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heidiheadshotAdeHeidi Evora-Santiago

Founder and creative director of “damali nyc”, Heidi brings over 17 years experience as a beauty professional. Her career started with a small and upcoming makeup line called Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, it was there that her craft was perfected, by working with hundreds of women of all ages, ethnicities and unique preferences .  After a decade of service she left to nurture her entrepreneurial spirit, which led to the creation of “damali nyc”.

A Certified Advanced Lash Stylist representing Xtreme Lashes she has built up an impressive “eyelash extension” following. Mentored and trained by  L.A. based “Celebrity Eyebrow King” Damone Roberts”, she is also New York State Certified to perform eyebrow waxing/sculpting as well as body waxing.

Celebrity clients have included, Estelle,Kathrine Heigl, Keysha Cole, Eva Longoria Evangeline Lilly, Anne Rice, and Lil Kim to name a few. Her work can be seen on campaign ads for Polo, Showtime’s “Californication”, Sprite, Jim Bean, Pantene, and Prudential Insurance. She has provided makeup services for tv, film, print and has also provided makeup services for countless fashion shows.

Highly sought after by brides and a favorite among socialites and fashionistas, Heidi continues to provide services for her private, corporate and bridal clientele while striving to direct “damali nyc” to new heights.

Kristy Ricetti -Makeup Lashes
Eyelash Extensions

Kristy Ricetti is a licensed esthetician and RN. She had been doing makeup for over 10 years for film, print, TV and various cosmetic companies including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Lancome, and Sephora. Having an esthetic and cosmetic background has enabled Kristy not only to make women look beautiful, but to transform their skin into a glowing, radiant canvas. She is experienced with chemical peels, microdermabrasion and has assisted doctors with botox and cosmetic filler injections. One of Kristy’s passions is making brides look beautiful for their big day. Every bride is special and unique in how they want their wedding planned and their makeup application is no exception. Kristy spends the time to do a trial and discuss the look for one of the most important days in a womens life. She also performs one on one makeup lessons to help women become their own fabulous makeup artist. We all have it in us..sometimes we just need a little guidance!

Pamela Lugo – Makeup

Pamela Lugo is a seasoned Makeup Artist with a reputation of more than a decade of accolades. She has built up a clientele of Celebrities, Fashionistas, Brides, and Professionals.

Her work can be seen in Glamour, Town and Country, Star Magazine, the NY Post , etc as well as Fashion Shows, TV including Extreme Makeover, Regis and Kelly, The View, etc.

Pamela has worked for leading brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Nars Cosmetics where she taught women how to apply makeup that supports there everyday lifestyles, as well as building a reputation for repeat bridal and special occasion business.

In her spare time she enjoys participating in Charitable Events and keeping up with Fashion and Makeup trends.

file0048-editStephany David – Makeup

Nearly 10 years in makeup/cosmetics industry, Stephany David truly believes in the power of beauty and believes every woman possesses that power.

“There is great joy in beauty. When you look beautiful, you feel beautiful and it brings great joy!”

Mentored and trained by some of the best in the business ( Barbara Bilkerdijk, Tom Pecheux), makeup is truly her forte. This fashion forward makeup professional is extensively thorough and detailed. She believes having fresh and supple skin is the premier essential to looking beautiful and youthful. She’s worked with many famous faces and has worked for Shiseido,Yves Saint Laurent, and Bobbi Brown as their New York City regional makeup artist. From runway shows to tv commercials, weddings to photoshoots, or just helping the everyday woman with her “cosmetic wardrobe”, she is ready to get you started on your journey to beauty.

Tracylee Percival – Nails

Tracylee Percival has been a manicurist and Nail Tech for 15 plus years.

Tracylee started as a teenager creating intricate designs on her own nails. Since those beginnings she has become a business owner and trendsetter within the industry. A favorite choice for both editors and beauty bloggers, vivacious and articulate Tracylee lends her expertise working as an editorial manicurist as well as speaking from an educator’s perspective in blogs such as Beauty of Life, Social Diva, Beauty schooled and many others.

Tracylee is a licensed Minx manicurist and was the first manicurist to bring Minx to a Manhattan Salon. Tracylee provides clients many options in looks with both the latest techniques in extensions (by request), nail coverings and Minx but shares the same enthusiasm for giving traditional services. She also offers men’s nail grooming.

As a freelance manicurist Tracylee brings fashion experience to clients through her diversification of technique in nail styling. She draws inspiration from the designers themselves, editorial seasons, and fashion and film history. Having keyed fashion shows for the Spring 10 season she acquired a celebrity clientele including Olivia Wilde, Courtney Love, Suzzanne Douglas, Anjulie, and Veronica Webb.

Editorial clients include Lucky, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar

Nikki Avanzino – Hair

Nikki started her career in 2003 when, after completing her training and receiving her cosmetologist’s license, she began working as a hairstylist at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. After her time at Elizabeth Arden, Nikki worked at the Oscar Blandi Salon on Madison Avenue. During her tenure at these salons, Nikki had the opportunity to work with many of the leaders in the fashion and beauty industries and has styled hair for many high-profile clients. In addition, Nikki’s work has appeared in several prominent media outlets, including: Live! With Regis & Kelly, Bravo’s Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Good Morning America, Us Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Ladies’ Home Journal, People, and In Style Magazine, as well as in promotional materials for Christian Lacroix and Kaia Peterka. She has participated in NYC Fashion week since 2005 and has frequently provided her services to charitable causes and events.

Having compiled over 6 years of experience styling hair in some of New York’s most respected and well-known hair salons, Nikki now offers her services to private clients as a freelance hairstylist and beauty consultant. While she sometimes misses the exhilaration and fast-pace of the salon, freelancing provides Nikki with luxuries impossible to find there: the flexibility to spend more time with her clients, meet with them on their own terms and get to know their tastes, styles and personalities. The chance to build a rapport with her clients has resulted in some of Nikki’s best work – always refined, unique and – most importantly – tailored to the individual and the occasion.

Nikki specializes in hairstyling for weddings and special events. She has worked with clients throughout the Tri-State area and New England, and is willing to meet virtually any of her clients’ travel requirements. Nikki offers a wide range of styling services, including: cutting, styling, special occasion hair and Brazilian Keratin Treatment.

Daniele  has been perfecting her skills as a hair stylist since 1995. She has worked in a few of the premier NYC hair salons such as  Frederic Fekkai, Salon A.K.S and The Oscar Blandi Salon.  Known in the industry for adopting the latest style trends, Daniele has become a sought after stylist. Women in search of the perfect style for special events, or their most important moments such as their wedding day, trust in Daniele for her ability to execute the perfect look!!!!

Daniele personalizes each haircut, style and up-do to fit her clients face shape, hair texture, and of course, lifestyle. “I love creating new looks for my clients. Making them feel good about themselves is the reason I became a hairstylist. The smile of gratitude is so rewarding!”

Throughout her career, Daniele has worked editorial shoots, fashion shows, and has done makeover’s for Regis and Kelly, The View, Good Morning America & E’s Fashion Emergency.

She has styled celebrities such as Kim Bassinger, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Geller, Christie Brinkely, Natasha Bedingfield, Claire Danes, Jennifer Beals, Molly Ringwald, Kelly Rutherford, Leslie Bibb, Liam Neeson, Marlo Thomas, Martha Stewart, Yasmeen Ghauri, Make-up artist Bobbi Brown, Emme, Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri.

Jody Jordan – Hair

Jody Jordan has trained as a hair stylist in London, Los Angeles and New York. Her extensive portfolio showcases her accomplished work for weddings, print and media. A master colorist, she is equally as talented as a stylist. A 20 year veteran, in the business, she has worked in high profiled salons in Miami and New York City.

A favorite of brides, her attention to detail is only exceeded by her passion for making her clients happy. Her exceptional talent has helped hundreds of brides look spectacular on their most special day. She knows how to make women happy by making them look their best.

Deanna Imerti – Makeup

Deanna Imerti has been doing makeup since she can remember. As a little girl doing all her friends makeup for school pictures and that led to a demand for doing all of her friends moms makeup Deanna was also a painter through out her childhood and loved creating colors.

After graduating high school she left L.A. for New York.and became a makeup artist with M.A.C. Cosmetics. A leading artist with MAC for 4 years, which perfected technical skill she later trained with Bobbi Brown perfecting her beauty techniques.

Fast forward 10 years,and she has worked with top stylists and A- list actresses. Her passion is to make every woman feel pretty and confident , but still look like themselves. She still trains with Bobbi Brown to keep up with the latest trends and products. Deanna has a large wedding clientele that she built on her own from referrals. Deanna has a love for making woman look beautiful and is passionate for making someone feel their best.

Chris Crenshaw is known for creating a face that is simple in its beauty and natural in its artistry. Having worked as both a freelance makeup artist and in the high-end retail industry for over 16 years, Chris is not only gifted in design but has a deep knowledge of which products can best enhance the skin and beauty of her clients.

Chris is driven by a desire to be responsive to her clients’ needs and can produce looks ranging from bridal makeup to fantasy. She sees beauty in every client and is masterful at enhancing what each woman possesses naturally. A philosophy that the most beautiful makeup works with skin that is healthy and glowing has led Chris to be known for creating an effortless “no-makeup” makeup look. Chris’ success as a bridal and special events makeup artist has blossomed through word of mouth referrals that speak to her talent as a meticulous artist who creates clean looks, and to her calming touch and personable nature.

Chante’ Cutter started out as a makeup artist at the early age of 17,where she worked with lines such as Estee Lauder, Clarins, Lancome, Christian Dior,and Clinique. A F.I.T alum,. Chante’ started her journey, as a makeup artist, with Bobbi Brown at Saks Fifth Avenue. Chante’ has been a leading makeup artist with Bobbi Brown for over 11 years at the corporate level and in Manhattan’s most exclusive retail settings. Through her work as a freelance makeup artist, Chante’ has worked with a bouquet of different cultures,and ethnic backgrounds. She privately performs personal consultations for “A-List” celebrities and special events, television and fashion shows. Chante’s experience and reputation, coupled with her unmatched attention for detail and holistic approach to design have made her among one of the most sought-after makeup artists for weddings, affairs and special occasions throughout the Tri-State area. Chante’ has worked on many destination weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzpahs,and private parties. Positano,Italy,The Ritz Carlton Naples,Florida, The Eden Roc Miami, Florida, are to name a few.

Deana Blackwell was born and raised in a small town called Yanceyville, NC. She began her career 14 years ago in the salons of Yanceyville and Danville, Va. She perfected the art of acrylics and manicures by using her critical eye for detail and giving attention to the smallest objects. Her expertises lead her on an adventurous journey to the urban streets of New York City in 2002.

Deana’s talents proved that she had the style, dedication and creativity to freelance for top magazines, photographers and many celebrities. Magazines include: Vogue (French, German, Italian), InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, Seventeen and more. Advertising campaigns such as: D&G, Rocawear, Kmart, Pantene, Macy’s and Max Factor. Celebrities: Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah and Rachel Ray, just to name a few.

Creating the perfect manicuring solution, for any shoot or occasion, is what Deana is best known for. Whether it’s a natural daytime look or an elaborate fashion design, she uses her precision and ingenuity to create a unique and beautiful manicure.

Deana has created a recognizable/reputable name for herself in the industry. Her services are beyond the norm. She combines art direction and spa treatment to suit any woman. Deana is indeed one of the up & coming leading manicurists in the beauty & fashion world.

Very impressive for this small town southern belle.

“A great manicure is the perfect accessory to complete any outfit.”

Working for Estee Lauder International in their marketing division gave Michelle the zest for the beauty industry and working for their Bobbi Brown Brand developed and fine-tuned her love for the artistry of makeup.

After leaving her corporate job and working as a premiere makeup artists for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics at Bergdorf Goodman, Michelle set forth on a mission to be the best professional makeup artist. Through her years at Bobbi Brown she was privelged to have worked and trained with some of New York’s finest makeup artists. As a result, she developed her own personal, unique style as a makeup artist.
Michelle has been trained by  by Damone Roberts, “The Eyebrow King” and  has built quite a following as a Brow Specialist in her own right. XTREME LASHES certified Michelle is also an amazing eyelash extensionist.

“I enjoy working with all my clients. There is something to be said for the reaction that I get when a woman looks in the mirror after I have achieved their vision. They always say, “I look so beautiful”, I then respond, ” You are beautiful.”

“Be it traditional, glamorous, romantic, or chic, my goal is to translate your vision perfectly.” ‘

Jessica Eckles is the newest addition to the Damali family adding a variety of skin treatments to fulfill the needs of all of her clients whether they are preparing for a wedding or are looking for a go-to facialist for maintenance.

With seven years’ experience as a licensed esthetician, she knows the best approach by putting the “care” in Skin Care.

Her diverse background in skin care includes a wide range of everything from the invasive medical approach to non-invasive holistic care.

She has experience with laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, cellulite reduction, laser skin tightening, broad band light, and has assisted in treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, vein removal, and surgical procedures.

She also has many years’ experience in holistic beautification treatments such as lymphatic drainage face and scalp massage, various de-stressing techniques, and extended knowledge of the use of organic skincare to improve the long term structure and health of the skin by detoxifying and prevention.

Her current approach is to use an optimum formulation of blending the two approaches for the perfect dose of care.


Growing up in Brooklyn, Jocelyn was exposed to a rainbow of cultures, ethnic  beauties and vivacious New York City life at an early age.  Mirroring the influences around her, as a young girl she could often be found digging into her mom’s makeup stash as she quenched her fascination with beauty and color.

Since completing her makeup education at MakeUp Designory in NYC, Jocelyn has embarked on an inspired quest to become a highly sought after makeup artist.  Currently, Jocelyn is a freelance artist and can be found creating makeup looks for a bevy of models, socialites, brides and everyday glamazons.  With a flair for fresh, beautiful makeup, she has worked for a vast array of media clients, including ABC News and 20/20.  Her work can also be seen in various publications including L’Uomo Vogue as well as during NYC Fashion Week.  Jocelyn is also a regional artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and.  Her energy and passion are a welcome presence on any job.

Jocelyn currently resides in New York City.