Strong women inspire hair and makeup artist Neil Robison.
“Wonder Woman was an early icon,” he says. “And I loved Madonna and Cyndi Lauper – I even had an orange bedspread that I chose because it was the same color as her hair!”Indeed, color has always fascinated him. “I was the kid who used all 64 of the crayons when I colored,” says Robison, a native of Apple Valley, California, a town about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. “I loved that there were four different shades of orange to choose from, and I’d use them all.”
Years later, he’s still dealing in color, though his medium has changed. Today, some of the world’s most elegant women trust Neil with their most valuable assets – their faces. Neil’s history of enhancing the allure of famous beauties dates back to the early 90s, when his job as a MAC pro in LA led to a booking with his first star clients, a then-fledgling group called Destiny’s Child. Later, he traveled the world on tour with LeAnn Rimes, a gig that inspired Neil’s 2004 decision to move to Nashville, where he’s developed a following among some of country music’s biggest bold-faced names.