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Artist in Residency: Cherish Brooke Hill Channels Diana Ross
Welcome to Artist in Residency, our series that brings the industry's most innovative makeup artists to Rose Inc. for a month of creativity and inspiration. Each week, you'll discover an original look—and the story behind it—created by an artist we love.

Trends come and go in a cyclical fashion, but some decades never really leave the beauty zeitgeist. For celebrity makeup artist Cherish Brooke Hill, there’s one era that’s referenced again and again in her prolific work: The colors and shapes of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Breathing life into a bygone era’s over-the-top aesthetic requires a keen working knowledge of its power players—both creators and icons—and the kind of judgement possessed by only the most talented of modern artists. To wit: Technicolor shadow and avant garde shapes aren’t for the faint of heart, but Hill isn’t afraid to take risks, which is how she ended up in Hollywood.

“I told my family I was moving from Maryland to California to pursue a medical career,” she recalls with a laugh, noting that her traditional Ghanaian-American parents’ hope for a predictable career for their daughter was sidelined by Hill’s adolescent YouTube habit. “I used to watch backstage interviews with makeup artists at Fashion Week. I thought, ‘If Pat McGrath can make it as a Black woman, maybe I can, too’."

It’s been a decade since Hill arrived in Los Angeles and her portfolio is already brimming with stars, including longtime clients like Keke Palmer, Madison Beer, and Snoh Aalegra—and she’s just getting started. For these reasons and more, Rose Inc. is delighted to feature Hill as this month’s Artist in Residency.


When it comes to iconic beauty looks from the ‘70s, Hill knew she wanted to reference Diana Ross, so she tapped into the star’s performance in the 1975 Motown film Mahoganyas inspiration. Using modern textures and techniques, Hill translated the star’s full lashes, contoured eyes, and glossy lips into a final look that is pared down, but still maintains a vintage mood. “It’s a ‘70s-era tribute to Diana Ross, but still wearable,” she says.


Full, fluttery lashes were the hallmark of Ross’ iconic beauty look inMahogany, so Hill began by setting the stage. “I used matte brown shadow in the crease of the eye then fluffed a little highlighter on her lid,” Hill says, noting that she used Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizerin Nude Glow. Then, for a little extra glow, she patted MAC Strobe Creamon the high points of model Ashley Moore’s face.


Hill then lined Moore’s eyes withMake Up For Ever Kohl Pencilto create a defined base for the striking look. She applied the pigment along the top and bottom lash lines, as well as in the waterline, for instant depth. Hill then added individual lashes fromMari Shten Beauty. “She makes the most gorgeous lashes that mimic actual hairs,” Hill says, noting that a few coats ofL’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascarafinished Moore’s eyes. “These lashes are some of the few out there that mimic hair, so it’s easy to layer mascara on top.”

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