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Chenese Bean Makeup Artistry

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A local makeup artist launched makeup classes designed to help women learn DIY tips along with personalized color and technique recommendations.

Chenese Bean
Chenese Bean offers makeup classes, has a collection of lip products, and owns a booming makeup artistry business.

Makeup has been in Chenese Bean’s blood from an early age. She applied makeup for friends and family as a hobby, and then in 1997 it turned into a side business as she worked as an accountant in the banking industry.

In 2008, she made a career change she could bank on: transitioning into a full time makeup artist. She says it’s a move she’s never looked back on, as she now not only has a booming makeup artistry business, but also a collection of lip products called “Glam by Chenese Bean.”

She frequently works with several agencies and production companies to do makeup for their commercial, film and television projects. She’s worked with several reality TV stars, such as Mimi Faust and Ariane Davis, as well as Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleaders and Bengals coach, Marvin Lewis.

Bean continues to grow her brand, inspired by her clients. That’s why she’s now offering makeup classes, she says, helping women to bring out their own beauty when she’s not around. “My goal for having the classes is to educate women on doing it themselves, what steps to take, what products to use but overall gaining that self-knowledge,” she explains.

Makeup classes will give Bean’s top secrets of the makeup industry while showing products and tools that will assist clients in learning to do their own makeup. “The best part, you get to take everything home with you,” she says.

Clients can decided from a variety of class options. With five types of classes offered, each analyzes the specific need of the client. Bean offers full-face classes which will range from how to contour and highlight to overall accents of the face. From the subtle to the dramatic.


Clients can also focus on specifics with classes catered to false lash application or mastering the perfect smokey eye. For the clients who wish to make it into a party, Bean will come to you. And for those one-on-one sessions, Bean offers a private setting at her studio in the Reading Bridal District. All classes are by appointment only.

Bean has offered makeup classes privately for years, but with the makeup world transitioning, she feels there is a demand to learn how to DIY.

“Classes are to teach women how to become comfortable doing their own makeup…rather it’s a full-face or how to apply false lashes or eyeshadow,” says Bean. Classes cater to a variety of women for a variety of needs, even the DIY bride. Bean hopes to correct makeup myths and assist by adjusting application and color hues. Beans says that making someone feel good is what her job is all about, “Makes me feel good that I am able to enlighten one’s self-esteem.”

As a mother herself, Bean realizes the time constraints and demands of a working mom’s hectic life. Through her classes, she hopes to make it easier for women, especially moms, who are always on-the-go. “A lot of moms don’t have the time for makeup,” says Bean, “but it is something for them to pamper themselves for five to 10 minutes.”

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Fashion, friends and philanthropy. That’s the couture combo that’s helping the less fortunate in our area. Learn more about the fashionable affair on December 19.

A group shot from the 2014 Ladies Night Out with a Purpose. Photo credit: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff Photography
A group shot from the 2014 Ladies Night Out with a Purpose. Photo credit: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff Photography

Each year, local fashionistas gather for an evening of celebration while supporting an important cause. This event, known as Ladies Night Out with a Purpose, was created so that other women could support each other, says founder Teresa Washington.

“I’m a firm believer that we as women need one another. We need a night out with our girlfriends and what better way than to come together and have a good time while helping disadvantaged women and children,” explains Washington, who is also the CEO and Creative Director of STMT-Statement.

“Of course, each year is special to us because we’re helping others, but what makes this year so special is the venue,” she explains.

For 2015, the 5th annual Ladies Night Out with a Purpose will be held at the recently revamped Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, where guests will have the chance to enjoy all three levels of the venue as well as a Runway Style Fashion Show. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” says Washington.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a complimentary wine hour. The runway-style fashion show called “Rock the Holiday In Style” will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the fashion show and wine hour, guests can also expect a fun filled event of live music, unlimited small bites, exclusive shopping, complimentary mini makeovers, a nail bar, mini massages and raffle gifts.

Teresa Washington, CEO/Creative Director at STMT-Statement and Founder of Ladies Night Out with a Purpose.
Teresa Washington, CEO/Creative Director at STMT-Statement and Founder of Ladies Night Out with a Purpose.

Washington says the first 25 guests to arrive will receive an exclusive “Purpose” gift bag. Exclusive Ladies Night Out with a Purpose t-shirts will be available at the event for $15.

Event attendees will be able to mingle with local vendors as this year’s Ladies Night Out with a Purpose is bringing a plethora of vendors and merchants. Vendors include STMT-Statement, Ear Hustle Couture Handcrafted Jewelry, AZZ on Fire Natural Seasonings, Brittney Harrison Handbags, Serket Jewelry and many more. “Our guest speaker will be Washington D.C., native Dr. Kym Lee, celebrity makeup artist and Creator/Founder of Wink & Pout Cosmetics,” says Washington.

Washington says sponsors for the 2015 event include: The Woodhouse Spa, European Wax Center, Oh Sugar Day Spa, Dor’Nee Natural Body Luxuries, Chenese Bean Makeup Artistry, Denise Breyers Cincinnati Boot Camp, Cara Alwill Leyba, Invito Personal Chef (Chef Anthony Jordan) and Artistic Hair Design. Additionally, participating benefactors are Toys for Tots, Talbert House Passages Program and Neediest Kids of All.

What makes Washington the most excited for this year’s Ladies Night Out with a Purpose is the chance to help someone else in need. “Each year it gets bigger and better,” she says.

Tickets for the event are $20, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Neediest Kids Of All. To purchase your tickets, click here.

You can learn more about Ladies Night Out with a Purpose by clicking here or following along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.