Melissa has always had an interest in the arts... Growing up as an only child to a musician and a jewelry designer, she discovered her interest in art at an early age. Some of her hobbies included drawing, painting, creative writing, music and photography.
After high-school, she decided to continue her education and received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Cal State Long Beach. However, her passion for the arts and interest in the beauty industry, led her to pursue a career as a freelance artist. She attended Make-up Designory, in Burbank, California and received certifications in beauty make-up application and studio hairstyling. Additionally, she obtained a Cosmetology license after graduating from the program at Santa Monica College.
Melissa has been working ever since as a hair and make-up artist in Los Angeles. She has had the opportunity to work with some of LA's most creative and inspirational people, including numerous photographers, designers, stylists, directors, artists and musicians. She currently resides in Studio City.
All make-up and hairstyling is by Melissa C Tolentino, except where noted.
Complete resume and client list is available upon request.