Fresh from NYC,Raul spent his time working as assistant to mega make-up artists Billy B. and David Madrich as well as testing and shooting for his portfolio. Raul is currently repesented by Ford in San Francisco and continues to develop steadfast professional relationships with local model agencies, photographers, art directors, production and talent houses.
In 1990, Raul launched his NYC career as a freelance hair and make-up artist. Over the years, he’s been responsible for art directing and producing countless photo-shoots for publication and top modeling agencies, such as: Ford, Elite and DNA Models.
Working directly with Frank Toskan, creator of MAC cosmetics, Raul was involved in opening the very first MAC store in America.
Later, as senior make-up artist for Face Stockholm in Manhattan’s Soho district, Raul was responsible for researching and developing the company’s professional artistry program, as well as creating and designing their first line of professional make-up brushes.
Raul is no stranger on the music video set. He’s earned extensive experience while working with: 4 Non Blonds, Third Eye Blind, Soraya, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Linda Perry, as well as up-and-coming British pop star Mika.
A San Francisco native, Raul returned to his home in the mid ‘90s, to produce editorial for Surface Magazine; Macy’s; Levi’s and Warner Bros. – and to assist Laura Mercier with the launch of her new cosmetics line. He made several personal appearances, side-by-side with Laura.
While active in retail cosmetics, editorial and broadcast, Raul balances his time maintaining a freelance career with private sessions and volunteering for community fundraisers