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Local body artist gets national recognition

A local artist has cracked the top 30 in the country and with some votes, she could be crowned the queen of body art.

NORTH ROYALTON - A local artist has cracked the top 30 in the country and with some votes, she could be crowned the queen of body art.

“I’ve been doing art my whole life,” says North Royalton native, Carrie Esser. Whether it was painting, singing, working with clay or body paint, Carrie has always had a knack for expression.

A knack so strong, she hasn’t needed much guidance.

The art of body painting she picked up through trial and error.

Esser says, “A lot of the techniques that I’ve learned, ive kind of developed on my own or just figured out worked best for me.”

She began her business, Makeup Madhouse, as a high school project at North Royalton High School. The assignment was to come up with a business, but the lesson stuck. Carrie just kept going with it and it continues to take off.

Currently, she offers face painting, baby bump painting for photos, body and make up art for festivals and conventions. She’s especially busy around Halloween or before a Saturday night out on the town at Kent State.

“For next year with my roommates, they’ve already asked me if they could pay me 20 bucks at the beginning of the year and for me to do makeup all year for them,” jokes Esser.

She’s quickly become one of the area’s best body artist and now she’s looking to become one of the country’s best. She was recently selected as one of the top 30 artist in the country for the NYX Face Awards. If she gets enough votes, she’ll keep moving on until the final six get a trip to Los Angeles, $15,000 and a chance to crowned the best beauty blogger in the nation.

Esser says, “I got the phone call that I made the top 30 and it was an amazing day.”

She’s hoping to win, but more importantly, she’s hoping to spread her artwork as far and wide as possible.

“I just love being able to use makeup and use what I love to do to put a smile on people’s face. I would love to be like a very known name where people know the name Makeup Madhouse. That would be amazing,” says Esser.

You can vote for Carrie and Makeup Madhouse here.