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Kym Lee, Celebrity Makeup Artist

The Artist Extraordinaire

Kym LeeAn internationally renowned celebrity makeup artist, Kym Lee is synonymous with creativity and innovation; she has been painting beautiful faces for over 20 years.  Kym Lee is a native Washingtonian who graduated from Bowie State University with honors. Upon graduation, Kym attended Georgetown Law School in hopes of being a top entertainment lawyer. While in law school, she worked at her family owned salon and discovered her passion was not law, but beauty. While in pursuit of her dream she landed a makeup position at B.E.T. where she’s been for the past 17 years. She currently works as  lead makeup artist at BET Networks; she also broadcasts her weekly beauty segments on Radio One stations across the country, and is Beauty Editor for Sister-2-Sister Magazine.

Kym’s makeup artistry has graced the pages of Essence, Black Enterprise, People, Glamour, and Sister 2 Sister Magazines. She is also one of the Lead Makeup Artist for the BET HONORS, BET’s CENTRIC (Soul Train Awards), the annual BET Awards, Christian Broadcast Network (CBN TV), and the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. Most recently her work is on the big screen as “Key Makeup Artist” for movies, Jumping the Broom, Sparkle, and Black Nativity. In addition, she is the co-owner of Outer Skinz Image Group a full service styling team that includes Hair stylists, Makeup artists, Wardrobe stylists, Nail Technicians and Barbers.

One of the leading makeup artists in the country; some of her “brushes with fame” include actors, Angela Bassett, Kerri Washington, the late Whitney Houston,Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd, Tasha Smith, Loretta Divine, Meagan Good, Mo’Nique, Omarosa, Danny Glover, Idris Elba, Hill Harper, Terrance Howard, Mike Epps, Pooch Hall (The Game), and Romeo. Recording artists, Yolanda Adams, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Fantasia, Jill Scott, Corrine Bailey-Rae, Fergie, and Opera Singer Denyce Graves. Male recording artists, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Wyclef Jean. Political Leaders, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton and Maxine Waters. Sports figures, Venus and Serena Williams, Michael Vick, Dominique Dawes, Jason Campbell, Santana Moss, Lavar Arrington, and Darrell Green. COO & President of BET, Debra Lee and CEO and President of Radio One, Cathy Hughes and numerous other clients.

Kym’s newest business venture as the creator of Wink n Pout Cosmetics has taken her journey full circle! This premiere makeup line is inspired by the latest runways looks and many celebrity influences. But makeup isn’t all she’s made of, as a licensed minister she proudly calls her makeup case her pulpit as she inspires women to LIVE out their dreams. Kym is founder of her non-profit organization Inner Skinz… Where she helps women who are transitioning back into the work world from drug and alcohol addictions. Kym’s longtime mantra is … “I inspire people to clear IT up instead of covering IT up.” Visit her at

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