Steven Aturo has always loved color. “The moment I picked up my first make up brush," he says, "I knew it was right." His earliest memories are entangled with his fascination with color and beauty, which has always been a metaphor for the wonderful diversity and possibility present in all aspects of life; particularly as expressed through the unrepeatable human face.
Steven began his career as a freelance make up artist in Boston. Within two years, he had founded the successful agency “TEAM Inc” with several partners representing make-up artists, hairdressers, and stylists. His approach to make-up artistry has always been simple and straightforward. He relies on his innate sensitivity to light, form, nuance, and color to explicate each woman’s inner radiance.
In the late eighties, attracted by the glamour and excitement of high fashion, he moved to Milan and immersed himself in the international atmosphere of fashion, beauty, and adventure. It was during this important early stage of his career that that he developed his more editorial eye and artistry. After a year full-time in Europe, he returned to the U.S to work in both Los
Angeles and New York. His main focus was fashion and the New York market. His talent was quickly noticed by the celebrated great late Kevyn Aucoin, which whom he worked closely for five years and one of his biggest supporters and influencers. His work with Aucoin took him directly into the super charged world of runway fashion, where he contributed looks for a number of important designers.
In the mid-nineties he again expanded his horizons fulfilling his goal to become truly international in orientation. After the inception of a number of fruitful collaborations with leading make-up artists like Linda Cantello and Francois Nars, he received invitations to Paris, Milan, and Tokyo for editorial assignments and runway shows.
Throughout the late nineties and into the new millennium, Steven continued to work in Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney for names like Gucci, Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Jil Sander, Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and many other designers. His work continued to be seen in the editorial pages of top American and European fashion publications, where he collaborated with fashion’s leading photographers and editors . Always, his approach is individual. "Everyone is unique," he believes. "In my work, my commitment is to challenge and break through all stereotypes."
Additionally, he has received international acclaim for his creative contributions to advertising and publicity campaigns, including Armani, Coach, Davidoff Fragrance, Victoria Secret, Halston, GUESS, and STANCE. The artistry is always inherent in Aturo's work and led to a 10 year collaboration for the highly publicized annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition racking up 3 covers along the way. He has also contributed to Pamela Hanson’s dazzling coffee table book “Girls", hand-picked by Francois Nars to collaborate on the bestseller, "Make up your Mind" two of Walter Iooss books "Heaven" & "Sporting Life", and Sports Illustrated's "50 years of Beautiful".
It was no surprise that in the late nineties and the beginning of the millennium Aturo was sought after and landed two cosmetic contacts, first from giant "Estee Lauder", and then from "Shiseido". Being chosen as the spokesperson and international makeup artist he was able to utilize his his creative skill set doing product development, tv commercials, ad campaigns, and also combined is natural essence to share his knowledge doing international training seminars, press junkets, and events.
In 2006 Steven set his sites on Hollywood and the world of celebrity which he dabbled in New York. Aturo's root and fashion and editorial edge drew clients and publicists to him. It didn't take long for a well know Vanity Fair producer to find the New York artist in Hollywood and became a regular contributor editorially to the prestigious publication. It Vanity Fair that he first worked with Beyonce',it was a career defining moment for him. Naomie Harris, Rachel, McAdams, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Beil, Eva Green, Jada Pinkett-Smith and many others cam after that. He had the great opportunity to work with some industry icons like Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Mariah, Fantasia, Fergie as well as the incredibly young hot talents Willow and Jaden Smith. After doing Willow Smith for her first Met Ball 2015, she was given “best makeup” by "W" magazine.
Steven Aturo approaches his life with a reservoir of positive energy. His motivation is to illuminate each of his subjects individual beauty. He is committed to helping people understand and express their intrinsic beauty and character. Simply put, he wants everyone to be happy with who they are. If you can discover what is special about you and be comfortable, he believes, that will enable a person to enjoy your own innate beauty.Steven continues live his life and draw inspiration from both Los Angeles and New York.