Stephanie Neiheisel spends her days slinging makeup and looking fly. Here’s what she had to say:
EMMA Magazine: Where did you go to school?
Stephanie Neiheisel: I am from Salt Lake City and attended Salt Lake Community College for my Associates Degree.
EM: Your major?
SN: Life had a seriously larger plan for me and with only two semesters before achieving my Associates, I never went back. So needless to say, my major is 1) living life to the fullest, 2) taking risks and 3) being awesome.
EM: What are your long term career goals?
SN: Five years ago if you had asked me where I thought I’d be in 2013 I NEVER would have imagined it would be happily living in Arizona, living the dream of being a successful makeup artist, with a killer apartment, and an amazing hunk of a boyfriend. I did however know that I’d still be driving my 2000 beater Hyundai Elantra. That baby’s got some spunk, I tell ya.
I’ve completely fallen in love with the art of makeup artistry and the roller coaster life that goes along with it. I can’t imagine my life/career any other way, and my ultimate goals are to expand my experience in film, editorial print work, and one day collaborating makeup creations with designers for the runway. I would even love to create my own artistry makeup line and beauty magazine. I find inspirations from vintage stores, music, films, and yes TV.
EM: Favorite TV show?
SN: If you aren’t in love with the time sensitive and understated beauty in Mad Men, then I simply don’t understand you ;). The makeup, nails, and hair are always on point! That being said, Mad Men is one of my favorite TV shows. I’m also very fond of Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Stories (Season 1!).
EM: Guilty pleasure?
SN: My guilty pleasure? Oh man, where do I even start. ‘Die Young’ by Kesha, ANYTHING sweet, Rob Zombie (yes, I love him), horror graphic novels (I have a small/awesome collection), anything with skulls, Robert Jordan books (yes The Wheel of Time series). Judge away, my friends. Despite my love for all things masculine, borderline scary, and horroresque, I’m actually disgustingly girly.
EM: What are 3 things in your bag at all times?
SN: Three things I NEVER leave the house without are: lipstick, hand cream, and nail glue. I’ll let you roll with that.
EM: Favorite place to travel to?
SN: When it comes to traveling, I REALLY need to get out there more. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying two different cruises, and I can honestly say some of my favorite experiences were swimming with sting rays in Grand Cayman, playing with monkeys in Honduras (one unsuccessfully tried to pull my bikini off), and climbing waterfalls in Jamaica. And although those are exotic and gorgeous places, today my favorite place to travel is Vegas. No, not because of the booze, gambling, or bright lights, but because over the last four years, my boyfriend and I have created so many killer memories there. We don’t “do Vegas” like most people do. It has seriously become a second home for us. We know our favorite local coffee shop, the best lounges, delicious local restaurants, etc… And every time I think about Vegas my heart warms up. We will be there in two weeks for my man’s birthday, and it’s pretty much all I can think about.
EM: Any hobbies?
SN: When I’m not slinging makeup and creating faces I love working out, enjoying the outdoors, playing with photography (I’m no pro), writing beauty articles, thrift shopping, and getting lost in a coffee shop somewhere.
EM: What do you love about EMMA?
SN: Let me just start by saying that ever since the women behind EMMA Magazine came into my life (along with all the amazing people I’ve met through working with the magazine) the desert has started feeling more and more like home. What I love about EMMA Magazine is that it is a shining example of talented, driven, smart, and compassionate women coming together to inspire each other and all of YOU. The fact that I’m working alongside these women is a huge compliment in and of itself. I love that I have the opportunity to share my passion with the world and that I have the opportunity to learn so much from the other contributors of EMMA. This is gonna be big, you just wait.