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‘Huge journey’: Albuquerque native Danielle Bridges finds success as a makeup artist

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Albuquerque make-up artist Danielle Bridges continues to support the local community.

Danielle Bridges has traveled the country doing makeup for various TV and film productions or ad campaigns.

She’s worked with Gucci Mane, 21 Savage and Keke Palmer, to name just a few.

At times, the travel wears her down.

“I started to decide that I don’t have to get to Los Angeles, New York or Atlanta to have the career I wanted,” she says. “I’ve always known there was something special about Albuquerque.”

The Albuquerque native decided to stay in New Mexico and help nurture the talent in the area.

“My makeup is a huge journey for me,” she says. “My career is makeup-based. In the past year, I’ve made an effort to give back to the community.”

Danielle Bridges’ BBglamstash brand.

A few months ago, with her companies – Bbglamstash and BBeautylife – she created the Great Glam Giveback.

She raised more than $5,000 in goods and cash that were given to Haven House, an anti-domestic violence agency serving Sandoval County.

Danielle Bridges took part in the Black Girl Magic campaign. (Courtesy of Nicole York)

She also started a campaign called Black Girl Magic in February.

She says the goal was to show the diversity of beauty within the Black community – from different skin tones and hair textures to unique features and cultural heritages.

“You never know the impact of your art,” she says.

Bridges continued to help and donated makeovers and bags of beauty supplies to the homeless.

A mermaid photo shoot with make up by John Campi. (Courtesy of Lauren Shipman)

“Everybody likes to be pampered,” she says. “No matter the situation you’re in.”

Bridges recently stepped back on set for the short film “Happy Anniversary,” in which she used her instincts and life experience to mold the looks.

“For me, I’m proud of the celebrities I’ve gotten to work with,” she says. “I grew up in the Kirtland Addition, and having a chance to see my name on TV or in print, I never thought I could have done that. I want to see makeup become an art form.”

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Danielle Bridges.

1 “I rarely wear makeup. If you saw me in my day-to-day makeup, it’s very little.”

2 “If I was on a deserted island, I would bring my BBeautylife lashes. A lipstick, because it would be my blush and eye shadow. And sunscreen.”

3 “Any photo shoots that you’ve seen from me, I’ve been the creative director. The ideas come from me listening to music and drinking my wine.”

4 “My absolute dream job would be creative directing makeup shoots. I want to curate the world I want to live in. I really want to tell a story.”

5 “If I weren’t a makeup artist, I would have been a social worker.”

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