New York born and South Florida bred, Mercedes Porredon-Segal was destined to become part of the beauty industry. As a child she frequently found herself sketching pictures of faces, eyes, and dolls. “My favorite toy was a large Barbie head. I spent hours styling her hair and combining a variety of color combinations to make her look like celebrities that I saw on MTV and the covers of Vogue magazine.”
Mercedes grew up around the beauty business her whole life with the majority of her family working as successful cosmetologists. As a teenager Mercedes carefully observed her mother, an award winning cosmetologist, and her aunt, a savvy hair dresser and owner of successful salon in South Florida. “I’ve been exposed to beauty all of my life and have always been infatuated with the transformation of ordinary into extraordinary.” With a family to support, Mercedes spent the majority of her career working in sales and marketing, spending her free time studying and practicing the artistry of make-up. Once her eldest daughter graduated from the university she decided that it was time to leave the corporate world to pursue her passion: make-up.
Her talented GLAMer Squad comprise of freelance, master make-up artists and award winning hairstylists. She scouts only the best talent and personalities in developing a strong team with good synergy. She has finally worked her way up to her childhood dream and continues to focus on expanding that dream, developing her own line of Natural and USDA Organic Lip Care. Mercedes continuously participates in professional development opportunities including, but not limited to: master workshops, make-up shows, seminars, and bridal expos.
Mercedes has worked as a Key MUA for television and film. She has worked with several major networks: MTV, Oxygen, Own, Travel, VH-1, TLC, Bravo, Univision, HGTV and more. She was also the lead makeup artist for many television shows/pilots such as MTV’s Crib, TLC’s Airport 24/7: MIA, Oxygen’s Find Me My Man, and HGTV’s Urban Oasis with John Giddings which are credited on IMDB. She had done national commercials and campaign ads for companies like Nike, Vonage, Blue Bunny, and Comcast. Her recent works also include: music videos, magazine covers, billboards, fashion shows and more. She shows her appreciation for her success and the community by volunteering with local charities and mentoring programs.