My name is Billy Brasfield, and I am better known to most as Billy B. I am from a very small town in Mississippi called Aberdeen. I had no aspirations to become a makeup artist, and I never studied makeup or assisted a makeup artist, but learned how to do makeup while working at Macy's Herald Square. I became a freelance makeup artist and I still am.
I had my own 6 Hour Mini-Series Reality based, Design, Docu Drama, on HGTV. I was a re-occurring judge on Rupaul's Drag Race season 3 and 4, and I appear regularly on "Project Runway" as I am the Global Consulting Makeup Artist for L'oreal Paris. In a nutshell, I am just a Hillbilly, that done good. ;)
, Lady Gaga and Cindy Crawford.
Billy B. has successfully established a career working in all aspects of the industry. Editorially, Billy B.’s work has appeared in magazines like i-D, Elle, Spanish Vogue, Russian Vogue, Glamour, French, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair to name a few. Billy has worked with legendary photographers including Annie Lebovitz, Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritz, David Bailey as well as the new school of legendary photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Terri Richardson, Thierry LeGoues and Solve Sundsbo.
Billy B.’s work can be seen on every major red carpet event including The Grammy’s, The Emmy’s, The Academy Awards and The Cannes Film Festival. Billy has been requested to create looks for special television events for stars including Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera . Additionally creating makeup looks for Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child and The Dixie Chicks for The Superbowl and The Olympics. Most recently, Billy B. designed the look for Lady Gaga’s “Monster’s Ball” tour.
Billy’s work has appeared in print and television commercials for beauty brands like Christian Dior, Mac Cosmetics and Covergirl. Billy has also found success on the runway, creating looks for fashion shows including; The Blonds, Patricia Field and flying to Vienna for the Agent Provocateur show at The Life Ball, the largest AIDS charity event in the world, attended by hundreds and thousands.
He is credited with some of the most iconic and legendary looks in music video history for his work with Missy Elliot in videos such as “The Rain” and “She’s a Bitch,” Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” and P!nk’s “Stupid Girls,” and “You and Your Hand.” Most recently, Billy B. created looks for Lady Gaga’s videos, “Videophone,” “Bad Romance,” “Telephone” and “Born This Way.” Billy's impact on pop culture and other makeup artists is evident by hundreds of Makeup Tutorials on Youtube posted by makeup artists from all over the world that re-create the looks that Billy is famous for.
Billy has come a long way from his small town in Mississippi but continues to share his success by giving back to his hometown in a six hour mini-series that he stars in for HGTV. Also, Billy appeared as a judge Season 3 and 4 on the Hit Television show RuPaul’s Drag Race. And most recently Billy B joined L'oreal Paris as the Official Consulting Makeup Artist for Cosmetic Giant.
Billy b currently lives and works in both New York City and Hollywood California.
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