About Neema Ali
Neema Ali is a Washington, DC native. However, she grew up in the North Carolina triad area where she got her start as a hair stylist in high school. She embraced a passion for makeup artistry when she began doing makeup for friends, family, and co-workers as a hobby. Fast forward, and Neema has been working as a professional makeup artist for over sixteen years and a hair stylist for over twenty-four.
Notably her professional makeup career grew while working as a freelancer for Mac Cosmetics, Smashbox, and Nars and ended with a thriving permanent position as Operations Manager for Mac Cosmetics where she led a $3 million dollar store to consecutive double-digit sales growth.
From there, she became a sought-after makeup artist, not only in her hometown Washington, DC, but also in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Along the way, she was represented by elite agencies Hollywood Faces and Make Up Drama (Los Angeles) and New York’s boutique Teknique Agency.
Neema’s early passion has made her a force in the industry in print, on the runway, on television, and in films. However, her greatest joy is in sharing the knowledge that she has acquired in nearly three decades of building her brand. From all of it, she has coined the phrase, “Grow Through It”, encapsulating the importance of every step in the creative journey. This is the spirit of the Creative Artists Unite Network (CAUN), of which she is the founder.
As Neema is setting her sights on the accomplishment of even bigger goals for herself, she is also bringing other artists together in the Creative Artists Unite Network. Sharing her expertise and opportunities is nothing new. CAUN is an extension of who she is. Creative Artists Unite Network (CAUN) exists to cultivate and share profitable relationships with training, collaboration, and opportunities among non-union professionals.
Bravo TV’s “Married to Medicine”, Season 3, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and “Love & Hip Hop New York” brand produced by Eastern TV and Monami Productions, “Basketball Wives Miami”, “The Gossip Game”, “Project Runway”, Season 11 Finale at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, East Coast tour dates with Taylor Swift’s Cover Girl Fan Tour, CNN, C-SPAN, “Treasure Hunters”, “Ambush Makeovers”, Mary J Blige video featuring Puffy & Method Man’s “Love at 1st Sight”, Genuine’s “In Those Jeans” featuring Kimora Lee Simmons, 50 Cent’s “Pimp”, and Knockturnal’s “The Way I Am”, ABC’s “The Chew”, 2016 Bad Boy Tour
NU-MODE’ Magazine, Urban Socialites Magazine, In Focus Magazine
LA Fashion Week Nordstrom St. John Runway Fall/Winter 2009, New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010, Richi Rich Runway Show which was featured on the T.O. Show, The Glam God Indashio (both for entertainer Jori Jordon), and IMTA 2010 Fashion Show tribute to Alexander McQueen, New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010 Edwin D’Angelo, Taylor Swift Tour 2011 as a Cover Girl Beauty Expert, Full Figure Fashion Week 2011, DC Fashion Week 2011, Christian Siriano Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Fashion Show, and Intern with Crystal Wright
George Clinton PFUNK, Playboi, George Acosta, Armin Van Buuren, Sunshine Anderson, Dominique Sharpton, Snoop Dog, Total, Chris Robinson, Gil Green, Sticky Fingers, Fredro Starr and Butterscotch from “America’s Got Talent”, Mikki Taylor