Black Opal Artistic Director
Merrell Hollis is a quiet storm that has influenced our perception of the exquisite. As an Emmy-nominated, award winning make-up artist and grooming expert, his creativity has catalogued mediums, models, innovators, celebrities and legends alike. His indomitable standard is precise and his hands have effortlessly molded the images of an entirely new pop civilization of music, culture and the new black elite.
Merrell is the Head of the Makeup Department for the Wendy Williams Show and he is also responsible for the many faces of our beloved “Queen of All Media”, Wendy Williams. He is the grooming consultant and make up person for all the artists at Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment. Both these innovators have allowed their faces to be canvassed by this visionary who delivers them to the public with elegance and sincerity.
His cosmetic expertise has been shared with Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the CBS Early Show. Editorially, his artistry has graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Essence, GQ, Details, Interview, Rolling Stone, People and Men’s health. His work had also appeared in music videos for Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, Mary J Blige, Nelly, Usher, Faith Evans and Ludacris. Some of his celebrity clients include Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kim Cattrall, Joy Bryant and Lauren London.
Throughout the decade, Merrell’s consultancy within the beauty industry has allowed alliances with the leaders of Clinique, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Lancôme and Versace. His work also appears on product packaging for L’Oreal Paris and Soft Sheen Carson in addition to also being on display in the company’s advertising. And now his expertise will be the leading the artistic vision for Black Opal cosmetics, a brand that he uses and BELIEVES in!
Merrell has anchored himself as reputable force in the industry. Whether dealing with the esoteric, the sensational or the ordinary, Merrell’s eye for details has redefined fashion’s concept of editorials, commercials and beauty presentations. His approach to beauty alone is epitomized in how he captures the emotion allowing its effect to grab you.
To learn more about Merrell, please visit his website: www.merrellhollis.com