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The woman behind CNMH

Hi, I'm Chelsea Dorris the owner & key artist of Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair. I absolutely LOVE what I do. Like many beauty professionals, my love of the industry started at a young age. I remember the day I got my first makeup book at the age of 8 years old, 'Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin'. Between this book, watching my older sister do her hair & makeup, and endless attempts of recreating my favorite looks from magazines, the world around me inspired me to learn the art of makeup & hairstyling. 

I invite you to follow my adventure via social media!

I started my career as a cosmetic retail artist for various companies. On my spare time I would network with photographers, entertainment groups, brands and models to collaborate on projects to gain on the job experience. I enrolled in a college program that certified me in beauty, stage, airbrush and special fx makeup. I then took my career as an artist to the next level by becoming a licensed cosmetologist and getting the technical skills I needed for the hair industry to go along with my makeup training. I love all aspects of the makeup and hair industry from fashion - special FX and all in between. I continued to work in Retail cosmetics full time while presuing my freelance carre on the side for a few years. It was not until 2013 I decided I would quit my day job and work 100% freelance for myself, a scary decision you can imagine, but the best of my career yet. These days I find myself keeping busy with a variety of work: in-salon, weddings (lot's of weddings), commercial, editorial, events, web content and leading my team of independent artists. Not to mention I have a beautiful family, my husband James and two amazing children Elijah + Violet! 

I am happy to say I am living out my dreams daily! New exciting chapters of my business continue to unfold and I have not stopped dreaming, I am always looking forward to what the future holds while enjoying the present.


Chelsea Dorris


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El Paseo Magazine Annual 2018/2019

Palm Springs Life Magazine November 2018 Fashion + Cover

Palm Springs Life Magazine October 2018

Desert Magazine September 2018

Palm Springs Life Magazine July 2018 Fashion + Cover

Palm Springs life Magazine December fashion + Cover

Palm Springs Life November 2017 Cover 

West Jet Magazine Spring/Summer 2017

Palm Springs Life Magazine April 2017 Fashion 

Palm Springs Life Magazine March 2017 Fashion 

Desert Magazine March 2017 Fashion Spread 

Palm Springs Life Magazine: January 2017 "Postcard of a Library"

Palm Springs Life Magazine: November 2016 "On The Road Agair"

Palm Springs Life Magazine: October 2016 Cover + "Stone Cold Gorgeous" 

Palm Springs Life Magazine: September 2016 

White Magazine: Issue 33 - Cover

Palm Springs Life Weddings 2016

Palm Springs Life Magazine: June 2016 “The Swimmer”

Palm Springs Life Magazine: May 2016 - “Naked Purse”

Palm Springs Life Magazine: April 2016 - “Deepwell Weekend”

Saxony Group Fashion Week April 2016 Cover

Palm Desert food and wine 2016 Cover

Palm Springs Style Magazine: Volume 2 Issue 1 - Cover

Palm Springs Life Magazine: March 2016 - "Home Alone"

Palm Springs Life Magazine: January 2016 -  “La Ronde Dans La Cabana”

Sunset Magazine: January 2016 - Cover

Palm Springs Life Magazine: November 2016 - Cover

Palm Springs Life Magazine: October 2015 - Cover



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"Blame" Short film by Wade Koch

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Palm Springs Oasis

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Blame - Short Film

Golf Channel Academy 


El Paseo Fashion week Commercial 2018 

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