6f1aade89b8b3d7dc38f9277dff03ca4kiamactionEntrepreneur, mother, and beauty industry veteran, Kiam Barrese is a Master Hair Designer and Makeup Artist, and is among today’s most sought after beauty expert and business moguls. She is the founder and CEO of the multi-faceted cosmetics company, Backstage Cosmetix, and the creator of Glam Fest.

Kiam’s extensive background in the entertainment industry is what has allowed her to remain on the cutting edge of the fashion and beauty industries. From the age of four years old Kiam trained as a dancer. This training eventaully led to her finding a career as professional dancer and choreographer. She was a featured dancer in 1980’s music videos for hip hop legends like Slick Rick and Johnny Kemp. Kiam has also appeared in the movies “Krush Groove” and “ Beat Street”. These environments allowed her to see the backstage preparation for the finished product.

 After becoming a mother of three, Kiam began to tap into her artistic abilities as a hair stylist and makeup artist. In 2009 she launched Backstage Cosmetix, a full service cosmetics brand, and fully functioning hair and makeup team. Backstage Cosmetix has participated in some of today’s most noted fashion and beauty events; including New York Fashion Week, WBLS Circle of Sisters, and Philadelphia Fashion Week, as official sponsors and a participating makeup team. Backstage Cosmetix also has a fully functioning flag ship salon and makeup bar located in Mt. Vernon, New York. Kiam’s artistic abilities have afforded her the opportunity to work with noted celebrities; including Tariji P Henson, Eryka Badu, and Mariah Carey.


In addition to running the ever evolving Backstage Cosmetix brand, Kiam also serves as the founder and creator of Glam Fest. Now in its fourth season,Glam Fest is an interactive runway show which unites the fashion and beauty industries for an evening of celebration through artistsic display and fashion. Now in its third season, Kiam continues to grow this buzz-worthy show by uniting cutting edge fashion designers with her team of expert hairstylists and makeup artists.  Kiam’s passion for all that she does continues to be evident through her rising empire. Her committment and dedication to inspiring others and making her clients feel beautiful, is a reflection of her giving spirit and genuine character.

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