Shannon Thompson began her make-up training years before she knew she was going to be a Make-up Artist. An aspiring actress and daughter of a funeral director, her aspirations for the stage would evolve in a seemingly uncanny way. As the child of a funeral director, Shannon’s childhood chores included applying make-up for the deceased. Who would have thought these chores would fuel a life-long career in the entertainment industry. Throughout her high school years, Shannon continued to hone her make-up skills, receiving her first paid job at age of sixteen. Although she had a talent for make-up, her true passion was still for the stage, as an actress.
Ms. Thompson attended Howard University in Washington DC, where she obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts, and a Make-up Certificate of Accreditation. Under the direction of renowned Costume Designer and Make-up Artist, Reggie Ray, her innate skill and talent for this craft came to fruition. In 2014, the Howard University, Department of Theatre Arts, adopted Ms. Thompson’s book, “Make-up is Just Colored Dirt,” as a part of the curriculum for undergraduate Make-up & Costuming Production.
Ms. Thompson’s professional credits include over 30 films; 4 television shows; countless music videos; and national editorial work. She has had the opportunity to tour with celebrities such as: Alicia Keys, Boys II Men, Missy Elliot, and Keyshia Cole, to name a few. In addition, Shannon has provided make-up for President Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, Former President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Ossie, Davis, Sharon Stone, RZA, Leah Thompson, Frankie Faison, KeKe Palmer, Black Thought (the roots), Patti Labelle, Romeo Miller, Jason Pasqual, and Phylicia Rashad, along with countless other actors in her career.
Shannon possess an art-driven, up-beat professional demeanor. With her welcoming smile, colorful personality, and attention to detail, she provides a space for her client’s beauty and vision to shine through. Shannon Thompson is well known in the industry for clean, flawless beauty make-up and realistic special effect make-up.