Fashion & Beauty
The deft hand behind scores of the most beautiful and stylish women in Denver belongs to Michael Moore. But you’d never know it, because there is no ‘Michael Moore Look.’ There are no Michael Moore trends. You’ll simply see a lovely, confident woman who looks like herself.
“Makeup is about unveiling a person,” Moore says. “It’s about drawing out your beautiful features, and letting others truly see you in your most beautiful way. It’s not about covering up or hiding. Women want to look like themselves, who they are…only prettier.”
Moore began his career with Lancôme in the late 1980s, when makeup was all about color. “Why do I have to see so much makeup? Why can’t I just see you?” He immediately set about softening the look. He’d suggest women try a lipstick that was close to their natural lip color, knowing that they’d love it. They did. Soon, many of his customers were wearing a pinky-nude Lancôme lip.
His prowess led to a whirlwind of success. He became a regional manager for Borghese, and worked all over the South and Texas. One day, he decided to mail a resume to Bobbi Brown who quickly hired him. “So unexpected,” Moore marvels.
Moore was Bobbi Brown’s top assistant for four years and he then became director of global education for two years after that. “When she couldn’t be someplace, I would. On the “Today Show,” “Oprah,” travelling all over the world.
“The original Bobbi Brown look never felt done. That’s been my philosophy ever since I started behind the counter in Atlanta in 1987.”
Post-Bobbi Brown, Moore returned to Denver. “I wanted to create a place where women could learn how to wear makeup for themselves and their lifestyle,” Moore says. This concept makeup studio, Simply Moore in Cherry Creek, was wildly successful.
Moore credits Denise Snyder, owner of Mariel Boutique and Molly Broeren of Molly’s of Denver for his meteoric rise in Denver. “I began Simply Moore in the fall of 2001, when there was an economic downturn. I started out of my house. Denise and Molly both saw a tiny article about me. Denise invited me down to her store to do a girls night out. She started sending me clients left and right. Molly came to me for makeup, and then sent me 300 to 400 clients.”
“Women adore him! I’ve never seen anything like it,” Snyder says. “But I think they most appreciate his honesty. You can trust him to tell you what you truly need—and what you don’t need. If you can find the right product at Target, he’ll tell you that too.”
To read the entire story pick up the Aug-Sept. 2017 issue of Colorado Expression magazine~
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