The Highlight Makeup Artistry

Meet the Artist


joanna ellis - @thehiglight

Aloha! I'm Joanna Ellis, the proud owner of The Highlight Makeup Artistry. I grew up as an Army brat, and have lived all over the country, spending most of my time on Oahu. From the warm sandy beaches of Hawaii, I went straight to the freezing terrain of Blacksburg, Virginia! After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Psychology, my husband, Drew, our bulldog, Hamilton, and I moved to Alexandria, VA where we have been ever since!

I have always had a strong passion for makeup and after graduating from Graham Webb Academy's Makeup Certification Course in 2014, I turned my love and "side passion" for makeup into a career. Currently I am in school full time studying to get my Master Esthetician License to broaden my horizons even more! Skin care is the basis of great makeup and understanding the skin better helps to create the perfect makeup look. I truly love highlighting my clients best features to make them look and feel their best, most beautiful, and most powerful!