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Famous Color-Blind Makeup Artist

Being Color Blind Didn't Stop This Makeup Artist From Doing What She Loves.


Andria Tomlin has been doing makeup for the past six years. She has worked for brands like Sephora and MAC, and, oh yeah, she happens to be color blind.

Though it's a genetic condition, no one else in her immediate family is color blind. "Neither one of my parents is color blind, but both of them are carriers of the gene. I had a 50/50 chance, and I happened to be born color blind. My biological brother isn't color blind either," Andria told As/Is.


Though it's a genetic condition, no one else in her immediate family is color blind. "Neither one of my parents is color blind, but both of them are carriers of the gene. I had a 50/50 chance, and I happened to be born color blind. My biological brother isn't color blind either," Andria told As/Is.

To hear Andria explain her techniques and see her makeup application in action, watch our video below!


There are different types of color blindness. In Andria's case, she can technically see all colors, but she can't see many hues and shades of reds and greens.

"I have a red and green sensitivity called Deuteranomaly. I struggle distinguishing reds, greens, browns, and oranges. The easiest colors for me to see are purple, blue and yellow," she explained.

Andria always knew she saw the world differently, but she didn't get an official diagnosis until she tried to join the Air Force.

"I was officially diagnosed when I was 18 years old, and I had to take the standard dot test for the Air Force. I was always different and didn't understand why people said I had on the 'wrong color' of clothing, or why I struggled to see difference in things like dead grass, or different colors on sports uniforms. I never knew I was 'different' until someone told me that what I was seeing wasn't what everyone else saw. It's like when your stomach hurts every time you eat cheese, and a doctor finally tells you that you're lactose intolerant; you already knew, but now it's confirmed. That's exactly how I felt when they told me I was color blind."

So how exactly does a color blind woman become a makeup artist? Well, it all started when she had to step in for no-show makeup artists so brides wouldn't have a meltdown.

"I was a wedding and events planner in Colorado, and quite often, the makeup artist didn’t show up, so I had to learn to do little things to ease their anxiety. Once I moved to the Washington D.C. area, I jumped into retail management and I found a job at Sephora which merged my love of makeup and retail management skills."


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