Native to San Francisco, Risa was fascinated with the transformative properties of color from a very young age. Though not allowed to wear any makeup until high school, she remembers harvesting juice from blackberries she picked to stain her pout. Despite these early moments of play with color on skin, Risa first went to school for Zoology while teaching adaptive morphology and studying the behavior of penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Before completing her degree, she was diagnosed with Leukemia which in turn led her to discover the healing properties of makeup. While her immunity restored itself in the year following chemotherapy, makeup became both a creative outlet and highly therapeutic.
Over the past 12 years Risa has freelanced for several cosmetic lines both in store and behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week. During the early years of blogging, she cultivated a strong social media presence connecting with people across the globe both to educate and learn from. Born highly intuitive and empathic, Risa always had an innate interest in and knack for energy work which led her to become a reiki practitioner which she incorporates into every makeup application. She loves connecting with people and hearing their stories while helping to shape and color whomever they desire to embody.