Georgetown's Makeup Artist Carl Ray Splits for Downtown
Carl Ray, makeup artist to first lady Michelle Obama and other Washington, D.C., luminaries, has left George, the beauty salon for VIPs at the Four Season Hotel, for One80 Salon on K Street. Ray had worked at George for 16 years and told the staff Saturday of his departure.
Besides the first lady, Ray's client list includes the famous and powerful in politics and entertainment: Nancy Pelosi, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen, Valerie Jarrett and Bill Clinton as well as Queen Noor and Princess Hussein along with Natalie Portman, Claire Danes, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
“I want to be a part of this new wave of renaissance in fashion and beauty taking place in the city right now,” Ray told the Washington Post. “There is a resurgence and energy that is downtown. I have watched this area grow, and I want to be a part of this movement.”
Ray's move comes about a year after he broke from his partner, Rick Raines, manager of George, leaving his time there tenuous.