Marietta Carter-Narcisse is a beauty entrepreneur or beautypreneur, a 30 plus year veteran celebrity makeup artist, and a department head makeup artist for film and television. As a beauty entrepreneur, she is passionate about teaching others how to succeed in the business of film and television through online educational classes at Marietta’s Virtual Make-up Academy.
With a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education and current cosmetology licenses in both California and Florida, Marietta likes to point out that what she does is more than a powder puff and a lipstick.Born in Barbados , Marietta and her family immigrated to the USA in 1971 where she attended Junior High and highschool and was set to becoming a doctor when a series of events changed her life.
One such event was when her younger brother, Ian Carter asked her to be his assistant wardrobe during The Commodores’ 1983 European Tour. Ian at that time was the Commodore’s personal valet and later became their official tour manager.
It was on that tour that she met and toured with Natalie Cole. Natalie employed Marietta as her image consultant and personal assistant which helped launch her career as one of the most sought-after makeup artists in motion pictures.
Marietta has worked with celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, Cindy Crawford Jordin Sparks, Nia Long, Danielle Mone Truitt and was the personal makeup artist for Samuel L. Jackson for many years.
Marietta recently completed the Tyler Perry/Netflix feature production — A Jazzman’s Blues
In this Episode You’ll Learn
How her career started with the Commodores
Why her focus shifted to film and television when touring with Natalie Cole
How Whoopi Goldberg helped her advance her career
How she met Selena and did not know who she was
Why she worked with Samuel L Jackson as his makeup artist for just 3 years
The impact her career had on her personal life
- Marietta was the first Black makeup artist in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
- Her grandfather was 113 when he died and is in the verified Guinness Book of Records
- Her son’s godmother attended his high school graduation. His godmother is Angela Bassett