My name is Rafaela Orlando ( like “Rafael” from the ninja turtles but with an A at the end). I’m a professional makeup artist based in the Dallas Metroplex and owner of BeautyByRafa Makeup & Hair team, we have a studio location in Plano and also offer On location services. My goal is to focus on beautiful radiant skin to bring your beauty forward by enhancing your natural features. I believe our imperfections are what makes us beautiful, if everyone looked the same, how would we be able to define beauty?
I was born in Brazil, but grew up in sunny South Florida. I made the move to Texas in 2010 and have been here since. I have always loved the art of Makeup and it has always fascinated me.
My grandfather was an extremely talented sculptor who made beautiful art that even today is admired in many places in our city and beautiful churches. My grandmother can literally do anything art related with the utmost perfection from sewing beautiful gowns, wedding cakes, paintings you name it. She was the director of an art school for over 20 years. I guess it was always in my blood, it just took me a while to figure it out lol. I have always been an artist and just like my grandparents always loved being creative.
I realized if I wanted to be happy in my professional life I would have to dive right in and do what I was passionate about. My dream was to be a makeup artist so i quit my job, started my business right after and never looked back.
Education is extremely important to me and mastering my craft. I have and continue to take countless hours of intensive courses which have given me a strong understanding of working on different skin types, textures, ethnicities and different types of makeup application techniques utilized in photography, outdoor and natural lighting as well as film and print. The application for each of these are all different and I strive to create a flawless finish that lasts and use only high quality products specific to each type of application.
There really is no better feeling in the world than doing what you love. I wake up everyday knowing that all my hard work and long hours is being put into a business I’m building that i’m passionate about and at the same time helping others in feeling their best.