The Unofficial Joyce Bonelli Wiki
If you've ever admired the contoured makeup of Kim Kardashian and her family, then you're familiar with Joyce Bonelli's work. The makeup artist has been working with the Kardashians for years, and the reality TV stars aren't her only clients. In this guide, we'll look at how Bonelli got started and what she's done with her cosmetic skills.
Celebrities Joyce Bonelli Has Worked With
- Lindsay Lohan
- Pamela Anderson
- Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian
- Demi Lovato
- Nicki Minaj
- Chrissy Teigen
Beauty Tips from Joyce Bonelli
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Joyce Bonelli on Social Media
Transforming cosmetic supplies into art tools, Joyce Bonelli has brought her makeup skills to Hollywood and has used the stars' faces as her canvases. She has made a name for herself by working with celebrities, such as Lindsay Lohan during her tell-all interview with Oprah, and Nicki Minaj as she posed for the cover of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Most of her sought-after looks, though, have been made even more popular by the Kardashians. Over the past decade, Joyce has worked with the members of E Network's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and has helped with hundreds of contoured selfies sported by Kim and her sisters. Contouring means changing one's facial structure through makeup, and these reality stars have turned this drag queen technique into a worldwide sensation.
Joyce's role in these reality T.V. moguls' careers, together with her social media accounts and brief appearances in reality shows, have helped her earn celebrity status. She admits her rebel attitude can be attributed to her painter father's eccentric ways.
Born on July 7, 1981 in Los Angeles, the makeup artist grew up with divorced parents and traveled back and forth in southern California's Valencia and Encino. Many of her family members also had a passion for art. These include her great-grandmother who loved painting, her engineer brother who took up architecture classes, and her cousins who became professional writers.
Joyce's stepfather, who owns a production company, took part in the entertainment industry for over three decades by renting out vehicles to studio lots. However, her own folks disliked the idea of her going to Hollywood. Joyce and her siblings were forced to go to church a couple of times a week. They were even banned from watching television.
After catching a glimpse of the 1960s sitcom "The Munsters," Joyce was impressed with the visuals and decided to study makeup for horror movies by the time she reached eighth grade. When she was 16, she took up an esthetician course to study beauty and art. The then-aspiring artist crossed paths with a transgender teenager who, she believes, changed her life for good.
After studying trans women and looking into makeup techniques used by drag queens, Joyce came to understand transformational makeup. She says she continually thanks the LGBTQ community for paving the way to her success and giving her skills she still uses as a major part of her job.
After high school, the California native went to Make-up Designory, and studied animatronics and special effects. She preferred to work in horror movies, but landed jobs for special effects makeup for B-films with a low budget. After earning rates of $50 per day, she decided she had to work more to achieve a decent living.
In 2006, Joyce took her big break when she worked with Pamela Anderson for a Playboy shoot. Through this gig, she also met Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson, and Bridget Marquardt, all of whom were cast members of E's "The Girls Next Door," a reality series centered on Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. After hiring Joyce for a spontaneous shoot, the trio agreed to pay her to become a full-time makeup artist for Madison and Wilkinson.
In 2007, she came across the duo that would eventually become commercially successful reality stars. After meeting Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, Joyce recalls taking inspiration from the "momager" who was explaining step by step how her daughter's makeup should be done.
Since then, she has worked for Kris and her daughters, doing their makeup for reality shows, appearances, and other business ventures. She has traveled with the family for the past several years and has become close friends with Kim and her sisters. Khloe Kardashian has even described her to be an "incredibly talented and loyal" individual.
While working for the famous family, Joyce has taken on other clients, such as singers Demi Lovato and Nicki Minaj. She has also worked with international models, including Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen, and Gigi Hadid, to name a few.
According to Joyce, celebrities seek out her makeup services for her unique work on skin and lashes. She says she tries to come up with different looks for everyone, creating a signature style for each client.
Joyce realized she was pregnant with her son, Zeplin Black, while traveling with Nicki Minaj on one of her world tours. Becoming a single mom who, at times, works more than 20 hours per day, she decided to hire a full-time nanny, Lucy. Since then, she has traveled with her child and his nanny while working on celebrities' makeup.
During Kim and Kanye West's wedding, Bonelli met artist and designer Ben Taverniti, who had been working on Hudson Jeans and a clothing line called Unravel. After dating for a while, the couple turned their focus on marriage and exchanged wedding vows. In 2016, Joyce gave birth to twin boys.
Joyce's vision is to build her own brand in the beauty industry. Aside from her makeup services, she also aims to sell products from her cosmetics line that different artists will use and love.