APRIL STRONG GANSMANN
April has been in the beauty industry for over 16 years as a Makeup & Hair Artist, Commercial Model, and Pageant Title Holder. Since 2010, she has been the owner of April Strong Artistry. Some of April's work has been featured with Target, Tresemmé, Fitbit, Groupon, Walgreens, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Prom, and Artistry by Amway. Within the pageant world, a few of her most recent accomplishments are placing 3rd runner-up at Miss Michigan 2015 (USA), 1st Runner-up at Miss Illinois 2014 (USA), and 1st Runner-Up at Miss Illinois 2010 (MAO). Some of the titles she has held include Miss International United States 2007, Miss Chicago 2010 (MAO), Miss Cook County 2011 (MAO), and Miss Heartland 2012 (MAO). Outside of her career, she enjoys traveling, good food, barre classes, and spending time with her husband, dog, family, and friends! She also has enjoyed exploring all STL has to offer since moving here in spring of 2019!
GLORIA STRONG GILLEN
Gloria started her career in 1980 as a stylist in Michigan working at places like Nouvage, Marshall fields and Nathans. She attended and trained with the infamous Martin Parsons as well as Ann and Gary Bray, the famous Pivot Point Trainer's. In 1989 she opened her own full service salon called "Studio Clix" as well as a modeling agency "Xit Modeling". It was through this career path that she discovered another passion, makeup. In 1996 Gloria decided to close the salon and switch gears focusing on photo-shoots, runway shows and offering classes. Then in 2003 Gloria started working for MAC Cosmetics and in 2007 moved to Chicago for more career opportunities within the company. Gloria is now proud to be 1 of 50 on MAC's Chicago Impact team. Outside of her career of Hair and Makeup, Gloria loves spending time with her husband, family, friends, and malitpoo Jaxy.
Natalie aka "Natty" started her journey working in the makeup industry in the late 80's with Estée Lauder. She started as a beauty adviser and then moved to Christian Dior and ended with Borghese as their makeup artist. In 1997 She heard heard about the "Trendy" line that we all know and love today as MAC Cosmetics. She has been with MAC as Makeup Artist as well as Fashion Show Makeup Artist for 20 years now. Natty also has a passion for volunteering as an artist to "Flashes Of Hope", an organization that creates powerful uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Outside of her career, she is a proud Marine Mom and enjoys family & friends.
Andrea has been around the industry as an assistant for 10 years. She enjoys working with the team to help create the final looks for all her beautiful clients. Some of Her favorite products are MAC, Dior, Kat Von D, Chi, Amika, and Kenra. In addition to her love of makeup she also has a passion for health promotion. She is a full-time RN and is also studying to be a Nurse Practitioner. Outside of her career she loves playing with her dog Obi and spending time with her friends, family, and husband.