi’s makeup artist career launched after training with established celebrity artists Val Garland, Isamaya French, Robert Jones, and Donna Mee. Her work is featured in international magazines and their online presences such as Vogue Italia, i-D Magazine, British Vogue, Marie-Claire Italy, Brides Magazine and Lula Magazine.

As part of an international artist group, Tammi travels the world working with artists from various states and countries. She has also worked for the TV show Project Runway’s makeup team, numerous NY Fashion Week Shows, celebrities and continues to pave the way for her peers as an artist and educator.

Now, Tammi is excited to take this next step in her career as an advisor and director at Debut Model Agency. Within this innovative organization, she is helping to mold the future, uniting experts from various mediums of the fashion industry, and taking a full circle educational approach to management. By utilizing the expertise and experiences of these different professionals, the models DMA represent will be well prepared, protected, and on their way to building their own brand. With DMA, Tammi hopes to continue the momentum of paying it forward, help nurture new talent, and establish a positive family attitude within the organization.

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